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Recommend a new thin & light laptop

post #1 of 3
Thread Starter 
Hello!
It's time to replace my wife's laptop. She currently has an Acer Aspire 1410-2990 that I have installed a couple updates to. Here are the current specs:
Intel SU2300 ULV dual core 1.2Ghz cpu
4GB DDR2 RAM
Intel GMA4500 graphics
64Gb Patriot SSD
11.6" screen 1366x768

She really likes the small size and portability of her current system so I'll be looking for something similar. My current laptop is an Asus X202E, which is similar in size and newer. Something like this would work well for her, but the only downside I see with it is the non-upgradeable 4GB RAM. I've run short a few times while multitasking.

Here are the requirements I'm looking for:

13" or smaller screen size
Dual core CPU - Core i3 or i5 preferable (Haswell if possible for battery life)
minimum of 4GB RAM - would like to have more or the option to upgrade if possible 6-8GB would be perfect
HDMI out
SSD or ability to upgrade to an SSD
5 hours battery life minimum
Wireless N
Touch screen preferable but not a deal breaker

This laptop will be used for:
Web browsing
streaming videos
occasional office use (Microsoft Office)
occasional light gaming

Price range - I would like to keep the price under $750, but if there is something significantly better I'm open to spending more. I was looking at the new S7 @$1300, which looks great but I'd rather spend about half that if I can meet all or most of my goals. This does not need to be super fast or anything like that as she hardly ever games and it will primarily be used to stream video and browse the internet.
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post #2 of 3
Look into the Lenovo X230. Perfect small laptop size and awesome build quality. I have an X220 (i5 Sandy) and it's ideal IMO. The X220/230 don't have discrete graphics card, but the Intel HD4000 can actually run modern games. I can run modern games on my X220's HD3000 even, although at low to medium settings.
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Samsung 840 120GB SSD Nope Itty-Bitty Fans and Heatsinks Windows 10 Professional 64-bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
LG 12.5" 1366x768 IPS Lenovo Keyboard Lenovo 90W AC Adapter Lenovo X Series ThinkPad Chassis 
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post #3 of 3
Thread Starter 
Not bad. I just looked at the x230 and speced it out for $800. I'll probably end up waiting for a sale for either this or an Asus. I ordered a new power adapter which will get her by for the time being.
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