Three Ivy-Bridge Ultrabook Offers

Posted on 21 January 2014 by

Inspiron 15z CollageUltrabooks with 3rd-Gen Cores from the 2012/2013 generation are starting to fade from the tier-1 retailers’ shelves leaving some special offers with the smaller retailers and bulk discounters as they pick up unwanted stock. I’ve taken a closer look through the Amazon stores to see if I can find any good value deals and picked out a power-Ultrabook, a stylish Ultrabook and a convertible Ultrabook for you to take a closer look at.



Inspiron 15zDell Inspiron 15z with 8GB, Core i7 and Nvidia GPU – Power for $879

I reviewed this last year and really liked it. It has a clear target audience as a mainly home-based laptop with some Ultrabook reatures built-in. You can get a Core i7 version with 8GB RAM and the Nvidia 630T GPU for around $900, the Core i5 version for $799. Given the quality of the keyboard, the speakers, battery life and ports I can recommend this for student and home office usage with an external display. A desktop-Ultrabook if you like. It’s also available without the Nvidia GPU for under $600. Either way it’s a great deal.  [Full review]

Pick:  Dell Inspiron 15z i15z-1400sLV for $879 with 8GB, Core i7, Nvidia GeForece GT630M for $879

If you want something a bit slimmer and lighter, though, try this….

UX31ASUS Zenbook UX31A – Style for $799

You can expect to pay a lot of money for a FullHD screen, fast SSD, light weight and high-end design and if you look at the Zenbooks from the Ivy Bridge-era yo’ll still have to pay $1200 for a Core i7 version. Step down to a Core i5 version though and there are a few offers around. How about $799?  More information, including review links, here

This UX31A-DH51 comes with Windows 8 for $809

For something a little more touchable and flexible, and yet solid at the same time…

TwistLenovo Thinkpad Twist – 2-in-1 for $699

Fancy a bit of  ‘pro’ quality convertible? The Lenovo Thinkpad Twist is a solid offering and although this one comes with the 500GB drive, upgrading to SSD is extremely simple. You also get a MiniDisplayPort and MiniHDMI so connecting two external screens is possible. Spill-resistant keyboard, magnesium-alloy construction and TPM module move it well into the business category. [Review here]

Lenovo Thinkpad Twist S230U – $699

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