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There are already 1080p ips 15" notebooks out there with similar specs by sony and hp. The hp is about a pound heftier than the rmbp while the sony is has only 4 hours of battery life.

To me, an extra pound of weight wouldn't be that bad, but it needs to have more decent battery life (4 hours just isn't enough for something you want to be portable and use all day).

Also, it's a really blatant mbp ripoff in terms of design. The vaio s wins in having a unique, less cheap-looking design. But the matte is definitely an advantage of the hp and sony models.
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There are already 1080p ips 15" notebooks out there with similar specs by sony and hp. The hp is about a pound heftier than the rmbp while the sony is has only 4 hours of battery life.
To me, an extra pound of weight wouldn't be that bad, but it needs to have more decent battery life (4 hours just isn't enough for something you want to be portable and use all day).
Also, it's a really blatant mbp ripoff in terms of design. The vaio s wins in having a unique, less cheap-looking design. But the matte is definitely an advantage of the hp and sony models.

Still inferior to an rmbp, since retina is sorta kinda a bigger deal than saving like $100 tops

and it will still have better battery life than those two
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if it doesn't have an aluminum unibody and if it use a TN screen it's not as nice, but I am sure it will have those
it also will have an inferior keyboard and trackpad, like all zenbooks have had, and probably worse battery life (unless running Windows 8)

Zenbooks are aluminum unibody and this will have an IPS panel, as was stated at IDF. The reviews I've read didn't seem to have anything bad to say about the keyboard on the Zenbooks. It was always the trackpad that gave them problems with the factory drivers. With better drivers, the trackpad works as well as the one in the Macbooks.

The battery life remains to be seen, but there is no evidence to suggest it would be innately worse than the rMBP. The 15" Samsung Series 9 has superior battery life to rMBP(by 30min), and has relatively the same battery density.

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Still inferior to an rmbp, since retina is sorta kinda a bigger deal than saving like $100 tops
and it will still have better battery life than those two

That's your opinion, we have no price just yet, and I'm not sure what marketing jargon correlates to screen quality. Retina only improves sharpness in certain conditions, not over all image quality.

Getting a rMBP and putting Windows on it will yield significantly worse battery life(3h as opposed to 7h), because Apple intentionally cripples Windows performance by not having a graphics switching feature in their virtual machine, so the dGPU(GTX 650m) is always active whereas the iGPU(HD 4000) lay dormant unless you use a program that can take advantage of QuickSync.

Modular, Matte Screen, Cheaper price with equivalent hardware, this is a good alternative to rMBP no matter how thin you try and slice it.
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post #24 of 183
Looks like i am going to have to sell my UX32vd when this one comes out
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can get something similiar at around 1000-1100 but it has a 1gb GDDR5 650M and in a Sager chassis
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There are already 1080p ips 15" notebooks out there with similar specs by sony and hp. The hp is about a pound heftier than the rmbp while the sony is has only 4 hours of battery life.
To me, an extra pound of weight wouldn't be that bad, but it needs to have more decent battery life (4 hours just isn't enough for something you want to be portable and use all day).
Also, it's a really blatant mbp ripoff in terms of design. The vaio s wins in having a unique, less cheap-looking design. But the matte is definitely an advantage of the hp and sony models.

You're definitely in the minority as most cites put the design of the Zenbook over the Macs, and this looks nothing like the rMBP in terms of design.

Differences:

Fore/aft taper to .6"
Soft, rounded underplate
brushed aluminum finish
Concentric lid
more vertex corners

The only similarity is the hinge that spans most of chassis and Apple wasn't the first to implement this.
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can get something similiar at around 1000-1100 but it has a 1gb GDDR5 650M and in a Sager chassis
The point of this is to not have an ugly fat heavy sager chassis..... Go somewhere else.
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Wow this thing is beautiful.
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The point of this is to not have an ugly fat heavy sager chassis..... Go somewhere else.

Honestly, I wish I had never gotten my Sager NP5160

Not only does it get incredibly hot and loud, the thing barely lasts two and a half hours with normal use. I disabled HT and brought screen brightness down below 50% and even then the fan kicks in during web browsing and is an audible annoyance and lasts maybe 2 hours and 45 minutes. I don't get why people like Sager that much. The 540m in it isn't even the GDDR5 model and the frame isn't exactly what I call quality. It feels cheap but bulky and the edges creak from time to time despite the fact I've kept it sheltered most of the time using it. And the speakers aren't even good enough to qualify as trash.

But enough ranting.
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Honestly, I wish I had never gotten my Sager NP5160
Not only does it get incredibly hot and loud, the thing barely lasts two and a half hours with normal use. I disabled HT and brought screen brightness down below 50% and even then the fan kicks in during web browsing and is an audible annoyance and lasts maybe 2 hours and 45 minutes. I don't get why people like Sager that much. The 540m in it isn't even the GDDR5 model and the frame isn't exactly what I call quality. It feels cheap but bulky and the edges creak from time to time despite the fact I've kept it sheltered most of the time using it. And the speakers aren't even good enough to qualify as trash.
But enough ranting.

Comparisons to newer gen laptops always make you regret about buying your own laptop. That's just how it goes.

Also I think people like sager so much is that they only look for raw performance while neglecting useability and comfortability.
    
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