Asus, Acer ultrabooks pop up on Amazon, Newegg

Ultrabooks are ripe and ready for the picking. After doing a little digging on Amazon and Newegg, we’ve found listings for not just Acer’s freshly announced Aspire S3, but also two of Asus’ Zenbooks—all in stock.

The Aspire S3 is selling for $899.99 at Newegg. That’s the same configuration Acer announced on Monday, with a 13.3" display, 1.6GHz Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, 20GB solid-state drive, 320GB mechanical hard drive, and six-hour battery.

The base, $1099.99 version of Asus’ 13.3" Zenbook, the UX31E-DH52 is available at both Amazon and Newegg. While pricier than the Acer machine, the Zenbook has a faster, 1.7GHz processor, a 128GB solid-state drive, and a battery rated for over seven hours of run time. It’s also a little lighter, at 2.86 lbs. (The Aspire S3 weighs 2.98 lbs.)

Meanwhile, an $1199.99 version of Asus’ 11.6" Zenbook, the UX21-EDH71, is also stocked at both Amazon and Newegg. It’s quite far removed from the cheapest configuration of that system, though—that would be the $999 UX21E-DH52, which I’m not seeing listed just yet. $999 wouldn’t be too bad, but 1200 bucks is a little pricey for an 11.6" laptop, in my book.

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    • shank15217
    • 8 years ago

    Apple hardware looks pretty cheap right about now…

    • burntham77
    • 8 years ago

    I hate that they use the word “ultra” to describe a product that doesn’t even seem to have basic gaming capabilities. What’s ultra about that? What, it’s thin? Who cares? Using slow hardware to make a thin laptop isn’t that hard.

      • UberGerbil
      • 8 years ago

      “Ultraportable” is a term that goes back at least to the first Toshiba Portages, almost 20 years ago. Nothing to do with gaming, and not everybody in the market for a laptop even cares about gaming.

    • OneArmedScissor
    • 8 years ago

    The IdeaPad U400 is now on sale:

    [url<]http://www.circuitcity.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1175494[/url<] Standard voltage CPU! No idea why the only one they have comes with a low end Radeon...but ok. Hopefully Lenovo sells it without that. And hopefully Ivy Bridge's GPU is good enough to make OEMs stop pulling that.

      • demani
      • 8 years ago

      But at 4.4 pounds that’s a lightweight, and we are looking for flyweights and bantamweights. It seems to be pretty close to the 13in MacBook Pro (both specs and styling), with a nice little bump as is expected.

      • nico1982
      • 8 years ago

      Lenovo’s ultrabook is the U300S, though, and both U300 and U400 are ‘just’ slim laptop.

    • UberGerbil
    • 8 years ago

    Honestly, I have no opinion until I actually look at and type on one. As with every *book — if the screen is glossy or the keyboard sucks, it’s a fail for me. Which is why I’m pretty much Lenovo-only at this point (although ever hopeful the other mfrs will pull their heads out).

    • alsoRun
    • 8 years ago

    I am not at all convinced by this ultra book concept. This $400

    HP Pavilion dm1z series
    AMD Dual-Core Processor E-300 (1.6GHz, 1MB L2 Cache)+AMD Radeon(TM) HD 6310M Discrete-Class Graphics
    FREE Upgrade to 4GB DDR3 System Memory
    250GB 7200RPM Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
    802.11b/g/n WLAN and Bluetooth(R)
    Up to 10 hours of battery life (6 cell)+++

    is good enough for me. It is not that I cannot afford $900. I simply want to update often. $400 price range allows me to do just that.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 8 years ago

      Right, but the $900 Ultrabook of today should still be faster than the dm1z series replacement in a year or two’s time. Despite the similar click speed numbers, the actual performance is quite different. Why would you spend $400 now, $400 next year, and $400 years after that only to get back to the performance of $900 now – that’s 33% more moneys.

        • alsoRun
        • 8 years ago

        Technology changes so fast and it is hard to know what will happen in one or two years.

        Next year, we will Windows 8, touch screen. Besides, I gave away my old one to my wife.

          • dpaus
          • 8 years ago

          And she gives her old ones to the cat

      • DavidC1
      • 8 years ago

      Try this: [url<]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834246200[/url<] Pentium Sandy Bridge B940 will kick the E-300 CPU's ass into oblivion, while Intel did the sensible thing to not cripple the graphics much as they did the desktop parts, meaning even the GPU is better.

        • alsoRun
        • 8 years ago

        That one weighs 6 pounds, not 3.

          • demani
          • 8 years ago

          Now you are just doing some crazy analyzation.

