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£380 Asus Vivobook S200E laptop: Core i3, 4GB, Windows 8 and touchscreen

The Asus Vivobook S200E is an oddity in the land of laptops and PCs. It is the cheapest notebook we’ve seen with a touchscreen device and the rest of the configuration is almost equivalent to what you’d expect from an Ultrabook.

Amazon sells it for £380 with free delivery. It comes with an 11.6in 1,366 x 768 pixel touchscreen display, a dual-core Intel Core i3-3217U processor clocked at 1.8GHz, three year of cloud-base storage (32GB on Asus Cloud Storage), 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard disk drive, a webcam, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Windows 8 and the ability to resume from sleep or hibernate in two seconds

As expected this laptop doesn’t qualify for the Ultrabook label although it ticks almost all boxes except perhaps for the compulsory SSD. It doesn’t come with an optical drive but despite its size, it does have a couple of USB ports as well as Ethernet, VGA and HDMI connectors.

Asus has also included what it calls an “exclusive SonicMaster technology” with Waves MaxxAudio 3.

Amazon is also selling Office 365 (one year subscription, five-users) with this laptop for as little as £59. Now swap the hard disk drive for a SSD and you almost land yourself an Ultrabook.