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I am more inclined to go with the the newer i7 but it's the SSD on the older one which is appealing. But then again I can add a good one for £85 later. I'm sure the 1366 x 768 won't be terrible? All else is same as far as I can see.

I have Windows 8 on my PC and I try to stay in desktop mode as much as I can. Not keen on the titles. But, yes I can see how the tiles with touchscreen would be useful for tasks on the go so I will check them out in a store.

For your uses, you'd be lucky to stress a Core 2 Duo from 4 years ago. Both i7's will be far more than you need. These CPUs aren't weak like you think they'd be: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOl2evh5leo

They can handle high-end games, I wouldnt fret about the processor one bit in your situation.

Try out Windows 8 with touchscreen. In the end, I think a touchscreen laptop with an i5-3317u or i3-3217u with an SSD will be perfect for your needs.
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I am more inclined to go with the the newer i7 but it's the SSD on the older one which is appealing. But then again I can add a good one for £85 later. I'm sure the 1366 x 768 won't be terrible? All else is same as far as I can see.

I have Windows 8 on my PC and I try to stay in desktop mode as much as I can. Not keen on the tiles. But, yes I can see how the tiles with touchscreen would be useful for tasks on the go so I will check them out in a store.

Got a question. You never told us what are you going to be doing on your laptop...
What are you going to do on your laptop anyway?
     
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Got a question. You never told us what are you going to be doing on your laptop...
What are you going to do on your laptop anyway?

He did in the OP...
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Thanks elemain.

Mainly used for Office, Outlook, lots of Internet tabs, Youtube, PDFs etc. Weight is important and minimum screen 13.3" but preferably 14" (unless you can show me a lightweight 15").

What do you think of the Asus Transformer Book TX 300 that is due out soon? Any idea when it's out and if it's worth the wait?
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Thanks. What do you think of the Asus Transformer Book TX 300 that is due out soon? Any idea when it's out and if it's worth the wait?

If you're gonna wait for that, might as well get a Surface Pro now.
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What is your view of the Lenovo X1 Carbon Touch? It is expensive for at $1500 but do you think it's worth it? You did mention the advantages of touch screen for Windows 8. I can understand how it would be useful when lots of tabs are open and would save you using trackpad to move small distances.
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To me, I don't think it's worth it. Having a touch screen meaning you just sacrifice great chunk of your battery life. If you want to spend 1500 dollar, why not get ASUS Zenbook Prime? It is quite decent IMO.

I would preferably get an ultrabook that has either 6-8 GB ram since you said you'll have multiple tabs open which is important.
4GB doesn't cut IMO. Elemein will say it otherwise.
For me, I had enough issue dealing multiple programs on 4gb ram, lol.
     
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To me, I don't think it's worth it. Having a touch screen meaning you just sacrifice great chunk of your battery life. If you want to spend 1500 dollar, why not get ASUS Zenbook Prime? It is quite decent IMO.

I would preferably get an ultrabook that has either 6-8 GB ram since you said you'll have multiple tabs open which is important.
4GB doesn't cut IMO. Elemein will say it otherwise.
For me, I had enough issue dealing multiple programs on 4gb ram, lol.

Touchscreen does not suck up battery.

4 GB is enough for his uses. He can test it himself if he likes. 4 GB is enough, I know this for a fact. I can provide pics of a computer having lots of applications open on 4 GB of RAM and not being near the limit.

Also, the X1 is a premium laptop. It is NOT worth the money. Get a touchscreen ultrabook that is light, has atleast 4 GB of RAM, and atleast a new generation Atom Zxxx.
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Hi I was just going through the posts. And I am also in need of a laptop (Actually 2, one for home also) so was stuck in the same dilemma of Haswell or current processors.

But I also liked the AMD APU A10 4600M With Dual Graphics (512 MB 7660G (Integrated) + 2 GB 7670M (Dedicated)) Lineup of APU's. But Again heard recently that a new generation of AMD APU's which will have Unified Memory Access codenamed KAVERI is due for release in the later part of this year.

My requirements are as follows:

1) Web Browsing.
2) Watching Movies.
3) Programming (JAVA, SQL Databases, MATLAB, etc.).
4) Mid-Level Gaming (Like playing all latest games on Mid-High Settings, Low Settings will also do for some games).
5) Decent Battery Life (Say without any gaming (As gaming is impractical without charger because of power saving), around 3-4 hrs of continuous use with screen Brightness at about 30-40 % and with normal use like Web Browsing, Watching Videos, Mails, etc.)


So I was confused between the Following specs namely:

1) 3rd Gen i3-3110m with Clock speed 2.4 GHz (3 MB L3 Cache) with 4 GB DDR3 (1600 MHz) with 1 GB AMD Radeon 7670M Dedicated Graphics.
2) 3rd Gen i5-3210m with Base Clock Speed of 2.5 GHz and Turbo upto 3.1 GHz (3 MB L3 Cache) with 4 GB DDR3 (1600 MHz) with 1 GB AMD Radeon 7670M Dedicated Graphics.
3) AMD APU A10-4600M with Base Clock Speed of 2.3 GHz and Turbo upto 3.2 GHz (4 MB L2 Cache) with 6 GB DDR3 (1600 MHz) with Dual Graphics (512 MB 7660G (Integrated) + 2 GB 7670M (Dedicated)) with CrossFire.


My Budget is not too high (Around 700$ but can exceed by 100$ for i5's rolleyes.gif) so am not pushing towards i7 or Ultrabooks. Now which of the above 2 laptops should I buy if I don't wait for the Haswell Processors? And id I do wait for Haswell line-ups, then is it going to be a considerable increase in performance and battery life as compared to the above Specs?

Thanks,
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