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I'm looking at getting an ultrabook soon, and was just wondering what the cheapest ivy bridge cpu ultrabook was. Tried looking it up on ebay and amazon, but most sellers don't list ivy bridge as a feature. Also does anybody, who knows that market, think it's a good time to buy, or will better ones come out soon or prices drop?
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You might want to browse by processor. Just look for something with an i5-3210M or i5-3320M. Those will be the cheapest
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Do you need an Intel based one?


HP has AMD Trinity sleekbooks in the same exact form factor. They have a quad-core one that even offers more CPU and GPU performance. The only thing that you will lose is the SSD or SSD cache requirement for the term "ultrabook". However, you can just get your own SSD.

http://www.shopping.hp.com/en_US/home-office/-/products/Laptops/Laptops?SearchParameter=%26%40QueryTerm%3D*%26brandlaptops_dte2%3DENVY%26categoryusagelaptops_dte2%3DSleekbook%2Band%2BUltrabook%26CategoryUUIDLevelX%3DjeEQxXjbj14AAAE0syxcZzOW%26Processor_facet_DTE2%3DAMD%26%40Sort.HPProductType%3D0%26%40Sort.TieredPricing%3D0&PageSize=15
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I'd suggest you name a price, and rough weight/size requirements. You'll end up with something mediocre like an Acer S3 or HP Folio if you want the cheapest Ultrabook. If the budget is perhaps <$900.. tough call. You could get something with an i3 for a bit cheaper, but most Ivy Bridge ultrabooks are currently overpriced while they try to clear last year's models. I would personally go with a Portege R935 or R930 for about $850 - technically not an ultrabook, but it only weighs 3.2 pounds, 1" thick, and it comes with a standard-voltage i5 (much faster than the ULV i5). Portege Z930/935, and Samsung 5 series are the only "cheap" ultrabooks I'd consider (but note the Z930/5 is about $1000 with an i5 right now; last model seemed a lot cheaper). http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Series-NP530U3C-A01US-13-3-Inch-Ultrabook/dp/B0083S3OFE/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1341526911&sr=8-3&keywords=samsung+5

Anyways, they're all pretty expensive, and saving $100 or so usually will come with pretty big sacrifices in build quality, aesthetics, or features. I'd look at Sleekbooks like Duckie suggested. Samsung 5 series with an AMD APU looks pretty nice.

At any rate, wait it out for at least a few more weeks for prices to stabilize. I'd expect there to be a lot more supply than demand, especially since there's a lot more competition in Ultrabooks this year than last, and no indicator that unit sales will keep pace with increasing supply, except on the very high end.
 
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That's a bit of a gray area. Official Ultrabook spec was *supposed to* be maximum 3.2 pounds I thought. At 4.12 pounds for a 14" ultrabook (with a ULV), that's just commodity-grade. There's a Toshiba Tecra R940 with a standard-voltage i3/i5/i7 that only weighs 4.2 pounds (magnesium chassis; starting price is $600, well-configured for $8-900), not to mention the Thinkpad T430s that's a hair under 4 pounds with standard voltage i3/i5/i7.. and then there's the Thinkpad X1 Carbon, a 14" Ultrabook weighing just 3 pounds, with roughly the same external dimensions as a Macbook Air 13.
 
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That's a bit of a gray area. Official Ultrabook spec was *supposed to* be maximum 3.2 pounds I thought. At 4.12 pounds for a 14" ultrabook (with a ULV), that's just commodity-grade. There's a Toshiba Tecra R940 with a standard-voltage i3/i5/i7 that only weighs 4.2 pounds (magnesium chassis; starting price is $600, well-configured for $8-900), not to mention the Thinkpad T430s that's a hair under 4 pounds with standard voltage i3/i5/i7.. and then there's the Thinkpad X1 Carbon, a 14" Ultrabook weighing just 3 pounds, with roughly the same external dimensions as a Macbook Air 13.

