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Toward the end of 2012 I was in the market for an ultraportable notebook with a 1600 x 900 pixel or higher resolution display, and at the time the best options around seemed to be the Asus Zenbook UX31 and the Samsung Series 9. Both laptops tended to sell for close to $1000, so when I spotted a Black Friday deal on a Samsung Series 9 for about $800, I snapped it up, even though the laptop had a Sandy Bridge processor.

Nine months later I’m still pretty happy with my ultrabook. But that doesn’t mean that my head didn’t turn when I saw a brand new Asus Zenbook UX31A on sale today with a 1600 x 900 pixel display, an Intel Core i5 Ivy Bridge processor, and a $570 price tag.

Technology: It keeps getting cheaper (if you’re willing to buy devices with last year’s state-of-the-art specs).

Asus Zenbook UX31

Here are some of the day’s best deals.

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One reply on “Deals of the Day (8-13-2013)”

  1. “Technology: It keeps getting cheaper (if you’re willing to buy devices with last year’s state-of-the-art specs).”

    In the past, it’s been getting cheaper even if you bought the current year’s equipment.

    The fact that you now have to buy last year’s stuff means that many manufacturers failed to sell of their production runs. (not a surprise in the case of a high end ultrabook without function keys, but happened to other manufacturers as well)

    And new, top-of-the-line ultrabooks, have actually made quite a jump up from last year, making them a good indicator of inflationary price pressures on OEMs for materials.

    The fact that this is happening in an industry that managed to make things cheaper and cheaper over the years should be a pretty big blip on the radar of anyone who’s trying to ascertain where we stand on inflation, given the FED’s never ending, massive expansion.

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