If you thought we'd have to wait until next year for $800 ultrabooks, think again. Best Buy has posted an online listing for what may be the cheapest 13-inch ultrabook yet: Toshiba's Portégé Z835-P330, which is "coming soon" for $799.99.
We talked about the Z835 last week, but at the time, we were under the impression that it would cost $900. The lower price makes this system look all the more enticing considering the specifications. Best Buy says it has a 1.4GHz Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM, a 128GB solid-state drive, USB 3.0 connectivity, and an eight-cell battery. The system purportedly measures just 0.6" in thickness and weighs in at only 2.5 lbs—less than the $1,099 Asus machine we reviewd last month.
Are we seeing a price war erupt in the nascent ultrabook world? As CNet News points out, Acer seems to have slashed the price of its Aspire S3 ultrabook from $900 to $839. Indeed, the system is currently listed at Amazon for $838.99. The Aspire S3 has a 1.6GHz Core i5 processor, but instead of all-solid-state storage, it pairs a 20GB SSD with a 320GB mechanical hard drive.
In any case, it's nice to see ultrabooks getting so affordable so quickly. Here's hoping the low prices and well-rounded specs don't mean users will have to contend with junky touchpads and mushy keyboards.
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