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I will be mainly using the ultra-book for programming and typing things up anything below £600 and a matte display
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I will be mainly using the ultra-book for programming and typing things up anything below £600 and a matte display
What type of programming? Game programming requires a bit more power than other types. How long would like for it to "last?" What are you going to be using it for? Any wanted features for the Ultrabook? Where are you going to be taking it? Be a little bit more specific in what you want so you can get the best help smile.gif. Also, welcome to OCN (BTW, there's a New Members section if you want to properly introduce yourself)!
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The key here is what type of programming you plan on doing. If you're a CS student, you can get away with pretty much anything. If you plan on doing some larger projects, you'll want to go for the best CPU performance possible so you don't get stuck staring at a screen while it compiles for a few hours. If you're doing anything for 3D game programming beyond mobile games, you'll want to get an AMD APU system, as you'll greatly benefit from the increased GPU performance, along with gain access to OpenCL on the GPU, which is always a nice feature.
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I will be takeing it virtually everywhere i will be programming in c++ and html id like a long battery life and i want it to last for at least 3 years
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The biggest consideration for a coder on an Ultrabook is making sure you get a high resolution display. Coding on a dinky 1366x768 display is going to be extremely tedious when it comes to horizontal and vertical scrolling to view your code. Personally, I can't handle coding on anything less than 1600x900, and even that's a cramp. Look for something with 1600x900 at a minimum, and 1920x1080 HD preferable. I'm sort of partial to ASUS and Lenovo in the Ultrabook market.

The next major concern will probably be storage type and processor. An SSD is going to speed up the machine tremendously over one with a conventional HDD. An i5 processor and 8GB of RAM would probably do the job.

Lots to choose from. Pick a brand and see what you can afford in that budget. If your £600 budget includes VAT you might need to stretch that to £750-800 to get SSD and 8GB with the high resolution display. The premium Ultrabooks aren't cheap.

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