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July 18, 2012, 07:11:44 AM
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I will send you 3 BTC if I buy the laptop you find me.

I will need to use BTC or Amazon.com.

Price range is $1,000 to $2,000 USD.

It needs to be...

highly portable (light).

long battery life.

high screen def (full HD would be great)

at least 4 GB of ram.

Needs to have at least a 2 year international warranty.

SSD might be a plus, SSD with a HDD as a back up might be a plus.

I like the brand ASUS.

This computer must be able to run Ubuntu.

Must have wifi.

Must be better than what I am looking at now   http://www.amazon.com/Zenbook-Prime-UX31A-DB51-13-3-Inch-Ultrabook/dp/tech-data/B00863L2PK/ref=de_a_smtd

I don't like the one linked cuz the screen is a bit too small.

Thank you.

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July 18, 2012, 07:16:37 AM
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I will send you 3 BTC if I buy the laptop you find me.

I will need to use BTC or Amazon.com.

Price range is $1,000 to $2,000 USD.

It needs to be...

highly portable (light).

long battery life.

high screen def (full HD would be great)

at least 4 GB of ram.

Needs to have at least a 2 year international warranty.

SSD might be a plus, SSD with a HDD as a back up might be a plus.

I like the brand ASUS.

This computer must be able to run Ubuntu.

Must have wifi.

Must be better than what I am looking at now   http://www.amazon.com/Zenbook-Prime-UX31A-DB51-13-3-Inch-Ultrabook/dp/tech-data/B00863L2PK/ref=de_a_smtd

I don't like the one linked cuz the screen is a bit too small.

Thank you.

I'm eyeing one now, with the exact requirements as you. Sony Vaio Z series, the newest Ivy Bridge version.
See this outstanding review: http://www.mobiletechreview.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php?Number=42772
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July 18, 2012, 07:19:46 AM
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Performance is AWESOME, you can add an external GFX card via a Media Dock, battery life awesome, good form factor, GODDAMN light...

Edit: Exact link to review http://www.mobiletechreview.com/notebooks/Sony-Vaio-Z-2012.htm
        Video Review (Look at the tasty screen!! Grin) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDhC_4-l-9g

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July 18, 2012, 07:29:03 AM
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I saw that at a sony storer today and I also saw the one i linked to,

this is the one i meant to linke...

http://www.amazon.com/Zenbook-Prime-UX31A-DB71-13-3-Inch-Ultrabook/dp/B00863L2M8/ref=zg_bsnr_3269423011_19


the ASUS just looks awesome, its metal and its really crazy thin. The Sony is not that thin, its not much better than my old ASUS.

I will take a second look at it.  BTW this is not meant to be a desk top replacement. This is a computer that I need for on the go, airplanes, meetings coffee shops and the like. I wont be playing games, only BTC related work.

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The sony is lighter though - 2.5 lb vs 2.86 lb. It's kind of hard having to find a light-n-thin that's >13 inch unless you count the Macbook Pro Retina display in. Other laptops with this form factor has a DVD drive and etc making it a desktop replacement and clunky.

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July 18, 2012, 07:38:40 AM
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I have both a macbook pro 15" and a macbook air. I do everything on the air (including nearly everything I use for NPW posts), and leave the pro to do video streaming and some data analysis that needs more ram and cpu power.

I can honestly say I'd get another when this one eventually dies - no moving parts, really light, and yes, I installed Ubuntu onto the ssd (but eventually uninstalled it). For someone who needs a robust machine and travels a lot, you can't do better. I never need one, but you could get a cheap external dvd drive if you needed it.

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July 18, 2012, 07:42:24 AM
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I saw that at a sony storer today and I also saw the one i linked to,

this is the one i meant to linke...

http://www.amazon.com/Zenbook-Prime-UX31A-DB71-13-3-Inch-Ultrabook/dp/B00863L2M8/ref=zg_bsnr_3269423011_19


the ASUS just looks awesome, its metal and its really crazy thin. The Sony is not that thin, its not much better than my old ASUS.

I will take a second look at it.  BTW this is not meant to be a desk top replacement. This is a computer that I need for on the go, airplanes, meetings coffee shops and the like. I wont be playing games, only BTC related work.

