“Do you guys think this laptop would be worth the hefty price tag? Do you think it would last long enough and perform well?”
I don’t think that is good choice. The price here goes to the small size & hardware design. It looks nice but don’t forget that the ultrabook actually means ultra low internal space that makes cooling “ultra” difficult especially when it is equipped with a hot CPU as Haswell
Until now I don’t know about an ultrabook that performs reliably according to my understanding for reliability. In e.g. right now I’m working at 32*C environment temperature and there are no anyone around with an ultrabook
If you intent to use the laptop at room temperatures between 18*C ~ 22*C then probably it will performs good for office applications, internet, music, movies. Intel’s HD 4x00 is a decent GPU with good drivers support.
As far as how long it can be used before to last I think not more than 1 year. I’m considering the ultrabook as a secondary and not reliable mobile system that has good external design.
If I were in your shoes I will take the cheapest system with i5 second generation. In e.g. my Toshiba L740 from 2011 with email@example.comGHz (turbo @3GHz) is working 24/7/365. It is rock stable at 40*C environment temp and under heavy load, no restarts, BSOD, freezes or any problem. BTW the GPU is HD 3000 with a 3DMark06 result 4166.
Try to choose a system with a good thermal design and don’t waste your money for warranty more than year. In e.g. my Asus C90S is in perfect condition from 2007 and I have no problems with it. The idea is if your laptop has good hardware & thermal design then it will last beyond the biggest available warranty. The good system never goes back to the manufacturer. I wish you to have such a mobile system.Edited by duhai - 8/3/13 at 8:25pm