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RE: What ultrabook?

Ok, cancelled my order in a moment of sanity (or madness). The difference between 256GB & 512GB SSD is £300. Is the price difference worth it?

I'll have to put all music and pictures to an external hard drive if I choose 256GB. Obviously, all will be in 1 place if I choose 512GB.

I've got until 17th to avail of the 4 years free warranty offer.  :?

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RE: What ultrabook?

Hi bb, but is memory that big a deal for you re pics and music when you have a couple of nas drives already? Save the cash... Smile

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RE: What ultrabook?

Hmmm....you do have a point there. Should also look at cloud options (& still save some serious amount of cash). 

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RE: What ultrabook?

My wife manages on 128ssd in her ultrabook, but we store everything here on a home server, no idea if you can expand the ssd on thr pro, you can with my wifes but we've never needed to.

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RE: What ultrabook?

Personally I'd go for the extra storage - virtually everytime I've gone for the cheaper, lower storage option, I've regretted it about a year later. It does depend on what you'll use it for, but if you like tinkering with all things IT, then you'll always find a use for extra storage!

 

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RE: What ultrabook?

That's what's confusing me!

I do realise that I have accumulated a lot on my laptop over the years, a lot of which I'm not even using. I could move them to an external hard drive. It doesn't have an optical drive, so I'm less likely to rip music CDs (yes, I still buy them!). So 256GB may be adequate.

However, it is portable, & I will be carrying it out & about. So I will want to put a few movies to watch on the go. 512GB will definitely satisfy my needs for a long time. But it's £300 extra, which is 30% of the cost of the laptop!

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RE: What ultrabook?

If your main use for the extra SSD is just to store movies, why not opt for a small SSD, and store your weeks supply of movies on something like:

 

http://www.dabs.com/products/lexar-jumpdrive-s73---64-gb---usb-3-0-7YH1.html?refs=55970000&src=2

 

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RE: What ultrabook?

Make sure its a brand new 4th gen intel i7 processor (Haswell) - not the current 3rd gen i7. 4th gen have around 50% battery life

Haswells are designated with a 4. Eg i7-4500 as opposed to the older i7-3500.

 

 

http://www.anandtech.com/show/7047/the-haswell-ultrabook-review-core-i74500u-tested

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RE: What ultrabook?

AnotherJoe wrote:

Make sure its a brand new 4th gen intel i7 processor (Haswell) - not the current 3rd gen i7. 4th gen have around 50% battery life

Haswells are designated with a 4. Eg i7-4500 as opposed to the older i7-3500.

 

 

http://www.anandtech.com/show/7047/the-haswell-ultrabook-review-core-i74500u-tested

Yes, it is Haswell. What's the main difference between i5 & i7 in practical use?

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RE: What ultrabook?

expat_mike wrote:

If your main use for the extra SSD is just to store movies, why not opt for a small SSD, and store your weeks supply of movies on something like:

 

http://www.dabs.com/products/lexar-jumpdrive-s73---64-gb---usb-3-0-7YH1.html?refs=55970000&src=2

 

Hmmm.....good idea. I think 256GB is making more sense.

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RE: What ultrabook?

These are the specs I'm considering. What do you think?

Processor: Intel® CoreTM i5-4200U 1.6 GHz

Operating system: Windows 8 Pro

Storage: 256 GB SATA Flash SSD

Memory: 8 GB 1600 MT/s DDR3L-SDRAM

Display: 33.7 cm LED, 1920x1080

Ethernet Wi-Fi & VGA dongle: No Ethernet Wi-Fi & VGA dongle

Battery: Battery life up to 7 hours

 

Also Included

HDMI(TM) output: HDMI(TM) output

Warranty: 4 years warranty

Bluetooth®: Bluetooth® 4.0

NFC technology: NFC technology included

AC Adapter: 1 AC Adapter

Keyboard Style: Backlight keyboard

Security features: With security chip (TPM)

Graphics: Intel® HD Graphics 4400

Wireless LAN: Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11abgn)

Language and keyboard: English (QWERTY)

USB Port( s ): 2x USB 3.0

Touch Screen: Touch Screen

 

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RE: What ultrabook?

Its looks like a nice spec - I'd pay the extra £100 for the i7. 

1.8/3.0Ghz vs 1.6/2.6Ghz, 4MB cache vs 3MB cache, and GPU 1.1Ghz vs 1.0Ghz - probably about 15% faster under load.

 

256GB should be plenty shouldnt it? I'm only using about 200GB on my desktop and most of that is games

 

 

 

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RE: What ultrabook?

Configure to suit

http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/ultraNote/

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RE: What ultrabook?

AnotherJoe wrote:

Its looks like a nice spec - I'd pay the extra £100 for the i7. 

1.8/3.0Ghz vs 1.6/2.6Ghz, 4MB cache vs 3MB cache, and GPU 1.1Ghz vs 1.0Ghz - probably about 15% faster under load.

I don't play games at all. Will use it mostly for Microsoft Office and Internet, with occasional movie watching (rare). Not sure if it's worth it.

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RE: What ultrabook?

bigboss wrote:

These are the specs I'm considering. What do you think?

Processor: Intel® CoreTM i5-4200U 1.6 GHz

Operating system: Windows 8 Pro

Storage: 256 GB SATA Flash SSD

Memory: 8 GB 1600 MT/s DDR3L-SDRAM

Display: 33.7 cm LED, 1920x1080

Ethernet Wi-Fi & VGA dongle: No Ethernet Wi-Fi & VGA dongle

Battery: Battery life up to 7 hours

 

Also Included

HDMI(TM) output: HDMI(TM) output

Warranty: 4 years warranty

Bluetooth®: Bluetooth® 4.0

NFC technology: NFC technology included

AC Adapter: 1 AC Adapter

Keyboard Style: Backlight keyboard

Security features: With security chip (TPM)

Graphics: Intel® HD Graphics 4400

Wireless LAN: Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11abgn)

Language and keyboard: English (QWERTY)

USB Port( s ): 2x USB 3.0

Touch Screen: Touch Screen

I've placed an order for this configuration.  Smile

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