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What is your maximum budget?
$700-$800 if not, $900

What country are you in?
US

What will be the uses of this laptop?
Programming/Designing Games, Animation, Web Design, Music Composure, GIMP/Photoshop, Email, Internet, Streaming and other basic stuff.

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?
None.

What screen size do you require?
13" ~ 15"

What screen resolution do you require?
At least 1366x768

Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay?
New

How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet)
9 hours or more

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings?
None. This will be entirely for working laptop.

What operating system do you need? (if any)
Windows or OSX

Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.)
None

How much hard drive space do you need?
Doesn't matter.

Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.)
None.

Is there anything else we need to know?
Okay, I want to have an idea of what kind of my future laptop that I might get later down the road but not right now.
I used to own a laptop till I gave it to my dad, but I might get another one, however, it won't be a "gaming" laptop.

I was hoping you guys would help me.
     
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9 hours will require Haswell. Ivy Bridge will struggle to approach 9 hours, even if you dim the display and turn off wireless.

http://www.ultrabookreview.com/3331-haswell-ultrabooks/

As far as future laptops go, Broadwell will bring about a new GPU architecture (reworked graphics cores much like with Ivy Bridge) and even better battery life thanks to the 14mm process shrink.
http://www.extremetech.com/computing/170291-intels-14nm-broadwell-gpu-takes-shape-indicates-major-improvements-over-haswell

Broadwell should launch sometime around 2014.

Skylake is going to be a beast.
It will include support for next gen technologies such as DDR4, SATA express, etc. By this time, Intel will have greatly refined power saving features and increased iGPU performance.
http://www.cpu-world.com/news_2013/2013111001_Details_of_Intel_Skylake_processors_and_Greenlow_platform.html

ETA: 2015
    
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The problem here is, you want 9 hours or more and have quite heavy workload potential.
What kind of game programming/animation are you planning to do? 3D, 2D, Flash, Unity, Unreal Engine?

In this case for me a full voltage CPU and 8GB of RAM is essential to cover all workload potential on the go and multi task more efficiently. Having Photoshop, Audition, a large Maya and Unity scene and a bunch of chrome tabs all open without slow down is a bliss for development.

Iris and Iris Pro will be more then fine for mobile use (As you have a GTX 560 Ti + 2500K at home).
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Originally Posted by ivr56 View Post

The problem here is, you want 9 hours or more and have quite heavy workload potential.
What kind of game programming/animation are you planning to do? 3D, 2D, Flash, Unity, Unreal Engine?

In this case for me a full voltage CPU and 8GB of RAM is essential to cover all workload potential on the go and multi task more efficiently. Having Photoshop, Audition, a large Maya and Unity scene and a bunch of chrome tabs all open without slow down is a bliss for development.

Iris and Iris Pro will be more then fine for mobile use (As you have a GTX 560 Ti + 2500K at home).

Actually, it'll be GTX 670 2GB + 2500k, however, I want to work it away from home such as in college campus during my break time.

By 9+ hours of battery, I mean on basic usage such as internet, checking emails and etc.
I don't expect to get 9+ while working on heavy softwares that'll require my CPU, RAM and GPU usage which it is probably impossible unless we are in the future where we have more battery life.

However, I do not know whether I should grab Macbook Air/Pro or Windows Laptop/Ultrabook to help my tasks.

For game programming/design, I'll be using Unity 3D and Microsoft Visual Studio C++ 2010
For animation, I'll be using Blender.
For music composure, I'll be using Ableton Live or Komplete Ultimate 9.
     
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Ultrabook with 8GB would be the best fit if you really want the battery life then.
OSX Camp you'll be looking at 1100-1200 for a 8GB Air more then your budget. A retina 8GB runs 1400 and and a normal pro roughly 1200 + upgrade.
What would be your budget if your looking into macs it seems? 900 is enough for the used market but not new or Offical refurb
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Originally Posted by ivr56 View Post

Ultrabook with 8GB would be the best fit if you really want the battery life then.
OSX Camp you'll be looking at 1100-1200 for a 8GB Air more then your budget. A retina 8GB runs 1400 and and a normal pro roughly 1200 + upgrade.
What would be your budget if your looking into macs it seems? 900 is enough for the used market but not new or Offical refurb

If I have enough money, it would've been 1000 to 1500 dollar.
     
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If thats the case then I would say gun for the 8GB 13" Retina. Screen and judging by reviews you can hit 9 hours on light usage. Same processor as the Air (A bit clocked higher) and a the better screen.
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