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Deal: Cheapest Ultrabook in the UK is £337 Acer TimeLine M3

Ultrabooks are no longer what they used to be. While the first generation shared a lot of common features, the new models are an eclectic mix. Check out the Acer Timeline M3 Ultrabook for example, which is on sale from eBay for just under £333 with 333 Nectar points. It is a refurbished model from Argos which means that it has been returned but it does carry a full 12-months warranty.

The Timeline M3 comes with a dual-core Intel Core i3-2367U processor, one clocked at 1.4GHz with 3MB cache and an Intel HD 3000 Graphics solution. It has 4GB of RAM, a 320GB hard disk drive (with a 20GB system SSD), a 15.6in 1,366 x 768 pixel display, an optical drive, a 1.3-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, Windows 7 premium and up to eight hours battery life.

It is as thin as an Ultrabook and just borderline when it comes to the weight. The TimeLine M3 shows the extent to which the Ultrabook label can be flexible. The fact that Intel allowed Acer to use a 15.6in display and a DVD drive shows that there is still some leeway for manufacturers to innovate if they want to get more Ultrabooks sold.

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