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Okay so i will be mainly using the ultrabook for programming and web surfing. I don't really know much about what sort of processor i'm looking to keep an eye out for when buying ultrabooks. Could you kindly list a very good i5 and i7 processor. I think 128gb ssd should be enough for my requirments.

thanks smile.gif


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Budget - Around £500
Good looking ultrabook!
Atleast 128gb SSD
Will be used for java programming at first.
No mac please
Edited by Ecks - 4/7/13 at 2:01pm
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Okay so i will be mainly using the ultrabook for programming and web surfing. I don't really know much about what sort of processor i'm looking to keep an eye out for when buying ultrabooks. Could you kindly list a very good i5 and i7 processor. I think 128gb ssd should be enough for my requirments.

thanks smile.gif

 

 

Look at the macbook air if you really want an ultrabook. They arent really more expensive than anything by asus or lenovo.

 

 

If you're open to something else, I highly suggest that you look at the thinkpad x230. My friend have one and he get about 14h with the battery. Only drawback according to him is that the trackpad is bad.

 

http://shop.lenovo.com/ca/en/laptops/thinkpad/x-series/x230

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Okay so i will be mainly using the ultrabook for programming and web surfing. I don't really know much about what sort of processor i'm looking to keep an eye out for when buying ultrabooks. Could you kindly list a very good i5 and i7 processor. I think 128gb ssd should be enough for my requirments.

thanks smile.gif

First, what programming software are you going to use?
Second, what other tasks beside programming/web browsing are you going to do?
Third, what is your budget?
Fourth, what country do you live?

It'll help us a lot.

For an ultrabook, I would recommend Zenbook Prime.
Slightly expensive but it is worth it.

http://www.amazon.com/Zenbook-Prime-UX31A-AB71-13-3-Inch-Ultrabook/dp/B00863L3K4/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1365287546&sr=1-1&keywords=Zenbook+Prime

http://www.amazon.com/UX31A-DH71-13-3-Inch-Laptop-Silver-Aluminum/dp/B009AEYEVS/ref=dp_ob_title_ce

Intel Core i7 ULV
4GB RAM
1920x1080 resolution
128GB SSD (can be upgradable to 256GB SSD)
and it has a nice IPS.

Macbook Air is nice, but it doesn't have IPS sadly frown.gif
Don't get me wrong, it is nice if you want that is.

There's more, but we don't know your budget so we can't proceed any further.
     
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oKay i added those info to the main post smile.gif

Is there a big difference between Intel Core i5-3317U and Intel Core i7-3517U
Edited by Ecks - 4/8/13 at 5:35am
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First, what programming software are you going to use?
Second, what other tasks beside programming/web browsing are you going to do?
Third, what is your budget?
Fourth, what country do you live?

It'll help us a lot.

For an ultrabook, I would recommend Zenbook Prime.
Slightly expensive but it is worth it.

http://www.amazon.com/Zenbook-Prime-UX31A-AB71-13-3-Inch-Ultrabook/dp/B00863L3K4/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1365287546&sr=1-1&keywords=Zenbook+Prime

http://www.amazon.com/UX31A-DH71-13-3-Inch-Laptop-Silver-Aluminum/dp/B009AEYEVS/ref=dp_ob_title_ce

Intel Core i7 ULV
4GB RAM
1920x1080 resolution
128GB SSD (can be upgradable to 256GB SSD)
and it has a nice IPS.

Macbook Air is nice, but it doesn't have IPS sadly frown.gif
Don't get me wrong, it is nice if you want that is.

There's more, but we don't know your budget so we can't proceed any further.

How do you rate the samsung?
post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by Ecks View Post

Okay so i will be mainly using the ultrabook for programming and web surfing. I don't really know much about what sort of processor i'm looking to keep an eye out for when buying ultrabooks. Could you kindly list a very good i5 and i7 processor. I think 128gb ssd should be enough for my requirments.

thanks smile.gif


Simplified list

Budget - Around £500
Good looking ultrabook!
Atleast 128gb SSD
Will be used for java programming at first.
No mac please
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oKay i added those info to the main post smile.gif

Is there a big difference between Intel Core i5-3317U and Intel Core i7-3517U

Ehh, from what I see, i5 and i7 have a same dual cores, so I assume it isn't a big deal.
And i7 is slightly faster, so there's no point of grabbing "that" i7-3517U.

Now, those two mobile CPU is ULV which is Ultra-Low Voltage. Meaning it'll consume less voltage and increase your battery life at the same time lower their slightly performance compare to a regular mobile CPU.

I think all ultrabook have it.
I might recommend you get i5-3317U because it is cheaper.
If you can find the i7 that is a same price as that. Might as well grab it, heh.
Just to show off to some people that I got i7 biggrin.gif Lol

Okay, this laptop is slightly over your budget, but it is really nice.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B009R16Z8E/ref=noref?ie=UTF8&psc=1&s=computers

That's all I could find.
If you want a good ultrabook that has those specs, you might as well increase your budget otherwise it is quite hard to find one.
     
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How do you rate the samsung?

Samsung is a quite good company for laptops.
Sure their laptop is quite overprice, but I think they are trying to make it thin, light, have longer battery life for laptop and maybe packs a punch.
Not sure about their ultrabook, but I assume it is the same.
     
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post #8 of 11
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Okay so i'm pretty much looking at 2 products.

The acer aspire S3 for £469

OR

dell xps 12 convertible £700


Touch screen / Higher Display / Look / Slightly faster i5 / ---- Worth the price?
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Okay so i'm pretty much looking at 2 products.

The acer aspire S3 for £469

OR

dell xps 12 convertible £700


Touch screen / Higher Display / Look / Slightly faster i5 / ---- Worth the price?


Check the Dell outlet center. I purchase from there a lot and every dell outlet new or recertified refurbished item came in new condition. Just had a client purchase an XPS ultrabook for around. $650 with an i5, 256GB SSD, and 8GB Ram....

You may want to get something with 8Gs or more ram and a good amount of screen space 1080p.

I would not go ASUS Ultrabook had one and returned do to poor construction/build quality.

Dell, Apple, and Toshiba are always my first choices when it comes to laptops, ultrabooks, and notebooks...

I would avoid Lenovo, Asus, and Samsung. Every ASUS product except for PC components has been nothing but poorly constructed garbage.
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I was just really asking if the difference was worth the price?
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