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Price of cheapest Windows 8 laptop in the UK falls below £199

Lenovo has dropped the price of its IdeaPad S206 laptop to £199 including delivery at its online outlet store. The device runs on an AMD Fusion E-300 APU, a dual-core model that comes with 1MB L2 cache and is clocked at 1.3GHz).

Other features include a 2-cell Lithium battery that can power the laptop for up to 210 minutes, 4GB of RAM, an 11.6in 1,366 x 768 pixel display, a webcam, an AMD Radeon HD 6310 graphics chip, a 320GB 5400RPM hard drive, Windows 8 32-bit (which means that not all RAM will be utilised, which is a real shame), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, three USB ports, HDMI and an SD card reader.

The S206 – which launched back in January 2012 - is roughly the size of a netbook (and about the size of the Apple MacBook Air), however, it is more powerful than any Atom-powered laptop on them market although it doesn’t carry such a price premium.

Another interesting alternative to Lenovo’s diminutive laptop is the HP 655 which currently comes with a cashback offer from HP worth £100, bringing the price to 213. The HP655 comes with a faster APU, a bigger screen and a DVD writer plus Windows 8 professional.

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