Amazon Gold Box – June 24 – Laptop and Storage Deals

Amazon’s Gold Box for today, June 24, 2019, has a few deals that maybe of interest to those of us using smaller laptops (or who are looking for a new ChromeBook), or who try to keep their gear to a minimum.

Note: These deals end tonight

Among the deals:
SanDisk 200GB Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Memory Card with Adapter – $24 (26% off)
Western Digital 3TB My Passport USB 3.0 – 3TB External Drive – $82.99 (30% off)
SanDisk 256GB Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 – USB 3.0 thumb drive – $32.79 (24% off)

Finally, they have a small laptop in their Gold Box deal
ASUS Chromebook Flip C101PA-DS04 – $279 (normally $329.99)
It has a touchscreen 10.1-inch display that rotates 360-degrees, so you can use it in a traditional laptop mode, a standing/tent mode, or tablet mode. The resolution is a standard 1280×800 (not the best for this class), weighs around 2 pounds (0.9 kg), aluminum body, Quad-core 2GHz processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage (you’re free to add the 200GB microSD card mentioned above to increase the storage), and USB-C. Note: This is a Chrome OS-powered laptop, and it’s not running an x86-compatible CPU/chipset, so you won’t be buying it to load Windows 10 on anytime soon.

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You will have to excuse the mess the next few weeks, as I work on reviving It was never truly dead – it’s been up all these 7 or so years since I last posted, and it was kept updated on the back-end for the most part, serving as a repository of information on smaller laptops. There was just no new stories, and very few updates to the database.

Why the abrupt stop back in 2012? There were changes in advertising revenue that made it not work for me, as far as the time that I put into it, and that was on top of the birth of a child, that tied up all of the free time that I had been using to work on this site.

Why make the site active again? I’ve been asked a lot by visitors and friends about bringing it back over the years, but there’s been some really exciting things happening in the past year or so that are bringing UMPCs and ultrabooks, and the netbook successors back into more mainstream computing. Of course, I say that while typing from my heavily upgraded and maxed-out ThinkPad X220 (I’ll write about that at some point). I have more to write about the whole thing, but I’m saving that for a later date.

Our focus isn’t changing much, just shifting a little bit, but it will still be focused mainly on 6-inch to 12-inch laptops. This will be the emphasis going forward:
– Laptops that are 12-inches and under
– 13-inch and 14-inch laptops that weigh less than 3 pounds / 1.4kg
– Chromebooks, netbooks, Ultrabooks, etc. that meet the above requirements
– Convertible and/or touchscreen laptops and tablets (with keyboards) that meet the above requirements.
– Other such computing devices that are cool

Going forward, we will talk plenty about software and accessories. I will be posting stories multiple times throughout the week.

At the same time much of my time will be spent updating the device database and getting it into a more presentable state, as well as reformatting the data that’s already present on the site. This involves going through thousands of pages, but it will be worth it, because along the way I will be updating the organization of the site so that you can quickly find the laptops or tablets you need.

Over the next few weeks, you will see a lot of changes – not just visual changes (such as the website theme), but also changes and improvements in functionality as well. I will try and go back and do a quick look and update at the older stories, but that’s thousands of stories.


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Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook 13.3-inch – $100 off At Amazon, NewEgg

Amazon is running a $100 off promotion on the 13.3-inch Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook (Acer Aspire S3-951-6646 S3 UltrabookAcer Aspire S3 Ultrabook at Amazon). That brings the price down to $799.99 with free shipping (check details at link).

The promotion is running through February 11, 2012, or “while supplies last”.

NewEgg has a similar price for the same S3-951-6646 model with a similar promotion, but we are not sure how long it lasts.

The promotion appears limited just to the US website and NewEgg, as the Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook in the UK Amazon store with similar specifications still shows around the same suggested retail price.

– 1.6GHz Intel Core i5 (i5-2467M)
– 320GB SATA Hard Drive with a 20GB Solid State Drive (SSD) to allow for quick resume from sleep as well as long-term standby (up to 50 days). The SSD saves the state of the system when you put it to sleep.
– 13.3-inch LED-Backlit display, Acer’s “HD Widescreen CineCrystal” display, with a resolution of 1366×768
– 1x HDCP-compliant HDMI port for connection to displays/HDTV
– Up to 6 hours of battery life
– Bluetooth 4.0+HS

More Details: Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook S3-951-6646

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Mac OS X Lion 10.7.1 Released, Contains Fixes for 2011 MacBook Air

Today’s release of Mac OS X Lion 10.7.1 includes fixes for the least MacBook Airs from Apple.

* Address an issue that may cause the system to become unresponsive when playing a video in Safari
* Resolve an issue that may cause system audio to stop working when using HDMI or optical audio out
* Improve the reliability of Wi-Fi connections
* Resolve an issue that prevents transfer of your data, settings, and compatible applications to a new Mac running OS X Lion
* Resolve an issue where MacBook Air may boot up when MagSafe Adapter is attached
* Resolve an issue causing intermittent display flickering on MacBook Air
* Resolve an issue that causes the SD card slot in Mac mini to run at reduced speed with SD and SDHC media

Even if you aren’t having issues with the booting with an attached MagSafe A/C adapter or the display flickering, this is a recommended update from Apple, given that it has the usual stability and compatibility updates. Article

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Intel Looking at Alternative Materials, Releasing More Ultrabook Information

DigiTimes is reporting that Intel and other companies are looking at alternative materials for ultrabooks.

Magnesium-aluminum is the preferred choice of materials for ultrabook chassis, but there are only a limited number of lathes that can handle such chassis. Two of the largest owners of such lathes, Catcher Technology and Foxconn Technology, are major suppliers for Apple, leading laptop makers into fiberglass chassis. Ultrabooks are supposed to be 0.8-inches (20.32 mm) at their thickest points.

One advantage with fiberglass is that it is cheaper, which could lead to fiberglass ultrabooks being up to $50-$100 cheaper, according to the report.

Just a day later, DigiTimes reported that Intel has supposedly revealed the Bill of Materials (BOM) for ultrabooks, with a cost of $475 – $650 USD for 21mm (0.83 inches) ultrabooks, and $493 – $710 for 18mm (0.71 inches) ultrabooks.

Intel is to meet with notebook makers in Taipei next week to discuss the ultrabook initiative, with the goal of retail prices below $1,000.

The article mentions that Intel will discuss the next geneartion of ultrabooks, slated for 2012 and using Intels’ 22nm Ivy Bridge CPUs. In 2013, they are to be using Haswell-based CPUs. Haswell is also 22nm, and is the replacement for Intel’s Sandy Bridge architecture.

Keep in mind that just because they are thin, does not mean that they don’t have larger displays. The Huron River (2011) and Chief River ultrabooks (2012) are to have displays ranging in size from 11-17 inches. The 18mm (0.71 inch) ultrabooks will have displays ranging from 11-13 inches while the 21mm (0.83 inches) models will be 21mm thick.

According to DigiTimes sources, some of tghe 18mm models include Asustek’s UX21 and UX31 ultrabooks.

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