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Asus UX31A-R4003P 13.3" Core i7 256GB SSD Win 8 Pro -- Computer Alliance - $1595

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Computer Alliance have a special on their Asus UX31A R4003P (and also the i5 versions) at $1595. Next cheapest on Staticice is $1699. Umart had it at a similar price a few weeks ago but sold out.

If you're thinking of buying this, bear in mind that they are about to be superseded by a similar model with touchscreen and 8GB memory(which will probably be around the $2000 mark). Don't know when this will be though.

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  • +1 vote

    Those specs are pretty cool:
    256gb SSD+ i7 + 1920x1080

    • +2 votes

      For 1600 bucks you'd expect them to be…

    • +3 votes

      For 1600 bucks I expect more than this…
      more ram, faster SSD, stronger casing and 2yrs warranty

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    the new ultrabook's are slated for beginning of q2 2013

  • -2 votes

    Give me an example of something that you could do with this that you could not do equally as well with something at half the price?

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      Getting rid of the contents of that pesky, overflowing wallet?

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      Most of the time, a laptop half this price won't be a 13.3 inch laptop weighing at 1.3 kg (let alone having a FHD screen). Not everyone likes carrying a 15.6 inch laptop, and the main issue with buying a laptop with a smaller form factor is you tend to have to pay through the nose for it.

      • +1 vote

        Ok you've got the great screen … but it's so small it's not great for watching movies, so what is it good for? Not gaming, cos it's got no video card.

        You've got the I7 but what will you be doing where the I7 performs better on the road (presumably the reason you're paying for the light weight) than an I3?

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          Coding for one. Doing it on a 1366x768 screen is painful, and you don't get too many 13.3 inch laptops with HD+ or FHD screen.

          I do agree that you don't always need the i7 processor, although I'd go with an i5 as a minimum. What's more concerning for me is the 4GB memory which is not user replaceable and is barely enough. Backlit keyboard should have also been a standard at that price point.

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          I confirm, trying to code on x768 can be quite painful.

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      Wow your friends?

  • +3 votes

    To me it looks like a wank spec- designed to impress but not to perform.

  • -2 votes

    I purchased a 15.6" i7 ASUS K55A and R500A for $700 each from MSY. No SSD or FHD, but good value for money.

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    God i can't stop comparing this to desktop PC. Wish notebooks could be home-built too

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    I'd rather get the Asus Taichi with that sort of money - dual screens and all. Yes, its smaller but more flexible to turn into a Tablet as well. Even HN sells it for the same price..

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      Transformer book or Ativ pro

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    more and more touch screen models coming soon with better price marks, also, windows 8 works well only with touch screen ;)

  • -1 vote

    Better off getting a laptop by Clevo for that price.
    http://www.affordablelaptops.com.au/contents/en-us/d168_meta...
    $1566 with 120GB SDD and OS added.

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      That's a laptop that's probably has 3X the thickness and weight.

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    At that price, I'd definitely be expecting over 4GB ram! Any maybe a dedicated video card? Or is that something that doesn't happen in ultrabooks?

  • +2 votes

    Dont' think this is a deal, it's just the normal price for a i7 ultrabook considering touch enabled ultrabooks will be filling the shelves soon. For example a i5 Samsung series 9 13.3 non touch is $999 (posted here a few days ago), is i7 and extra 120gb of SSD space worth $594 extra markup? I think the price needs to be around $1200-1300 for this to be a bargain deal.