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...
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Hmmm....you do have a point there. Should also look at cloud options (& still save some serious amount of cash).
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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.
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!
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!
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:
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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.
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Yes, it is Haswell. What's the main difference between i5 & i7 in practical use?
Hmmm.....good idea. I think 256GB is making more sense.
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
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
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
Configure to suit
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.
I've placed an order for this configuration.
i7 would be a waste in an ultrabook. That extra cpu grunt is only really noticeable when doing video encoding, 3d cad, gaming, heavy duty engineering calcs and so on. An ultrabook is not meant for that kind of useage; you'd be looking more at a 3.5kg workstation like an HP Elitebook.
The Sony seems to have an excellent screen, which is good as that's what you're spending all your time looking at! It's maybe not as robust as the metal offerings from Dell and HP.
Unfortunately for me I have to lug around the 3.5kg monster described above. It's a brilliant machine though.
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