Toshiba Satellite U940 Windows 8 UltraBook available from £600

A £600 entry level UltraBook from Toshiba, the Satellite U940-10P, will go on sale on 26 October at Currys, pushing the boundaries of what can be defined as an UltraBook. Intel, in a bid to cut down on prices, has allowed manufacturers to replace SSD-only setups with SSD+HDD hybrids.

The U940-10P is one of them. It comes with an Ivy-Bridge-based Intel Core i5-3317U processor clocked at 1.7GHz (with a 2.6GHz turbo boost), 3MB L2 cache and an Intel HD 4000 graphics subsystem.

Other features include 4GB of RAM (with some of it being shared with the graphics unit), 32GB SSD system disk, a 500GB 5400RPM hard drive, a 14in 1,366 x 768 TruBrite display, a card reader, SRS HD Premium Sound 3D technology, a webcam, 4-cell battery (with a 6-hour autonomy), HDMI, VGA, three USB ports (including one USB 3.0 and USB Sleep & Charge capability), Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi.

The UltraBook runs Windows 8 and has a number of Toshiba utilities like PC health Monitor or Eco Utility. A weight of 1.79Kg combined with a thickness of 21mm means that its size and weight are above average for the Ultrabook category.