"Best looking ultrabook on market with A+ functionality"4.0 starson by theblackfalcon
Pros: Keyboard and matte surface around it has a very nice feel compared to my macbook air. Keyboard a better typing feel to it. Great fit and finish. I liked the carbon fiber rubberized bottom, espcially for setting down on granite countertops etc.
Cons: Could use a higher resolution screen. From article above, battery life. I will have to update this after several weeks of use compared to macbook.
Summary: First ultrabook that has a better design then the macbook air. Rubberized carbon fiber chasis, and better keyboard, smaller form factor etc. were all nice, all with a price point for several hundered dollars less then Apple. I purchesed through a dell kiosk that I knew was getting them in. First 10,000 Dells sold come with free T-moobile 4g hotspot good for 3 months. My out the door price was less then $1,000. I would imagine this will be the case for most people.Ok so owning the laptop for 10+ days it has been a great piece of hardware. My wife keeps coming into my home office to borrow my computer. She has issues running some excel functions in OSX on her Macbook air. The battery life has so far exceeded the expectations of what I thought I was going to get based on cnet and Walt Mossberg. I run windows on the macbook air and she has taken them both of the charger and used them side by side, ie dual screen (mouse without borders) and the 13 macbook air will actually die before the dell. That is running windows though. I haven't tried the same test running same programs in osx.
Updated on Mar 8, 2012
The only realy complaint I have is the fan. When using only battery the fan is quite, and I never notice it. When it is plugged in the fan tends to be louder then I would prefer.
As to qustion on Ubunto, I can't tell you. As to pricing, dell is alwasy willing to give discounts. I already sold the T-mobile hotspot on ebay and my net cost is now below $875.
Updated on Mar 8, 2012In my original review I gave it less then 5 stars based on the screen resolution, because I'm used to using 3 24" ultra high resolution monitors at my desktop. After using the computer quite a bit for my purposes the resolution is just fine. In a 13" screen if I made my icons any smaller they would be hard for my eyes to use.
Using Autocad, excel and email I've been perfectly happy with the resolution. I haven't actually watched any movies or videos outside of some basic youtube videos on the computer though.
Another advantage I noticed with this computer above the Asus or the Macbook is screen height and size. The dell sits almost 1.5" less in height and about 1" less in depth then the Macbook air. If you are traveling much this will definitly help when setting it on a coach class tray.