Velocity Micro launches NoteMagix ultrabooks starting at $799.99

By on January 3, 2013, 8:30 AM

Boutique system builder Velocity Micro has expanded its mobile offerings with a new ultrabook range that includes three machines: the NoteMagix U430, U450 and U470. On the most affordable end of things, the U430 starts at $799.99 and offers a 14-inch 1366x768 anti-glare display, an Intel Core i3-3217U processor, 4GB of memory, a 500GB hard drive with 24GB of flash storage, a DVD burner and a 720p webcam.

Scaling upward, the U450 goes for $899.99 and replaces the 1.8GHz Core i3 with a Core i5-3317U, which has a base clock of 1.7GHz and a Turbo frequency of 2.6GHz. The extra $100 also gets you a 120GB Intel 520 Series SSD instead of the U430's hybrid solution. If you're willing to plunk down another $200 ($1,099.99), the U470 pushes that to a Core i7-3517U (1.9GHz base, 3GHz Turbo) and a 240GB Intel 520 Series SSD.

Connectivity seems shared across all three variants. Their spec sheets mention gigabit Ethernet, 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, while a picture on the company's site reveals two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, a card reader and an audio jack on the right side of the machine. The left side of the system is likely occupied by the above-mentioned optical drive, which also presumably accounts for the lineup's relatively bulky size.

All three systems weigh four pounds and measure 0.82 inches (21mm) thick -- roughly half a pound to a whole pound heavier and a few millimeters thicker than most competing models. Battery life doesn't appear to be a particularly strong point either with a claimed run time of six hours or so. On the bright side, Velocity Micro will let you choose between Windows 7 and Windows 8, and your system will ship bloatware-free.




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treeski treeski said:

Doesn't seem like a great deal, especially if the higher end ones also have the low resolution screens.

VitalyT VitalyT said:

Sub-par screen, too few hardware options to choose from.

Julien Julien said:

The ultrabook market is becoming increasingly competitive every weak. After this Christmas season, it is hard for me to understand how hybrid ultrabook solutions are still above $699.99. This ultrabook has some great features but without touchscreen it will be hard to compete with some of the Samsung and Acer ultrabooks in big-box retail stores at least within the North American market. With the cost of SSD storage solutions decreasing monthly, I often cannot justify the costs of ultrabooks with hybrid storage solutions.

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