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Need to buy a lightweight laptop

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October 23, 2010 3:27:34 PM

Hi Guys,

I need to buy a new notebook for my dad. He would be using notebook for running charting applications, surfing, office and related tasks. Some of the charting programs do require decent processing power. Thats why I want a good processor as well.

Priority -

1. Lightweight (around 2 kg or lower)
2. Power (No C2D or lower, either i3 or i5)
3. Size 13" or 14" (will be attaching it to an external monitor)
4. Budget $1000 (approx) (little flex)

What should I do ? Though I would be running MS Windows but if I get a laptop without an OS, thats okay with me as I have a spare copy. Infact he doesnt care even if it does not have a dvd drive or so.

[I am getting a VIAO for $1150 (i3, 3GB, 5400 RPM Hdd). Was wondering hope on the speed front it is okay. i3, 3gb)

Will appreciate your inputs.

Thanks a lot,


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a c 244 D Laptop
October 23, 2010 8:31:31 PM

Hello and welcome to the forums
That Vaio looks a good choice,Core i3 is a decent CPU for light tasks(should handle programming fine)
October 24, 2010 4:04:17 AM

Thanks for your help buddy.

As you said viao seems to be a good CPU for light tasks. Running charting applications and stuff should be okay right. I am just worried about that. We have our own program that works in .net 3.5. I hope the i3 wont make the lappy slow. I would be attaching an external monitor though.

what do you say ?
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October 24, 2010 1:52:46 PM

Thanks Maziar. I am not really an Asus fan. To be honest I would pick between Dell & Sony. In terms of service, I have had a few bad experiences with dell off late so I am trying to skip on dell now.

Should I got for Sony Viao. Click here to see
a c 244 D Laptop
October 24, 2010 3:58:37 PM

Yes,go for it.
October 25, 2010 4:55:44 AM

Maziar said:
Yes,go for it.

Thanks a lot, I appreciate your inputs. If I attach a 22" monitor will it support. This one does not have a dedicated GPU card though.
a c 244 D Laptop
October 25, 2010 8:13:14 AM

It has an Analogue RGB for display output along with HDMI.
So yes you can connect it to a 22" monitor via RGB/HDMI connection.
October 25, 2010 12:31:47 PM

Cheers mate.
October 26, 2010 7:34:26 AM


I got a 20" monitor with a resolution of 1600x900 but the 13" laptop is unable to display in that resolution becoz its max resolution is lower than 20" monitor's resolution. Connected via VGA cable.

What should I do ? Please advice.

a c 244 D Laptop
October 26, 2010 11:06:47 AM

That's strange,can you test with another cable such as HDMI ?
October 26, 2010 4:40:40 PM

Problem solved.

I got the upper version of the laptop. That version has a dedicated GPU & is a i5 machine. In that when I tried to set the settings to output only it worked. The monitor I bought has DVI & VGA and not HDMI.

But the important thing is that it worked.

Phew, that was close. Thanks a lot.
a c 244 D Laptop
October 26, 2010 7:27:30 PM

Cool,glad to hear it :) 
November 10, 2010 11:53:15 PM

Best answer selected by jackgreat.
a c 244 D Laptop
November 11, 2010 10:43:34 AM

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