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  Reply # 1010792 21-Mar-2014 19:34
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Wow. I'm pleasantly surprised at the bang-for-buck you get these days in the x86 space (excluding Apple).

Gotta love competition.

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  Reply # 1010800 21-Mar-2014 20:03
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panda123:
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panda123: ... Planning to only spend about $1400 max (preferably less) ...

panda123: ... would i be looking at spending $1600 if i were to get an ultrabook a little more powerful with longer batter life? ...

Specification creep - stick to your original budget (preferably less)
I would spend $1200 max.



If i were to spend $1200 max the dell xps 12 is $1280, are there any other ultrabooks i can have a look at around that price?


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  Reply # 1010801 21-Mar-2014 20:04
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make sure you check the weight. anything 1.3kg is good. anything more than 1.5kg is not so portable. of course also check the processor and the battery life. I recommend i5

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  Reply # 1010806 21-Mar-2014 20:10
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if I were you I'd seriously get the XPS 13  i5 for $1600 it is 1.3kg (less than the XPS 12 at 1.5kg) and more screen space and seriously sleek.

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  Reply # 1010807 21-Mar-2014 20:10
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or the MacBook air

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  Reply # 1010810 21-Mar-2014 20:18
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10.6" on Surface is big if it's sitting close towards you. Remember it's not a full size keyboard blocking you from bring your 14" or larger ultrabook/laptop closer. People are using tablets like Surface and iPad's as their everyday machine now.




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  Reply # 1010848 21-Mar-2014 21:31
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My macbook air 13 inch can handle everything I do. Word processing, mine craft, streaming all that stuff.

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  Reply # 1010851 21-Mar-2014 21:38
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mac vs pc is personal preference. it's like driving stick or auto transmission. pros and cons - do you want to do burnouts or not?



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  Reply # 1010854 21-Mar-2014 21:42
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I was thinking of a mac too but how is the PowerPoint /Microsoft word equivalent for macs? Some problems might be some software I use for biomed only have a windows version and not mac. Is the mac book air specs good enough to dual boot windows?

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  Reply # 1010875 21-Mar-2014 22:33
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Yes it is powerful enough but 128gb barely enough to single boot let alone dual boot.



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  Reply # 1011037 22-Mar-2014 13:21
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would it help if I got a portable external harddrive if i dual boot or would the 128gb still not be enough to run both OS?

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  Reply # 1011044 22-Mar-2014 13:49
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You can't store system files on a portable hard drive. Only media and personal files. So it'st up to you. Or buy a bigger hard drive.

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  Reply # 1011050 22-Mar-2014 14:21
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I would've thought a portable HDD would sort of defeat the purpose of buying an ultrabook....



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  Reply # 1011054 22-Mar-2014 14:56
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yah...its getting really hard to find a decent ultrabook for $1400 or less ae

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  Reply # 1011056 22-Mar-2014 15:04
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The Dell XPS 12 is on a good special (20% off). The price is not going to last long. Get the i3 version and you can always upgrade the 80GB SSD inside it later when you have more $$$. Below is an video that shows how to do it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehLioVUkSb0

Here is a review of the 2013 model of Dell XPS 12 that I linked to in the earlier page.

http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/9/4709608/dell-xps-12-review-2013




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