Velocity Micro introduces three new Utrabook systems with zero bloatware.
Looking back at 2012, it was clearly the year of the Ultrabook, at least on the notebook computing side. Barring any surprises, that trend will continue throughout 2013, and even Velocity Micro is getting in on the action. The boutique system builder announced three new "NoteMagix" Ultrabook models starting at $800 for the NoteMagix U430. The entry-level model sports a 14-inch WXGA (1366x768) display and comes equipped with an Intel Core i3 3217U processor, 4GB of RAM, and 500GB HDD + 24GB SSD.
It also features an integrated optical drive, which is hard to find in the Ultrabook category, especially among 14-inch models. Other features include a 720p webcam, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Windows 7 Home Premium, and 6 hours of battery life.
The next model up is the NoteMagix U450. It starts at $900 and bumps the processor up to an Intel Core 85 3317U chip, swaps the storage scheme for a 120GB Intel 520 Series SSD, and adds GbE LAN port.
The third and most expensive model is the NoteMagix U470. It sells for $1,100 and comes with a 240GB Intel 520 Series SSD. All three models are available to purchase now direct from Velocity Micro.