Update: Stay Away! Cyber Monday Ultrabook – Dell XPS 13 w/ Core i7 and 128GB SSD for $899; Available 9pm – 12pm EST ONLY

Posted on 27 November 2012 by

This Cyber Monday Dell is offering some time-sensitive deals. The company has a powerful XPS 13 Ultrabook available with Core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB SSD for sale for $999 but only between 9pm and 12pm EST tonight!

Update: Dell tried to pull a fast one — this is indeed the first-generation Dell XPS 13 with older Sandy Bridge processor and not the latest XPS 13 (they’ve had issues with this before). They did drop the price further though, from $999 to $899. Our advice: stay away from this one, you can find plenty of great second-generation Ultrabook deals with more ports and newer processors for cheaper. In fact, here’s a second-generation Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook with Core i7 (Ivy Bridge), 4GB of RAM, and 128GB SSD still available for $799!

Dell’s offers have been running in timed slots throughout Cyber Monday. Between 9pm and 12pm EST the Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook Cyber Monday deal will be unlocked. $999 will get you the XPS 13 with Core i7 processor (the most powerful available), 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. Dell says that this is a savings of $150 (13%). You’ll find the deal available at the bottom of the page linked below:

Cyber Monday Ultrabook: Dell XPS 13 for $999 (from 9pm to 12pm EST only)

One issue is that there are no other details regarding the deal. This means that we don’t know if Dell is offering the first-generation XPS 13 Ultrabook with Sandy Bridge processor, or the newer (and better) second-generation XPS 13 with Ivy Bridge processor. Most signs point to it being the latest unit, but be sure to double check before adding to your cart! We’ll have to wait until 9pm to be certain.

To put the deal into perspective, Dell normally offers the XPS 13 Ultrabook for $999 with the same specs as the deal here except with a slower Core i5 processor. So you’re essentially getting bumped up to the Core i7 for free (technical comparison of the two {Ivy Bridge} processors). The $150 savings is perfectly in line with what other retailers are charging for Core i7 upgrades so we can confirm that you’re getting an actual deal here!

The Dell XPS 13 has a 13.3″ display with a 1377×768 resolution. It’s a well made device but Dell hasn’t changed the design since its introduction; the lack of ports screams “first generation Ultrabook!”; you’ll find just 2x USB 2.0, mini DisplayPort, and a 3.5mm headphone jack — if you plan on using this at a desk with lots of peripherals attached, be ready for hubs and adapters.

Chippy had a chance to check out the first-generation Dell XPS 13 and shares his thoughts here:

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