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Looking to purchase Ultrabook or similar...possibly Macbook Air?

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Initial post: Jan 2, 2013 10:32:46 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 2, 2013 10:36:50 AM PST
B. Hughes says:
I am in the market for a new laptop. I would prefer an Ultrabook as the features and portability are comparable to a Macbook Air with a smaller price tag in most cases.

I want solid graphics, a reasonably sized (SSD) or a hybrid hard disk with a solid-state or flash-memory cache or booster, 6-8gb of memory with room to upgrade, either 3rd gen i5 or i7 processor and a screen size of 13-15".

I have a budget of around $1100 +. Do they make any Ultrabooks with a Thunderbolt port? I expect to be needing high speed transfer capabilities at some point as I will be editing video footage in the near future as well as using Photoshop.

Who would recommend a Macbook Air/Macbook Pro over an Ultrabook and vise versa? There's already been an HP dv6t-Quad built for me with 3rd gen i7, 750gb HDD, 8gb memory and windows 8 64, but I would like something a little lighter. The laptop has not received the best reviews, many concerning the quality of the display and trackpad.

Any suggestions?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2013 8:48:53 AM PST
WolfPup says:
Personally I'd take something like a DV6z or DV6t any day over an 'ultrabook' that's sealed, uses lower end hardware, and usually doesn't even include Blu Ray.

If you want a solid GPU, you have to get either one of AMD's A series parts with a solid integrated GPU, or make sure an Intel system you're buying includes a separate GPU.

Those 'ultrabook' type devices usually can't be upgraded at all, and often have things soldered to the motherboard.

I'm not really sure how many computers beyond Apple's include Thunderbolt. It hasn't been very popular so far. Are you sure you need it? What exactly would you be connecting it to? USB 3.0 is far more common, cheaper, and works just as well for typical external drives, though for some sort of external RAID Thunderbolt could be better. You'd normally not want to do editing work on a typical external drive-they just don't seem to have very good cooling, though again some high end $1000 RAID type enclosure would be different.

From Apple, you have to get a 15" Macbook Pro to get solid video/anything that can offload video encoding (in Windows).

The "sleekbook" 6z or "ultrabook" 6t (with a separate GPU) would be cheaper, more powerful, and more upgradeable than a Macbook Air, but still worse on all counts than a normal notebook like a DV6z/t.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2013 12:01:08 PM PST
B. Hughes says:
I think I am going to keep the dv6t-7200 quad edition notebook. I just made an upgrade to a hybird 750gb drive, and replaced the stock screen with the matte Full HD 1920x1080 screen, which isn't available on a lot of other notebooks. I do think i'll be okay using usb 3.0 for data transfer. What i would do is edit on the laptop and then afterwards transfer the footage to an external drive.

thank you for your input, it was very helpful and is greatly appreciated.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2013 12:05:40 PM PST
WolfPup says:
Oh okay, yeah USB 3.0 should be just as good as Thunderbolt for that. I see 80-120MB/s transfer rates which are being limited by the drive's speed versus the USB 3.0 interface.

That Seagate Momentus XT is a great choice if you need that much storage space! I've got a first generation one and it cut my boot times to 1/3 what they original were...I actually noticed a bigger upgrade going from a normal 7200RPM drive to the first gen 500GB Momentus XT than I did going going from the XT to the SSD I have in one of my systems now, and the 750GB one is faster still.

I've heard good things about that screen's way too high resolution for me, but sound like it looks great vs. the normal one.

Anyway I really hope this works okay for you!

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 12:13:20 PM PST
WolfPup says:
I forgot to mention-another advantage of that DV6t versus an 'ultrabook' is the i7 in that is a real i7. The i7 in an ultrabook would both be clocked slower, and would only be a dual core versus the quad in a DV6t or the like. For things like video editing or Photoshop, etc. a real i7 would be literally twice as fast!
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