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  Reply # 705616 24-Oct-2012 11:52 Send private message

Ragnor:
NZtechfreak: I got my ASUS UX31A (i5 1980x1080p matte IPS display) for $1800NZD all up from Ebay several months ago now, selling for about ~$2400NZD at the few places with it for sale locally. Nice ultrabook.



+1 for the Asus UX31A
http://www.anandtech.com/show/6194/asus-ux31a-putting-the-ultra-in-ultrabooks

Available locally for $2000 now:
http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=1347080
http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=1461500




Looks nice....tempting

Edit: $300 more for the 256GB and i7. Much want

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  Reply # 705637 24-Oct-2012 12:20 Send private message

I found the 13" screen a bit small vertically especially if they are the 16:9 widescreen layout. One of my requirements was also to have an in built optical drive. I bought a Dell Inspiron 14Z with a SSD and am very happy with it.  The only complaint I have is the glossy screen, I would prefer a matte screen.

Sure it's not quite as sleek as the 13" offerings from Acer etc but is still nice and slim and for me a good size screen, fast boot up, and reasonable battery life.  It fits nicely into a sleeve for carrying around.

http://www.dell.com/nz/p/inspiron-14z-5423/pd








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  Reply # 705642 24-Oct-2012 12:32 Send private message

My workmate picked up a Samsung series 9, the Matte screen (1600x900) looks brilliant, pretty quick wee pc.
That yogapad looks pretty impressive I must say, next few months for laptops, notebooks etc should be very interesting.



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  Reply # 705647 24-Oct-2012 12:39 Send private message

Technofreak: I found the 13" screen a bit small vertically especially if they are the 16:9 widescreen layout. One of my requirements was also to have an in built optical drive. I bought a Dell Inspiron 14Z with a SSD and am very happy with it.  The only complaint I have is the glossy screen, I would prefer a matte screen.

Sure it's not quite as sleek as the 13" offerings from Acer etc but is still nice and slim and for me a good size screen, fast boot up, and reasonable battery life.  It fits nicely into a sleeve for carrying around.

http://www.dell.com/nz/p/inspiron-14z-5423/pd








Something about the keyboard irks me on the 14z. It just looks a bit....budget. Otherwise quite a nice little laptop

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  Reply # 705674 24-Oct-2012 13:20 Send private message

I use the 14Z as my main computer just as I did my previous laptop and use a Bluetooth Logitech keyboard for most of the time, however I find the installed keyboard to be most satisfactory when I do use it, though I do appreciate it is a very personal thing.  Since Dell seem to sell mainly on line it was hard to see one in the flesh though I did manage to find one at JB HiFi here in Hamilton.

One other feature the 14Z has which is missing from many Ultrabooks is an Ethernet connection.

If you read the reviews you will see comments about issues with WiFi connections. I had one problem early on, it was caused by the pre-installed MacAfee anti virus.  There was an issue with one update to MacAfee. Other than this the WiFi connections have worked well. 

Mainly for other reasons, I've since ditched MacAfee for Microsoft Security Essentials.




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  Reply # 705772 24-Oct-2012 16:10 Send private message

If you learned Gentleman had to decide between a Dell XPS 13 and the HP Folio, what would it be? Much of a muchness I think

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  Reply # 705783 24-Oct-2012 16:15 Send private message

i have samsung series 9 15' (thinnest for 15 inch)

core i7 + 8GB RAM + 256 SSD + GORILLA glass!

WEI
Processor - 7.1
RAM - 7.5
Graphic - 6.5
Gaming - 6.5
Hard disk - 7.9







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  Reply # 705785 24-Oct-2012 16:20 Send private message

nakedmolerat: i have samsung series 9 15' (thinnest for 15 inch)

core i7 + 8GB RAM + 256 SSD + GORILLA glass!

WEI
Processor - 7.1
RAM - 7.5
Graphic - 6.5
Gaming - 6.5
Hard disk - 7.9


The Samsungs are nice but will be a while before we see them again (with Windows 8)

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  Reply # 705788 24-Oct-2012 16:22 Send private message

It really depends on what's important to you. Size and weight, battery life, ethernet port, means of playing video externally etc.

Take a look here for a quick comparison.  http://www.slashgear.com/dell-xps-13-ultrabook-versus-hp-folio-13-22219660/

or here http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57401773-1/hp-folio-13-vs-dell-xps-13-ultrabook-laptop-prizefight/ 

or here http://www.mobiletechreview.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php?Number=42364




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  Reply # 705793 24-Oct-2012 16:35 Send private message

Technofreak: It really depends on what's important to you. Size and weight, battery life, ethernet port, means of playing video externally etc.

Take a look here for a quick comparison.  http://www.slashgear.com/dell-xps-13-ultrabook-versus-hp-folio-13-22219660/

or here http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57401773-1/hp-folio-13-vs-dell-xps-13-ultrabook-laptop-prizefight/ 

or here http://www.mobiletechreview.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php?Number=42364


Thanks dude. I think the consensus is that the XPS looks nice and has a nicer screen but the Folio is better in all other respects

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  Reply # 705829 24-Oct-2012 17:51 Send private message

I have a 13" Samsung Series 9, and it's a very nice little machine. Very pleased with the purchase, only had buyers remorse for an hour or two the day after.




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  Reply # 705832 24-Oct-2012 18:08 Send private message

I looked very closely at the Folio especially after Mauricio suggested it.  My reason for not purchasing it was the lack of an optical drive which I had to have plus I felt a 14" screen would also be better for me.  The Dell won on those two features alone.

Having used a couple of 13"devices since I could have probably lived with a 13"screen.

I think you would be very happy with the Folio.




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  Reply # 706001 24-Oct-2012 22:11 Send private message

mjb: I have a 13" Samsung Series 9, and it's a very nice little machine. Very pleased with the purchase, only had buyers remorse for an hour or two the day after.


I don't see how you could have buyers remorse with one of those.  

It was the Samsung and the Acer Ultrabooks that started me off on the path of an Ultrabook.  They're nicely equipped, great looking and nice and thin.




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  Reply # 706008 24-Oct-2012 22:24 Send private message

Disappointing screens on basically all of them besides the ASUS one, screen has to be seen to be believed. Matte, IPS, 1080p.




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  Reply # 706039 25-Oct-2012 00:50 Send private message

Technofreak: I don't see how you could have buyers remorse with one of those.


Oh, it wasn't the notebook, just the financial bit.




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