Advice on these ultrabooks.

Hi there,

I am looking at buying a ultrabook because I need a light and portable system but have some questions....

I have narrowed it down to a few options,

Asus Zenbook Prime UX31a

Samsung Series 9

Lenovo X1 Carbon

MacBook Air 13inch

Because I live in New Zealand, testing out the product isn't possible because no shops stock them in the city I live in so asking your advice/opinion. What one is the best?

I'll be using it mainly for web browsing, light coding, minor video editing and media. Anything intensive I can use my desktop for. I just need a portable laptop for work.

I'll be running Windows 7/8 and Debian/Fedora most of the time.

Also, how is running a 27inch 2560x1440 monitor on the HD4000 graphics?

The Lenovo X1 carbon is a bit over my price range but I heard it's great, so if a decent case is made, I may be willing to splash out.

is there much difference from 1920x1080 and 1600x900 on a 13 inch? Screen resolution is important to me, that's why I'm not considering the MacBook Air too much because of it's lower resolution.

My current laptop is a 2 year old toshiba with a i3 m370, can anybody tell me how the ULV i5's would compare to that please?

Any help would be great thanks!
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  1. 4000 wouldn't be the best for that. If all you are using the thing is for minor web browsing and things like that, a netbook might also be a better option, they are decently powerful now. Also, I am not sure about in new zealand. But in the US you can buy a custom netbook with an i7 ivy bridge, 16gb ram, and a 650m gpu, for just over $1000. I would check that out. Check for sager and clevo, I am not sure if they sell in New Zealand though.
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