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buying a new ultrabook

Budget
not over 1600$
Usage
university
watching stuff
surfing
reading

My requirements
Value
Up - to date product (4th generation cpu and ssd)
13" or a bit bigger
decent battery
Light
1080p (or better) is a must
portability
quality (well known brand)
not apple
So far I did my research and I found these which I think are a good fit
ASUS Zenbook UX301LA-DH51T

http://www.amazon.com/Zenbook-UX301LA-DH51T-13-3-Inch-Touchscreen-Ultrabook/dp/B00EPGHE0E/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1394949107&sr=8-2&keywords=asus+zenbook+ux301

There is a 2.8 I7 version with better graphics chip and storage but its 1,849.99 but I don't know if the extra dollars' worth it

Sony VAIO Pro SVP13215PXB

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-SVP13215PXB-13-3-Inch-Touchscreen-Ultrabook/dp/B00CM2NNC6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1394950029&sr=8-1&keywords=vaio+pro

If you guys can find better alternative I'll be grateful
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Nice machines but

In reply to: buying a new ultrabook

Your usage didn't include gaming so why the call for the GPU? Unless you are playing video games the Haswell video solution is more than up to the task.
Bob

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yeah

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you have a point
im not planning to play games but im concerned about the over-all performance, since I think the difference between i5-4200U 1.6ghz is quite significant comparing to the 2.8 I7

im already paying too much for the UX301, I dont mind paying +175 if Im going to get better CPU-GPU

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Re: CPU

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You won't notice the difference for watching, surfing and reading.

Since you don't tell what kind of university work you do, I can't comment on that.
It might be doing things like simulating the big bang, predicting earthquakes or the weather next week or trying to find the a 5 millon digit prime number and such tasks, which are rather CPU-intensive.
Or maybe it's just making a presentation in Powerpoint once a month an registering the results of your students in a spreadsheet.

Kees

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good point

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yeah.. my university work include typing reports, PowerPoints and sometimes statistical tests and scenario analysis which I dont think to would be a problem

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OK, so an i7 Haswell and GPU?

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