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So after a very long time deciding which Ultrabook to buy I've picked the Dell XPS 13 as it seems to be the smallest and cheapest when it comes to specs (i7 + 8Gb RAM, 256Gb SSD and 1080p display! biggrin.gif ) and I was just wondering if I should buy now or wait for Haswell or even go something else entirely for a cheaper price.

Thanks in advance for any replies! smile.gif
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Personally, I'd wait a few months for Haswell unless you had a pressing need for a laptop immediately. The power savings and the improved graphics sound great.
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Personally, I'd wait a few months for Haswell unless you had a pressing need for a laptop immediately. The power savings and the improved graphics sound great.

Well I only go back to college in September so I don't mind waiting a bit.
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I'm in the exact same situation as you are right now. My only concern is the prices on the Haswell laptops. The current XPS 13's have a €200 discount (1080p, i5, 8gb, 256ssd). Combined with the €50 coupon makes 1199 - 200 - 50 = €949. I think the cheapest Haswell will start at €1199.
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I'm in the exact same situation as you are right now. My only concern is the prices on the Haswell laptops. The current XPS 13's have a €200 discount (1080p, i5, 8gb, 256ssd). Combined with the €50 coupon makes 1199 - 200 - 50 = €949. I think the cheapest Haswell will start at €1199.

Well depending on the price I might buy the current Ivy Bridge model, the price will come down even more when Haswell comes out it just depends on how much of a performance increase Haswell brings to warrant the extra money...

Also care to tell me where you found those deals? The cheapest I can find it for is £1049 pounds rolleyes.gif
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Well depending on the price I might buy the current Ivy Bridge model, the price will come down even more when Haswell comes out it just depends on how much of a performance increase Haswell brings to warrant the extra money...

Also care to tell me where you found those deals? The cheapest I can find it for is £1049 pounds rolleyes.gif

On the Dutch Dell website. The coupon code can be found on the Dell site aswell. I dont think they will lower the prices even more once Haswell is released, i think that's what the current E200 discount is for.

Think i'm going for the XPS13 now anyway, it will be another few months before the first Haswell laptops will show up, and if i order now i get another E200~ discount from my work, making the total price E750~.. can't beat that.

Shame it doesnt have touchscreen though. I know there's the XPS12 but i dont like the idea of having a hybrid.
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On the Dutch Dell website. The coupon code can be found on the Dell site aswell. I dont think they will lower the prices even more once Haswell is released, i think that's what the current E200 discount is for.

Think i'm going for the XPS13 now anyway, it will be another few months before the first Haswell laptops will show up, and if i order now i get another E200~ discount from my work, making the total price E750~.. can't beat that.

Shame it doesnt have touchscreen though. I know there's the XPS12 but i dont like the idea of having a hybrid.

Ah man there's never any good deals in the UK frown.gif I've got a touchscreen laptop/tablet now and it's just annoying, unless they put something on the screen it just gets covered in fingerprints which is annoying jealoussmiley.gif

I'm probably gonna get one to but not till it's either discounted more or I've heard a bit more about Haswll
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