Ultrabooks were always meant to be affordable. In fact, part of Intel’s original guidelines called for these premium ultraportables to be below £1,000. Since then we’ve seen quite a few models, like the HP Envy Spectre 14, exceed this price, while most hover around £800 (such as the Lenovo IdeaPad U300s and Toshiba Satellite Z830).
That’s still more money than many can afford to spend on a laptop though, and until now the basic £630 Acer Aspire S3 was the cheapest one. However, soon buyers on a tight budget can get a helping of Ultrabook for a mere £430, courtesy of UK retailer and systems integrator Novatech.
The snazzily-named, 18mm-thick Novatech nFinity series are 14in ultraportables with a claimed battery life of up to seven hours, and come in a variety of specifications. The Core i5 and i7 options with 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD will set you back £580 and £699 respectively, which still sounds like excellent value. But the base model takes things to new price lows/value highs, with a Core i3 backed by 2GB of RAM and a 64GB SSD available for that crazily cheap sub-£500 price.
Considering that this is a similar configuration as the £849 MacBook Air 11in (except Apple gives you a Core i5 instead of a Core i3), it’s certainly no mean achievement. Of course we’re not expecting anywhere near the same level of quality or features, but even if Novatech manages to come close to the levels of other Ultrabooks on the market, the nFinity range will be joining the amazing PLS screen on the Samsung Series 9 as one of the more interesting developments in ultraportable laptop-land for quite some time.