      • Beelzebubba9
      • 8 years ago

      The dm1z is a pretty great machine for the money, but its performance is not anywhere close to a a CULV Sandy Bridge CPU + an SSD both in benchmarks and user experience.

      That said, they’re totally worth it for $400, but you do give up a lot of usability between that and an ultrabook.

        • UberGerbil
        • 8 years ago

        You can always throw an SSD into the dm1z. Sure, it no longer costs $400, but you’re still not into Ultrabook territory.

    • HisDivineOrder
    • 8 years ago

    Far from the promise of what Ultrabooks were supposed to bring.

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 8 years ago

      They were just supposed to start “under $999.” If they were supposed to be even $800-ish, then it would have been “under $799.”

      Intel seems to require i5s to receive the branding, and the ULV i5s cost a pretty penny. This was all about Intel padding their pockets before it’s too late. Thinner laptops are inevitably going to be uniqutious and subject to the same race to the bottom as every other type of laptop.

        • DavidC1
        • 8 years ago

        Uhh, pricey Intel chips only cost pricey to low-volume manufacturers. Buy them in millions, or like Apple, many millions, you save more money. That’s how manufacturers manage to sell the computers at not much more than custom build computers while going through multiple revenue-eating hoops.

        How else do you think financial analyzation of Intel’s structure result in only $100 ASPs across the laptop line?

          • UberGerbil
          • 8 years ago

          [quote<]financial analyzation of Intel's structure[/quote<]?

      • FuturePastNow
      • 8 years ago

      I figured the “promise” was to sell Macbook Airs that didn’t say Macbook on them. And I dunno, $1000 is out of my price range, but for that kind of money, I’d just get the real thing.

    • jdaven
    • 8 years ago

    I see the Ultrabook movement as a way for PC companies to increase margins while making it seem they are offering a better product (in some ways they are). I’m sure these companies hate selling heavy, giant 17″ plastic, cheapy laptops at $600 with razor then margins. Intel is definitely helping them out by comparing this Ultrabook strategy to Apple products in order to justify the cost. Heck, these things are almost the exact same price at Macbook Airs.

    The netbook strategy is over, the sub $1000 large screen laptop strategy is dying, long live the expensive Ultrabook!

    • Derfer
    • 8 years ago

    Acer wins this round. A 1.3 MP webcam? For the first time in quite a few years I can’t say my 7″ EEE has a better webcam than every new laptop on the market. Hopefully this trend of returning to 1.3 cams sticks as it is a rather dramatic IQ difference.

      • JJCDAD
      • 8 years ago

      While the latest smartphones have 8MP HD capable cameras built-in. I hardly see this as a win for laptops.

        • Derfer
        • 8 years ago

        On forward facing cameras? That comparison makes no sense. As I said it’s a huge IQ difference in regards to the usual 0.3 MP stuff. I don’t need it to double as a point and shoot or 1080p camcorder. Just has to depict you as something other than a grainy smear.

      • odizzido
      • 8 years ago

      you have a 7 inch eee?….lucky bastard.

      • UberGerbil
      • 8 years ago

      And for some of us, another feature we’ll never use and would rather not pay for.

    • mattthemuppet
    • 8 years ago

    I think the Asus UX31 looks more appealing than the Acer – 6 cell vs. 3 cell battery, better screen resolution, full SSD, USB3. Only downside is the 0.3Mp vs. 1.3Mp webcam. Can’t wait to see them reviewed properly.

    • ImSpartacus
    • 8 years ago

    The $999 UX21 is an excellent deal. Twice the RAM and storage as its Apple counterpart, but just about everything else is the same.

    The $1099 UX31 isn’t bad either. For $100, you get a more usable resolution and a better CPU.

    I figure keyboard quality will be so-so and the screen will probably suck, but it will be ok for mainstream users.

      • DancinJack
      • 8 years ago

      [quote<]The $999 UX21 is an excellent deal. Twice the RAM and storage as its Apple counterpart, but just about everything else is the same. [/quote<] I wouldn't go that far. Only compared to the Air do I see it as an alright deal. The Air probably still has better build quality and screen. I'd gladly pay a little extra for those features/qualities.

        • ImSpartacus
        • 8 years ago

        I think the build quality is good enough for most users.

        Everybody has their own pet peeve about hardware. I hate cheap trackpads (one of the reasons I’m typing this on a MBP instead of a Thinkpad). On the flip side, I’m not really a screen nazi; I can live with a cheaper panel in front of me.

        So, for the masses, Zenbooks might begin to munch on a portion of the MBA market share.

      • DavidC1
      • 8 years ago

      Acer is still doing the “make every product a value product” strategy. I agree, Asus is better.

    • OneArmedScissor
    • 8 years ago

    Take that, Apple! Er…wait…

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