Best Buy to Sell a Toshiba Ultrabook for 800 Smackers

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Intel's Ultrabook concept is having a tough time winning over customers, not because people aren't interested in a thin and light notebook that's both powerful and attractive (the MacBook Air proves otherwise), but because of the price. Many of the early models are hovering around the $1,000 price ceiling Intel said it would like manufacturers to stay under, and some have even gone over. Toshiba's 13.3-inch Portégé, on the other hand, will be much cheaper.

A full $200 cheaper, to be exact. Best Buy has a listing for Toshiba's $800 Ultrabook model with free shipping, and even after paying sales tax, you're still looking at an Ultrabook that's around $850. Pretty reasonable, but how does the spec sheet look? Good question, and here's your answer:
  • 13.3-inch LED backlight TFT screen with TruBright technology (1366x768 resolution)
  • Intel Core i3 2367M processor (1.4GHz, 3MB L3 cache)
  • Intel HD graphics
  • 4GB of DDR3 memory (expandable to 6GB)
  • 128GB solid state drive
  • Built-in webcam
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and GbE LAn
  • Multi-format media card reader
  • 2x USB 2.0 ports; 1x USB 3.0Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Toshiba's upcoming Portégé also includes an 8-cell lithium ion battery and weighs 2.5 pounds, according to its product page on Best Buy's website. No word on when it be available, other than "coming soon."

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MMonelli replied on Mon, Nov 14 2011 4:18 PM

I looked at the zenbook, i didn't like the off angle viewing. I'm used to my sager notebook 1080p screeen, it doesn't get washed out off angle, the zenbook does, or i would think about it more because I like the design.

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rapid1 replied on Mon, Nov 14 2011 5:04 PM

Wow that is nothing for a Toshiba Portege not to mention this ones ultra light status and extended battery size!

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JDiaz replied on Tue, Nov 15 2011 5:05 PM

Probably because of price constraints they're only using TN screens for now but once manufacturing costs start coming down with the 2nd generation Ultabooks then we should start seeing some start better parts like using the pricier IPS screens for wide angle viewing, etc.

Next year should also start bringing out some of the recent advances in screen technology, reducing power consumption, more outdoor readability, etc.

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