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what's a good ultra book that is also powerful enough to be a near desktop replacement?

br1ckhouse 341 50 September 4, 2016 at 10:36 AM
I have a custom desktop build running with a i5-4670K, 8 gb and ssd. I love how I almost never get any bottlenecks or slowdowns. I use it both for work and mid tier gaming (I have a 750 ti).

I recently tested out a xps 13 with 5th and 6th gen i5 and found both to have slowdowns, especially because I tend to open up lots of tabs and have multiple applications running at the same time (cloud backup, AV, music, office products).

I want to find a good ultrabook for traveling and since it's for work, I can splurge a bit. Since the XPS 13 were about $800-900 from dell outlet, I am willing to spend a bit more for something more powerful.

Should I be looking for a i7 and/or more ram? Can I find something that won't compromise the battery life (looking for at least 6-7 hours)? The xps 13 I tested were touchscreen and I found the battery life to be dismal.



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Maybe one of those gaming laptops without the touchscreen. You could also carry an extra battery. Lol.
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I would recommend as you implied Dell XPS 13 or 15 depending on the size you want. Do not get touchscreen as it decreases battery life. when you were testing, did you see what slowed it down? At least on Dell XPS 15 you can later change RAM and SSD but with XPS 13 only SSD. Get yourself I7 with 16GB RAM with at least 256GB SSD.

I have Dell XPS 15 9550 and i love it. Also comes with 960M video card, so one can play some games. I also bought it from outlet.

I am sure you searched, but here are couple of links comparing them. I can only speak to XPS line as i own it and use it,2...231,00.asp
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Ultrabooks are by nature designed to be light and portable. Any i7 that ends in a U is still a dual core processor. If you want your laptop to match your desktop in power, you're going to need a true quad core which both requires more more power to run(poorer battery life or a larger battery which adds weight) and better cooling(portability).

Which XPS 13 did you test? Did it have a FHD(1080p) screen or QHD+(1800p) screen? The QHD+ screen is a massive drain on battery and performance. The QHD+ screen is absolutely gorgeous but it's just not worth the extra power if you want the battery life/performance. Yes touchscreens eat more battery life but if my 4th gen XPS 12 can get 6 hours at FHD, the newer XPS 13 at FHD should have no problem getting there, the higher resolution is likely the bigger culprit. I'm curious if the extra overhead for the QHD+ is enough to make the i7 model perform poorer than the i5 with FHD.
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I use an XPS 15 9550, which is not an ultrabook, but does a pretty good job at bridging performance and portability. When it's on my desk I use it for heavy lifting and moderate gaming just fine. When it's on my coffee table or the airplane it works for typical everyday tasks too.

I would think a high-end XPS 13 is about as close as you'll get if you need more portability. If you still need power there's not a lot of places to get it without sacrificing something.
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sounds like what i am looking for is a quadcore ultrabook.

looks like xps 15 is as good as it gets.
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Last edited by br1ckhouse September 9, 2016 at 09:11 PM.
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sounds like what i am looking for is a quadcore ultrabook.

looks like xps 15 is as good as it gets.
Don't expect good battery life then(quad cores use twice as much power as dual cores).
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