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Old 09-08-2015, 02:24 PM   #501
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Also check out the Asus Chi T300. It is beautiful. I would have bought it if it were a bit smaller (screen is 12.5"). The specs and price are really good too.


YP3 is a great choice though. IMO the best laptop on the market.
Thanks! I'll check it out while I'm there before I purchase. Good thing about Microsoft Store is they have pretty good customer service and I can return the YP3 within 30 days if it doesn't meet my expectations.
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Old 09-08-2015, 02:25 PM   #502
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That processor on that Asus UX303LB pretty top dog right now? Looking for some power to edit videos. My current 2-3 year old Asus bogs down big time. I forget off hand what processor it is.
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Old 09-08-2015, 02:43 PM   #503
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That processor on that Asus UX303LB pretty top dog right now? Looking for some power to edit videos. My current 2-3 year old Asus bogs down big time. I forget off hand what processor it is.
i7 5500 with all that RAM should handle video like a boss
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Old 09-08-2015, 03:05 PM   #504
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That processor on that Asus UX303LB pretty top dog right now? Looking for some power to edit videos. My current 2-3 year old Asus bogs down big time. I forget off hand what processor it is.
If you can hold out Intel should be releasing their new processors soon. If I had to guess that's why they haven't restocked this model on Asus's site.
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Old 09-08-2015, 03:18 PM   #505
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I can probably wait.

I have 1080p and 4k videos to edit.
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Old 10-29-2015, 01:19 PM   #506
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I know it is a late bump, but I have been eyeing this one recently.

http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/...ctID.326871500

Dell xps13 9350. Microsoft signature, which I guess means you get a clean windows install. The specs say 3200x1800 display on the non touchscreen, that is what held me back on the last xps was you needed the touchscreen to get the qhd+. It is $899 from the education store vs $999 normally.
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Old 10-29-2015, 01:54 PM   #507
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I know it is a late bump, but I have been eyeing this one recently.

http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/...ctID.326871500

Dell xps13 9350. Microsoft signature, which I guess means you get a clean windows install. The specs say 3200x1800 display on the non touchscreen, that is what held me back on the last xps was you needed the touchscreen to get the qhd+. It is $899 from the education store vs $999 normally.
Not too shabby. You sure 128GB will be enough for you?
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Old 10-29-2015, 02:02 PM   #508
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Not too shabby. You sure 128GB will be enough for you?
I dont store much on any of my machines, almost everything is on the network drive or google drive. This way everything has the same information where ever I am, plus any issues and I just format reinstall. 16GB is probably enough.
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Old 11-13-2015, 06:12 PM   #509
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Looking to replace my 6 year old Macbook with a laptop. Probably 15.6" around $800-900 range. 1080p, most have dedicated GPUs and. ASUS look great for the money.

Any issues ASUS laptops are known for having? Are HP or Dell better?
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Old 11-16-2015, 01:09 PM   #510
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Monday bump. Looking for suggestions.
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Old 11-16-2015, 02:18 PM   #511
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Any issues with your Macbook? Get more RAM and SSD, and it will run with most of todays budget laptops.
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Old 11-16-2015, 02:42 PM   #512
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Any issues with your Macbook? Get more RAM and SSD, and it will run with most of todays budget laptops.
The rubber bottom is falling off and just seems to be running slow no matter what I do. Verify/repaired disc. I also use it for Sunday Ticket and would like a bigger/nicer display.

Also, looking to part ways with Mac and get a W10 laptop since johnnybgf will be sharing this. She may need a laptop with W10 for Word/Office.
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Old 11-16-2015, 07:34 PM   #513
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Old 11-16-2015, 08:19 PM   #514
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Get a Mac and dual boot?
No need for dual boot, there's OSX version of MS Office.
http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/...151116235631:s

I would still get 256GB SSD, 4GB RAM and install 10.6 or whatever works best on his Macbook. It's less than $100 upgrade.
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Old 11-17-2015, 02:26 PM   #515
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We're also either going to get the new laptop as an Xmas gift or get a gift card to bring down our cost. I'll keep the old MacBook around as it doesn't have much value due to condition, but I don't want to put money into upgrading it.
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Old 11-18-2015, 09:14 AM   #516
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We're also either going to get the new laptop as an Xmas gift or get a gift card to bring down our cost. I'll keep the old MacBook around as it doesn't have much value due to condition, but I don't want to put money into upgrading it.
I'm looking to replace my wife's POS, sounds like I've got similar requirements as you. Did you decide on anything yet?
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Looking to replace my 6 year old Macbook with a laptop. Probably 15.6" around $800-900 range. 1080p, most have dedicated GPUs and. ASUS look great for the money.

Any issues ASUS laptops are known for having? Are HP or Dell better?
I just replaced my Asus with a Dell hybrid, but the Asus is still running great after several years of use. Just got my wife an Asus and she's loving it; I've been recommending them to lots of my clients and no real complaints so far (the only complaints I had were gripes about the OS... 8/8.1 back then).

I will note that they might be using cheap power adapters on some models, especially the smaller laptops that they're bundling with space-saver chargers. Poison had his fail, one of the companies I work for bought a bunch of the same model and two of their power cords failed as well. OEM replacement is around $40, but the $20 aftermarket ones on Amazon seem to hold up better... the trade-off is that they're slightly bigger, but they probably dissipate heat better.
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Old 11-18-2015, 09:36 AM   #518
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15.6" with those requirements the Asus K501 and Dell i7559 come to mind. IIRC the Dell is the more powerful of the two.

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I just replaced my Asus with a Dell hybrid, but the Asus is still running great after several years of use. Just got my wife an Asus and she's loving it; I've been recommending them to lots of my clients and no real complaints so far (the only complaints I had were gripes about the OS... 8/8.1 back then).

