Despite the growing popularity of Android tablets and Windows 8 convertibles, “traditional” ultrabooks remain the hottest portable computing machines. But if you can’t afford the premium prices ultrabooks tend to go for, the 13-inch MSI S30 will probably do just fine.
This falls short of being called an ultrabook, but it ticks almost all of the boxes it should. For starters, it’s not awfully bulky, weighing in at 1.4 kg and measuring 22 mm in thickness.
It also packs a decent punch, with an Intel Core i3 Ivy Bridge processor and Intel HD 4000 graphics card. In terms of storage, you get a standard 500 GB HDD, as well as an optional 64 GB SSD. A nice number of ports are also fitted on the laptop, including VGA, HDMI, USB 2.0 and 3.0.
Windows 8 is the software flavor of the day, while the battery options are a modest 4-cell unit or a heftier 8-cell one. Finally, you could say the display is the biggest disappointment, being simply too average, with a 1,366 x 768 pixels resolution.
No words on ETAs or pricing yet, but we’re guessing the MSI S30 is to see daylight in the next month or so starting for around $500. In which case it’s truly a decent ultrabook alternative.
Via [Ultrabook News]