Considering the build quality and the features (the screen, the ram, the i7 cpu and the SSD), and the fact that it is preinstalled with ubuntu and available in the US market, then no IMO this isn't too expensive. It's also cheaper than the windows version, so it's not like they are trying to rip off linux enthusiasts. I'm also impressed that the front page for that product actually looks like they cared about it, rather than being thrown together and full of errors like they used to be for their ubuntu offerings in previous years.
That being said this, like all ultrabooks, are not for everyone. So to each their own. Also, I'm waiting on haswell. So assuming they don't simply cancel this with their privatization plans, I'll be getting this with haswell.
Seconded. Now is NOT the time to buy a laptop, wait for Haswell. It'll have an idle wattage better than an ARM chip and really good integrated graphics, *particularly* if you're willing to wait another 6 months for GT3. I'm building an Ivy Bridge desktop though, because I'm going to be using a GeForce 600 or 700 series card, at which point the integrated graphics isn't being used, and the idle power is already shot. What's left is *maybe* a tiny performance bump on the cpu, which isn't worth paying an extra $100 for.
Seconded. Now is NOT the time to buy a laptop, wait for Haswell. It'll have an idle wattage better than an ARM chip and really good integrated graphics, *particularly* if you're willing to wait another 6 months for GT3.
That's a little more than I am willing to pay for a laptop that doesn't have a trackpoint or an ethernet port.
Seriously, I am getting tired of Thinkpad, you would think that after 10+ years that someone else might get a clue and try to also make a good laptop that isn't a ripoff, espcially now that Lenovo is has risen to number one??!