I will note that they might be using cheap power adapters on some models, especially the smaller laptops that they're bundling with space-saver chargers. Poison had his fail, one of the companies I work for bought a bunch of the same model and two of their power cords failed as well. OEM replacement is around $40, but the $20 aftermarket ones on Amazon seem to hold up better... the trade-off is that they're slightly bigger, but they probably dissipate heat better.
Is there a particular ASUS model you've been recommending? I don't actually need the discrete graphics, so I guess my requirements aren't exactly the same as johnnyb's. I mean, if the laptop's not going to be used for gaming, there's no point in dealing with the battery life/price drawbacks of discrete graphics, right? Or am I off base on that?
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I'm looking to replace my wife's POS, sounds like I've got similar requirements as you. Did you decide on anything yet?
Still shopping around over the next few weeks.

Thanks for the input. ASUS are getting mixed reviews on Newegg. Either "awesome 10/10" or "nothing but problems, would not buy".

I like the Dell XPS but the 15" is out of the budget.
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Thanks for the review markman.

Your bump and prior post are fitting despite the fact I've (read: the wife) already made up my mind because I'm about to by the wife a yoga pro 3 today after work. It's for her school work. We looked at a lot in store and she like the yoga pro 3 by far. It's also on sale for $950 now. The processor is not terrible, rated at 1.2Ghz but turbo boost up to 2.0...it has the new Intel M processor, but the newer version of it. It is light as hell at only 2.6lbs and has the backlit keyboard and one of the best touchscreens on the market.

I'll provide a review after I get it and play with it for a few days.
Sorry I forgot about this.

Quick review: It is insanely light, lighter than some tablets, so it's portability is great. The screen is phenomenal, and I can't believe how much I enjoy having it be a touch screen. I never even thought I would remember or use it but it's pretty darn convenient to just reach out to scroll down on a webpage or something of that sort.

The processor I can only describe as adequate. It can obviously do word processing and basic internet usage with ease. It can run most programs not bad, but most programs will trigger the "turbo boost" which can feel a bit clunky when it first switches over. It can't really handle certain programs, though. My wife is taking AutoCAD and it has trouble with that program and especially Civil3D, even with the turbo boost on.

It does run cool and quiet with basically no discernible fan noise. The turbo boost can create some noise but nothing too bad. The battery life is good but not quite as great as advertised. It can last my wife's whole school day if its light use but any major use cuts it down obviously.

I'm not sure if I'm leaving anything out so just ask me if you have a question.

Overall very satisfied and worth the price paid (about $1050 with squaretrade warranty).
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Is there a particular ASUS model you've been recommending? I don't actually need the discrete graphics, so I guess my requirements aren't exactly the same as johnnyb's. I mean, if the laptop's not going to be used for gaming, there's no point in dealing with the battery life/price drawbacks of discrete graphics, right? Or am I off base on that?
For light/casual games you can get away with an onboard chipset. They are light years ahead of where there were a few years ago.

Are you looking for a lightweight ultrabook or something with a bigger screen that will sit on a desk most of the time?
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Sorry I forgot about this.

Quick review: It is insanely light, lighter than some tablets, so it's portability is great. The screen is phenomenal, and I can't believe how much I enjoy having it be a touch screen. I never even thought I would remember or use it but it's pretty darn convenient to just reach out to scroll down on a webpage or something of that sort.

The processor I can only describe as adequate. It can obviously do word processing and basic internet usage with ease. It can run most programs not bad, but most programs will trigger the "turbo boost" which can feel a bit clunky when it first switches over. It can't really handle certain programs, though. My wife is taking AutoCAD and it has trouble with that program and especially Civil3D, even with the turbo boost on.

It does run cool and quiet with basically no discernible fan noise. The turbo boost can create some noise but nothing too bad. The battery life is good but not quite as great as advertised. It can last my wife's whole school day if its light use but any major use cuts it down obviously.

I'm not sure if I'm leaving anything out so just ask me if you have a question.

Overall very satisfied and worth the price paid (about $1050 with squaretrade warranty).
Thanks for that. I actually was debating between the i5 and the Core-M for my purchase... I went i5 because it benchmarked a bit better than the Core-M and was cheaper. Since I run photoshop/gimp/illustrator/etc I wanted the horsepower, and so far it hasn't disappointed. The downside of course is that it has a moving fan and a bit more heft than the Core-M equivalent, and the battery life isn't as good (but still really good). I think it was a fair tradeoff for my needs.
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Thanks for that. I actually was debating between the i5 and the Core-M for my purchase... I went i5 because it benchmarked a bit better than the Core-M and was cheaper. Since I run photoshop/gimp/illustrator/etc I wanted the horsepower, and so far it hasn't disappointed. The downside of course is that it has a moving fan and a bit more heft than the Core-M equivalent, and the battery life isn't as good (but still really good). I think it was a fair tradeoff for my needs.
I think you made the right call. My wife's #1 need was portability and ease of use. It just so happens she is taking this AutoCAD class this semester so it kind of highlighted the limits of the Core-M chip. However, it's obviously important for you to have a good CPU and GPU, so this wouldn't have necessarily been the right fit.
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Still shopping around over the next few weeks.

Thanks for the input. ASUS are getting mixed reviews on Newegg. Either "awesome 10/10" or "nothing but problems, would not buy".

I like the Dell XPS but the 15" is out of the budget.
I'm also shopping around for a laptop for the wife. She has an older HP laptop that is still functioning but the charging port is very finicky so if she doesn't look at it, it might not be charging and die on her..

Every HP I've owned has had issues with the built-in WiFi card.. I've had to buy a micro/mini-usb WiFi card for every one!

What's your budget?
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