Lots of computer makers play fast and loose with the "Ultrabook" designation, but for my money, the only systems that qualify are superthin, superlight, and superfast.
Like this one: while supplies last, DealFisher has the Acer Aspire S7-391-6413 13.3-inch touch-screen ultrabook for $749.99 shipped. That's on the steep side for a laptop, yes, but consider this: it has a list price of $1,399.99 (!), and sells elsewhere (like at the Microsoft Store) for $999.
Surprisingly, this comes to you new, not refurbished. That's true of a lot of DealFisher deals; I have to give props to the company for offering some of the biggest discounts anywhere on new gear.
The Aspire features a 1.8GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB solid-state drive (SSD). This last might prove a tad small for some users, but you can always supplement it with an external hard drive or even a 64GB SD card. (Newegg has one for $34.49.)
But the real star of the Aspire show is the 13.3-inch touch screen, which has a native resolution of 1,920x1,080 pixels. I've often noted that touch capabilities are superfluous on a laptop, but they're definitely a nice perk, if only for scrolling documents and Web pages. And that resolution, also a bit of overkill (it's only a 13.3-inch screen, after all), certainly won't draw any complaints. My current laptop, a very similar Samsung Series 9, runs at the same resolution, and it's nice.
With its integrated Intel HD4000 graphics subsystem, the Aspire probably won't be an ideal host for 3D games or other graphics-intensive applications. Also, it doesn't appear to have a backlit keyboard, a feature I've really come to appreciate on the Samsung. (Update: Yes, it does. Chalk up another point for loose_screw. Guess I need more coffee this morning!)
CNET hasn't reviewed this particular model (here's a CNET review of a similar S7), and I came up empty even on Amazon. However, I can refer you to a mostly positive review on Ubergizmo, which praised the Aspire's "excellent" display and performance but dinged its "squishy" keyboard. Keep in mind, too, that the review was based on a $1,400 price tag.
Personally, I think it's hard to beat a laptop with this form factor and this loadout for $750 out the door. I've seen a few ultrabooks for less, but not with a touch screen, not with a 2.9-pound travel weight, and usually not with a full warranty. Your thoughts?
Acer Aspire S7 touch-screen ultrabook: Built for Windows 8
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