Hey I'm looking into some laptops to get ready for college when i start in the Fall. I'm going to double major in business and engineering and was wondering what laptops would be good for college life. There are two different laptops that i was considering, an ultrabook (Asus Zenbook UX31E), or a laptop around $1000 with a good graphics card. I will be doing some gaming, but im not sure what games i will play and whether i will have time to play. I definitely want a laptop thats easy to carry around and not so big of a screen. (11"-15"). Can you guys help me decide which one to get and what recommendations you guys have?
I've seen this go in and out of stock frequently over the last week (had been considering purchasing myself). It's considerably less than $1000, are you wanting to max out your $1000 budget or simply meet your needs?
You might also like to look at the Dell XPS series or the HP ENVY 15 series, both which you can configure for around $1000. Check out the ENVY 14 for an even smaller one though its pricier.
In the next few months you'll be hearing a lot about Trinity and Ivy Bridge.
AMD's Trinity is the follow on for it's Llano APUs. One report I read mentioned Trinity APU will offer a 25% increase in CPU performance and a 50% increase in GPU performance over the A-series Llano APUs available today.
Ivy Bridge is the follow on the Sandy Bridge. 15% improvement in CPU performance and 55% GPU performance improvement putting it near a GT 525M laptop graphics card.