If your notebook will be used to edit photos or crunch numbers, the ULV CPUs in Ultrabooks probably won't be suited to the task. SSDs only speed up I/O time to the disk, not compute speeds. For a small lapto that also packs a normal-voltage (real: more powerful) CPU then either that Samsung or MBA, why not look at the Thinkpad X230?
Doesn't the refreshed MBA have hardware that's basically identical to the NP900X3c-A01? From what I can tell, the 13" MBA's CPU is even slightly faster
While the platform/cpu is at the same level - the performance from the MBA is severely throttled with the badly designed cooling 'solution' it has to deal with - not to mention that a maximum 4GB RAM ceiling limits what actual work can be produced from this system.
'Work' is done by the CPU and RAM - limit one or the other and you're severely limiting the productivity the system is actually capable of.
While the MBA's are good (in OS/x) for battery life, portability and ' appeal' - they are far from a real solution like a ThinkPAD (X Series) that offers i7 processors (that don't throttle) and 16GB (or more) RAM to get (more) real work done.
Sounds like you need the performance, ruggedness and dependability of a ThinkPAD. Why are you not replacing your 'old slow one' with a new (much...) faster one?
See my previous post about why you need one instead of a MBA (though, with QuickBooks 'online' version, you wouldn't need to install Windows on the MBA (but you'll need an internet connection to do your books...).
I agree with you about needing a desktop and a notebook (with identical installs) as a form of physical backup - especially if you keep your current files synchronized between the two systems; there is almost no 'normal' situation where you would be stuck without having a working system to continue working (while repairing/replacing...) the other one.
Originally Posted by elazarus
I have a desktop with an OCZ SSD 1.5 years old that is like lightening. I cannot tell yet if this San Disk in the Samsung is fast or slow because I have not tried to edit a picture or crunch some numbers.
I love the MBA but it is a hassle to think of adding Windows and Quickbooks (I need this for business)........
I am replacing a 4 year old Thinkpad that is too slow. The primary reason for this new Ultrabook is for a "Stand-by" machine in case my desktop ever dumped and then I have a laptop ready to go. The second reason is that for travel, 6 weeks a year for business, I wanted something lighter than the Slow Thinkpad that I have....and the ipad does not do it for me for travel.
I do not have to have and Ultrabook and could even go for a light weight 15" as the back up/travel maching as long as it has an SSD....Any Thoughts?
Most Ultrabooks are actually pretty small (12.5" to 14", on average), and 2.5lbs sounds like a 13.3" laptop to me (I haven't Googled the Samsung model you're referring to).
Honestly, from my experience, you won't miss the .7" between the X2-- series and 13.3" displays. They're all 1366 * 768 anyway, so all of them give you the exact same workspace on the desktop (though some Ultrabooks offer 900p and 1080p).
As for the T-series, they're all there. You could probably check out the T430 (or T430s, if weight is an issue).
Only a few Ultrabooks have IPS displays. Asus's Zenbook and Vizio, iirc, has one. Samsung doesn't have any IPS Ultrabooks, certainly not Acer, HP, Lenovo. X230 has the option to upgrade to an IPS display (+$50). T430/T430s is known for a bad-quality display, both 768p and 900p.
I'd still recommend going with a X230. For the average person, the difference between 2.5lbs and 3.5 lbs (I don't recall the X230's exact weight at the moment) is close to nil in a sidebag or bookbag. Hell, I find my W520 to be very portable, and it's nearly 6lbs.