Ultrabook for a developer

By isengrim
Dec 29, 2014
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  1. Hi All,
    I am looking for a light/thin/small ultrabook that would allow me to work outside home whenever possible :) At this point I'm using a desktop PC but would like to migrate toward a laptop/ultrabook. I am still planning to use the displays I have while working at home (I am about to buy the ultrabook together with a docking station). The main factors I am interested in are:
    -> hardware:
    - SSD is a must be
    - 4GB RAM is a minimum, 8GB is optimal but for sure I would like to have a possibility to extend that to 12-16gb)
    - CPU - i5 at minimum - thinking about i7 (is it worth?)
    - unfortunately, in most of ultrabooks there are xxxxU CPUs which are not upgradable; I was looking at xxxxM but they seem to be more power conuming - I would be grateful for your opinion about this as well;
    - matt display is a must be (I would like to be able to work in the garden)
    - battery - as durable and long lasting as possible :)
    - resolution - I was looking at 1366x768 - I assume it is less power consuming than 1920 x 1080 but at this point I'm more into the 1920 x 1080 as it will make the work easier (IDE etc.) - are there anyone who disagrees? :)
    - price - not more than 1500$
    I think that's all for the introduction. Now the options I gathered so far (unfortunately I do not even have an option to compare them visually):

    Toshiba Portege Z30-A-19L
    Core i7 4510U / 13,3 Full HD / 8192 / 256 SSD / Intel HD 4400
    316x227x18 at 1,2kg
    + seems to have the longest standing battery
    + there is an option to buy it with i5 (4210U) in case it is not worth to spend additional money
    + overall hardware config seems to be ok
    + RAM extendable to 16gb
    + small/thin
    + light
    - no option to upgrade CPU in the future

    Toshiba Portege R30-A-71B
    Core i7 4610M / 13,3 Full HD / 8192 / 256 SSD / Intel HD 4600 / DVD
    316x227x26 at 1,5kg
    + DVD can be replaced with additional HDD
    + upgradable CPU
    - slightly bigger than Z30

    Lenovo ThinkPad T440s
    Core i5 4210U / 14,1 HD+ / 12288 / 256 SSD / Intel HD 4400
    331x226x21 at 1,59kg
    + warranty is 3years compared to 1 year in Toshiba
    + thinner than R30
    - more expensive for similar hardware than Toshiba (that's why I put the i5 option as i7 is too expensive)
    - bigger than R30 (width)
    other differences:
    ? lower resolution
    ? bigger display

    Unfortunately, it is difficult to compare the batteries :/

    I would really appreciate your help/suggestions/oppitions :)

  2. bluejolls

    bluejolls TS Enthusiast Posts: 100   +8

    Lenovo ThinkPad T440s

    I'd recommend the Lenovo Helix, but it's over your budget.
  3. isengrim

    isengrim TS Rookie Topic Starter

    And the reason you suggest ThinkPad T440s is...? :)

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