JB Hi-Fi’s tech sales tend to offer pretty good discounts and their current special is no exception. Lasting until Sunday their entire notebook stock (excluding rarely discounted Sony VAIOs but including Macs) is 10% off the normal marked price in addition to aggressive specials on lots of other tech gear. The notebook deal encompasses JB Hi-Fi’s Ultrabook stock as well and some of the most exciting deals are on these incredibly sleek machines. At the current prices they’re all good value as far as we’re concerned but there are a few models that really stand out.
At the high-end of the scale there’s the tiny ASUS Zenbook UX21E-KX008V for $1434.60 (above). The exceptional aluminium exterior really sets it apart from the alternatives and that’s before the specs are brought into the picture. It has a low-voltage 2nd Gen Intel Core i7 together with 4GB of RAM and a 128GB solid state drive putting it in the top tier of Ultrabooks as far as computing power is concerned. The 11.6in (1366 x 768 resolution) screen is on the small side but the favourable end result is that it weighs only 1.1kg and measures 17mm at the thickest point (down to a razor-thin 3mm at the thinnest point). It’s definitely worth a look if you need ultimate portability along with strong computing power.
For those more interested in something more mid-range for $1162.80 the Toshiba Satellite Z830/001 (above) is worth a close look. This magnesium-coated Ultrabook weighs a supremely light 1.12kg despite having a 13.3in (1366 x 768 resolution) screen a feat no alternative has come close to matching. One area that the Z830 shines in is the physical connectivity; it has three USB ports (two 2.0 and one 3.0) a VGA port an HDMI port a Gigabit Ethernet port and an SD card reader. It makes use of a low-voltage 2nd Gen Intel Core i5 that’s backed up by 4GB of RAM and a 128GB solid state drive which while typical for a mid-range Ultrabook still ensures you can get some proper work done. Those still unconvinced should probably remember that the Z830 also has a backlit keyboard as well a feature that really helps in poorly lit environments.
Of course if you’re after an Ultrabook but stuck on a tight budget the Acer Aspire S3-951-2364G34iss (above) for $807.30 is the ideal candidate. This is entry-level in terms of specs because it uses a low-voltage 2nd Gen Intel Core i3 and a mechanical hard disk drive rather than a pure solid state drive. However there’s 4GB of RAM that helps overall performance and the HDD is supported by a 20GB solid state drive used for caching. This allows the Aspire S3 to wake up as fast as Ultrabooks with full SSDs and for the price it’s a fair compromise overall.