dell just slapped that name on that product hoping it would sell better.
but then again it takes a lot of money to compact it down to that.
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Do you need an Intel based one?
HP has AMD Trinity sleekbooks in the same exact form factor. They have a quad-core one that even offers more CPU and GPU performance. The only thing that you will lose is the SSD or SSD cache requirement for the term "ultrabook". However, you can just get your own SSD....
I don't 'Need' an intel one, but i've had bad experiences with AMD in the past, and unless it would save me ~$100 or more, i'll stick with intel. Also I have an Intel 330 SSD that I plan to put in it, so I'll be getting the cheaper model and upgrading the HDD myself.
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I'd suggest you name a price, and rough weight/size requirements. You'll end up with something mediocre like an Acer S3 or HP Folio if you want the cheapest Ultrabook. If the budget is perhaps <$900.. tough call. You could get something with an i3 for a bit cheaper, but most Ivy Bridge ultrabooks are currently overpriced while they try to clear last year's models. I would personally go with a Portege R935 or R930 for about $850 - technically not an ultrabook, but it only weighs 3.2 pounds, 1" thick, and it comes with a standard-voltage i5 (much faster than the ULV i5). Portege Z930/935, and Samsung 5 series are the only "cheap" ultrabooks I'd consider (but note the Z930/5 is about $1000 with an i5 right now; last model seemed a lot cheaper). http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Series-NP530U3C-A01US-13-3-Inch-Ultrabook/dp/B0083S3OFE/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1341526911&sr=8-3&keywords=samsung+5
Anyways, they're all pretty expensive, and saving $100 or so usually will come with pretty big sacrifices in build quality, aesthetics, or features. I'd look at Sleekbooks like Duckie suggested. Samsung 5 series with an AMD APU looks pretty nice.
At any rate, wait it out for at least a few more weeks for prices to stabilize. I'd expect there to be a lot more supply than demand, especially since there's a lot more competition in Ultrabooks this year than last, and no indicator that unit sales will keep pace with increasing supply, except on the very high end.
Price: as cheap as possible, no more than $1000 (I'm not rich, and I'm expecting a considerable cost to get one to Australia), would prefer to pay <$900 if possible. I'll take a look at the ones you linked an let you know what I think a bit later. Also I'm not ready to buy one right now, expecting to wait about 3-4 weeks to get my money together and let more ivy ones come out. The main reason I want an ultrabook is for the sleek design, these things look horrible! Also I would never buy a Dell... never again!

Edit: Just a note, I'm not entirely set on getting an ultrabook, a thin laptop may be a better option, feel free to recommend some of them as well.
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If you just want a thin/light laptop, Toshiba Portege R930/R935 will be the cheapest, high-quality option. $850 with a standard-voltage Ivy Bridge i5-3210M (2.5-3.1ghz, way faster than ULV's), 66Whr battery with ~6-7 hours battery life, 3.2 pounds, magnesium chassis, etc etc. http://www.toshibadirect.com/td/b2c/pdet.to?poid=2000035669 I have an R835 and it's crazy light for what it is. The top lid has a navy blue, brushed metallic look. The rest of it (bezel and palmrest, and keyboard) are all black, very light semi-gloss, same with the keys, though the touchpad has a matte finish. Anyway if you're interested in it feel free to ask questions, my only real gripe is the speakers are junk for listening to music - really only meant for listening to stuff like online lectures, talk radio etc. (it'll play music.. but $10 earbuds sound a lot better, not to mention any cheap pair of $10 USB speakers).

You could save $100+ going with an AMD ultraportable, but the tradeoff is much lower single-threaded performance, compared to an i5. Perhaps similar to a ULV i3 for single-threaded (which is by no means slow). CPU would be fast enough for basic use still, I'm sure; and much faster than an E-350 or dual-core Atom.
 
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I just bought my R935-ST2N02 and I have to tell you it is the best laptop I have ever owned. I have removed the factory 750GB Toshiba hard drive and I replaced that with a Seagate Momentus XT hybrid drive. My boot time is about 30 seconds including entering my password. I have run Call of Duty2 Modern Warfare with no problems. I know it is heavier than the Ultra books but with a DVD burner 2 USB 3.0 ports and a USB 3.0/eSATA port this is one USEABLE tool.thumb.gif
I have read a few places comments on these being flimsy???? I don't know where that came from, this sure seems solid to me. Anyway in my mind it was a great replacement for my R500 Portege.
Hope that helps?

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Organisation: Toshiba
User: Walt
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Report Date: Sunday 15 July 2012 at 12:12

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