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Both of those laptops seem very expensive for the specs. I would look around the internet and you should find one cheaper. Most Core i5 laptops I have seen usually run around $500-$700. Even the ultrabooks. Just take a look here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100020039+600004343+600003988&QksAutoSuggestion=&ShowDeactivatedMark=False&Configurator=&IsNodeId=1&Subcategory=3090&description=&hisInDesc=&Ntk=&CFG=&SpeTabStoreType=&AdvancedSearch=1&srchInDesc=

I understand if you just like the looks of the XPS line, but I thought I would just toss this out there.
No, it's understandable and most people do think it's a little silly. But I don't mind paying a we bit more for something that really satisfies how I want it to look.
I haven't seen another laptop with mini-displayport like the XPS though, which would be good for my U2711.
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Another thing you may want to look at is the Macbook Pro. I know I will probably get flamed for suggesting such a foul name around here, but the 13.3" is about the same price as the XPS line you are looking at. They have excelent build quality and are some of the nicest looking machines available. Mac OSX is also a nice OS. There are even some linux distro's out there that work on Mac. Alos Macs will tend to hold value better than any other computer out there. I have a freind that does animation and graphic arts for a living and he is able to get the new Macbook Pro every year just by selling his old one before the new ones are launched. He can usually get the same he paid for it and only has to put more money in it when they up the price.

In the end though we like what we like. As long as you are happy with a purchase that is all that really matters.
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Another thing you may want to look at is the Macbook Pro. I know I will probably get flamed for suggesting such a foul name around here, but the 13.3" is about the same price as the XPS line you are looking at. They have excelent build quality and are some of the nicest looking machines available. Mac OSX is also a nice OS. There are even some linux distro's out there that work on Mac. Alos Macs will tend to hold value better than any other computer out there. I have a freind that does animation and graphic arts for a living and he is able to get the new Macbook Pro every year just by selling his old one before the new ones are launched. He can usually get the same he paid for it and only has to put more money in it when they up the price.

In the end though we like what we like. As long as you are happy with a purchase that is all that really matters.
I've considered it. But I don't need/want the retina model. And I don't want to use the non-retina with just 1280 x (some low number) resolution.

I'm going to be using Linux mostly with my laptop, which Dell has a bit more support for.


I'm more so looking for advice between the two XPS I listed, though I am grateful for other suggestions.
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well, wait for the 14 inch full hd version and be set
 
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I spoke to a person from Dell's "chat now", they didn't have any information on when/if it would be available. But the representative assumed it would be third quarter this year, if so. that doesn't make sense to me though, that sounds more like it would be 2014's model release.

What do you guys think?
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Then your choice is between the 14 inch and the 13 inch. If the 13 inch 1920 is available within a month, get it. otherwise, settle for the 14 inch and don't look back.
 
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since you are a photographer, you want a laptop with an IPS screen due to color accuracy needed for editing.

I highly suggest you take a look into this computer

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4977884&SRCCODE=WEBGOOPA&cm_mmc_o=mH4CjC7BBTkwCjCV1-CjCE&gclid=CJT67tG5qLUCFdSkPAodPAgAqQ

its got a 1080p IPS display on 13.3 screen meaning the text would be very crisp

it also has a 128GB SSD and the computer only weights 2.86lbs so it is extremely portable

the build quality is also on of the best
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since you are a photographer, you want a laptop with an IPS screen due to color accuracy needed for editing.

I highly suggest you take a look into this computer

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4977884&SRCCODE=WEBGOOPA&cm_mmc_o=mH4CjC7BBTkwCjCV1-CjCE&gclid=CJT67tG5qLUCFdSkPAodPAgAqQ

its got a 1080p IPS display on 13.3 screen meaning the text would be very crisp

it also has a 128GB SSD and the computer only weights 2.86lbs so it is extremely portable

the build quality is also on of the best
I'd probably just go with the XPS 13" (can be configured with 1080, IPS)

I looked at that ASUS model for a while. I'm really hoping to see the 14" get a 1080p/IPS screen update/refresh by the time I buy one of these.
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Today I confirmed that the XPS 14 uses an IPS display (though it's not 1080p)

I'm considering getting the 15.6" and selling my desktop, as I don't really game anymore. But I've had some really bad luck with previous laptops using Linux and "hybrid" graphics in laptops (extra noise/power-drain)

Does anyone know how well NVidia GPU's on laptops, specifically with the XPS fair under Linux? The XPS 15 can be configured pretty powerfully and would be more than adequate as a desktop replacement for anything I'd need.
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I wouldn't even bother for either of those. $1,100 for a laptop without an actual GPU? That's a terrible price. If you wanted an actual machine like that then go for the Lenovo Y480. It's got the same quality level and actually features better specs for a lower price.

I know you're looking for mobility and size, so why not add the ability to go a little toward the gaming area too? thumb.gif
     
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