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Entry price of Ultrabooks fall below £400

Ultrabooks, it seems, are no longer the expensive cousins of the Netbooks we used to refer to. Laptopsdirect is selling the Acer Aspire S3-391 for as little as £399.97.

You can get that price down by subscribing to a trial version of Which? magazine, which saves £15 and you can increase the warranty to three years (including full electrical cover, parts and labour) for £40.

The S3-391 comes with a Core i3-2377M processor, one that has two cores clocked at 1.5GHz, with 3MB cache and is based on the Sandy Bridge architecture. There’s also 4GB of RAM, an Intel HD Graphics 3000 video solution, a 20GB SSD (which is used as a system disk) as well as a 500GB hard disk drive spinning at 5,400RPM.

The rest of the feature include a 13.3in 1,366 x 768 pixel display, Windows 8 Home Premium, a card reader, Wi-Fi, Acer’s Green Instant On feature (that can bring back the laptop from sleep in less than two seconds), HDMI, two USB 3.0 ports, Dolby Home Theater v4.

At 13mm thick and weighing less than 1.4Kg, it is also one of the lightest Ultrabooks on the market. As you would expect, this “Champagne gold” product doesn’t come with any optical drive.

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