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Hi OCN. I just joined this site, but have been looking around daily since the start of december. smile.gif

I just moved to Canada a month ago and will be here til the beginning of december. I did bring an iPad Air, but i would like a pc for the stuff that my iPad cant or dont do very well. Writing, backing up pictures from camera and other stuff.

The use will be 90% surfing, 8% streaming music and movies and 2% gaming and other stuff.

What would i like?:
8GB ram, 128 GB SSD and a fast Intel CPU or better specs.
GPU is a very lov priority and i can live with Intel 4000. If the budget allows it, a mid end GFX would be nice, but not that important. smile.gif the other stuff is more important

Battery 3+h and weight not to high, but most laptops can handle that.

Win 7 or 8 does not matter.

Screen 13-15,6
At least 720P on a quality good screen.

I am open for most brands, but i will never own an Acer again smile.gif

It have to be available in Canada and i perfer to buy it online.

Usually i can do this by my self, but i dont know any good Canadian websites or when the prices are reasonable/good.

I wanna build a desktop system when i get home, but for now a lappy is my best option. It would also be nice for the future if i go back to school or going places were it would be handy. I left my old laptop at home because it,s in bad shape and super glued together. The hardware isnt up to date as its 4,5 henares old.

Looking forward for some good answers.

smile.gif
post #2 of 6
Saskatchewan is mostly farmland, right? Anyway,

Here are some places to shop for computers in Canada (hopefully some Canadian OCN members can chime in here):
https://www.xmarks.com/site/www.ncix.ca/
http://www.reddit.com/r/bapcsalescanada
http://www.reddit.com/r/buildapc/comments/1gusas/i_live_in_canada_must_i_use_neweggca/

Are you considering an ultrabook? If you don't plan on doing content creation (editing, rendering, transcoding) on your laptop, an ultrabook fits your needs. The only major downside to ultrabooks is lack of user upgrades and somewhat limited CPU/GPU power due to TDP (heat) constraints.

http://www.ultrabookreview.com/251-best-ultrabooks/
http://www.ultrabookreview.com/2071-best-gaming-ultrabooks/
http://ultrabooknews.com/
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Notebookcheck-s-Top-10-Subnotebooks.98632.0.html
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Top-10-Ultrabooks.91067.0.html
    
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BTW,
When it comes to ultrabooks:

Ivy Bridge- average battery life of 6+ hours under light use (web surfing), okay HD 4000 graphics
Haswell- average battery life of 9+ hours under light use, better HD 4400 graphics, +10% more powerful vs Ivy Bridge at same clock speed (+10% IPC vs IB)

More reading:
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Intel-Haswell-Processors.93189.0.html

Let me know if you have questions.
    
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Thanks for answers. Good links i will look closer at tomorrow.
Ultrabooks might be what i am looking for. They are fast and have some powerfull hardware. You say that the CPU is slower, but its not that bad, right? Ofc it depends on the model.

That Ivy vs. Haswell is also some usefull information. smile.gif

I will look into this tomorrow. Thanks a lot.

Btw i think its mostly farmland in south and more woods in north of SK. Actually im working here as an agricultural trainee. smile.gif
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Thanks for answers. Good links i will look closer at tomorrow.
Ultrabooks might be what i am looking for. They are fast and have some powerfull hardware. You say that the CPU is slower, but its not that bad, right? Ofc it depends on the model.

That Ivy vs. Haswell is also some usefull information. smile.gif

I will look into this tomorrow. Thanks a lot.

Btw i think its mostly farmland in south and more woods in north of SK. Actually im working here as an agricultural trainee. smile.gif

CPU is slower (than desktop processors or mobile quad core processors), but still fast enough for most basic tasks. Just don't expect to run Photoshop/Premier or Civ5 smoothly.

I like Canada. I occasionally visit CTVnews.ca and cbc.ca just to see what is going on with our neighbors up north.
    
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Okay. It dont sound like a problem for my use as it is very light. smile.gif

Yeah Canada is quite nice. Especially now when its getting warmer biggrin.gif We had some days with -30. Holy **** i have never tryed anything like that. Its cold to go outside and feed the cattle in that kind of temperatures. biggrin.gif
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