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Hi,

I need [edit] want an Ultrabook type device. Has to use Iris graphics and Haswell. Metal body is an absolute must. It must be thin enough to use as a shuriken in the event of a zombie apocalypse.

I just need the device to look good and have RIDICULOUSLY good build quality. Only using for light browsing/youtube.

Pros for MBA:
-magnetic charging connector, MAJOR points in my books. YANK OH SNAP np its safe brah
-build quality 10/10 this sets the bar. Samsung 9 series comes close, zenbook is acceptable
-IPS panel
-12 hour battery life
-I can literally walk to the apple store if i need a replacement/repair, instead of shipping to buttphuck nowhere
-looks good mang
-touchpad is pretty good


Cons:
-16:10 (me no like)
-screen bezels as thick as Oprah on a binge (I feel like you could fit a 14' screen there no?)
-OSX (don't like, willing to compromise. Bootcamp takes up valuable space on DAT DERE Sammy ssd nom sayin'?)

ONLY exception I'm willing to make in the build material department is the Lenovo Haswell Carbon X(?) just cause Thinkpads are durable and beast wif dat mat black nom sayin? I'm scoping Samsung hard for the Haswell refresh but them lazy mofos got nothing and I dunno how I feel about the Zenbook's Gorilla glass, its just not necessary.

Cliffs:
-MBA?
-Samsung Haswell Ultrabook (9 series refresh?) ??
-Zebook ????
-Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon (Haswell reflesh) ?????
??? ??? ???
WHAT WUD JESUS DO M8
I'M JUST WAITING FOR A M8

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Edited by Scorpion667 - 6/17/13 at 10:54am
    
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Bootcamp will cut the battery life in nearly half in my experience and you don't get all the delicious touchpad gestures and Unix features. And you'll lose out on 40GB of your SSD to Windows. Related note TheVerge did its review and got 13 hours and 29 minutes out of its machine of constant Safari browsing in OSX.

If you just want Windows there are better suited machines with similar build quality out there (Samsung 9 Series, Zenbook Prime, Lenovo Carbon).

I'd personally go for the Zenbook Prime with the dedicated GPU an IPS upgrade. Swappable RAM, HDD, MSATA SSD along with backlit, alluminum shell, backlit keyboard, small charger, good battery and 2 year global (w/ Free Shipping) and 1 Year Accidental included.
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Honsely, if the MBA had gotten a screen upgrade I'd say just buy it. However the 1400x900 resolution on a brand new 2013 13" ultrabook is unacceptably poor by my own standards at least.

I've been waiting for this refresh of processors since Christmas, and I ended up not buying the MBA mainly due to its underwhelming specs compared to the competition.


Personally I'm holding out for a Macbook pro retina refresh. It's already of comparable thickness and weight to the MBA, and with the way better screen and hopefully more powerful specs I think this may be the way to go.


Good luck
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I am about to go with the 13in MBA myself.. Just holding off while I do more research. I'm going to law school here in a couple of months and all of our exams are taken on our laptops. Battery life is a must.. they actually recommend bringing backup battery since if your laptop dies, you'll have to finish by hand, and are not allowed to plug them in. Honestly, at this point the only thing holding me back is the decision between the i5 and i7 processor.

Both the i5 and the i7 offer hyperthreading in the new macbook air mobile processors, and I think the ONLY difference between the two is the clock speed. Both offer 2 cores, 4 threads, so to me it seems as if the price to upgrade to the i7 just isn't worth it, considering I doubt I'll be doing too much that would stress the computer. (I do have my sig rig at home). On the other hand, I do love excess, and If I have 20 tabs open I don't want to feel like I should have gone for the i7.

At the same time, I know the i5 would likely give me at least some extension in battery life, so it would make sense to go that route, even if for that reason alone.
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Yeah, the resolution is the only thing holding me back from snagging one. Wonder if they will release a retina version at some point. I wanna see Samsung's Haswell Ultrabook offering so badly...
    
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I was hoping for a better resolution myself. Though, something tell me they wouldn't have been able to claim 12+ hours of battery life if it had a significantly higher resolution display.


If you don't mind waiting and still want a macbook, I think the Haswell Retina MBP would be worth looking in to. The only reason I'm going for air is absolute battery life/portability + A really high build quality. I already have a PC at home, so this is my device to carry around. wherever I go.
The Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon looks awesome though, the Haswell refresh should offer it pretty a pretty good battery extension as well.
Edited by Pararrhexis - 6/18/13 at 4:33pm
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Yeah, the resolution is the only thing holding me back from snagging one. Wonder if they will release a retina version at some point. I wanna see Samsung's Haswell Ultrabook offering so badly...
I doubit it until they can get the battery life to a acceptable level with Retina for the Air line and the ULV IGP is ready for 1600p. To make portability vs power a meaningful choice when it comes to MBA Retina vs MBP Retina.
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16:10 is far superior to 16:9. Why would you want 16:9? It's a mediocre ratio for any productivity as it hinders things like having word windows side by side. 16:10 for the same number of diagonal inches gives you more total square inches as it's closer to a square to 16:9. The worse thing about the MBA is that they didn't upgrade the resolution to FHD (1920x1200). Everything else about it is perfect, especially the ridiculous battery life. During haswell, Macs tended to have an hour or two more battery life than PC ultrabooks. Now, they will have about twice the battery life. Pretty ridiculous optimization on Apple's part.

The MBA is a great computer for students and people who don't need to run the processor at 100% constantly for daily tasks (like compiling or doing video editing). If you need more power, wait for the MBP Retina refresh this fall. It will probably have a 5xxx Iris inside, a mobile instead of ult processor, and increased battery life versus last gen as as well (I'm crossing my fingers for 9-10 hours rated battery life).
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Don't buy it. Simple as that.
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