Touchscreens are a relatively new addition to mainstream laptops, but they are quickly gaining traction. Once relegated to all-in-one desktops and niche slates, Windows 8 has practically made the touchscreen a must-have.

Now we are starting to see ultrabooks include touchscreens. To be classified as an ultrabook under Intel’s standards, a PC must meet certain requirements around battery life, performance, and thickness. They also have to use the Intel platform chips, but you knew that one already.

Most ultrabooks tend to be in the 11- to 13-inch range, where it’s easier to hit the ultra-thin guidelines. There are also a handful of 14-inch models, but Dell’s new Inspiron 15z is one of the first we’ve seen that uses a relatively large 15.6-inch screen.

Not only is this is a true 15-inch machine, it still has a built-in optical drive and can be equipped with an optional touchscreen, all while meeting the ultrabook requirements. This is impressive when you consider that a touch-sensitive panel is thicker than a standard LCD, in part due to the addition of the super-tough Gorilla Glass.

The Dell 15z comes in at just 0.82-inches thick with the standard display and 0.91-inches on the multi-touch version, with weight starting at 4.78 lbs. It has lots of high tech goodies like four USB 3.0 ports (one of which can charge your mobile device), gigabit ethernet, HDMI output, an 8-in-1 card reader, and a backlit keyboard. Being an ultrabook, all models include a 32GB SSD cache for the faster boot and loading times.

You can get the 15z Ultrabook starting at $699 with a Core i5 processor, but the multi-touch version starts at $849. They all, of course, come preloaded with Windows 8.

Apply coupon code 1BBBZLJSCTPSS3 for extra $50 stackable savings on all models.

Apply coupon code 07J3ZFPC$14XS$ to the 2nd-from-the-left Core i5 non-touch model for a $100 discount ($699.99 net price). This deal expires December 5th or sooner.

Source: extremetech

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