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Topic # 129206 6-Sep-2013 23:42
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Hi all

My old faithful Toshiba laptop has come to the end of its time, so I'm now researching before I buy.

My needs are pretty much the basics - music / movies / photos and web surfing.  I'm not a gamer.  I do however spend some time using spreadsheets / and creating mediawiki pages - so a keyboard is a must.I travel alot - so weight and size matter to me in a latop / tablet.

I believe the max screen size i need is 14inch, thinking that most if not eveything connects to another screen or tv these days.

I use an android Samsung s3 - and love the android, so could be persuaded to go this way too given the right hardware is avaialble.

The two I currently am looking at:

http://www.samsung.com/nz/consumer/pc-peripherals/notebook-pc/tablet-pc/XE700T1C-A02AU

or

http://www.asus.com/Notebooks_Ultrabooks/ASUS_TAICHI_21/

both are same specs to a point  -

 

  • 1.7GHz 3rd Gen Intel i5-3317U Processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 128GB SSD Hard Drive

the big difference - samsung is $200nzd cheaper, and is nice as the screen completely detatches makign the tablet of course lighter.

I'd appreciates thoughts on these two hybrids - or suggestions for others to look at.

Cheers anna




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  Reply # 891186 7-Sep-2013 05:24
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Hey Anna, Welcome to Geekzone!

Personally I'd recommend investing in a Lenovo (http://lenovo.com) and just get a tablet for on the road. I'm typing this from my Nexus 7 (2013 edition) and its great! The thing I find with most of the laptops in store is they generally don't last (I've got a rather high end Toshiba that's been repaired 3x in a year) - if you want something that will last depending on your budget the Lenovo X1 or the Thinkpad Edge series should treat you well and last well too.

Personally I'd stay away from cheaper consumer grade laptops, they simply don't last. You'd love the X1 if you're wanting something thin with decent battery life :)




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  Reply # 891191 7-Sep-2013 08:08
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If a tablet form appeals I would be looking at a Surface Pro, similar specs far sharper price, or if you are in no hurry there is a surface pro 2 rumoured for release soon

I have the little brother Samsung XE500 and love it, the form factor is perfect for an all round machine

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 891305 7-Sep-2013 14:44
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  Lenovo X1 or the Thinkpad Edge series should treat you well and last well too.



A friend brought an edge series and i honestly was not too impressed....... I like to flex the chassis's of laptops to see how much guts is in them, and the edge series he had was pretty soft i thought.






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  Reply # 922963 28-Oct-2013 11:31
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Well I don't know how it happened - but I bought a Surface pro. This is working fine, perfect for on the road. - But I can see I will be looking for a desktop in the near future! thanks

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  Reply # 922993 28-Oct-2013 12:36
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Surface Dock will turn your tablet into a desktop ;)

the dock accessory releasing early next year.



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  Reply # 922994 28-Oct-2013 12:40
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Great thanks - didn't know that was coming - looks great 

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