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laworder
27-10-2013, 01:18 PM
Something as light as possible with SSD, up to about $1000.
I do not need touchscreen or a screen any bigger than about 11-12 in.
Happy with a smallish SSD (64-128Gb) as wont be storing huge amounts of data on it
Happy to consider a cheaper machine and get it upgraded to SSD too
Dont really care if its Win7 or 8, a backlit keyboard would be a bonus though.

plod
27-10-2013, 01:38 PM
http://store.apple.com/nz/buy-mac/macbook-air

laworder
27-10-2013, 01:44 PM
http://store.apple.com/nz/buy-mac/macbook-air

Start at $1449, otherwise would suit.

Speedy Gonzales
27-10-2013, 01:55 PM
There's 2 here with hdd and SSD (http://www.jbhifi.co.nz/computers/ultrabook/). And 3 under under 1K

plod
27-10-2013, 02:01 PM
There's 2 here with hdd and SSD (http://www.jbhifi.co.nz/computers/ultrabook/). And 3 under under 1K

Nope, 11" or 12" screen

Speedy Gonzales
27-10-2013, 02:02 PM
Well yeah at least theyre under 1K

There's this and (http://www.jbhifi.co.nz/computers/asus/11-6-inch-touch-ultrabook-sku-31090/) this (http://www.jbhifi.co.nz/computers/sony/vaio-duo-11-6-inch-ultrabook-sku-31222/) but theyre over 1K

plod
27-10-2013, 02:07 PM
My guess is you won't find what you are looking for in your budget.

laworder
27-10-2013, 02:16 PM
My guess is you won't find what you are looking for in your budget.

May look at going down the route of getting a machine with a standard drive that otherwise meets my requirements and getting a small SSD put in it
I asked at PB Tech about this possibility a while back and they are prepared to do it.

plod
27-10-2013, 02:23 PM
You will probably have to go up in size

icow
27-10-2013, 06:00 PM
There's 2 here with hdd and SSD (http://www.jbhifi.co.nz/computers/ultrabook/). And 3 under under 1K

Would not touch HP.

darkoverlord123
27-10-2013, 08:44 PM
Here: http://www.harveynorman.co.nz/computers/laptops/asus-s400ca-ca008h-touch-laptop.html
If you dont mind 14', this is great.

laworder
29-10-2013, 10:16 PM
You will probably have to go up in size

Sorted - found an Acer Aspire One 756 11.6 in with Windows 7 for $479, getting a 128Gb SSD put in for an extra $200
Does all that I need and nothing that I dont, has 3 USB ports and HDMI out

plod
29-10-2013, 10:31 PM
Sorted - found an Acer Aspire One 756 11.6 in with Windows 7 for $479, getting a 128Gb SSD put in for an extra $200
Does all that I need and nothing that I dont, has 3 USB ports and HDMI out
Just as long as you are happy, but just so you know that is not an ultrabook for which you original asked for and will not have the performance of one

laworder
30-10-2013, 08:41 AM
Just as long as you are happy, but just so you know that is not an ultrabook for which you original asked for and will not have the performance of one

True, its not as light as I'd have ideally liked but does have a dual core Celeron rather than an Atom or similar processor (like the machine I am now using) so with another 4Gb RAM in it and the SSD should go well. Can run up to 16Gb RAM as it is on 64bit Win 7

DeSade
30-10-2013, 11:49 AM
I just brought 4 of these but you won't get one for under 1k
http://shopap.lenovo.com/nz/en/laptops/thinkpad/x-series/x1-carbon/

laworder
04-11-2013, 10:16 AM
Picked it up Friday, and it is good - very good in fact. Boots up in seconds, restarts from hibernate even faster, and great battery life.
And its only 1.35 Kg, which is actually lighter than some of the machines out there marketed as Ultrabooks.
Putting the SSD in it has really livened it up compared to what it would have been like with the original 500 Gb 5400 RPM HDD
Now I am trying to customise the Windows 7 Premium in it to look like Windows 3.0 :)
Just need to find the old icons to finish that retro look, not as easy as I'd thought

Webdevguy
04-11-2013, 10:38 AM
Something as light as possible with SSD, up to about $1000.
I do not need touchscreen or a screen any bigger than about 11-12 in.
Happy with a smallish SSD (64-128Gb) as wont be storing huge amounts of data on it
Happy to consider a cheaper machine and get it upgraded to SSD too
Dont really care if its Win7 or 8, a backlit keyboard would be a bonus though.

The only way that you would get an ultra book for cheaper than $1000 is if you bought a netbook or lived in the US where computers are way cheaper than they ar down here. The reason netbooks sell for less than $1000 is because the netbook market was killed by better designed iPads and Galaxy tablets.

What will your main uses be for the laptop/tablet?

Webdevguy
04-11-2013, 10:45 AM
Now I am trying to customise the Windows 7 Premium in it to look like Windows 3.0 :)
Just need to find the old icons to finish that retro look, not as easy as I'd thought

I'm curious.. why do you want it to look like Windows 3.0..? Isn't that like looking backwards (confused) I've gotten used to working with Windows 7 UI which is ok . As to Windows 8.. not so much. (MS kinda f**ked up on the movable tiles concept - hint- they work better for the user if they are all the same size, that way you get a consistent number of tiles per browser screen :) )

laworder
04-11-2013, 11:12 AM
The only way that you would get an ultra book for cheaper than $1000 is if you bought a netbook or lived in the US where computers are way cheaper than they ar down here. The reason netbooks sell for less than $1000 is because the netbook market was killed by better designed iPads and Galaxy tablets.

What will your main uses be for the laptop/tablet?

Web surfing, email, typing, some website maintenance. No gaming or heavy duty graphics, almost all text based stuff so a reasonable keyboard is a must.
And thats what I managed to find too, although its not backlit. Not complaining for under $700 though

laworder
04-11-2013, 11:14 AM
I'm curious.. why do you want it to look like Windows 3.0..? Isn't that like looking backwards (confused) I've gotten used to working with Windows 7 UI which is ok . As to Windows 8.. not so much. (MS kinda f**ked up on the movable tiles concept - hint- they work better for the user if they are all the same size, that way you get a consistent number of tiles per browser screen :) )

No special reason apart from peculiar tastes :-) It's just the look of the desktop I am changing largely

Webdevguy
04-11-2013, 11:36 AM
Web surfing, email, typing, some website maintenance. No gaming or heavy duty graphics, almost all text based stuff so a reasonable keyboard is a must.
And thats what I managed to find too, although its not backlit. Not complaining for under $700 though

Cool, sounds like a good choice. Less than $700 sounds pretty good. I'm guessing you are a bit of a website admin or dev? What's your preferred text editor?