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  • Small form laptop recommendations?

    Looking for a small one, purely for uni usage.
    Hard disc space and power isn't exactly an issue; More considering weight and size.
    A good keyboard would be preferred though.

    Don't want to spend too much but the Ultrabook theory seems like it may be useful for me. Other wise the low end seems very low end.

    By the way, is Windows 8 something to avoid?

    Ta all,

    Matt

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    Windows 8 is less resource hungry than 7... Why would you avoid it?

    Otherwise most 13" laptops are pretty light, and it sounds like absolutely any computer on the market will have the power to do what you're wanting... If you hate money and want to feel good about buying a slow yet expensive product, get a Mac.

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    • #3
      The new windows Surface Pro could be a decent option.
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      • #4
        such comment
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Ryven View Post
          Windows 8 is less resource hungry than 7... Why would you avoid it?

          Otherwise most 13" laptops are pretty light, and it sounds like absolutely any computer on the market will have the power to do what you're wanting... If you hate money and want to feel good about buying a slow yet expensive product, get a Mac.
          I've just never tried windows 8, that's why I ask. I do really like 7 though.

          What's the lowest level processor I'd want to look at?
          Current model i3?

          Originally posted by Drasius View Post
          The new windows Surface Pro could be a decent option.
          That being the tablet system that runs Windows itself from memory. Not a bad idea actually...

          Originally posted by Todd B. Rexington View Post
          Not a huge fan of that when all my other devices are windows based.

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          • #6
            Hang five. Did they only release the RT version so far?

            EDIT: Seems so, apparently late January.
            Last edited by bobinatcat; 07-01-2013, 07:24 PM.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by bobinatcat View Post
              I've just never tried windows 8, that's why I ask. I do really like 7 though.

              What's the lowest level processor I'd want to look at?
              Current model i3?
              It can run just like Windows 7, or with the new tablet style interface that works best with a touch-screen.

              I'd take the i3 over a Celeron even for a basic system - personal preference. Otherwise realistically if you're only doing web-browsing and word-processing, 2 gigs of RAM and onboard graphics will be overkill. If it's for uni, I'd probably make allowances for fitting movies on there, and try to find one with speakers that aren't terrible.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Ryven View Post
                It can run just like Windows 7, or with the new tablet style interface that works best with a touch-screen.

                I'd take the i3 over a Celeron even for a basic system - personal preference. Otherwise realistically if you're only doing web-browsing and word-processing, 2 gigs of RAM and onboard graphics will be overkill. If it's for uni, I'd probably make allowances for fitting movies on there, and try to find one with speakers that aren't terrible.
                I hear ya.
                I've just had bad experience with a Netbook...it was beyond shithouse. A tad hesitant to go too low spec now since.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by bobinatcat View Post
                  I hear ya.
                  I've just had bad experience with a Netbook...it was beyond shithouse. A tad hesitant to go too low spec now since.
                  Understandable. Having a look at prices, at least from JB, there does seem to be a bit of a leap between the cheap crap and the worthwhile entry level stuff.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Small form laptop recommendations?

                      Oh yeah. Not too shabby.
                      14 inch would be alright actually. Shame it's only four cell.

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