Lenovo ultrabook arrives at Newegg, costs way too much

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.

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