I am looking for an exceptionally portable laptop in the $500 to $700 range. It will be used mostly for school work I do not expect to need it for intense gaming. I would prefer a 13-14" screen tops, a fast i3 or standard i5 processor, solid state if possible, and good battery life. Here is one for example that really pushes the price range, I wouldn't buy anything over this price:
What can the community recommend? For one, I have never purchased a samsung laptop before, perhaps there is a review on their quality in the computer sector? Thanks for any help, it's appreciated.
P.S. I've extensively examined Asus' laptop line-up but nothing has really'clicked' for me, and a friend says that 'Acer' is a garbage brand, however I do own a monitor from them and it has been mostly perfect.
P.S.S. Should I really just wait until the ivy bridge line of ultrabooks and laptops is released early this June?
1. Budget?-- $750, prefer to go below that into the $600 range
2. Size of the notebook?-- 13" screen is ideal
3. Screen resolution?-- None specifically, not anything really low but nothing that will require a substantial GPU.
4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?-- This needs to be extremely portable.
5. Battery life?-- At least 6 or 7 hours would be quite lovely.
6. Play games?-- Games will not be the priority of this laptop. I have a desktop for that (although maybe tribes ascend or minecraft, but again not priority).
7. Other tasks?-- Probably a lot of word processing, video watching and web browsing.
8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?-- 128GB solid state would be fresh, but if that adds to the cost too much then I will pass.
9. Specific sites.-- Amazon, newegg.
10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?-- Try my best to make it go for 4 years, smart enough to wipe it if it gets slow and stuff.
11. What kind of Optical drive?-- None, obsolete.
12. Brands that you prefer.-- I've been looking at many Asus branded laptops, as I have a netbook from them (it's falling apart though only a year old, but cheap) nothing has really clicked for a good price. I found a samsung I will post below, but I dunno about their current market reputation. I have been told to stay away from Acer, unknown if the validity of that statement is correct as I have a very functional monitor from them. I don't care for Dell or HP or whatever they are far too pricey without a cause (but so are many laptops I think)
The release of Ivy Bridge laptops will probably cause prices of current Sandy Bridge laptops to drop a little further to clear out inventory. But more importantly, it will give you more options to choose from which could be a good or bad thing 'cause it can add to confusion.
Besides the dual core Ivy Bridge standard and ULV notebooks and ultrabooks showing up in June - we should know shortly after May 15th if the new Trinity APUs are going to be serious contender for you as well.
There's talk about Trinity finding a place in some thin and light models.
Laptops with AMD's 'Trinity' chips coming this quarter http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9226404/Laptops_... The goal with Trinity is to reach "mainstream price points" and a wider range of customers, Read said. AMD has said it will push Trinity chips into ultrathin laptops starting at $500.