Thin and light/ultrabook for dev work and general use

1. What is your budget?


2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?

14 or 15 inch thin and light / ultrabook

3. What screen resolution do you want?

Preferably full HD IPS but flexible here

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?

As portable as possible with enough umphh to do dev work, watch movies etc.

5. How much battery life do you need?

4-5+ hours would be nice

6. Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)?

Older games, not really big issue for me

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop?

Developer work (intellij, occasional VM, occasional graphical work), watching movies, browsing net

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?


9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.


10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?


11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?


12. Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons.

Not important, though would like good build quality and chic looks.

13. What country do you live in?


14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.

Would prefer haswell for better battery life but not too bothered if device is good. Don't need the laptop immediately so "coming soon" is OK by me also.
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    I would recommend the thinkpad X1 Carbon. Super fast, and build to last for years. The quality of constructions rivals that of macbooks. I think theres a version with a touch screen as well (good for windows 8).

    If you are really into aesthetics and want something shiny and flashy, the x1 is not for you.
  2. Thinkpad carbon is good shout, even aesthetics wise. I much prefer clean and understated. Not looking for some garish. Though its not most important aspect for me. Any other suggestions, would be good to have a few to consider?
  3. Asus zenbook is also really good. they have different screen sizes also. These are the only 2 I can recommend from experience
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