If you've been holding out for Lenovo's
U300e Ultrabook ever since it was first announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month, today's the day you can finally order one, albeit it's a little pricier than anticipated. At CES 2012, Lenovo said the U300e would start at $799, and while that might still be true, the configuration that's currently available for pre-order starts at $959.
A slightly lower end (and cheaper) configuration sporting an Intel Core i3 2367M (1.4GHz) processor, as originally announced, might still be in the cards for Lenovo, but this higher priced version ups the processing ante with a Core i5 2467M CPU clocked at 1.6GHz.
Other specs include a 13.3-inch display (1366x768 resolution), 4GB of DDR3-1333MHz RAM, Intel HD Graphics 3000, 500GB hard drive + 32GB solid state drive (532GB total), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, two USB 2.0 ports, a single SuperSpeed USB 3.0 sport, HDMI output, GbE LAN, 1.3MP webcam, 4-cell battery, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
The U300e is intended to be a more mainstream version of the U300s that starts out at $1,499.