Thanks.
The sony is lighter though - 2.5 lb vs 2.86 lb. It's kind of hard having to find a light-n-thin that's >13 inch unless you count the Macbook Pro Retina display in. Other laptops with this form factor has a DVD drive and etc making it a desktop replacement and clunky.

clearly the mac is out, the asus and sony are the only two options then? hmm...
I have on my hands here a Acer Aspire S3 purchased a couple weeks ago as a lightweight go-arounder-cum-netbook. It's physically the same formfactor as the ASUS, but it's heavier (3.04238 pounds) and I hate the touchpad (it's almost a Macbook's counterfeit, but poorly done without using glass.) The Sony one uses it's own proprietary touchpad, and IMO miles better. Sadly I gave my old one to my sister..

I would suggest you to play around with the touchpads as that's one of the deciding factors for a thin laptop. Also, remember that Sony has TPM and fingerprint scanners installed that'll boost the security of the laptop tremendously.

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July 18, 2012, 07:55:54 AM
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A bit over budget and overpriced, but awesome still. http://www.razerzone.com/blade

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July 18, 2012, 07:56:16 AM
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i do not like apple sadly :/  i will not support that company, but thanks for the feedback.

Yes, me neither. I really don't like iPhones or iPods/iPads. But I found it easier to install linux on macs than the huge variety of pc laptops, and it tended to be more stable. When I realised I could do most of what I could in linux from a command line prompt in OSX, I was sold. I like to pretend to myself it's not a mac but some kind of souped up unix machine (which it is), and I wish the branding wasn't so prominent, but I've never used a machine as good. I carry it around the house, switched on, holding it with two fingers like an open book.

Still, there's lots of items I won't buy for ideological reasons, so I'm with you there. I just had to swallow my pride on this one though. Good luck!

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July 18, 2012, 08:12:30 AM
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I think this is what you want. Smiley

Samsung NP900X4C-A01US

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Eww...

He said he doesn't need the laptop for graphics. Tongue

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July 18, 2012, 08:14:35 AM
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I think this is what you want. Smiley

Samsung NP900X4C-A01US

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July 18, 2012, 08:37:15 AM
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Samsung Series 9 NP900X4C-A03US

http://www.photosandreviews.com/content/uploads/2012/07/NP900X4C_001_FrontOpen_thumb_silver_2-150x150.jpg

highly portable (light): 3.6 pounds

long battery life: Up to 10 hours

high screen def: 15-inch 1600 x 900 non-glare

at least 4 GB of ram: 8GB RAM

Needs to have at least a 2 year international warranty: 1-year limited warranty on parts and labor

SSD might be a plus: 256 GB SSD

Must have wifi: Wireless-N Wi-Fi

Price: $1,799.99

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-NP900X4C-A03US-15-Inch-Ultrabook-Mineral/dp/B0082PZ1JU/ref=pd_cp_pc_0
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July 18, 2012, 08:51:20 AM
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I use the computer and Windows 7 dual boot with Ubuntu Linux. Pour anyone interested in using Linux, for what will be of interest, after a little tweaking, everything but the brightness of certain function keys. Screen brightness can be equipped with nominal window of valid parameters, but not the only function key. Intel graphics drivers are loading DETE en quite well, and 3D desktop effects are Smooth. If you Google “First Zenbook Ubuntu” you will find step by step instructions accompanied the conduct casting Ubuntu Zenbook first. It is the side windows of intangible rights, everything works out of the box. I heard that the fans can be noisy in Windows. According’ve not seen, but can be updated bios that I had to Quebec fait Shortly after the introduction of the laptop

http://www.laptopreviews2u.com/


that review is confusing, will this work well with ubuntu?



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July 18, 2012, 09:07:47 AM
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I wouldn't say "forced to". It's just easier because they have standard hardware. Once someone can install linux on it, anyone can. If you want a non-apple alternative, you should probably wait until you read a review specifically about installing linux on it.

I haven't looked though so this might be out of date, but you could try here: http://www.linux-laptop.net/

Or you could get a laptop with linux preinstalled, and dual boot to windows.

