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Ultrabook or no Ultrabook?

shyam09 5,985 2,814 August 6, 2015 at 10:46 PM
I gave my dad my 2010 13" Macbook Pro, so I'm looking for a laptop now. I don't want to spend as much - keeping my budget in the $500-$600 (max would probably be $650, including taxes - I'm in Cali, so either coupons at Staples or BBY or buying at a taxless place like BH Photo...)

I don't really use laptops for gaming or video editing -- I leave that to my desktop. My main use for a laptop would be web browsing, writing stuff, movies/videos, etc. I don't use a laptop all too much unless of course I'm travelling or am out of the house for a large part of the day.

I'm just left a bit confused over what laptop I should be getting (since I'll be sticking with it for roughly another 4-5 years). I'm really intrigued by ultrabooks, but those are fairly expensive and the only worthwhile one I've noticed is the recent Dell XPS 13", but the lowest I could find is $830 w/ no taxes.

Are there any recommendations for laptops? I'm just browsing around right now; I might end up buying during Labor Day weekend or wait a bit longer -- but I'm trying to find out some good laptops to look at. I don't want an Apple product, I'd much rather prefer Windows.

If it helps any, I can get student discounts too.

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If your going to stick with it for realistically 4-5 years I would recommend spending more than the $600. Thats quite a while to have a laptop your using as a daily driver. Doing your research is important too. You want something built well to last that long and thats hard to do on budget machines.

Ultrabooks are generally more expensive because they prioritize size and weight above nearly all else. They can be fast though too. I would steer you a little more to business class machines just because of how they are built. I would look at the Lenovo outlet and see what thinkpads were available. It used to be easy to say all thinkpads were built well but thats not the case anymore. Dell outlet is another good place. The potential savings on outlet deals especially if you can get a coupon will be greater than the tax you might pay.

I would definitely be looking at probably an intel i5 processor and an SSD (Add later if you wanted, but make sure of the format and that it's possible if your looking at an ultrabook). The other thing you might consider is spending $300 on a chromebook now if that would work for your needs and replace it in 3 years. A preowned Surface Pro 3 might be a good machine if you are ok with the smaller screen and get a wireless keyboard. Know that they are not upgradeable. There is a deal for them in hot deals now.
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What do you think of the the Asus UX305... I think I can score a pretty good deal, putting me slightly higher than my $600 budget?
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What do you think of the the Asus UX305... I think I can score a pretty good deal, putting me slightly higher than my $600 budget?
It's a core M processor, so not the fastest and have it's limits. I would make sure to do research into it and it's performance. It's probably a well built machine but not a business class machine. It's an ultrabook so it makes compromises for thinner, lighter, etc. Personally if I was going to keep something for 4-5 years I would buy more performance and take the slightly larger size. If I was just doing web I would look at a Chromebook.
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