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I've been thrown into the world of laptops and my head is spinning. I've been comparing specs with all kinds of computers, and keep coming back to Asus, probably because of the battery life they advertise. I want a 13-14" model, with big battery life, very portable, and as much power as I can get for a moderate price. The big thing is that I DONT game, or watch movies or download alot of stuff off the Internet. I use my computer for emailing, storing photos, and writing essays. that's about it. I travel alot, so I need it to be strong enough to handle my backpack. Everyone seems so concerned with gaming capabilities, but I'm not. So, I'm wondering just what I need to look for in terms of power supply that would be enough for my needs. Right now I'm comparing the specs of the ASUS UL80Vt with those of the K42F, but the K series has a 6 cell battery, but an Intel Core i3 processor. The UL80 only has an Intel Core Duo SU7300 processor, with an 8 cell battery. Which specs should I be more concerned about? And how does the Duo Core T6600/6 cell battery (U80A-RSTML05) factor into the competition here? Should I consider it, or is it yesterday's news? ANY insight would be helpful. Because I live in the UAE, I need to consider global warranties (which ASUS has), and service. Just don't steer me into Mac land- I'm not dishing out that much money...
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If you want battery life I would be looking at the Core Duo CPU's nothing that you listed really needs the new i series CPUs.

Also stay away from PC's with dedicated graphics cards as they suck up A LOT of power, I believe the ASUS K series has dedicated graphics cards.
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from the specs you gave me i would get a business line laptop

they are sturdier than consumer laptops and they work better than consumer line

two very nice laptops i recommend are e6410 from dell and t410 from lenovo

both laptops are really nice and sturdy plus have good battery life

i've used both and each have their pros and cons
e6410 has keyboard backlight / t410 have a light that shines onto the keyboard

anyways you won't be disappointed with a business laptop since they really are for business and not for gaming

e6410
http://www.dell.com/us/en/business/n...10&s=bsd&cs=04

t410
http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/c...434450AAAFE461

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What's the difference between "dedicated" and "integrated" graphics? The ASUS K series has integrated Intel GMA HD graphics. The other ASUS' now have that NVIDIA graphics which seems to attract gamers. Is there an advantage to the NVIDIA for my purposes? I know so little about this stuff, I feel like a moron...But thanks for the input. It helps. What about battery packs- is 6 cell enough, or should I be looking at 8 cells?
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What's the difference between "dedicated" and "integrated" graphics? The ASUS K series has integrated Intel GMA HD graphics. The other ASUS' now have that NVIDIA graphics which seems to attract gamers. Is there an advantage to the NVIDIA for my purposes? I know so little about this stuff, I feel like a moron...But thanks for the input. It helps. What about battery packs- is 6 cell enough, or should I be looking at 8 cells?
Dedicated means its a seperate part of the motherboard, like it would be on a PC, Integrated means, its soldered on the motherboard like a chip. Dedicated GFX give a lot more power, Intel GMA's are perfect for what your doing. About the battery, 6 cells have great life but if you want just a little more, go for the 8 cell, if your gonna be using this thing a lot while traveling with no AC, get the 8 cell, if your gonna still be doing that but not really a lot, get the 6 cell. It all depends on what your going to be doing with the laptop.
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wamthesuperwam explained integrated vs. dedicated nicely
dedicated video cards are stronger than integrated but they also use more power
since you aren't using this laptop for games i suggest integrated unless you want to play games in which you should get a laptop that uses both integrated and dedicated and has switch capabilties

as for 6 cells vs. 8 cells
the time difference between them isn't noticeably longer
but the weight different is

before you get yourself an 8 cell you need to ask yourself if you're going to really need it?
most people end up buying a new battery every one to two years since if you don't manage your battery well they end up dying real fast
and even if you manage your battery well, they still lose power since you use them cycling power

couple things that need to be added the ULV processors last ALOT longer than dual core and i3 processors are in the middle between the dual cores and ULV

i really suggest looking at the laptops that i listed above since they would be perfect for you
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