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Budget: Would under $500 be possible (if not, probably could stretch to $600, let me know if even that's impossible)? I can't stand slow machines, I've had the horrific experience of having an old PC until recently, so I want something that wouldn't mean waiting for a browser or a page to load for a minute.

I'm gonna use this *device* (netbook/tablet/ultrabook?) for:
  • Writing (a book and articles in Wordpress)
  • Browsing (want non-slow quality browsing)
  • Watching videos (mostly 480/720p on Youtube)
  • Doing very minor Photoshop work (mostly resize/crop)
  • Listening to music by connecting external headphones
  • Some sort of an organizer, not sure which program or what programs are available yet

A bonus would be (unless it increases the price by more than $50-100):
  • Ability to use Premiere for non-sluggish video cutting (not processing)
  • Therefore watching 1080p videos
  • Using Virtualbox for Windows Server OS
  • Using non-sluggish Remote Desktop connection to my home PC
  • Longer battery life (at least a few hours would be great)
  • Very minor gaming


I'd prefer it to be a touchscreen and to have a wireless (is that the net available freely publiclically that isn't 256k? Rusty with new non-standard connection tech) connection.

I dislike touchpads and I want something smaller.
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Originally Posted by arsta View Post

Budget: Would under $500 be possible (if not, probably could stretch to $600, let me know if even that's impossible)? I can't stand slow machines, I've had the horrific experience of having an old PC until recently, so I want something that wouldn't mean waiting for a browser or a page to load for a minute.

I'm gonna use this *device* (netbook/tablet/ultrabook?) for:
  • Writing (a book and articles in Wordpress)
  • Browsing (want non-slow quality browsing)
  • Watching videos (mostly 480/720p on Youtube)
  • Doing very minor Photoshop work (mostly resize/crop)
  • Listening to music by connecting external headphones
  • Some sort of an organizer, not sure which program or what programs are available yet

A bonus would be (unless it increases the price by more than $50-100):
  • Ability to use Premiere for non-sluggish video cutting (not processing)
  • Therefore watching 1080p videos
  • Using Virtualbox for Windows Server OS
  • Using non-sluggish Remote Desktop connection to my home PC
  • Longer battery life (at least a few hours would be great)
  • Very minor gaming


I'd prefer it to be a touchscreen and to have a wireless (is that the net available freely publiclically that isn't 256k? Rusty with new non-standard connection tech) connection.

I dislike touchpads and I want something smaller.

Usually, touchscreen laptop is like at least 600/700 dollar.
I do know have one laptop in mind that is totally perfect.

ASUS VivoBook 14"
Running either i5 or i7 ivy bridge, 6gb ram, intel HD 4000 and 1366x768 resolution
Yeah, res might be a big downside however the laptop is amazing.

You should check it out. Not to mention, the battery life is superb.
It might be 500-700 dollar depend where you buy it.
BestBuy might have it around 500 dollar without including tax.
Other stores might have it around 600 dollar without including tax.
     
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I checked it out, however the specs are different, at least the one available at the store for $700:

Windows 8
11.6" (which is great)
i3 @1.8Ghz
4Gb RAM
Glare screen (meaning reflective? Reflective's annoying)
500Gb of space, though not an SSD - would it still be fast enough compared to an older PC? I.e. starting up programs.
Awesome hours.


Yea, the resolution is a big letdown, as all of my videos would be in 1920x1080. I could skip watching them, but... It's quite uncomfortable.

Is there any alternatives, maybe working in 1080p, and/or with an SSD? Though I'm not sure about the SSD - it's little space, for video editing I'll need space. But from what I've read, an SSD is significantly faster than an HDD, haven't had a chance to try a PC with an SSD yet. On the other hand, it deteriorates.

P.S. Is 1.8Ghz enough for what I've described (the main tasks, the "extra" is just extra - but wondering too though)? Asking because my old PC, the VERY slow one, had 1.8Ghz. And then I had a 2.8Ghz dual-core, which was extremely slow as well in the end.
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Nah, i3 is fast enough for daily tasks smile.gif
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Nah, i3 is fast enough for daily tasks smile.gif

Okay then, let's continue with the possible alternatives. Thanks for the answer. smile.gif
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Okay then, let's continue with the possible alternatives. Thanks for the answer. smile.gif

I found the 14", and it might be expensive however it is really nice.

http://m.bestbuy.com/m/e/product/detail.jsp?skuId=6775213&pid=1218806578593

It has i7 ivy bridge, not sure how many core, but it'll fit your need. You can hook up your laptop to your high res monitor or TV and work on heavy duty stuff while you just use VivoBook for light editing.
     
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I checked it out, however the specs are different, at least the one available at the store for $700:

Windows 8
11.6" (which is great)
i3 @1.8Ghz
4Gb RAM
Glare screen (meaning reflective? Reflective's annoying)
500Gb of space, though not an SSD - would it still be fast enough compared to an older PC? I.e. starting up programs.
Awesome hours.


Yea, the resolution is a big letdown, as all of my videos would be in 1920x1080. I could skip watching them, but... It's quite uncomfortable.

Is there any alternatives, maybe working in 1080p, and/or with an SSD? Though I'm not sure about the SSD - it's little space, for video editing I'll need space. But from what I've read, an SSD is significantly faster than an HDD, haven't had a chance to try a PC with an SSD yet. On the other hand, it deteriorates.

P.S. Is 1.8Ghz enough for what I've described (the main tasks, the "extra" is just extra - but wondering too though)? Asking because my old PC, the VERY slow one, had 1.8Ghz. And then I had a 2.8Ghz dual-core, which was extremely slow as well in the end.

Programs doesn't load slow on windows 8 compare to windows 7.
You'll be fine with a default HDD
     
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I found the 14", and it might be expensive however it is really nice.

http://m.bestbuy.com/m/e/product/detail.jsp?skuId=6775213&pid=1218806578593

It has i7 ivy bridge, not sure how many core, but it'll fit your need. You can hook up your laptop to your high res monitor or TV and work on heavy duty stuff while you just use VivoBook for light editing.

Yea, I'd just want to do some light editing while I'm out, having lunch, having some free time at work, etc.. I'd just cut up the video, add some overlay images and that's it with Premiere. As for Photoshop, mostly cropping/resizing. Sometimes adding some text or color. Would use for making simple banners basically.

But anyway, I couldn't find this computer over here, it wasn't available.
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Programs doesn't load slow on windows 8 compare to windows 7.
You'll be fine with a default HDD

It's not a matter of OS, it's a matter of hardware. Compared to the dual-core 2.8Ghz SATA, my current quad-core 3.8Ghz SATA2 is significantly faster. Both run Windows 7 x64, same software, clean installations.
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Windows 8 actually boots up faster than Win7 smile.gif
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Windows 8 actually boots up faster than Win7 smile.gif

Boots up - yes, but software doesn't work any faster.
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