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So I see the new dell ultrabook

http://www.dell.com/html/global/xps13/xps-13-ultrabook.html


which i like the way it looks, the lightness and everything except for the HD3000 integrated chip. Is there any machine out there like that or close to but with a better graphics card?
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post #2 of 19
Anything that size with a GPU in the mix and you're going to have a serious heat issue :O

that is pretty darn sleek though. What are you looking for in the GPU department?
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post #3 of 19
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Anything that size with a GPU in the mix and you're going to have a serious heat issue :O
that is pretty darn sleek though. What are you looking for in the GPU department?

im willing to give up a little size for a gpu, any mid range gpu is fine just better than the HD3000
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post #4 of 19
I generally stick to Lenovo and Acer (yes I know they used to suck but they got great gaming laptops now) Give me a price range
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post #5 of 19
Easy, the Sony Vaio SA. I've seen the model with 1600x900 screen for cheaper, around $900 so check around. http://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CategoryDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&categoryId=8198552921644768015&facetlist=true

The Acer 3830TG has slightly better graphics, but it's an Acer, and the Sony is way nicer. I mean, look at it! Your choice of color - I'd personally go with the carbon fiber black biggrin.gif , backlit keyboard, DVD-Burner (Blu-ray option) etc. To me, it's worth the extra $2-300 for a high-end laptop instead of an average-quality laptop with slightly better graphics.
 
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post #6 of 19
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Easy, the Sony Vaio SA. I've seen the model with 1600x900 screen for cheaper, around $900 so check around. http://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CategoryDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&categoryId=8198552921644768015&facetlist=true
The Acer 3830TG has slightly better graphics, but it's an Acer, and the Sony is way nicer. I mean, look at it! Your choice of color - I'd personally go with the carbon fiber black biggrin.gif , backlit keyboard, DVD-Burner (Blu-ray option) etc. To me, it's worth the extra $2-300 for a high-end laptop instead of an average-quality laptop with slightly better graphics.

yeah that looks real nice, thank you.

If i wanted to step the class of graphics card up then id lose a lot of thinness?
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post #7 of 19
m11x R3 or XPS 15z is about the closest you'll get with a discrete GPU.
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Originally Posted by Blindsay View Post

yeah that looks real nice, thank you.
If i wanted to step the class of graphics card up then id lose a lot of thinness?

There's a laptop that's Asia-only called an LG P330 or something, with an i5 and Nvidia 555M graphics which is pretty thin. Definitely something to consider if you have an infinite budget. (~$1600 + profit for a seller + customs).

The Acer 3830TG is a little faster, a little thicker, not high end. That's the scope of thin laptops with good graphics, and pretty much the scope of 13" laptops worth buying, with midrange graphics or faster. Alienware M11x R4 or whatever should have 555M performance, but of course that's heavier than most 13"ers (Sony Vaio SA included, and only .1 pounds less than a MBP 13) and its like 1.5" thick. Option 4 is getting a Vidock (costs around $200), and hooking up something like a desktop 7750 or 7770 to it. That's roughly 580M performance or a little faster. Downsides - adds about 28 cu. in. to the overall volume of junk you carry, and you need to have the Vidock connected to an AC adapter.
 
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post #9 of 19
Quote:
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yeah that looks real nice, thank you.
If i wanted to step the class of graphics card up then id lose a lot of thinness?

Stay away from Sony Vaio's they're over priced crap
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post #10 of 19
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Stay away from Sony Vaio's they're over priced crap

whats comparable to that one then?
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