Powerful, Thin-Light, High-Quality Laptop

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  1. Xero

    Xero Notebook Consultant

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    I'm looking primarily for a thin (at least under an inch) and light (at least under 4lbs), powerful laptop (i5 or i7 non-ULV) for college. I recently bought a Vaio Z3 and I'm loving it, but seeing as I spent $2426 on it, I think I could do better for the price.


    1) What is your budget?

    $2000 Max (Ideal would be $1500)

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?

    c. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
    d. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen (Would have to be extremely appealing with top tier specs and much cheaper)

    3) Where will you buying this notebook? You can select the flag of your country as an indicator.

    USA

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    a. Like: Sony
    b. Dislike: The cheap, low quality stuff

    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?

    No.

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?

    College life, Programming (computer science), maybe some light gaming (don't think too much about gaming as I have a gaming PC)

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?

    Mainly with me.

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? If so, please state which games or types of games?

    Not really as I have a Gaming PC, but some games I would consider playing are Guild Wars 2, Aion, Dark Souls, and other steam games.

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?

    5+ (excluding gaming of course)

    10) Would you prefer to see the notebooks you're considering before purchasing it or buying a notebook on-line without seeing it is OK?

    Would prefer to see them of course, but I don't mind ordering online first as long I have resonable open return time frame.

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows (XP or Vista or Windows 7), Mac OS, Linux, etc.

    Windows 7 and maybe Linux.

    Screen Specifics

    12) From the choices below, what screen resolution(s) would you prefer? Keep in mind screen size in conjunction with resolution will play a large role in overall viewing comfort level. Everyone is different. Some like really small text, while others like their text big and easy to read. Click here for Screen resolution information.

    1600x900 (Minimum)
    1900x1080

    13) Do you want a Glossy/reflective screen or a Matte/non-glossy screen?

    A very good matte or glossy screen (Needs to be usable in sunlight)

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?

    Yes, very important. I'm not buying something I don't enjoy looking out.

    15) When are you buying this laptop?

    ASAP.

    16) How long do you want this laptop to last?

    As long as possible, ideally 4+ years.

    Notebook Components

    17) How much hard drive space do you need; 80GB to 640GB? Do you want a SSD drive?

    SSD, 256 minimum.

    18) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD Burner, Blu-ray Reader or Blu-Ray Burner?e

    Nope.
     
  2. 491450451

    491450451 Notebook Enthusiast

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    I think SONY VAIO Z is the only choice satisfying you.
    Sony Vaio Z, though i don't own it, is worthwhile.
     
  3. Amal77

    Amal77 Notebook Deity

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    I am very happy with my Vaio S13P.
    Though you could also look at Gigabyte U2442N.
     
  4. Xero

    Xero Notebook Consultant

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    I don't like the screen or track pad in the S13P.

    I'll check out the Gigabyte, but 14" should have a 1080 screen jmo.
     
  5. Karamazovmm

    Karamazovmm Overthinking? Always!

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    you can either wait for the rmbp 13, which we dont know pretty much nothing about it, or just go on with your vaio z13
     
  6. aspectratio1

    aspectratio1 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Have you looked at the

    Series 9 15” Notebook $1,799.99
    NP900X4C-A03US

    Series 9 13.3” Notebook $1,699.99
    NP900X3C-A04US
     
  7. Jarhead

    Jarhead 恋の♡アカサタナ

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    Don't think there's anything wrong with the Vaio Z, except maybe keyboard quality (compared to something like a Thinkpad keyboard).

    If you'd rather have a better keyboard, but give up high-res, the Thinkpad X230 might be worth a look.
     
  8. kanuk

    kanuk Notebook Deity

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    I can see why you would find the S13P's screen lacking compared to the Z, but what's wrong with the trackpad? It's one of the best non-Mac trackpads I've tried.
     
  9. CheddarTrek

    CheddarTrek Notebook Geek

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    Strongly suggest you check out the Thinkpad T430 and T430s.

    Pretty sure there's space in the T430 at least to have both a hard drive and an SSD too.
     
  10. Karamazovmm

    Karamazovmm Overthinking? Always!

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    there are 3 main problems with the z13: trackpad (awful, jumpy), keyboard (shallow with ''wrong'' spacing), build quality (flimsy as hell)
     
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