XPS 13 or 15?

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  1. Omer D

    Omer D Notebook Enthusiast

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    I have a Thinkpad W500. It's not as fast as I'd like but my main concern is that it is not portable. It's really heavy (and the battery is terrible). Also, I think the graphics on it, though dedicated, are not very good for making videos and I'd like to do that as well.

    My main concern is portability. A good keyboard is important as well.
    I'm thinking about the XPS 13, but it doesn't have dedicated graphics so I'm not sure how good it would handle video editing. If I could get a 15 inch laptop that is also very portable I would be happy. Would love to hear from you. I thought about the XPS 15 (though over my budget), but it seems to be not very different from the w500 in terms of weight.

    Refurbished and even used from ebay is definitely an option... Thank you for your help.

    General Questions


    1) What is your budget?
    900$
    2) What size notebook would you prefer?

    c. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
    d. Mainstream; 15"
    3) Where will you buying this notebook? You can select the flag of your country as an indicator.
    ebay?

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    a. Like:
    Dell, Lenovo, Asus
    b. Dislike:
    Apple
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    Yes
    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    Programming, some video editing, some music editing, internet/office.

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    YES, I want to carry it in my bag pretty much everywhere (have a W500 Thinkpad can't do that now).

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? If so, please state which games or types of games?
    No, but graphics may be important (for video software).
    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    As many as I can get, but 5+ would be ok for now..

    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?
    No need to see.

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows (Windows 7 / 8), Mac OS, Linux, etc.
    Win 10 (might put linux as well),
    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. (Scroll down to see screen resolution information.)

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (Scroll down to see explanations.)
    Matte, I work next to a large window.
    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    no
    15) When are you buying this laptop?

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

    17) How much hard drive space do you need? Do you want a SSD drive?
    256~ - probably SSD
    18) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD Burner, Blu-ray Reader or Blu-Ray Burner?
    no, might get a portable one.
     
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    Are you talking about the XPS 15 9550? As that should be a lot more portable than the W500. As for video editing on ULV CPUs - it's very slow and annoying. If you want any sort of real performance - XPS 15 or UX501VW
     
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    Omer D Notebook Enthusiast

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    Thanks. i guess like the 9550, but I don't know much about the XPS series. Would the glare on the XPS FHD would be ok? I have a large window behind my desk..
    As for portability, I guess as long as it's thin and relatively light i'll be fine with it. My W500 is very thick and probably around 3kg. If i put it inside, i can barely fit anything else in my bag, and the bag is still heavy.
    The UX501VW seems gorgeous..
     
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    Well - the displays on the UX501 and XPS15 are bright at around 350 nits but you'd have to judge for yourself. I don't really use glossy screens so I can't give you a good idea of what to expect.
     
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    Omer D Notebook Enthusiast

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    What would you recommend as far as matte/non glare screens go? I'm used to matte screens and probably would prefer that...
     
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    Budget?
     
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    Omer D Notebook Enthusiast

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    900$-1000$ can be used refurbished
     
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    There are quite a few Lenovo ThinkPad T460p models on ebay - just get one with a quad-core i5 6300HQ or i5 6440HQ and an SSD. That should be more than enough. Though I'm not able to guarantee battery life due to wear and tear when buying used.
     
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    Anything other than Thinkpads?
     
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    You could try EliteBooks or Latitude E7000 series but honestly - the T460p is nothing like the W500 - it's more powerful, a LOT slimmer and a LOT lighter.
     
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