I'm looking for a new light and powerfull laptop:
-i5 processor is enough
-8 GBs ram or more
-13 to 14 inch screen
-a dedicated GPU if possible
-Budget is 1,200$
I'll be using it for basic stuff but I wanna be able to play video game with a decent graphic level and fps. (for exemple if it can run borderlands 2, it's enough for me)
What do you suggest?
Ultra books don't have dedicated graphics OP, but honestly OP laptops these days are getting worse and worse in quality, You need to get a business or professional class of laptop. BUT if you insist walk over to your computer shop and ask there opinion.
My recomendation, which is what i did a year back, I bought a 2nd gen Dell presicions m6600 with an i7 29XXQM I paid around 400$ for it then popped out the nvidia quadro 3000m and replaced it with a 960m. it works great for all my class work and gaming on the go plus it supports nvida game stream which is nice when I wanna sit in bed. Total i paid around 600$ in parts and it will CREAM any laptop for around 1200$ today.
Nope, it was a MXM(PCI-E for laptops) slot card Easy to replace just needed some thermal pads/paste. Oh and i had to Updated the BIOS to the latest a15 so it would support an upgrade.
To get the whole the story,
I bought a ASUS UX303LN november 2014
Mars 2014 the mother board died, customer service replaced it.
Decembre 2015 the computer began to freeze and BSOD for no reason and the warrranty was already over.
that's why I need a new laptop...
Im writing this on a xps 15 9550 as well. I actually opted for the cheapest 15 inch i5 option which got me 8gb ram and a 1tb hdd+32gb ssd. The nice thing though is that for just $300, I was able to upgrade it to 16 gb ram and add a 256 gb nvme m.2 ssd. The 13 inch model doesn't allow you to switch out any componets and the 15 inch has a 14 inch footprint. My only gripe so far is the weight, but it was kind of expected with the dedicated gpu.
Also the projected battery life with the standard battery is about 7 hours web browsing with the FHD screen. Don't be fooled by their projected numbers, they're far from correct.
You're referring to thunderbolt right? It a new tech that would be nice to have, but with the current lack of these separate GPUs, as well as their bulkiness and weight, it shouldn't be a primary focus.
Are ultrabooks the silliest /g/ meme?
>not cheap so it can't be part of the "modest laptop + powerful desktop" paradigm
>not powerful enough for serious gaming or professional work
>not a cheap and mobile basic laptop, not a gaymen laptop or desktop-replacement either, doesn't fulfill any role
It depends on target use. Ultrabook offer lighter weight and smaller size than what you would find otherwise. For students/travelers who only use them to browse the web and write papers, there's no reason to get anything else.