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Deal: £500 Toshiba Satellite U840W Ultrabook

We're so fond of Toshiba's Ultrabooks that we own one, the Satellite Z830-10U. However, the U840W-10J, which was unveiled at IFA in Germany last year, is likely to be forgotten as one of Toshiba's poorer attempts to financial success. So much so that Currys is clearing out a last few of these Cinematic Ultrabooks for £500, a bargain given that it cost £900 in December 2012.

On paper, this Ultrabook has a lot to go for it. It runs a dual-core Intel Core i5-3317U processor with 6GB of RAM. This is an Ivy Bridge model that comes with an Intel HD 4000 graphics subsystem. There's a 32GB system SSD and a 500GB hard disk drive.

Add in Windows 8, a 4in cell that can power the device for up to nine hours, a 1.3-megapixel webcam, three USB 3.0 ports, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, a card reader, a HDMI port, an island-style keyboard and a dedicated numeric keypad and you have all the ingredients for a superb and successful device.

{MPU PlaceholderHowever, what sets it apart from the rest of the market though is also what might have cause its misfortune. It has a 14.4in display that adopts a 21:9 aspect ratio. It has a 1792 x 768 pixel resolution which is nearly a third more than normal laptops but it is also much wider.

Note that you can claim free cinema tickets for six months when you by this product.

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