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Asus transformer Prime or an ultrabook?

Poll Results: which one to get in the first quarter of next year?

 
  • 55% (5)
    Asus Transformers Prime tablet
  • 44% (4)
    Ultrabook (either Asus or Toshiba)
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post #1 of 15
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I have a dilemma that I'm hoping some people on the forum can help me out with...I'm looking to buy either the Asus Transformer Prime or an ultrabook (either Asus or Toshiba) probably first quarter of next year. Not completely set on when I will buy it yet.

I just don't know what to buy? I love how the Transformer Prime can be turned into a laptop if needed...but I also love the form factor of an ultrabook...the tablet will mostly likely be cheaper than any of the ultrabooks. But I also plan to buy the dock as well for the tablet. I plan on using my devices for school (to take notes and read files mainly) and for travel as well.

Which one do you guys suggest I should buy? Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 15
Ultrabook all the way.

I was given an Ipad this year by my school to use and I assure you its not really useful unless everything you read is on the net or in PDF format. Or all you need it for is emails, but who would pay that much for an email reader..

They are fun to play games on, nice to watch movies on long trips, good for listening to music, browsing the web, reading PDF's but thats pretty much all they can do. I tried using programs to type on and its pretty terrible.

Get an Ultrabook with a SSD and it will take just as long to wake from sleep as a tablet, it has a keyboard, it can have whatever software you want, its windows 7, it can store more stuff, it can have a USB etc connected. etc

I have used both, laptops and tablets for school and I assure you a laptop is better for doing actual work. If you just want to play angrybirds or read emails then go the tablet route.

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post #3 of 15
wait until all the details are listed on the prime, if its anything like the transformer and presumble cheaper than one of the ultrabooks be better off going with the prime.
as for the previous post asus included with the original transformer 2 usb ports for external hd/mouse/etc. plus a standard sd and micro sd slot also it has polaris office out of the box so word/excel/powerpoint files can be read/made/edited on the device without an issue really. this is all under the assumption it will have the same software suit it did with the original transformer.
post #4 of 15
While adding a keyboard to a tablet helps, you are going to be limited by the software on what you can do. I feel that Android devices are great for media and content consuption(ie watching videos, pitcures, playing angry birds), but they suffer when it actually comes to making stuff and sofware compatability. With an ultrabook you will be able to use windows 7( and 8 when it comes out), and it will be compatable with alot of things, and you will be familiar with it as well.
post #5 of 15
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i see...thanks for the suggestion guys! I guess I'll really make my decision once the Asus Transformer Prime comes out, but so far, you guys have swayed me more towards the ultrabook side thumb.gif

Now in terms of which brand to get for the ultrabooks...my top picks right now would either be the Asus Zenbook or the Toshiba Portege z835-p330. I love the zenbook but it is $1000 while the toshiba portege is only $800 at best buy right now. The biggest difference that I see between these two ultrabooks would be the:

- resolution (asus has 1600 x 900; toshiba has 1366 x 768)
- processor (asus has intel core i5 2467m; toshiba has intel core i3 2367m)
- accessories that come with the laptop (asus has more stuff...)
- SSD speeds (I read online that the toshiba ssd is a bit slower)

The Zenbook obviously has the upper hand in this situation, but does it justify the extra $200 compared to the Portege?

Also, what is the biggest difference between the two processors other than the clock speeds? Is the difference much?
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post #6 of 15
I would say no, not worth the extra $200. Its not like these things are going to last forever, new hardware is always coming, save your $200 now, the i5 will be faster, so will the SSD, but the Toshiba will still be very fast.

My favourite laptop at the moment, and what I will be getting is either the,

Lenovo U300s
Lenovo U300
Lenovo U400

Check them out.
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post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by olliiee View Post

I would say no, not worth the extra $200. Its not like these things are going to last forever, new hardware is always coming, save your $200 now, the i5 will be faster, so will the SSD, but the Toshiba will still be very fast.
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Check them out.

Hey thanks for the reply. so i took a look at the lenovo line of ultrabook U300s...its a great notebook, but I think its kinda of out of my price range...what I don't understand is why the lenovo one is $200 more compared to the zenbook? it has virtually all the same specs. the zenbook even has higher resolution compared to the u300s.

My two options right now are either the portege or the zenbook. So if i understood correctly, you think i should get the portege over the zenbook to save myself the $200 because the speeds should be relatively similar between the two ultrabooks?
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I suppose reviews are the way to go here seeing as I own neither. But, the Protege seems like a super good deal but in the review I read of it they say the trackpad leaves a bit to be desired compared to the U300s and MacAir, its got a slower SSD and processor than the UX31, Air and U300s and also the Zenbook.

I'm very impressed in particular with the U300 sans s. Its a hell of alot cheaper, almost as thin and I just like the look of it, its not tapered, its got some sweet anodizing. I don't know its a personal thing with laptops but my money will be going on the U300 or U400. Considering the U400 could still play some games, its pretty decent really.

http://www.engadget.com/2011/09/01/lenovo-announces-u300s-ultrabook-u300-and-u400-ideapads-we-go/

That is a good hands on demo of how the bad boys stack up.

But the Protege is a good deal and looks pretty solid. IMO.
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I use my TF1 for school easy. I enjoy it far more than my netbook. However, the ultrabook will probably be a more productive experience if you need heavy work done. If you need light note taking/doc reading/doc writing, the Prime will do you well, and you'll have a tablet to boot. Quite a useful thing. Cheaper too, even with the dock.
    
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I suppose reviews are the way to go here seeing as I own neither. But, the Protege seems like a super good deal but in the review I read of it they say the trackpad leaves a bit to be desired compared to the U300s and MacAir, its got a slower SSD and processor than the UX31, Air and U300s and also the Zenbook.
I'm very impressed in particular with the U300 sans s. Its a hell of alot cheaper, almost as thin and I just like the look of it, its not tapered, its got some sweet anodizing. I don't know its a personal thing with laptops but my money will be going on the U300 or U400. Considering the U400 could still play some games, its pretty decent really.
http://www.engadget.com/2011/09/01/lenovo-announces-u300s-ultrabook-u300-and-u400-ideapads-we-go/
That is a good hands on demo of how the bad boys stack up.
But the Protege is a good deal and looks pretty solid. IMO.

Yeah i think the U300 is a very nice choice right now. The only gripe i have with it is that it uses normal hdd instead of an ssd. I know you can upgrade but how much will the upgrade end up running me (just a 128 gb one). If it ends up costing too much for the upgrade, ill be back to where i started...

and btw it would be great if i could play league of legends on the laptop. i know none of the ultrabooks have discrete graphics (except for the U400, but its not an ultrabook), but could i at least get decent frame rates at either low or medium settings on any of these ultrabooks?
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I use my TF1 for school easy. I enjoy it far more than my netbook. However, the ultrabook will probably be a more productive experience if you need heavy work done. If you need light note taking/doc reading/doc writing, the Prime will do you well, and you'll have a tablet to boot. Quite a useful thing. Cheaper too, even with the dock.

I also hear the battery lasts quite a long time yeah? for my uses, i won't be doing anything too heavy for my new system (either ultrabook or asus TP). Just note taking in class, youtube, watching flash videos, and occasional gaming (i don't think it can run window games yeah?).
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