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Old January 31, 2014, 09:58 AM
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IF it's running W7 I can't see how it could burn a recovery image for anything else but the currently running OS.
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Old January 31, 2014, 10:06 AM
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Originally Posted by b1lk1 View Post
IF it's running W7 I can't see how it could burn a recovery image for anything else but the currently running OS.

See, that's why I'm asking... I'm not sure if it's actually burning an image as opposed to writing data for initial installation disks, and since the license is tied to win8 I'm not sure if they'd be allowed to burn win7 install media to disk.
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Old January 31, 2014, 10:28 AM
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Imo the following needs to apply in order for it to be a Ultrabook. Not some crappy Intel requirement.

  • 13" or under, and SSD that is 120GB or larger, no HDD
  • Under 4lbs
  • At least 5 hour battery life in the real world
I'd go with a Ultrabook from Vizio. Absolutely stunning.
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Old February 1, 2014, 03:54 AM
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I forgot this information regarding high PPI displays and Windows.

If you haven't actually experienced using high PPI displays in Windows I'd recommend testing it out (perhaps in store, the Yoga 2 Pro is commonly available at places like Bestbuy).

Even at 1920x1080 with 13.3/14inch screens many (if not most) people will find they will need to use a higher DPI setting than 100% to be comfortable. As such you do not get any increased screen real estate per say by going with something even higher resolution if you do need to adjust the DPI settings. You do of course get the increased sharpness for content that do support this.

With that in mind however Windows applications typically are not designed for such high PPI in mind as the majority of displays are not. The experience is not the same as with the mobile OSes and there apps which are more so designed around high PPI (and with less legacy support). There is a reason for example with Apple that they choose to do a double res when they moved to higher resolution displays (easier to scale and accommodate for).

2560x1440 and 3200x1800 may sound nice on paper on a 13.3/14inch laptop but in practice it may not be what you expect and may not be suitable for you.

Unless you get significant savings I wouldn't go with a Ivybridge ULV based laptop at this point in time.
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Old February 8, 2014, 03:05 AM
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I generally don't invest in ultrabooks that are around the entry level $600 pricepoint.
All from my experience, I usually conclude...
Build quality is usually lacking in some aspects (Could be the chassis, touchpad etc.)
500GB + 24GB SSD lingo
1366x768 Devil's resolution.
Excessive bloatware (although higher end models aren't excluded)

My $700 ultrabook is lighter than a Macbook Air though, however the bottom of the ultrabook is made of
an extremely thin polymer. The wrist rest/keyboard surface and monitor was brushed aluminum which was good.
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