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Sorry for the long name but I just wanted to get opinions. Currently I have a Sony Vaio with i7 and gt 330m and blah blah blah. It is a decent laptop but getting kind of clunky and I am starting to dislike vaio laptops. I kind of want to get a new laptop. I already have a supped up desktop and at this moment I use my laptop rarely. I tend to only use my laptop when I am on vacation, but even then I don't really play games on it anymore, mostly school/office work and older games like Civ if anything. My problem with this laptop is that I feel it is too heavy to carry around and pull out for short frames of time, the graphic card is rubbish (my fault for not doing research) so I can't really use it for gaming like I want. I used to play League and other MMO's but now I prefer to play on my desktop. Also, whenever I do play anything or use it after a while, the fan turns on. I did some research and discovered that my model just has a problem with annoyingly loud fans.

So in my search for a laptop I guess my decision is. If I am planning to use my laptop for web surfing, movies, and light gaming (roms, and older games), should I get a Ultrabook or a Windows 8 Tablet like a Surface Pro or something. The way I see it, I only need an i5, and I honestly don't care about a nice graphic card because I am sure the built in graphics would pass for the things I would play. But something about having a legit laptop seems a little better than a tablet (I would get a keyboard for it).

Anyways, suggestions?
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The Surface Pro 2 seems more primarily designed for tablet use with notebook functionality thrown in. It also has a small capacity battery (42 Whr) and a rather small screen (10.6" albeit with 1080p resolution and handy stylus).

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Microsoft-Surface-Pro-2-Tablet.105769.0.html

Another thing to consider is where you plan to use your computer. Are you planning to use it in cramped areas (planes, trains, buses, etc)? Do you need a capable computer in the absolute smallest form factor? In that case, the small size of the Surface Pro 2 will come in handy.

The Surface Pro 2 is a good compromise between a tablet and ultrabook, but ultimately, is not as good as a dedicated tablet or dedicated ultrabook.

If you want more productivity (more content creation and less content consumption), you will probably want a Haswell ultrabook.

To be honest, Haswell ultrabooks pack more computing power and battery life into a (slightly larger but nonetheless small) form factor. Most come standard with 50 Whr batteries so you will gain some battery run time there. You also have access to higher end configurations with QHD/QHD+ resolutions, i7 ULV processors, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, etc.

http://www.ultrabookreview.com/251-best-ultrabooks/
    
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