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Looking for nice screen, ok battery and nice form for 1000$ or less

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I reside in Canada

1080p IPS screen

Will not be doing any heavy gaming on it but would like at least HD 4000, discrete would be nice if it could be toggled off for battery life.

It doesn't need to be an ultrabook but I don't want it clunky or much more than 4.5 pounds.

Would prefer 15 inch but open to no lower than 13

Will be using mostly for typing, an ssd boot would be awesome but it doesn't have to have an ssd I guess for this price.

Battery life of around 5 hrs would be ok I guess.

What I've come up with from browsing here is the;

Zenbook prime
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/872800-REG/ASUS_UX31A_DB51_UX31A_DB51_Zenbook_Prime_13_3_.html

If only it were 15 inch

and

Sony S series

http://store.sony.ca/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/SYCTOProcess?catalogId=100803&storeId=20153&langId=200&LBomId=8198552921666454156&categoryId=8198552921644881015

--if only it had ssd boot frown.gif Can't find many reviews on it, and not for this configuration.

I want to keep the price as close to or below 1000$, so I don't think it is worth waiting for the new 15inch zenbooks.

If you had to choose between those 2 laptops, which would you take? Did I miss any other contenders?
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http://displaywars.com/15,5-inch-16x9-vs-13,3-inch-16x9

Vaio S has 35% more screen area, meaning Zenbook has 35% higher pixel density. FWIW, 15.6" 1080p is pretty much the limit for what I can see at 100% scaling. Even then I'll get eye strain after a few hours - I never got eye strain using a 14" 1440x900, not sure the precise density difference but the 15" is ~20% more dense. Text for programs and such would be absurdly small without scaling the 13" to 125%.. and that somewhat defeats the purpose.

Basically, if you want the screen real estate of 1080p... 15", period. If you just want high pixel density and 1600x900 effective (whether images stay at native res when scaling in W8, I don't know.), ZBP is a good choice.
 
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