It would seem that laptops are nearing the end of their life. They had a good run, lots of satisfied users, but like with all things technology-related, they will step down and leave room for the new bread of mobile computing: ultrabooks. These devices are powerful, small-weight and can go much more on a single charge. Many manufacturers have taken to ultrabooks, as they offer the possibility for customizing and adding new features like tilt-screens, touchscreens and many others.

While ultrabooks are pretty nifty devices, at this time they are not for everyone, as their prices far exceed the price of laptops, pushing well over the $1000 mark. But even if the average price of an ulrabook is out of range for many of us, there are some cheaper models that have most of the features of their more expensive brothers, like Windows 8, great battery life, SSDs and so on, and since Christmas is right around the corner, a list of the cheapest Windows 8 ultrabooks might interest some users.

Cheapest Windows 8 Ultrabooks you can buy

If you’ve checked out some ultrabooks at your local computer dealer, their prices might have scared you away, but after doing some digging, you can see that there are some models out there that are under the $1000 mark, which although expensive when compared to laptops, are viable options in the ultrabook world.

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11s (Price: $899)

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11s 11.6-Inch Convertible Touchscreen Ultrabook - Intel Core i5-4210Y Processor, 4GB Memory, 128GB SSD, Windows 8 64-Bit (Silver Gray)

Lenovo has been very busy this past year, bringing us an impressive line of products, such as the Yoga 2 ultrabook or the ThinkPad series. While these Windows 8 ultrabooks are very well built and have impressive specs, they are a little above our maximum price. The IdealPad Yoga 11S however is one heck of a gadget. It’s lightweight and well priced for it’s specs, which include a spacious 128 SSD, a hefty i5 processor and a rotative display that transforms it into a tablet.

While the graphics could better, it is still a great option for an ultrabook that has a price tag of under $1000. Here are the complete specs of the device:

  • 1.4GHz  Intel CoreTM i5-4210Y
  • 4 GB DDR3L
  • 128GB SSD
  • rotating 11.6″ LED 10-point capacitive multitouch screen display with 1366 x 768 resolution
  • Intel HD Graphics 4200

HP ENVY 6t (Price: $708)

cheap windows 8 ultrabook HP ENVY 6t Ultrabook Intel Core i5-15.6-4GB-500GB-Webcam-BT ULTRABOOK

HP’s Envy 6t ultrabook comes from an extended family that houses both ultrabooks as well as hybrid tablets. Their line-up of products was pretty impressive, having something for each type of user. In the lower part of the price spectrum, we find the Envy 6t, which is a pretty powerful device and is part of an elite few ultrabooks who have a 15.6 inch display. Apart from that, the Envy 6t has some more aces up its sleeve, just take a look over the specs and see for yourself:

  • Intel CoreTM Processor Core i5-3337U
  •  4 GB 1600MHz DDR3
  • 500 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
  • 32 GB mSSD Hard Drive Acceleration Cache
  • 15.6″ HD BrightView LED-backlit Display with 1366×768 resolution
  • Intel 9 HD Graphics 4000

ASUS VivoBook S400CA-DH51T (Price: $593)

ASUS VivoBook S400CA-DH51T 14-Inch Touch Ultrabook cheap windows 8 ultrabook

I’ve always been a fan of ASUS products, and when we saw what products they had in mind to launch, we were pretty psyched. Laptops, All-in-Ones, tablets and ultrabooks, everything anyone could wish for. And one of these items is the pretty cheap Windows 8 ultrabook known as VivoBook S400CA. Don’t be fooled by this less than attractive name, as it’s features more than make up for it. The device has a powerful, yet power efficient i5 on board and a good, albeit non-convetional, 14 inch display. As for it’s other specs, here is a quick recap:

  • 1.7 GHz Intel Core i5 3317U
  • 4 GB DDR3 1600 MHz SDRAM
  • 500GB 5400RPM Hybrid Hard Drive with integrated 24GB Solid-State Drive
  • 14″ 16:9 HD LED backlight glare panel with 1366×768 resolution

ASUS VivoBook X202E-DH31T ($475)

ASUS VivoBook X202E-DH31T 11.6-Inch Touch Laptop

Although some might not consider this device an ultrabook, as it is slightly thinker than the standard, it is still less bulky than traditional laptops and at the same time, having lots of features in common with ultrabooks. It is a small factor design which is powered by the Intel i3 processor, which isn’t as powerful as the others in this list, but at the same time, ASUS have managed to bundle a 500 GB hard drive in it as well as a HD display, and all of this at 22 mm in thickness. This is pretty impressive considering it’s below the $500 mark. If you’re interested in this gadget, check out it’s other features:

  • 1.8 GHz dual-core GHz Intel Core i3-3217U
  • 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM
  • 500 GB 5400 RPM HDD
  • 11.6-Inch LED Touchscreen with 1366 x 768 resolution
  • Intel GMA HD Graphics

Toshiba Satellite U945-S4380 ($468)

Toshiba Satellite U945-S4380 14.0-Inch Ultrabook windows 8 cheap ultrabook

Toshiba’s line of new products has provided users with lots of awesome products in all areas of computing. From gaming laptops to multimedia stations, they’ve done it all. The Satellite series has been around for over 12 years and one of newest iterations is the U945 ultrabook which packs an Intel i3 processor and spacious 500 GB hard drive with a 32 GB SSD for your operating system. Even though it’s graphics aren’t too strong, it’s lightweight  and highly portable. The screen has a 14 inch diagonal, which isn’t a conventional size, but still big enough for a multimedia device.

  • 1.8 GHz Intel Core i3-3217U
  • 4 GB DDR3 1600 MHz
  • 500 GB 5400 RPM Hard Drive
  • 32 GB Solid-State Drive
  • 14.0-Inch Screen
  • Mobile Intel HD graphics with 1696 MB shared memory

ASUS VivoBook S200E-RHI3T73 ($437)

Asus VivoBook S200E-RHI3T73 Notebook PC With 11.6 Touch-Screen Display  Intel Core i3 Processor

The Vivo family from ASUS has been growing recently, with a lot of new products added into the mix. They have been popular seeing that many of their products are so cheap. The ASUS VivoBook S200E is a perfect example of a good and cheap Windows 8 ultrabook that you can carry around and use anywhere. It’s slim body and great specs make a viable option for a Windows 8 ultrabook under $500. Like most other devices in this category, it’s graphics processor isn’t turning any heads, but you can still do a lot with it. Here’s a  list of the specs for this ultrabook:

  • 1.8 GHz Intel i3-3217U
  • 4 GB DDR3
  • 500 GB HDD
  • 11.6″ HD display with  1366 x 768 resolution with 1366 x 768 resolution
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000

Acer S3-391-6046 ($406)

cheap windows 8 ultrabook Acer S3-391-6046 13-Inch Ultrabook, Intel Core i3 4GB, Memory 320GB HDD 20GB SSD Windows 8

Can’t say I’ve been a fan of Acer laptops in the past, but when talking about cheap Windows 8 ultrabooks, this device would take the cake. Even if the 20 GB SSD is there more for show than for actual functionality, or even if the installed graphics are somewhat obsolete, you can’t argue with the price. An ultrabook for $400 is a great deal and if you aren’t using it for gaming, it will suit you very nicely. It’s screen isn’t too big or too small, but perfect for portability and it’s other specs are pretty good:

  • 1.4 GHz Intel Core i3-2367M
  • 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM
  • 320 GB HDD
  • 20 GB SSD
  • 13.3″ HD display with 1366 x 768
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000
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