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i'm in the market for a new laptop. my 2011 15"macbook pro is giving me issues (screen won't turn on). i've done some troubleshooting but i think it's a good excuse to just get a new laptop. i mainly do php and ruby development and might get into .net with visual studio. i'm looking into going back to PC and dual booting between windows 10 and ubuntu, with linux being my primary OS. i don't know if core M is good enough for what i'd like to do so i think i5 will make me happier. here is what i'm looking for.

* lightweight, preferably under 5lbs
* screen size must be 13"+
* not lenovo, not hp
* budget is under $1000
* skylake cpu
* ssd or can be upgradable with ssd
* 6GB ram or more
* 1080p resolution
* i5 cpu or higher

here's what i've been looking into so far.
* acer aspire r14 - best buy has it for $699 http://www.bestbuy.com/site/acer-...Id=4503300

* asus q503ua - best buy has it for -$100 off so it's $699. http://www.bestbuy.com/site/asus-...Id=4344401. seems like i can upgrade the HDD to SSD and if 8GB of ram isn't enough, i can add another 4GB to make 12GB.

* asus ux303ua - on sale at best buy for $839 http://www.bestbuy.com/site/asus-...Id=4569205. i don't believe it's in stores yet so i won't be able to feel the keyboard and do the touch screen wobble test. specs look great on paper. from reviews, this series has a good build quality.

* asus ux303ub - same as the UA model above but i7 cpu and 512GB drive and gpu. it's over budget but i've seen these go for about $1000. i believe the microsoft store has 10% off for EDU people so i'm willing to spend a few more $$ if it's what i end up going with.

* macbook air MJVE2LL/A. i know these have gone as low as $800 recently but the resolution isn't all that great and it's not on skylake. also at that price range it has 4GB of ram. i've had used a few in the past from work and they're great but they were also the higher spec model. if i don't find anything else, i may get a MBA with higher spec and look for a refurb from apple. the other thing is, there have been reports of a refresh with skylake in early 2016 Q1.

i had the hp spectre x360 on the list before but a friend of mine discouraged me because of the hp software to manage the computer sucks. i don't like bloatware and don't need the mfg software to manage my device. if someone has experience with the spectre x360 and it can easily remove hp software, i will consider it.

sorry for the long post but i wanted to give you all an idea of where i'm at. hope some of you geniuses can help me out. thanks.

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im looking for similar specs. good list to start off with. thanks!
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You need large RAM, at least 16gb. The SSD is better but 240gb is good enough. Also, a good external display will help too. Good luck!
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so the past week has been busy looking. i ended up trying out 2 different laptops.

1. asus q503
2. dell inspiron 13 7353

the first asus q503 i got had some quality issues. rather than get another with fear of having another bad one, i tried the dell inspiron. i was quite happy with my experience but after a few days, i felt the screen of 13" with 1080 resolution wasn't adequate enough. i decided to give the asus q503 another try. there's also an additional $100 discount for edu so it dropped the laptop cost to $599. i couldn't pass it up so i gave it another chance.

this time it had no quality related issue. i swapped out the hdd to my spare samsung 840 evo 500gb. i installed a fresh copy of windows 10 home from microsoft and being that the device already has a license, it worked fine. on top of that, no bloatware. i'm dual booting with ubuntu 15.10 gnome. the touch screen on ubuntu isn't all that great but it was expected. i really don't care about the numpad. i wish it wasn't there so i had more keyboard real estate but i'm managing.

8GB so far is plenty but it can be upgraded to 12GB. i have yet to find a need for running VM since i'm dual booting. both laptops can be found at best buy. i also left reviews on both laptops in bestbuy.com. the username is the same w1n78. hope that helps.
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Not for nothing, but if you are serious about doing Windows .net development\Visual Studio, you should be looking at an i7 based machine with as much ram as you can afford (Visual Studio is a memory pig). If you plan on running SQL server in a serious way locally also, then at least 24 GBs of ram (you can probably get by with 16 GBs but it can get dodgy depending on what you are doing on the machine). I also would not be screwing around trying to go blind on 13 or 15 inch screens. Get a 17 inch screen with full HD resolution. An SSD is a nice to have but not essential. A solid 7200 rpm hard drive will be fine. A high end Dell XPS laptop will fit in your budget. You might find a deal at the Dell Outlet with a coupon code. Buy the extra ram separately and install it yourself as that is almost always cheaper then getting it from the manufacturer.
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Quote from YanksIn2009 View Post :
Not for nothing, but if you are serious about doing Windows .net development\Visual Studio, you should be looking at an i7 based machine with as much ram as you can afford (Visual Studio is a memory pig). If you plan on running SQL server in a serious way locally also, then at least 24 GBs of ram (you can probably get by with 16 GBs but it can get dodgy depending on what you are doing on the machine). I also would not be screwing around trying to go blind on 13 or 15 inch screens. Get a 17 inch screen with full HD resolution. An SSD is a nice to have but not essential. A solid 7200 rpm hard drive will be fine. A high end Dell XPS laptop will fit in your budget. You might find a deal at the Dell Outlet with a coupon code. Buy the extra ram separately and install it yourself as that is almost always cheaper then getting it from the manufacturer.
i'm not that serious. aside from this laptop, i have 2 hexacores at home, a dell workstation and mac pro at work so if i need to bring out the big toys, i have access to them. i just needed something while i'm away from my desk. ya, .net dev environments can be needy with resources. not sure what high end dell xps fits my budget (under $1000) but maybe the older CPU models. i think i'll be happy with the asus. it's a temporary solution until i can get another macbook pro. thanks for the info.
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