Shopping an Ultrabook? Keep Your Eyes Peeled for 1st Generation Deals

Paul Lilly

Tax season is upon us, and for many, that means a tax refund is just around the corner. Looking to spend it wisely? A first generation Ultrabook might be just the thing. They're fast, lightweight, still relatively new, and best of all, they're about to come down in price. It might require hunting deal sites to score an Ultrabook on the cheap, but as vendors get ready to roll out second generation models, first generation Ultrabooks will drop in price to clear out inventory and make room for the new stuff.

DigiTimes' sources in the retail channel believe the price drops will come soon, and in same cases, it's already happened to a certain degree. Acer's Aspire S3, for example, can now be had for $799 instead of $899. The S3 is a lower-end Ultrabook, but it's not the only one to come down in price. Lenovo's Ultrabooks have come down about 25 percent and HP's are down 21 percent, DigiTimes says. If all goes to plan, DigiTimes' sources reckon the average price will drop to $699 to $799 in the second quarter of 2012, down from $1,000.

That's great news if Acer's Aspire S3 or Toshiba's Portege Z8535 don't float your boat, both of which are entry-level Ultrabooks already selling for a few hundred dollars less than $1,000.

Need help deciding which Ultrabook is for you? Be sure to check out our Ultrabook Ultra-Roundup in which we review four models from Acer, Asus, Lenovo, and Toshiba.

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