$100 Gift Card Deal at Amazon.com Ends on Saturday. Here’s Chippy’s Choice!

Updated on 17 July 2012 by

Amazon.com have been running the $100 Gift Card Promotion on Ultrabooks for a while now but it ends on Saturday the 21st July. It’s a good week to buy though because there are some new 2nd-gen Ultrabooks in stock now. If you’ve been waiting, strike now! UltrabookGiftCard_SummerSale

Chippy’s Choice

I’ve spent some time going through the offers available and I’ve come up with a selection to suit different types of buyer. Take a look below… Here’s a link to all the Ultrabooks available in the promotion right now.

Back To School Ultrabook

Don’t wait until the last minute to buy a laptop for your return to school. You need time to set-up and learn how to use your Ultrabook, especially if this is your first Win 7 PC. I have been looking at the Lenovo U310 favorably and there’s a great offer available today but I’m saying ‘hold off’ on it at the moment due to a number of reports of poor WiFi performance.  Lenovo appear to me taking a closer look at this. [Interesting forum thread on the U310 Wifi issue here.] There’s a lot to choose from in this category. Beware of the Core i3 models though as some of them are using the older Sandy Bridge CPU.

  • Sony Vaio T 13.3 Core i5 – $780
  • Samsung Series 5 NP530C Core i5 – $829
  • Toshiba U845 Core i5 – $879
  • Lenovo U410 Core i5 – $899
  • Dell Inspiron 14z Core i5 – $799

The Sony Vaio T is definitely worth a second look as is the Samsung Series 5 which is based on the older, and trusted, 1st-gen model but we’ve chosen an HP as the #1 choice in this section. Hp Envy 4t

HP Envy 4 1030US Core i5 – $812 4GB, Discreet Graphics, 52Wh battery, 500GB Hybrid HDD, Backlit keyboard, Beats Audio, Intel 2×2 WiFi Card, HDD drop protection, 2 DIMM slots. No VGA port.

The Envy 4 Ultrabook is also available in a Core i3 version too (at $699 from HP) but we’re not recommending that one. Go for the Ivy-Bridge based Core i5 1030us which came into the Amazon selection just 48 hours ago. [Link. EAN Code: 0887111102690. 4GB RAM is expected, not 6GB. 500GB HDD is expected not 640GB as stated on Amazon.]


Best $1K Ultrabook

Moving up a step to the $1K bracket brings in the SSD-only options so if you don’t need the storage offered by a Hybrid solution, go for a faster SSD-only solution. Want a 1600×900 screen? Let’s take a look at the offers.

Sticking out like a golden egg is the ASUS Zenbook Prime UX31A with 128GB SSD and a 1920×1024 screen. It’s being offered for $1079.99 with the $100 gift voucher.  The Sandisk SSD might not be the fastest and you should be aware of a potential issue with screen backlight ‘bleed’ but apart from that, there’s a good feeling about the UX32A out there. [Link to Amazon]

The other interesting option at the $1K level is the Toshiba U845W with the widescreen display. This too has just come online at Amazon and is worth looking at if you want a wider working area for a possible two side-by-side Windows. There’s only a Hybrid HDD in the U845W but after our close hands-on a few weeks ago, it’s high on our list as a well designed Ultrabook.

A full review of the U845W is not available at this stage but Notebookcheck have taken a close look at the German version, the U840W. [Amazon Link] Also worth looking at is the HP Folio 13. It’s a 2011 Ultrabook but it still has one of the best battery life figures of all the Ultrabooks. The keyboard is good, it includes a full SSD, there’s a good port selection and it’s well reviewed and well-rated.

Series 9


Pro Ultrabook

You want fast storage, a quality build, security features and the best keyboard possible. Long battery life is a must and it needs to look great.

Our immediate thought is for a Core i7 Samsung Series 9 13.3” but we can only find the Core i5 version with the Gift Card special offer.

The 13.3” Series 9 has a fantastic wide-view screen and oozes style and uniqueness. We’ve tested the 15” version but that doesn’t have the high-end screen of the 13.3” version. It weighs just 2.55lbs [Amazon link] Current price $1299

For the same price you can get a Core i7 / 126GB SSD version of the Sony Vaio T.  We don’t think it’s in the same class as the Series 9 for style and weight but you do get the high-end CPU. [link]

Unfortunately Amazon aren’t listing many of the B2B-style Ultrabooks. There’s no VPro-enabled solutions there that I can see. Where are the big boys with their Core i7-3667U for example? Where’s that Toshiba Portege Z930-S9302 when you need it?

Note Amazon.com does not ship outside the USA.

Let us know what y
ou choose and check back to let us know how you get on with your new Ultrabook.

Here’s a link to all the Ultrabooks available in the promotion right now.

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10 Comments For This Post

  1. Visigoth says:

    Is the gift card deal available to people outside the U.S. too?

  2. admin says:

    No. This is a US-Only offer.

  3. Visigoth says:

    That sucks. Non-US customers always seem to get the shaft. :-(

  4. vjachi says:

    Just ordered the Samsung Series 9 15″ :)

  5. Adam says:

    Chippy, your favorite Samsung Series 5 is $200 off at Amazon.com; I’m pretty surprised you missed that one: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006KYY1FU?ie=UTF8&camp=213733&creative=393185&creativeASIN=B006KYY1FU&linkCode=shr&tag=wwwnetbooknew-20&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&qid=1342517282&ref_=sr_1_3&s=pc&sr=1-3


  6. Adam says:

    Nevermind; you didn’t miss much it’s an old Ivybridge model…
    For $100 extra the added perf and 13w TDP feature is probably worth it.


  7. admin says:

    …an old Sandy Bridge model ;-(

    Yes I saw it….I moved along.

    But thanks for the feedback. Keep it coming. I need people on lookout for special offers.


  8. Robert says:

    I am so happy with my samsung series 9 13 inch it is absolutely silent i thought i heard a very low absolutely pleasant hum until i realised even that didnt come from the samsung but the WD hard drive i had attached!;-) the keyboard is very good to type on and the screen just blows me away every time ! the sound is strong boot .. time due to ssd is alot of fun:) and its gorgeos too-:) maintnance samsung software to update drivers and bios track pad ect. is also very helpful as well as the different settings for screen and sound.

  9. concordus says:

    Can you check new samsung series 7 laptops?

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