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What ultrabook?

I'm thinking of getting an ultrabook. My requirements are:

1) 13 inches
2) 512GB SSD storage
3) No optical drive
4) Decent battery life
5) Touchscreen
6) Ultraslim profile

I can't find anything decent. I can get a 13-inch MacBook Air with 512GB SSD & 8GB RAM for £1305. I can't believe there's no competition for it on features & price. I already have a MacBook Pro, so want a Windows 8.

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RE: What ultrabook?

If you can stretch to 14" you could look at that carbon Lenovo?

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RE: What ultrabook?

Yes, I've checked that. That's the closest I've found matching my requirements. But only 256GB SSD unfortunately.

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RE: What ultrabook?

The Dell XPS14 has a 512 SSD option - but it's 2.1kg and £1460!!

EDIT: And come to think of it, when I looke a month ago, I'm sure the Toshiba Portege Z930 had a 512GB SSD option - that I can't seem to find anymore. I have an older Toshiba portege that has lasted 6.5 years now.

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RE: What ultrabook?

might be easier to buy one with the spec you want and a small ssd, then just buy a 512gb ssd and stick that in.

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RE: What ultrabook?

Buy a Macbook Air and install Windows 8 on it using Bootcamp / VMware Fusion / Parallels?

EDIT - ah, you want a touchscreen

 

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RE: What ultrabook?

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Buy a Macbook Air and install Windows 8 on it using Bootcamp / VMware Fusion / Parallels?

EDIT - ah, you want a touchscreen

 

Well, touchscreen only if it's Windows 8. To be honest, I am mulling over the option of having 2 MacBooks ( while my Windows 8 next to me is stuck in a restart loop  |( ) - the MacBook Pro is my wife's. I just feel that if I have 2 systems at home (Windows & Mac), I will have the flexibility of both ecosystems. Besides, I can foresee compatibility problems when I want to use it for work purposes (NHS). Apple makes beautiful hardware. Lenovo ThinkPad runs it close.

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RE: What ultrabook?

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might be easier to buy one with the spec you want and a small ssd, then just buy a 512gb ssd and stick that in.

That's an option! Would that not void manufacturer's warranty?

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The Dell XPS14 has a 512 SSD option - but it's 2.1kg and £1460!!

Looks nice, but it's still 2.1 kg!

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EDIT: And come to think of it, when I looke a month ago, I'm sure the Toshiba Portege Z930 had a 512GB SSD option - that I can't seem to find anymore. I have an older Toshiba portege that has lasted 6.5 years now.

How is Toshiba? A friend of mine hated it, as it broke down a few times.

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RE: What ultrabook?

I was looking forward to Asus announcing more models in its Zenbook series, but they haven't done so as yet.

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RE: What ultrabook?

bigboss wrote:

professorhat wrote:

Buy a Macbook Air and install Windows 8 on it using Bootcamp / VMware Fusion / Parallels?

EDIT - ah, you want a touchscreen

 

Well, touchscreen only if it's Windows 8. To be honest, I am mulling over the option of having 2 MacBooks ( while my Windows 8 next to me is stuck in a restart loop  |( ) - the MacBook Pro is my wife's. I just feel that if I have 2 systems at home (Windows & Mac), I will have the flexibility of both ecosystems. Besides, I can foresee compatibility problems when I want to use it for work purposes (NHS). Apple makes beautiful hardware. Lenovo ThinkPad runs it close.

Windows 8 runs quite happily on my Macbook Air as a virtual machine in VMware Fusion. You get the best of both worlds as you can still run PC apps, but VMware Fusion ensures Windows supports all the normal Mac gestures i.e. two finger scrolling, three fingers to move windows etc, plus four finger swish to move from the Mac desktop / full screen apps to the VMware Fusion version of Windows running full screen. It can even make Windows apps appear to be running as normal Mac apps, though I've found this functionality to be a bit flaky personally (though that could just be the dodgy work apps I use!).

The only thing I'd recommend if going down this route would be to spend the £80 to up the RAM to 8 GB so you can assign Windows enough RAM and not affect your normal usage of Mac apps.

 

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RE: What ultrabook?

Sony VAIO T Series 13 Ultrabook

 

On Sony's website the standard version is £619 but when pimped up to your spec it's £1,189

 

Your requirement for 512GB SSD means you'll be lucky to get anything below £1,000

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RE: What ultrabook?

I am really happy with my Toshiba Z930 (i7, 8GB RAM) and it is so light to carry, but it is not Touchscreen. It initially came with a 128GB mSATA SSD which I upgraded to 256GB, I don't think a 512GB mSATA SSD is commercially available yet? If there is, no doubt it will be very expensive!

The Toshiba U920T sounds similar to what you are looking for, its a Window 8 hybrid (laptop/tablet), but again only with 128GB SSD and not sure how easy it would be to upgrade.  

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RE: What ultrabook?

bigboss wrote:

cheeseboy wrote:

might be easier to buy one with the spec you want and a small ssd, then just buy a 512gb ssd and stick that in.

That's an option! Would that not void manufacturer's warranty?

nope, shouldn't do, that's one of the points of having upgradable parts Biggrin

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RE: What ultrabook?

Scissor_digits wrote:

Sony VAIO T Series 13 Ultrabook

 

On Sony's website the standard version is £619 but when pimped up to your spec it's £1,189

 

Your requirement for 512GB SSD means you'll be lucky to get anything below £1,000

Now that looks very nice! A little beefier to my liking, but not bad at all. Will go & check in store.

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RE: What ultrabook?

cheeseboy wrote:

bigboss wrote:

cheeseboy wrote:

might be easier to buy one with the spec you want and a small ssd, then just buy a 512gb ssd and stick that in.

That's an option! Would that not void manufacturer's warranty?

nope, shouldn't do, that's one of the points of having upgradable parts Biggrin

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