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So guys, need a little help here.
I have put other 'planned' upgrades for my main rig aside because I need a new laptop for studying. And I have deside for an Ultrabook, because of the light weight and long battery run time.
I know the Asus Zenbook is a solid choice, but I really, really dont like its design, so thats a no go wink.gif
I have come up with either the Lenovo X1 Carbon with:
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Or the Samsung Series 9
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The laptop will be mainly used for taking notes, writing reports in LaTeX. Using programs like Maple and OriginPro.

I favour the ThinkPad in every way pretty much, larger screen, bit faster processor w/HT. More memory and more SSD space.
The only real problem I have is, if the extra price is worth that.. I have the money for them both so thats not the problem, just if it is worth it. Could really use some input. smile.gif
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post #2 of 20
The Samsung Series 9 will fit your needs without a problem. However the Lenovo does use an ultra-low power series CPU, which could be another advantage.

What exactly are the prices for where you are?
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The Samsung is around 1700$ and the Lenovo is 2700. Pretty pricey for both of them..
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The Samsung is around 1700$ and the Lenovo is 2700. Pretty pricey for both of them..

Personally, I would get the Samsung. Are you open to other suggestions (Besides the Zenbook)?
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I would say that there are certainly better options for less if that's all you do! I'd make some suggestions but I only have personal experience with the Zenbook Prime, I'm using it right now, but you already stated that it's not an option. redface.gif
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Yes yes, I know that the Zenbook might be a cheaper option. My sister has a Zenbook and she loves it, but I just think it is ugly as hell. So having to live with it for the next 4 years or how long I keep it would be a bad choice.
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Yes yes, I know that the Zenbook might be a cheaper option. My sister has a Zenbook and she loves it, but I just think it is ugly as hell. So having to live with it for the next 4 years or how long I keep it would be a bad choice.

There are loads of other ultrabooks for less though. I am not suggesting a Zenbook if you think it is ugly, but, for your uses I simply think that those prices are really too much, unless you really don't mind spending the money. Are there really any kind of minimum specs you want or anything? Or is it simply more about the appearance?

I would normally never suggest this, but as far as Ultrabooks go, refurb, or even new, Macbook Airs are quite good options at reasonable prices for ultrabooks and if you chuck Windows on it they are still cheaper by some margin. If you are a student or anything and can get a good discount that is even better. If you're in the US a 13" MBA is $1200 which is very reasonable. This is really the one area which I would recommend a Mac since it's the only are that their prices are even approaching competitive.
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There are loads of other ultrabooks for less though. I am not suggesting a Zenbook if you think it is ugly, but, for your uses I simply think that those prices are really too much, unless you really don't mind spending the money. Are there really any kind of minimum specs you want or anything? Or is it simply more about the appearance?
I would normally never suggest this, but as far as Ultrabooks go, refurb, or even new, Macbook Airs are quite good options at reasonable prices for ultrabooks and if you chuck Windows on it they are still cheaper by some margin. If you are a student or anything and can get a good discount that is even better. If you're in the US a 13" MBA is $1200 which is very reasonable. This is really the one area which I would recommend a Mac since it's the only are that their prices are even approaching competitive.

Add Windows licensing on top of your MacBook Air and you are back at Ultrabook price...

Although it is an option to still consider. smile.gif
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Add Windows licensing on top of your MacBook Air and you are back at Ultrabook price...
Although it is an option to still consider. smile.gif

Not really, Windows home premium is only $100 at OEM prices so he would be looking at a total of $1300. Less if he is a student and has access to discounts on the Mac, which other companies do not offer, or free copies of Windows (Thanks to my student status I haven't payed for WIndows since I started studying biggrin.gif). Even less if you look at a refurb macbook, which is guaranteed to be of the same quality and will be just as shiny, it was probably just returned for some minor niggle and then fixed right up.
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Not really, Windows home premium is only $100 at OEM prices so he would be looking at a total of $1300. Less if he is a student and has access to discounts on the Mac, which other companies do not offer, or free copies of Windows (Thanks to my student status I haven't payed for WIndows since I started studying biggrin.gif). Even less if you look at a refurb macbook, which is guaranteed to be of the same quality and will be just as shiny, it was probably just returned for some minor niggle and then fixed right up.

Point taken...

Tad more expensive here in Australia smile.gif
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Beyerdynamic DT-770 Pro 250ohm Schiit Bifrost DAC Schiit Asgard 2 HiVi Swan M50W 2.1 
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Intel Xeon E5-2620 Super Micro X9SRL-F-B 128GB 1333MHz LSI 9271-8i 
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VMware ESXi 5.5 SeaSonic SS-400FL2 Fractal Define R3 
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Intel Core i5-3437U HP EliteBook Folio 9470m  Intel HD Graphics 4000  16GB DDR3 SDRAM 
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256GB SSD Windows 10 Insider Preview 
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