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So basically I need a laptop for school. I'm having a hard time choosing. What I know I want so far is.


-chicklet keyboard
-long battery life
-Light
-12.5-14 inches.
-thin laptop

Tell me what you guys recommend?
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post #2 of 8
Bumping because I'm looking for the same thing for my girlfriend.

Just something reliable, fast as far as normal computing (no gaming or graphic design or anything like that.) There seems to be so much conflicting info on brands and everything.

Also not sure if we should be strictly looking at I5 processors or if I3 with an SSD (ultrabook) would be a better option. I5 with an SSD seems to be out of the price range especially since 15" is her preferred size but will settle for 14". Unless we go with "avatar" brand which Ive never heard of and gets conflicting reviews on Newegg.

Hopefully im not threadjacking, but it appears we're looking for almost identical suggestions...
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post #3 of 8
I don't know much about each one of these because Im not an ultrabook type person but:

Asus Vivobook (many different sizes & configs)
Lenovo U410 Ultrabook (or U410 Touch)
Dell 14z/15z

All 3 are praised as being very good entry level ultrabooks. The Vivobook is the lightest/thinnest, the Lenovo is best build quality & best looking IMO, and the Dell has a DVD drive and longest battery life. Neither of them are bad options. All of them have SSD caches, which when used with Intel Rapid Start, can produce boot times equivalent to a dedicated SSD.

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post #4 of 8
I'd also go for a Lenovo U310 or U410
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post #5 of 8
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Originally Posted by DrGroove View Post

I'd also go for a Lenovo U310 or U410
Only complaint I have with those is the DIY un-friendly warranty.
Its the biggest thing that turned me off of the rather high appealing U410 at the time.

I can recommend the Samsung 5 Series Ultra.
My dad got his for 749.99 back last year. both 13" and 14" models available.

i5 ULV
13" 1336x768 Matte Screen
Chicket Keyboard with nice travel
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4-5 Hour battery life on day to day tasks at 50% brightness.
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post #6 of 8
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Originally Posted by ivr56 View Post

Only complaint I have with those is the DIY un-friendly warranty.
Its the biggest thing that turned me off of the rather high appealing U410 at the time.

I can recommend the Samsung 5 Series Ultra.
My dad got his for 749.99 back last year. both 13" and 14" models available.

i5 ULV
13" 1336x768 Matte Screen
Chicket Keyboard with nice travel
Sizable Trackpad
4-5 Hour battery life on day to day tasks at 50% brightness.
Light
500GB 5200RPM HDD + 8GB SSD Cache. (Fast booting, Very Responsive Windows 7)
One screw to open the access hatch that leads to RAM and 2.5" HDD

That must of been a heck of a sale, right now the Samsung ATIV Book 5's are way more expensive than competitors. The $800 model has an i3 and only 4GB of RAM....

Also @BrownBob, if you don't care about battery life, the Sony VAIO Fit E fits your needs too. It can be fitted with a GT 740M, which is very nice if you won't be leaving an outlet too much,
    
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They must have went up a considerable amount then since the last revision.
Darn
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post #8 of 8
Actually taking a strong look at the lenovo u430 for 699 at bestbuy and the p500 for the same price.

Battery life does matter, thats why the u410 caught my eye. The only thing sacrificed is it's 500 gb hdd compered to 1 TB on the p500. Otherwise they are both I5 processors, touchscreen and backlit keyboards. The U410 is an ultrabook so it does have SSD, but has 2GB less ram. It also has good battery life and better portability since it's an ultrabook.
Edited by brownbob06 - 8/19/13 at 2:23pm
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