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

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December 10, 2013 9:00:39 PM

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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December 11, 2013 3:24:25 PM

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=N82E168...
-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=9SIA24G...
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-Touchs...
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 :) 
March 9, 2014 9:52:06 PM

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-Lap...

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