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I too was looking for a 1k-ish ultrabook and ended up purchased a 13'' macbook air.

 

 

/fanboi mode on

 

 

Seriously this thing is awesome. I can get around 15-16h of battery life during very very light workload, 10-12h of normal usage and 5-6h of gaming. 

 

The intel HD 5000 is pretty good, actually. I can play CS-GO at medium-high at 60 fps. DOTA 2 is struggling a bit on OSX though. I could also play various indie games that I got on steam (FTL, Surgeon Simulator, Bastion, Trine 2 etc) with high settings or maxed out without any problems. I experienced Tearing in some game, but framerate is pretty good.

 

The thing is light as hell and feels very solid because of the aluminium body. I put mine inside a 3$ carrying case that I got on the bay and carry it in my backpack and I just forget that it's here.

 

It doesnt heat up unless you game. During normal usage you cannot hear the fan and it does not become hot at all. Even in tasks that are mildly CPU intensive (I use ableton live a lot on mine) it's dead silent and really cold. If you game then you'll hear the fan and it will heat up.

 

The screen is also very good. The colour are vivid, accurate and the viewing angles are great.

 

The trackpad is also great and intuitive.

 

/fanboi mode off

 

 

 

 

I suggest that you go grab one at an apple store. They have a 14 days no questions asked return period.


Edited by splinterize - 8/23/13 at 11:55am
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I too was looking for a 1k-ish ultrabook and ended up purchased a 13'' macbook air.


/fanboi mode on


Seriously this thing is awesome. I can get around 15-16h of battery life during very very light workload, 10-12h of normal usage and 5-6h of gaming. 

The intel HD 5000 is pretty good, actually. I can play CS-GO at medium-high at 60 fps. DOTA 2 is struggling a bit on OSX though. I could also play various indie games that I got on steam (FTL, Surgeon Simulator, Bastion, Trine 2 etc) with high settings or maxed out without any problems. I experienced Tearing in some game, but framerate is pretty good.

The thing is light as hell and feels very solid because of the aluminium body. I put mine inside a 3$ carrying case that I got on the bay and carry it in my backpack and I just forget that it's here.

It doesnt heat up unless you game. During normal usage you cannot hear the fan and it does not become hot at all. Even in tasks that are mildly CPU intensive (I use ableton live a lot on mine) it's dead silent and really cold. If you game then you'll hear the fan and it will heat up.

The screen is also very good. The colour are vivid, accurate and the viewing angles are great.

The trackpad is also great and intuitive.

/fanboi mode off




I suggest that you go grab one at an apple store. They have a 14 days no questions asked return period.

It's an idea I'm still toying with. I'll probably go in and play with one some more.
 
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