Hands-on with the Velocity Micro NoteMagix U470 ultrabook

The Velocity Micro NoteMagix U is an ultrabook with a 14 inch. 1366 x 768 pixel display, an aluminum case (that quite frankly looks like plastic), and an optical disc drive.

Velocity Micro is offering several versions of the NoteMagiX U including an entry-level model that has a starting price of $800, making it one of the more affordable ultrabooks featuring a DVD drive. It’s just a shame that it also features a 1366 x 768 pixel display.

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The entry level model features an Intel Core i3 Ivy Bridge processor, a 24GB solid state disk, and 500GB hard drive.

Velocity Micro also offers models with Core i5 and Core i7 chips, and up to 240GB of solid state storage, with prices hitting about $1100 for a top-of-the-line model.

The company is showing off a model running Windows 7, but the ultrabook is also available with Windows 8. According to representatives of the company, there’s still a lot of demand for models with Windows 7 from customers that aren’t comfortable with Winodws 8.

At about 4 pounds, the NoteMagix U470 isn’t the lightest ultrabook around, but it’s not bad for a notebook with a disk drive.

The keyboard was reasonably responsive in my brief hands-on, but I was less impressed with the touchpad, which didn’t register taps a couple of times while I was using the notebook.

The laptop features 4GB of RAM and a non user-replaceable battery which Velocity Micro says is good for up to 6 hours of run time.