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July 18, 2012, 09:11:03 AM
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Dell XPS
14 Inch 1600x900, 500GB HDD + 32GB SSD, 4.6 pounds, up to 11h battery life, 8GB RAM, WIFI, 1yr warranty, $1,299.99, backlit keyboard, aluminium parts, 1 inch thick
http://www.amazon.com/Dell-XPS14-10909sLV-14-Inch-Ultrabook-Laptop/dp/B0081YPXOU/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1342600963&sr=1-1&keywords=Dell+XPS+14z

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Fedora 17 Linux installed successfully and everything I have tested has worked so far. Anyone planning to run Linux should not have anything to worry about. Using the msata ssd as a boot drive works great and just requires a few changes in the bios settings to configure as a boot device. 32GB is plenty of room to install Fedora Linux, but it would be a pretty tight fit for booting windows 7. All of my user data (/home) is stored on the 500GB 5400rpm disk.
http://forum.notebookreview.com/dell-xps-studio-xps/673546-xps-14-ultrabook-owners-lounge-4.html


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BAD STUFF
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Can get hot and noisy
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July 18, 2012, 09:14:03 AM
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Dell XPS
14 Inch, 500GB HDD + 32GB SSD, 4.6 pounds
http://www.amazon.com/Dell-XPS14-10909sLV-14-Inch-Ultrabook-Laptop/dp/B0081YPXOU/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1342600963&sr=1-1&keywords=Dell+XPS+14z

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Fedora 17 Linux installed successfully and everything I have tested has worked so far. Anyone planning to run Linux should not have anything to worry about. Using the msata ssd as a boot drive works great and just requires a few changes in the bios settings to configure as a boot device. 32GB is plenty of room to install Fedora Linux, but it would be a pretty tight fit for booting windows 7. All of my user data (/home) is stored on the 500GB 5400rpm disk.
http://forum.notebookreview.com/dell-xps-studio-xps/673546-xps-14-ultrabook-owners-lounge-4.html
Dell = eww in my books. And the weight is  Shocked.

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July 18, 2012, 10:10:18 AM
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I have never used it in the past but still wish a laptop from system76.com one day and give it a try.

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July 18, 2012, 10:27:19 AM
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This one has a powerful GPU, a nice battery and 12 Gb Ram.
http://www.amazon.com/MSI-Computer-GT683DX-840US-15-6-Inch-Laptop/dp/B0072BA3AW/ref=sr_1_12?m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1342607026&sr=1-12


But if you don't need it for gaming, I'd get this one

http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-N55SL-ES71-15-6-Inch-Laptop-Black/dp/tech-data/B00713CSS6/ref=de_a_smtd

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July 18, 2012, 10:38:28 AM
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I found a possible Option.I know it's HP but I'm sure it can deliver.

http://www.amazon.com/HP-Folio-13-1020US-13-3-Inch-Ultrabook/dp/tech-data/B006OEL86Q/ref=de_a_smtd

Specs (from amazon.com):

    Intel Core™ i5-2467M (1.60 GHz, 3 MB L3 cache)
    4 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM (1 SODIMM slot)
    128 GB Solid State Drive
    13.3" diagonal LED-backlit HD BrightView (1366 x 768), Intel HD Graphics 3000
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, 9 hours Battery Life
    Wifi 11/b/g/n support

Pros:
Just under budget at around $1000
Reasonable specs
Long battery life at 9 hours
Since this is a PC based laptop (unlike my MBP),it's relatively straightforward for installing ubuntu.

Cons:
A little on the hefty side at 3.3lbs compared to other people's options on this forum.Channg how heavy can the ultrabook be for your needs before it becomes too much to carry? If this is too heavy then please ignore this option and I'll help find another option.

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July 18, 2012, 10:49:57 AM
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If you are still looking, check this one out:

http://us.toshiba.com/computers/laptops/portege/Z930/Z930-S9302


Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-3667U Processor

highly portable (light): Starting at 2.47 lbs.

long battery life: Up to 8.35 hours

high screen def: 13.3" HD TFT LED Backlit display with Intel® Wireless Display Technology

at least 4 GB of ram: 6GB DDR3 1600MHz memory

Needs to have at least a 2 year international warranty: 3-Yr Limited Warranty

SSD might be a plus: 128GB Solid State Drive (Serial ATA, SSD)

Must have wifi: Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N 6235 (802.11a/g/n + WiDi Capable)

Price: $1,479.00

And here are a few more models: http://us.toshiba.com/computers/laptop-finder?features=Lightweight

I like Toshiba, Fujitsu and Acer. Toshiba has 10X better customer service & support compared to any Apple product from my experiences.
I linked you from the US site but Toshiba has your region as well.

Oh, and Ubuntu installs on just about any computer (it's a pain on Macbook Pros though).


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July 18, 2012, 10:51:49 AM
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3 btc bounty for a computer on amazon that WONT run ubuntu  Cheesy

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