Ultrabooks? $500 - $1300?
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January 28, 2014, 07:28 PM
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You can get Ultrabooks actually with discrete GPUs. The Acer v7 482pg for example is a 14 inch (1080p) Ultrabook with a Nvidia GT 750m and is available for as low as $805 (if you do some clever price matching).
Modern discrete GPU laptops can shutoff the GPU and use the IGP (Nvidia's Opitimus currnetly works better) so there is no battery life penalty unless the discrete GPU is actually be leveraged for demanding tasks (eg. gaming).
Typically most will be using the HD 4400 however. The only HD 5000 series Ultrabook I am aware of is the Asus Zenbook UX301 this is higher than $1300 however). Otherwise you would need to get an Apple for that form factor and using an Intel Iris GPU.
The Clevo W370SU is similar to an Ultrabook and actually uses a full mobile processor (4 cores) and a Iris Pro GPU, but as it isn't using a Haswell ULV it isn't technically a Ultrabook and battery life suffers by comparison.
The Yoga 2 Pro is advertised and generally tested on the lower end in terms of battery life for Haswell Ultrabooks. But the only point you noted was wanting a high resolution and it is among the highest currently at the moment until the 15.6inch 4k laptops revealed at CES start becoming available. The Samsung Ativ Book 9 is also available with a 3200x1800 resolution but is pricier.
There are some 2560x1440 Ultrabooks as well but I believe they are priced above $1300. 1920x1080 Ultrabooks are however fairly common and even available well below $1000.
What other specs/features are you interested in? Are you interested in Pen support? Tablet functionality?
An interesting laptop if you are interested in the latter two is the Sony Vaio Duo 13 (currently on sale at Futureshop for $1300). Also the Thinkpad Yoga (although smaller than your 13 inch requirement at 12.5inches).
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