24 hours only: Powerful Asus Core i5 Ultrabook for $599.99, after rebate

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TigerDirect.com's "Daily Deal Slasher" promotion offers up a powerful Asus Ultrabook for $599.99, after rebate.

As a comparison, the same Ultrabook, an Asus ZenBook UX31E XB51 Intel Core i5 4GB Memory 128GB SSD 13.3" Ultrabook, runs $699.99 at Amazon.com. Notably, at Amazon.com it's not being sold directly by the site, which is somewhat of a negative as it means there is no Amazon Prime possibility.

This deal runs only for 24 hours and will expire at 11:59 PM on Sept. 11, 2013.

The computer has the following detailed specifications.

  • Intel® Core i5-2467M 1.6GHz Processor
  • 4GB DDR3 memory
  • 128GB solid state drive
  • 13.3 in. LED wide screen
  • 1600 x 900 resolution
  • Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000 integrated graphics
  • 1 - USB 3.0 port
  • 1 - USB 2.0 port
  • 1 - Headphone/line-out
  • 1 - Microphone input port
  • 1 - mini VGA Port
  • 1 - micro HDMI Port
  • Bluetooth 4.0 - the latest standard
  • Integrated Wireless LAN 802.11n
  • Non-backlit and flat chiclet-style keyboard

The Intel Core™ i5-2467M Processor is a Sandy Bridge CPU. First products based on the architecture were released in January 2011 under the Core brand. It precedes both the Ivy Bridge architecture and the most recent Haswell architecture.

This model of Asus Ultrabook was first released in November of 2011. At the time, the reviews (one example is here) said it was a powerful laptop, but that was then and this is now. This laptop is nearly two years old in design and architecture.

From PCWorld's Nov. 2011 review:

Performance-wise, the Zenbook UX31E is surprisingly robust considering its sleek form. In our WorldBench 6 benchmark suite, the Zenbook earned a score of 125--better than several of our top-rated ultraportable laptops, including the Samsung Series 9 (which had a mark of 103), the Asus U36S (114), and the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 (124). This result also makes it slightly faster than the other Ultrabooks we’ve tested so far.

The Zenbook has no discrete graphics card, and therefore relies on Intel's integrated graphics (as most ultraportables do). Graphics performance is slightly below average for the category: In our Far Cry 2 graphics tests, the Zenbook managed a frame rate of 31.4 frames per second (at low quality settings and 800-by-600-pixel resolution). That frame rate is below average for the past few ultraportables we've tested, but not too far below. Still, it means that the Zenbook won't satisfy gamers.

Remember, that review was written with 2011-age hardware in mind.

This Ultrabook is out-of-date, hardware- and performance-wise. Still, this laptop will be a nice portable computer for those not looking for gaming or video editing.