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What is your maximum budget?
Around 1000 euros.

What country are you in?
Serbia

What will be the uses of this laptop?
Mainly surfing, multimedia, programming, some photoshop and probably occasional gaming.

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?
No.

What screen size do you require?
15.6''.

What screen resolution do you require?
1920x1080.

Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay?
New.

How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet)
At least 3-4 hours of normal use. I'll use it for university as well, so battery life plays a big role here.

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings?
I don't plan on using it as a desktop replacement so I won't game much on it when I'm home, but I guess i'd want new games to run on medium-high.

What operating system do you need? (if any)
Doesn't matter, I'll just reinstall it myself anyway to get rid of bloatware and other junk.

Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.)
All-around laptop. Well made, I don't want it to feel cheap. Also, aesthetics could be a factor on deciding between two similar laptops.

How much hard drive space do you need?
At least 500GB (HDD) or 128GB (SSD).

Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.)
Webcam only, but I guess all laptops come with those.

Is there anything else we need to know?
I was looking at Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 and Y580, Dell XPS 15, ASUS N56VZ and Sony Vaio S 15 (although it's out of budget). Battery should last at least 3 hours of coding or surfing. I'm not sure if any ultrabooks with ulv cpus can cover all the bases, also I'm not sure if they underperform in development environments like visual studio and such or if the difference in performance is actually notable in normal use.

I'm leaning towards Y500 right now, it's somewhat nicer than Y580 but it has a rather poor battery life and doesn't support optimus. Dell XPS 15 is really hard to find over here, also some WiFi problems were mentioned. ASUS N56VZ looks mediocre (I don't like how silver and black are combined, it would be better if only one colour was used) but it has a better/brighter display than Y500. I'm not sure if Vaio S is worth breaking the bank and going over the budget, but it definitely looks great, it's light, has an IPS panel and a better battery life than Y500 and N56, although it has a slower gpu.

Also, if there are any ultrabooks (even 13.3'') that meet all these requirements I might take a look at them as well.
Edited by webstar - 3/16/13 at 8:29pm
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So, uhm, any thoughts?
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I would take a look at Sager 9150. It fits the bill you are looking for and reasonably priced. There are resellers overseas and here in the US. Not sure about overseas shipping from Xoticpc but that is who I use.
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