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Best Ultrabooks Under $1000, Under $800: 2012 Buying Guide

Updated on May 30, 2012

2012 Buying Guide: Best Ultrabooks for under $1000, and Under $800

Ultrabook is a new type of ultra-portable PC laptop that is designed to compete the Apple's MacBook Air. Acer, Samsung, and Hewlett-Packard all make Ultrabooks that cost less than $1000 or even under $800! The Asus Zenbook is also nearing the $1000 price point.

If you are looking for a lightweight, thin, and fast high-end notebook, you may be pleasently surprised by what you find here. They have 13.3" or 14" screens, long battery life, and an Intel processor.

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The Acer Aspire S3-951-6646 13.3-Inch Ultrabook

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HP Folio 13-1020US 13.3-Inch Ultrabook - Under $900 - Professional Level Ultrabook

HP Folio 13-1020US 13.3-Inch Ultrabook (Steel Gray)
HP Folio 13-1020US 13.3-Inch Ultrabook (Steel Gray)

Features & Specifications

2nd generation Intel Core i5-2467M Processor 1.60GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 2.30GHz

Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)

13.3-inch diagonal HD BrightView LED-backlit display (1366 x 768)

Memory: 4GB DDR3 RAM

Hard Drive: 128GB solid-state drive flash module

Weight & Dimensions (w x d x h)

3.30 lbs; 12.54" x 8.67" x 0.7"

Battery Life: Up to 9 hours

Wireless: 802.11b/g/n WLAN and Bluetooth

Intel HD Graphics 3000 with up to 1696MB total graphics memory

Built-in Webcam: Video chat in low-light environments using your HP Folio 13-1020us

Digital Media Reader

Ethernet Port

Full Size HDMI Port

Full-size backlit keyboard

 

Acer Aspire S3-951-6646 13.3-Inch Ultrabook - Under 3 Pounds, and very thin (.5")!

Acer Aspire S3-951-6646 13.3-Inch Ultrabook
Acer Aspire S3-951-6646 13.3-Inch Ultrabook

Features / Specifications

13.3" HD Widescreen CineCrystal LED-backlit Display: (1366 x 768) resolution; 16:9 aspect ratio

2nd generation Intel Core i5-2467M Processor 1.6GHz

Intel HD Graphics 3000 with 128MB of dedicated system memory

320GB SATA Hard Drive

20GB SSD Drive

2-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader

802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi CERTIFIED

Bluetooth 4.0+HS

1.3MP HD Webcam(1280 x 1024)

Dolby Home Theater v4 audio enhancement

Two Built-in Acer 3DSonic stereo speakers

2- USB 2.0 Ports

1- HDMI Portwith HDCP Support

3-cell Lithium polymer Battery

Up to 6-hours battery life

2.98 lbs. system unit only

 

Samsung Series 5 NP530U3B-A01US 13.3-Inch Ultrabook - Priced at Under $800!

Samsung Series 5 NP530U3B-A01US 13.3-Inch Ultrabook (Silver)
Samsung Series 5 NP530U3B-A01US 13.3-Inch Ultrabook (Silver)

Specifications

Windows 7 Home Premium

13.3-inch LED-backlit display with 1366 x 768 resolution for native HD 720p viewing (300-nit brightness)

1.6 GHz Intel Core i5-2467M low-voltage, dual-core processor (2.3 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology; 3 MB L3 cache)

500 GB SATA hard drive (5400 RPM)

4 GB of installed DDR3 RAM (8 GB maximum)

1.3-megapixel HD webcam

Built-in stereo speakers with 4 watts of power (2W x 2)

Up to 6.5 hours of battery life (4-cell battery)

Dimensions and Weight: 12.4 x 8.6 x 0.69 inches (WxDxH); 3.24 pounds

Wireless-N Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n)

Intel Wireless Display functionality

Bluetooth 3.0

Gigabit Ethernet

1 USB 3.0 port for ultra-fast data transfer

2 USB 2.0 ports

HDMI port

VGA video output

Multi-format memory card slot

Microphone and headphone jacks

 

ASUS Zenbook UX31E-DH52 13.3-Inch Thin and Light Ultrabook - This is currently priced a bit over $1000, but I thought it was worth mentioning here, for comparis

ASUS UX31 13-Inch Laptop [2011 model]
ASUS UX31 13-Inch Laptop [2011 model]

Specifications

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)

Display: 13.3-inch HD display (1600 x 900)

CPU: 2nd Generation Intel Core i5-2557M Processor (Turbo Boost up to 2.3Ghz)

Graphics: Intel UMA

Wireless: 802.11 b/g/n (@ 2.4GHz)

Bluetooth: BT 4.0

Memory: 4GB DDR3

Storage: 128GB Solid State Drive

Camera: 0.3 megapixel

Speakers: Stereo Speakers powered by Bang & Olufsen ICEPower

Microphone: Microphone

Card Reader: SD Card

Input / Output:1 x Mic-in, / Headphone-out, 1 x mini VGA port for external monitor, 1x USB 2.0 ports, 1x USB 3.0, Micro HDMI

Battery: 6 cell

Dimensions: 12.8 x 8.78 x 0.12 ~ 0.71" (W x D x H)

Weight: 2.87lbs (with 6 cell battery)

Color: Silver

 

MacBook Air vs. Ultrabook Laptop - Calling all Mac and PC Fans

A 13 inch MacBook Air costs $1299+, while an Ultrabook with the same size screen and the same processor (Intel Dual Core i5 Processor 1.7GHz) can be bought for about $300 less. But, is it a better deal?

Which is a better deal?

MacBook Air

MacBook Air

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      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Ultrabooks for sure, can switch OS to linux :)

      Solid State Drive (SSD) vs. Hard Disk Drive (HDD) - A Feature to Consider when Buying an Ultrabook

      Solid State Drives are faster, which allows quicker boot-up time. There are no moving parts, which means no sound and it may last longer. However, Hard Disk Drives are cheaper which means that they are often bigger so you have more storage space for videos, pictures, music, etc.

      For more information:

      Refurbished Asus Zenbooks on Ebay - Snag a deal!

      I often buy refurbished computers because usually there is a significant cost savings. I figure that refurbished means that the computer company found what went wrong and fixed it for me. However, make sure you check the seller's rating and feedback to see if they appear to be an honest, reputable seller.

      Any thoughts on buying an Ultrabook? - I'd appreciate your input!

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          jonnyquarts 4 years ago

          For less than 1000, right now I'd pick the HP Spectre Xt. It really looks awesome