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    Question Best Lightweight Powerful Laptop?

    Hi All,

    I'm trying to find a powerful lightweight laptop that we can lug around the school for troubleshooting - its predecessor has failed - with the following ideal spec:

    - i5/i7
    - SSD
    - around a 12" screen
    - 4/8GB RAM
    - good quality graphics chipset
    - decent brand
    - Windows 7 (or 8 if I have to)
    - VGA socket would be ideal for projector tests
    - less than 1.5kg

    I'm struggling to find anything, other than this (which probably hasn't got the best graphics chipset, and no VGA socket) Toshiba Satellite U920T-11C Laptop - Laptops | Ebuyer.com

    Am I missing any obvious contenders?

    TIA

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    For this sort of thing I find it best to ask system builders like Very PC, Novatech and Stone to quote on a spec. They tend to have more flexibility in getting the CPU/RAM/SSD requirements in the form factor your after.

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    What you're looking for sounds like an 'Ultra Notebook'. I suppose it's sort of the equivalent of a MacBook Air.

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    Lenovo Yoga?

    Lenovo Yoga 11S - Ultrabook Convertible - Lenovo Multimode PCs| Lenovo (UK)

    i3 rather than i5/i7, and hdmi instead of VGA are the only two parts that aren't ticked on your requirements there. Granted anything i5/i7 you're going to be paying alot more for for not a great gain.
    Last edited by mrbios; 29th January 2014 at 02:25 PM.

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    Hi Gongalong,

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    We've been stung before with rebadged laptops - both in terms of quality and getting spares - so ideally I'd like to stick with "normal" brands.

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    I would get one of the following...


    ^ The Dell is pretty much exactly what you're after.

    You might be able to get an adapter to convert DisplayPort into VGA.
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    Maybe a Dell Venue Pro 11...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gongalong View Post
    I'm trying to find a powerful lightweight laptop that we can lug around the school for troubleshooting
    What about a 12.2" Android tablet?

    www.engadget.com/2014/01/28/samsung-galaxy-note-pro-uk-pre-order/

    Edit. Would the Surface Pro 2 be suitable?
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    A MacBook Air , Bootcamped with Windows on and a Thunderbolt VGA adaptor if you need to test a projector. You should be able to get it for around £700 without VAT for the 13.3" Air. The Air is the most amazing laptop i've ever used or owned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quackers View Post
    A MacBook Air, Bootcamped with Windows on
    The battery life is nowhere near as good in Windows though.

    www.digitalversus.com/laptop/apple-13-macbook-air-2013-running-windows-8-p16624/test.html

    One of the best things about the standard 2013 MacBook Air 13" is that it has record-breaking battery life of 14 hrs 25 min (with the screen brightness at 100 cd/m≤, headphones plugged in and the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and keyboard backlighting turned off). Under Windows 8 the results are more mixed. Perhaps as the price to pay for the increased processor performance, in the same conditions it lasts only 7 hrs 40 min.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quackers View Post
    The Air is the most amazing laptop i've ever used or owned.
    Can you give a bit more detail?

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    After having gone through this in a lot of detail the Lenovo ThinkPad T440s and the MacBook Pro are the only two I can find that pretty much fit all the criteria, which I revised slightly:

    i5/i7
    SSD
    12" screen (approx.)
    Full HD display
    8GB RAM
    Decent graphics chipset
    Known brand
    Win 7 or 8
    VGA socket
    Under 2kg

    Both around £1,250.

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    I see Surface Pro mentioned by Arthur but otherwise not commented on. Would need a display port to VGA adapter but otherwise it would seem to fit the bill (you might quibble on 'decent graphics chipset'). It is extremely portable and with the touch keyboard, works pretty well.

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