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Looking at laptops/ultrabooks again. Recommendations?

by Assimilation / April 29, 2013 2:32 AM PDT

Alright, so I've raised my budget (around 800-900$) and have some features I know I want:
CD/DVD drive
High resolution (I get headaches easy from poor res computers)
Fast processor
at least 500 GB HD
I would also really like a touch screen, but I'm starting to wonder whether or not they are really worth the extra money?

I'm looking at a Sony Vaio T series
But I've read some less than stellar reviews about this ultrabook.
Any suggestions?

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Fair choice.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 29, 2013 2:47 AM PDT

But the CD/DVD drive flies in the face of an ultrabook. Given the number of times I need that drive I think my decision to use some 30 buck USB DVDRW is paying off in less to carry around.

Why the note about RAM? The office just supplied a new laptop and for 120 bucks popped 16GB ram after delivery. I know some folk are loathe to do that after the fact. Tell more.

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by Assimilation / April 29, 2013 9:55 PM PDT
In reply to: Fair choice.

Well weight really isn't much of an issue for me. But I wonder if a CD/DVD drive is limiting my choices too much?

As for the RAM, I've just had bad experiences taking my machines apart and upgrading before. Somehow it always manages to either be a lemon upgrade, or the machine just freaks out.

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And why at the office we use
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 30, 2013 2:07 AM PDT
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I've lost count of folk writing such with some ram they picked off the shelf at some store. The last USB DVDRW was 29.95 which I'll toss out as an evil necessity but not one I will mandate to be welded into a laptop today. I guess some folk must have it cemented into the machines but here it's easier to not have such.

The office swapped in a 1TB hybrid drive but the steps to do that would put off your average tech. But we are a bunch of engineers and software authors so for us it was not that hard.

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by Assimilation / April 30, 2013 4:24 AM PDT

So then do you think that the Sony Vaio is a good ultrabook to go with? Or do you happen to know of a better option?

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It's not a bad choice.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 30, 2013 4:52 AM PDT
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And if you step over the "best" or is there a better choice, there is always a better choice. I can't shop for folk but will discuss the usual aspects of all things computers and more.

The only thing I see on the horizon is Microsoft might relent on the no start button issue. My bet Windows 8 sales would go up a lot.

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