This is not a cheap "ultrabook" but a business class laptop with many options and on-site support. It's expensive but IMHO worth it - will also keep its value even after 3 years:
To get at this price:
- Use URL, select Lowest model (943.49)
- Select i7-4550U (this is the GT3 HD 5000 version)
- Select 14.0” WQHD (2560x1440), 300nit, IPS panel
- Remove Mini-DisplayPort / VGA Monitor Cable - you don't need that do you?
Specs at this price:
- 3 years ON-SITE support from IBM (they still do the support for it)
- i7-4550U - up to 3GHz Turbo, 2 cores, 4 threads, ULV 15W that does not throttle (see NotebookCheck review) [pretty much top of range except i7-4600U which has lower graphics]
- GT3 HD 5000 graphics with 40 Compute Units, and since it is 2x4 SIMD equivalent to 320 shaders - up to 1.1GHz Turbo. At 15W it does not get better than that.
- 2x4GB DDR3L 16000 memory, unfortunately soldered
- 14.0” WQHD (2560x1440), 300nit, IPS - this is NOT Pentile, this has full resolution. You can use up to 200% (192 dpi) in Windows with plenty of screen estate.
- 128GB M.2/NGFF SSD - unfortunately the upgrades are expensive, you are better off buying an upgrade (e.g. Crucial M550 M.2 512GB for ~£200) and change yourself
- 2x2 802.11AC WiFi 7260 - latest drivers now work ;) + Bluetooth
- Backlit UK keyboard
- 1.27kg - does not get much better than this for 14" platform
- SIM slot / antennas - you can buy the equivalent WWAN 3G card on eBay for about £36 - (N5321 Mobile Broadband HSPA+) if you don't want to pay the £60 now
What's not so hot about it:
- It is expensive, but 14" ultrabook with i7 GT3 and high-res IPS screen graphics is not cheap - even Dell's XPS13 is similar money (though more storage)
- Likely you need to upgrade the SSD and M.2/NGFF options are even more expensive than mSATA. But if you can live with it - once OEMs transition fully to M.2 then next year they should get far cheaper.
- Memory is soldered but similar ultrabooks from Dell, HP, etc. (or Apple ;) also have soldered memory.
- Not Touch-Screen but the option exists if you're willing to pay for it ;)
- No SD card slot ;(
- M.2/NGFF slot is SATA600 - does not support PCIe SSD like Samsung PX941 unfortunately...