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HP Envy 4-1010SA Ultrabook available from £479

UltraBooks are becoming increasingly popular, and cheaper as well. Intel and its partners have worked hard, it seems, to bring the average price of these products down to less than £500.

HP is selling its entry-level UltraBook product, the Envy 4-1010SA, for just £479 with free delivery via its online store, and John Lewis sells a similar model with a two year warranty for just £1 extra. The ultra-portable device is powered by a dual-core Intel Core i3-2367M processor clocked at 1.4GHz with 3MB L3 cache and based on Sandy-Bridge with an Intel HD Graphics 3000 sub-system.

There’s also 6GB of RAM (which means you will need to swap one 2GB module for a 4GB one if you want to upgrade), a 500GB SATA drive spinning at 5400PRM, a 32GB SSD, a 14in BrightView LED (1,366 x 768 resolution) display, an HD webcam, two speakers and a Triple Bass Reflex sub-woofer courtesy of Beats Audio.

Connectivity options include GbE interface, Wi-Fi with Wi-Di capabilities, Bluetooth 4.0, one HDMI port, audio in/out, one USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 sockets and a card reader.

At less than 20mm thick and weighing only 1.8Kg, it earns its UltraBook badge by being able to run for up to eight hours without charge.

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