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Lenovo U410 Windows 8 Ultrabook available from £600

The Lenovo Ideapad U410 is not only one of the most affordable Ultrabooks on the market to come with Windows 8, but it is also the cheapest one to come with a dedicated graphics chip.

The model, which is on sale at Currys for £600, is powered by an Ivy Bridge-based Intel Core i3-3217U processor clocked at 1.8GHz with 3MB L3 cache and two cores. There’s 4GB of RAM, a 24GB SSD and a 500GB hard disk drive that spins at 5400RPM.

Other features include an Nvidia Geforce graphics card with 1GB of RAM, a 14in 1,366 x 768 pixels display, a card reader, four USB ports (including two USB 3.0), an Ethernet port, HDMI, HD webcam, two 2W speakers, Wi-Fi, and a battery life of up to nine hours.

At 1.9kg and measuring only 21mm thin, it is just within the limits of what can be considered to be an Ultrabook. Lenovo also bundled a few applications including its own Lenovo Smart Update feature, which keeps track of your mailbox, instant messenger and social media, even when your Ultrabook is in sleep mode.

Note that according to Currys you will get a free upgrade to Windows 8 Pro with this product. Windows 8 launches tonight at midnight worldwide.

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