That Lenovo ultrabook we told you all about in September has quietly made it into Newegg's stock. At long last, you can skip Lenovo's "more than 4 weeks" lead time and... and pay Newegg $1,599.99 for the top-of-the-line U300s model.
Yes, that rather pricey variant is the only one in stock at the e-tailer right now. There's another one listed, but it's unavailable and not a whole lot cheaper, at $1,449.99. By contrast, the cheapest U300s Lenovo sells on its website starts at $1,199 with a 1.6GHz Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, a 128GB solid-state drive, and a four-cell lithium-polymer battery. The $1,599.99 model selling at Newegg has a faster, 1.8GHz Core i7 chip and a higher-capacity 256GB SSD, but it looks identical in other respects.
Still, all three of those U300s flavors are priced well above Intel's sub-$1000 guideline for ultrabooks—and, except for the base model, higher than Apple's 13-inch MacBook Air. The Air starts at $1,299 with a 1.7GHz Core i5, four gigs of RAM, and 128GB of solid-state storage. Considering Apple's talent for making well-built, highly polished machines, I'd be tempted to grab that over a premium ultrabook if I were in the market for a laptop right now.