URGENT! Need thin and light laptop for uni

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    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?
    900-1000 can't go more than that.

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?c. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen



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

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?a. Like: Dell, ASUS, Samsung, Sony, Lenovo
    b. Dislike: Acer, HP, Apple, Toshiba


    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    Yes. Prefer new, but I'll do refurbished without any issues.

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    Office work, writing papers, carrying it around, watching videos.

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    Yes, quite a bit. Mostly to uni.

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? If so, please state which games or types of games?
    I'll steer away from games. If need be, I can use my current HP Envy.

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    6-8 hours would be nice.

    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?
    If there are reviews I can go without seeing.

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows (Windows 7 / 8), Mac OS, Linux, etc.
    Windows 8.

    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.
    Preferably FHD, or at least HD+
    1920x1080 or 1600x900 at least. If computer is good, I can take an HD screen

    13) Do you want a Glossy/reflective screen or a Matte/non-glossy screen?
    Touch-screen preferred. Glossy is ok.

    Build Quality and Design

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

    15) When are you buying this laptop?
    Now. Need it arriving before the 21st.

    16) How long do you want this laptop to last?
    3-4 years. But the more the merrier.

    Notebook Components

    17) How much hard drive space do you need? Do you want a SSD drive?
    128GB is fine, 256GB preferred for SSD. 500+24/32GB for Hybrid.

    18) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD Burner, Blu-ray Reader or Blu-Ray Burner?
    No.

    I need a lot of help to find this one. I've been looking everywhere.

    My main concern is that it'll last, and be somewaht future-proof. I've looked into the Dell Inspirton 14-7437 (hits most of the right spots), the ASUS Zenbook UX31/2 (I'll live with the 3rd gen CPU). The CPU and WiFi card are very important to me, as I want it to last and be a good companion. I've looked into several Sony, the Pro mostly, but the price is out of my range, even the base model.

    I'm looking for something as thin and light as possible, with a decent spec-sheet that can last. Basically I want an Ultrabook,or whatever gets closest to it.


    Thanks in advance.
     
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    double post....
     
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    Thanks for the reply.

    I'm on the fence between the:
    Dell Inspiron 14 7000 series 7437
    Asus Zenbook UX302LA
    HP Spectre 13t-3000

    Which one should I choose? The HP is the cheapest, but I'm not sure about HP, considering how my current laptop has given me several issues (it's an HP). The Asus is the most expensive one of the 3, while the Dell is the largest but has the fastest CPU and double the RAM (i7 4500 on Dell vs i5 4200 on HP and ASUS, also 8GB vs 4GB).

    All 3 have 1080 resolution, which is what I'm looking for. The HP is the thinnest (0.59), followed by the Dell (0.60) and then the ASUS (0.7).

    I'm thinking HP is the best, but I'm not sure. Which one should I go for?

    EDIT: Also, the HP is the only one with an SSD (128GB) vs the HDD on the other two. Do the Asus or Dell have an mSATA SSD?
     
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    I don't know if the Spectre can be opened up. You will have to look at reviews to determine if it works for you. The Dell has the 5mm HDD and there are almost no 5mm SATA SSDs on the market. But it is pretty easy to put in an mSATA SSD (recommend the Plextor). The Dell doesn't come with one from the OEM. Asus has put a warranty void sticker on the HDD which might make it difficult for you to change it to an SSD. RAM can be upgraded though.

    Asus Zenbook UX302LG / UX302 review - the GAMING 13 inch ultrabook

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/del.../733564-new-dell-inspiron-14-7000-7437-a.html

    Personally, I would look at the Dell. I would toss in an mSATA SSD like this one or this one when I get the funds and dispose the HDD to lighten my laptop and reduce the power drain on the battery.
     
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    Question, I'm going thru the user manuals of the Dell and the HP.

    The Dell has only a slot for a regular HDD or SSD, I can't do HDD+SSD cache?

    The HP has all the RAM soldered into the board? Can I buy the 4GB model and upgrade to 8GB myself?
     
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    I haven't found information on the Dell regarding the use of smart cache. Spectre information is a little too rare right now. I can't comment on it. But I highly doubt if there is a provision to add RAM. These thin form factors are very difficult or nigh impossible to upgrade in most cases.
     
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    I decided on the ASUS from Best Buy. Order was placed and should be getting processed in the next hours.

    Thanks idiot101!
     
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    Best of luck with your purchase. :thumbsup:
     
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    A bit of an update.

    Best Buy decided to cancel my order and apparently block the CC because they couldn't verify something...sigh.

    I'm hating both HP (for not being able to fulfill the order 3 times) and Best Buy for the pain of verification...>.>
     
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