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What is your maximum budget?

$1500 (Really looking in the $600 - $900 range)

What country are you in?

Canada

What will be the uses of this laptop?

Mostly casual surfing/video playback and academic tasks

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?

No, just a brand that is known to be reliable and has good customer support

What screen size do you require?

13" or 14"

What screen resolution do you require?

I would prefer it to be as crisp as is affordable and that it should be a touch-capable screen

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

New. Unless the alternative has a rock solid reputation and great warranty.

How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet)

8 - 10 hours. Having to plug in to charge is a minor pet peeve.

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings?

I am not really a pc gamer.

What operating system do you need? (if any)

Whatever works. Probably Windows 8+.

Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.)

The ultrabook category is the most attractive although some notebooks might change my mind. I really value portability and sleekness in design. Preferably of durable build quality.

How much hard drive space do you need?

128+ GB SSD. (Must be SSD)

Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.)

Webcam is a must.

Is there anything else we need to know?

Looking for laptops that come with Intel's 4th gen CPUs. (Not easy to currently search up all possibilities which is why I came here to ask, lol)
Edited by zaslam408 - 7/8/13 at 3:50am
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You may want to wait until later this year for more Haswell options. This seems like a good option if you don't feel like waiting.
    
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My sibling got this one, and it's pretty much perfect. 1080p IPS touchscreen, huge battery 128GB ssd, intel wifi, really nice in pretty much every way... and it's just a smidge over $900. The bloatware is a pain to get off, but that's the only negative.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Samsung---ATIV-Book-7-13.3%26%2334%3B-Touch-Screen-Laptop---4GB-Memory---128GB-Solid-State-Drive---Mineral-Ash-Black/8967042.p?id=1218960136823&skuId=8967042
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You haven't specified the weight, but it looks like the answer here is a no brainer: you need an ultrabook.

There's tons of ultrabooks that meet your requirements. You might also want to look for a backlit keyboard.



edit: Have a loot at this:

SONY VAIO Pro 13 Intel Core i7-4500U 8GB 128GB SSD 13.3" FHD Touchscreen Ultrabook Carbon Silver (SVP1321DCXS) $1,499.99
Edited by FIX_ToRNaDo - 7/8/13 at 12:18pm
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Thanks for the help guys. The stuff that was recommended is all cool and really tempting to buy. I probably would have gone with a Sony or the beautiful Samsung Ativ had Intel's newest gen of CPUs not just been released in mainstream ultrabooks.

However, as this is probably a ~3 year investment, I would like to have the latest generation processor when I buy. The Sony Vaio Pro is the only one that meets that requirement and I think it might be overshooting my budget at the moment.

Overall, I guess waiting it out as melodicmetro suggested is probably the best option. I hope that it doesn't take too long for Haswell to become mainstream.
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They should be fairly mainstream by Christmas. thumb.gif
    
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Originally Posted by zaslam408 View Post

Thanks for the help guys. The stuff that was recommended is all cool and really tempting to buy. I probably would have gone with a Sony or the beautiful Samsung Ativ had Intel's newest gen of CPUs not just been released in mainstream ultrabooks.

However, as this is probably a ~3 year investment, I would like to have the latest generation processor when I buy. The Sony Vaio Pro is the only one that meets that requirement and I think it might be overshooting my budget at the moment.

Overall, I guess waiting it out as melodicmetro suggested is probably the best option. I hope that it doesn't take too long for Haswell to become mainstream.
IMO, Sony is overpriced. If you're looking for to use your laptop for at least 3-years, it's probably better to buy the fastest APU you can afford. There are always trade-offs: the non-U series Haswells are faster but consume more power, the U-series Haswell are slower but consume less power. If I were you, I'd just get the faster Haswell & just buy an extra battery to double the battery life (it probably will only cost an extra $50).

Lenovo has an extremely fast 14" Haswell for $830, and you can probably get it cheaper if you wait for a good sale. The only downside is that your paying for a discrete GPU you probably won't use, and it doesn't come w/SSD. But, I prefer to install my own SSD since most stock SSDs are not as fast/reliable as a good aftermarket SSD. Most of the time it's cheaper to go this route anyways.

Lenovo link: http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/ideapad/y-series/y410p/index.html
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IMO, Sony is overpriced. If you're looking for to use your laptop for at least 3-years, it's probably better to buy the fastest APU you can afford. There are always trade-offs: the non-U series Haswells are faster but consume more power, the U-series Haswell are slower but consume less power. If I were you, I'd just get the faster Haswell & just buy an extra battery to double the battery life (it probably will only cost an extra $50).

Lenovo has an extremely fast 14" Haswell for $830, and you can probably get it cheaper if you wait for a good sale. The only downside is that your paying for a discrete GPU you probably won't use, and it doesn't come w/SSD. But, I prefer to install my own SSD since most stock SSDs are not as fast/reliable as a good aftermarket SSD. Most of the time it's cheaper to go this route anyways.

Lenovo link: http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/ideapad/y-series/y410p/index.html

Thanks for the heads up - a friend actually recommended the same laptop to me. It has really nice specs ad the price is good.

I have been thinking and I feel like, since my usage is very school oriented, I am probably in the market for a 11 - 13 inch hybrid on which I can take notes. The Lenovo Yoga 11s fits that bill really well. Hopefully, they update the APU to get more battery life out of it. Otherwise, I'm hopeful that there will be more, similar and updated alternatives available on the market soon.
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