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Looking for a light ultrabook

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a b D Laptop
December 22, 2013 3:40:16 AM

Hi,

I'm looking for a light ultrabook that weighs around 1.3 Kg. I won't need fancy graphics , the Intel HD 4600 would be good enough. And a SSD would be a must. An optical drive would be good too.

So is there any ultrabook with these features that don't break the bank ?
I don't mind any brand, but Asus seems to be a good one.


Any input would be appreciated !
Thanks

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a b D Laptop
December 22, 2013 4:00:20 AM

Oh add 3G to that list.
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a c 435 D Laptop
December 22, 2013 7:14:03 AM

You are not going to find an ultrabook with an optical drive because to qualify as an ultrabook it needs to be excluded. Additionally, you are not going to find an ultrabook with the Intel HD 4600 graphics core because all ultrabooks must have a ULV (ultra low voltage) CPU in order to qualify as an ultrabook. Therefore, you will have to settle for a CPU with the Intel HD 4400.


You can consider the recently released 12.5" Lenovo ThinkPad X240. It starts at around the weight you are look for; a base weight of 2.84lbs / 1.29kg.

http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/thinkpad/x-series/...

http://www.pcper.com/news/General-Tech/Lenovo-Launches-...

Review:
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Lenovo-ThinkPad-X24...
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a b D Laptop
December 22, 2013 7:45:20 AM

Wow thanks. Actually, I'm looking for a Laptop replacement for my iPad. I need something that has 3G so that I can connect to the web anywhere.
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a c 435 D Laptop
December 22, 2013 7:53:41 AM

It comes with integrated mobile broadband slot for a WWAN adapter of your choice. The 2nd link states that it can upgraded to 3G / 4G / LTE cellular radio.
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a c 435 D Laptop
December 22, 2013 8:09:24 AM

I was playing around with the hard drive / SSD configuration.

Personally, I would simply go with the hard drive. That gives you the option to select a 16GB M.2 SSD cache, when then gives you the option for a 2nd M.2 SSD slot (they call it 3rd though, not sure why). That means you will can install a standard 2.5" SSD drive and have 2 available M.2 slots for future M.2 SSD drive upgrades. When I checked prices of M.2 SSDs back in the fall, they were 2x the price of mSATA SSDs.

If you choose to configure the X240 with a SSD, then it seems you loose the 2 M.2 slots for future expansions.

Therefore, I would just get the X240 with the hard drive and buy a SSD instead. Simply clone the HDD to the SSD and make a recovery disk. The HDD can then be turned into an external drive later.
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a c 435 D Laptop
December 22, 2013 8:11:54 AM

Oh, and I would probably get the Voice Assistant for $10 (towards the bottom) that way I give it some commands like:

Launch FireFox
Google
Search...
PRON
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a b D Laptop
December 22, 2013 8:23:25 AM

Do you have any cheaper alternatives ?
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a c 435 D Laptop
December 22, 2013 8:40:29 AM

I am actually heading out now so I'll look around later. However, you should know that any ultrabook in your weight range is going to expensive.

Cheaper alternatives would be netbooks / convertible tablets, but they will have less functionality and likely only a select few will have mobile broadband options.
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