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What are the lightest laptops ?

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February 7, 2013 3:43:51 PM

It might sound like a stupid or unusual question but I would like to know what are the lightest, yet somewhat high-performance laptop currently on the market. I'm a university student and I've been stuck with a bone disease for quite a few years now. It got to a point where carrying my current Dell notebook is just too heavy for me.

And when I say light, I mean like, very very light. I know about apple and their Macbook Air line but I've never been a fan of Apple and I think their products are just overpriced for what they offer.

Here's a quick checklist of what I need (or don't need):

- Super light
- 1 200 $ is as high as I am willing to pay
- Won't get too hot
- The keyboard must be of very good quality and comfortable as I type a lot and my hands are affected by the disease.
- Good trackpad
- Powerful enough to be quick and responsive.

- I do not need a lot of HDD (or SSD) space, I am perfectly comfortable with anything between 128gb and 500gb.
- I do not need a DVD-drive
- I won't require the laptop to play high-end games on max, although I do like to play a few minutes of Diablo 3 here and there between classes, and I can live with playing on medium.

I think that's pretty much all of it. I don't have a favorite brand name for either the CPU, GPU or the laptop itself. Thanks everyone !

Edit : I forgot to mention something ! Anything bigger than 15" or 15,6" is too big for me. The ideal size would be somewhere between 12" and 15" I guess.

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February 7, 2013 3:49:26 PM

An ultrabook sounds right for you
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February 7, 2013 3:50:57 PM

yes ultrabook but there is a trade off between lightness and performance
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February 7, 2013 3:52:33 PM

Yeah I heard about ultrabooks, but there specs and weight seem to vary pretty wildly between the different models. I know a few things about computers but not that much. That whole ultrabook thing sounds pretty confusing to me.
February 7, 2013 3:53:57 PM

Yea you would only get integrated graphics with an ultrabook, so you would be limited to a HD 4000 gpu. The cpu on the ultrabooks are alright though. You can get up to a i7 dual core. Im using a sony vaio t with a i5 right now and its not too shabby.
February 7, 2013 3:55:45 PM

Do you want Windows 7 or Windows 8?
February 7, 2013 3:58:01 PM

Hum, I suppose it would be better to go with Win 8 as it's the most recent but I wouldn't mind that much either way. I'm still using Win 7 on my desktop and it's fine with me.
February 7, 2013 4:32:03 PM

Seems very good for the price. Thanks a lot for the recommendation :) 
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February 7, 2013 8:40:45 PM

The 14" Lenovo X1 Carbon is probably the lightest 14" laptop at 2.99lbs base model.

- Intel Core i5-3317U Processor (3M Cache, up to 2.60 GHz) - typical for ultrabooks
- 1600 x 900 resolution screen
- 128GB SSD
- 4GB RAM (Not upgradeable)

- $1,124.10 before taxes & shipping