Looking for budget Laptop for college, non-gaming, portable and long battery life

Hello everyone,

This is my first time I ever posted here so I hope I did everything correctly. Anyways, I was wondering if anyone knows of a laptop that's like an ultrabook, but without the touchscreen.
I will be entering college next semester as a CS major so I'll be using this to do a bunch of programming. I don't plan to do any real gaming on here so I obviously don't care about graphics. I want a laptop that's not bulky or heavy and has a long battery life. I'm hoping I can get an i7 with 6+ gigs of ram. i5 is fine also. I hear i5's are better in my situation, too. Not 100% on this. 500+GB TB or 256SSD. I prefer the SSD over TB.

I'm almost looking for a windows machine equivalent of the 2013 MacBook air. That think can last over 8 hours with medium workload! 256SSD,8gb,i5 and very sleek.

I definitely am not getting the mac book air because it's expensive. I know I can get the same specs at a cheaper price with windows. Plus I am sure almost everyone will be running windows on campus. I hope to keep this under $1000. Maybe between 700 and 800?

Also, please recommend a laptop that is very reliable. I've read that many people would have problems with wifi with many ultrabooks I was looking at.

Thanks everyone!
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  1. Hi there! I have gone ahead and given you 3 solid options with advantages/disadvantages...those are a budget one, a solid in the middle, and a more epensive one.

    The Budget One

    Acer Aspire V5-171-6471
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834215973
    -Intel Core i5 (good mixture of performance and battery life)
    -6GB of RAM
    -500GB of hard drive space
    -Windows 8
    -11.6" screen
    -$535
    -5 hour battery life

    Advantages
    -Cheap
    -Good CPU
    -Large Hard Drive

    Disadvantages
    -Small screen
    -Somewhat short battery life

    The Midrange One
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA24G1738929
    Acer Aspire S3-391-9813
    -Intel Core i7 (Good performance, still good battery life)
    -4GB of RAM
    -128GB SSD
    -Windows 8
    -13.3" screen
    -$728
    -6.5 hour battery life

    Advantages
    -Still fairly cheap
    -Great CPU
    -Fast SSD
    -Perfect size screen
    -Pretty long battery life

    Disadvantages
    -Battery still isnt 8 hours
    -SSD is a bit small

    The Expensive one
    http://www.amazon.com/Sony-SVP13213CXS-13-3-Inch-Touchscreen-Ultrabook/dp/B00CM2NNDK
    Sony VAIO Pro SVP13213CXS
    -Intel core i5 (best price/battery life ratio)
    -4GB of RAM
    -128GB SSD
    -Windows 8
    -13.3" screen
    -$1049
    -More than 7 hours of battery

    Advantages
    -Best cpu for performance and battery life
    -Fast SSD
    -Perfect Screen size
    -Great battery life
    -Lightest 13" ultrabook on the market

    Disadvantages
    -Expensive
    -Small SSD

    Hope this helps :)
  2. I bought samsung and very happy with it
    maybe you can check the price

    You gotta check amazon, they cut down the price from $1200 become $900 for Samsung ATIV Book 6

    Screen Size 15.6 inches
    Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080
    Max Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
    Processor 2.4 GHz Intel Core i7
    RAM 8 GB DDR3
    Memory Speed 1600 MHz
    Hard Drive 1 TB
    Graphics Coprocessor AMD Radeon HD 8770M Graphics
    Graphics Card Ram Size 1000 MB
    Wireless Type 802.11bgn


    here's link

    http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-15-6-Inch-Touchscreen-Laptop-Mineral/dp/B00B588J6S/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1394426872&sr=1-2&keywords=samsung+laptop+i7

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