Microsoft Store offers the 2.4-lb. ASUS Zenbook Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 1.7GHz 11.6" LED-Backlit Ultrabook
in Silver, model no. UX21A-1AK3, for $599
with free shipping
. That's $200 under last month's mention and the cheapest 12" ASUS Zenbook we've seen. (It's also a current low by $251.) Sales tax is added where applicable. It measures 0.7" at its widest point and features an Intel Core i5-3317U 1.7GHz dual-core Ivy Bridge processor, 11.6" 1366x768 LED-backlit widescreen LCD, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth, 6-cell battery, webcam, USB 3.0, HDMI, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. Note that no optical drive is included.
Of note, this notebook is eligible for a Windows 8 Professional upgrade for $14.99.