Help me find a laptop please! Good for battery life and light(ultrabook?)

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  1. disneyboy

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    Hi all,

    Looking for a new laptop please to upgrade from a Dell Studio 1558.

    Looking for:

    good battery(maybe haswell)
    6gb ram
    i5 processor
    hard drive not essential as I have an existing SSD to fit(would be good to have easy access to ram and hdd though)
    15 inch screen
    not very heavy, don't need an optical drive
    would be good if keyboard is backlit

    Budget up to £700, hoping to get better value than:

    Refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air 1.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 - Apple Store (UK)

    considering this:
    Inspiron 15 - 7537

    Dell Factory Outlet: Error

    Thanks everyone :)
     
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    There are very few lightweight machines with a 15" screen, that inspiron is 2.6kg, that's entirely typical for a 15" machine, perhaps even a little heavier than average.

    I had a quick look, about the only thing I could see that met all of your criteria is a Samsung Series 9 15" (900X4...) from a year or two ago, by now the price should have dropped into your budget.
     
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    Thank you for your effort, I missed that spec with the inspiron weight, thanks :) Will check the samsung now.
     
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    Forget that one, no touchscreen!
     
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    No, the 900X3.. were the 13.3" ones, the 900X4.. were definitely 15". For example Samsung Series 9 900X4C (15in) review | PC Pro

    No touchscreen, but why do you want a touchscreen on a 15" non-convertible laptop? Especially if you're trying to maximise battery life.

    EDIT: What about a 14" screen? There are a fair number of lightweight 14" laptops from the likes of Lenovo and Futjisu
     
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    Yeah I was thinking about a 14 inch screen but don't wanna strain my eyes too much as they are already used to a 15.5 inch screen.

    I have read that windows 8 isn't very good on a non touchscreen display?
     
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    I've not seen that, there were some complaints at release about the touchscreen functionality negatively impacting mouse & keyboard use compared to Windows 7, but that's not the same thing as it being better with the touchscreen, and a lot of the complaints have been addresses in subsequent patches.

    But Windows 8 is only the background, the important thing is whether the applications you want to use have an interface designed for a touchscreen and whether you're happy to use them on an upright screen, reaching over the keyboard.
     
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    Thanks for all your advice, I ended up buying a Dell 15 7537 refurbished for £470.
     

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