Ultrabook is a specification and brand developed by Intel. Back in 2012 they started including Celerons in the specs. This celeron benchmarks at around 1730 passmarks. The Intel Core i3 M 330 benchmarks around the same as does the Intel Core i7 U 680. Of course these are older cpus but don't let the Celeron name fool you.
smw said: This laptop is too thick to be an ultrabook. Height is supposed to be no more than 23mm, this one is 33mm. True.. This is no ultrabook. I don't believe ASUS calls it an ultrabook. Radio Shack is mislabeling this as an ultrabook.
I have this laptop. Decent for this price. Gets around 5+ hours of battery life while the cpu is quite powerful for everything regular. It is all plastic and feels cheap. LCD is ok, no mesh effect. Some of the problems: fan noise is low but pretty much continuous, only 2 USB, touchpad clicks suck but I am using tap and double tap for both left and right (right not always working though). Tempted to put a SSD to eliminate HDD noise but fan noise would be still present. But 14" screen is very workable much better than a 11.6" or 12.5". Very portable at 4 lbs; Im very happy it has no touch screen so the weight is low. Win 8 is not as bad as I expected. Just install a start-menu application. All in all 7/10 but for this price: 11/10
I have an 11.6" Acer netbook of a similar (I assume) plastic build quality to this Asus and I am actually thrilled with the Acer . The touchpad on this thing has taken some getting used to as well (I still don't like it but have learned to live with it). I bought the Acer as a travel laptop but have wound up using it almost all the time, leaving the old 15" Dell Inspiron tank at home.
But this Asus is very tempting at this price- a slightly faster CPU and a bigger screen plus a USB 3 port (which my Acer lacks). I don't care about Windows 8 because I mostly won't be using it - my Acer came with Win 8 as well but I have been Ubuntu Linux on it almost since the day I bought it. I have kind of been looking for something else to replace the old heavy Dell laptop and revert the Acer back to its status as my "travel laptop." Hmm...
perfectly portable laptop. ideal for browsing. got 1 for the wife as well and she loves it too. the mousepad is a b*** to use with random pointer positioning. but after a while the annoyance isn't too bad. USB 3 port, HDMI, a SD Card reader that recognizes high capacity SDXC format, a screenthat's not bad at all...at $209, its a steal..
Back in stock this morning! I actually ordered one last night, then saw the helpful post about the $20 off coupon (thanks!). I called Radio Shack's 800 number with my order number to see if they would adjust the price for me. No can do - the order is already in "allocation." No problem - I ordered a second one for $20 less with the coupon and will simply return the first one in store (both are being shipped to the store where I will pick up). Of course, it costs them more to ship two and send one back, but if they had been able to adjust the price for me, they could have saved themselves that money. Oh, well...
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