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Light, affordable budget laptop

  1. Hi, my friend is looking for a 14" - 15" sized notebook, but as light as possible, with decent battery life.

    She's basically going to just use it for office work and browsing/email etc..., so nothing hardware intensive is required, however, a stronger processor would really help her out for picture viewing and minor editing. If it's not too much of a compromise, a strong processor would be preferable.

    Also, an SSD would also be preferable, though I think she may also need some space for pictures and files. So, SSD if possible. Maybe a Seagate momentus could be a nice choice.

    Other than that, the video card requirements are basically nil. Lightness is a key factor; throw me whatever you've got regardless of price since budget is not fixed, but will most likely stay at or under $1000.

    Thanks everyone!
     
  2. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +170

    Most ultrabooks out there tick the boxes, although your friend may need to get an external hard drive as 128GB SSDs fill up real fast.

    A few suggestions:
    - Asus UX31E
    - Acer Aspire S3
    - Samsung Series 5
    - Toshiba Portege Z835

    Lightness comes at a pretty hefty premium, you can get much better specs for lower prices if you're willing to accept normal thickness laptops.

    p.s. as Ivy Bridge is just a few months away I would wait for IB ultrabooks to hit the market, maybe that will kickstart the ultrabook movement and reduce prices.
     
  3. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Topic Starter Posts: 3,433   +143

    Yes lightness does come with a hefty premium. Weight is important to a point, probably less than $1000 USD.
     
  4. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Topic Starter Posts: 3,433   +143

    I'm looking for one in the near future...
     
  5. mike1959

    mike1959 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,020   +51

  6. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Topic Starter Posts: 3,433   +143

    Hmm, that looks like a great budget choice!
    I'll definitely recommend it over... though it may be a tiny bit small/underpowered.
    Thanks!
     

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