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    Laptop Requirements for Web Development


    I will be buying a laptop (notebook/ultrabook) and would like your input:

    1. Since 1080p laptops seem to be somewhat standard when it comes to real-estate in graphic design:
    --> Do you feel like 1080p on 13" is subjectively too small to effectively work on?

    2. For those that do their work on laptops:
    --> Is 4 hours battery life (productivity, not idle) considered too short?

    I am stuck in choices between something portable (13-14") and slim (and more expensive) with a longer battery life (5-6 hours productivity) ; or more powerful (quad-core) and heavy (5-6lbs) with a shorter battery life (3-4 hours productivity). I will be using Adobe Suite, text editors for code. Perhaps a few of you would like to chime in. Ideally I'd like to know what kind of environment you use your laptop (park, coffeeshop, school) and your configuration, mainly the processor and graphics (is dual-core + intel graphics enough for you, and if not, why?) I appreciate your input !!

    I will include some of the laptops I am considering:

    Sony VAIO Pro 13
    13" touch IPS
    1920x1080
    Haswell i5-4200U Low Power(Dual Core, 1.6Ghz, 2.6Ghz Turbo)
    HD 4400 Graphics
    8GB RAM (max 8GB)
    256GB SSD
    Standard battery - up to 12.5 hours
    1.06 kg / 17 mm (2.34 lb / 0.68 in)
    $1250 +tax

    Acer V7-482PG-6662
    14" touch Glossy IPS
    1920x1080
    Haswell i5-4200U Low Power (Dual Core, 1.6Ghz, 2.6Ghz Turbo)
    Nvidia GT750M
    8GB RAM (max 12GB)
    500GB 5400RPM + 24GB SSD
    4 Cell - up to 8 Hours (6-7 hours productivity)
    2.10 kg / 23 mm (4.63 lb / 0.9 in)
    $850 +tax

    HP Envy Touchsmart 15-j000 Quad Edition
    15" touch Glossy TN?/IPS?
    1920x1080
    Haswell i7-4700QM (Quad Core, 2.0Ghz, 3.2Ghz Turbo)
    HD 4600 Graphics
    Beats audio
    8GB RAM (16GB max= +80$)
    1TB 5400RPM
    6 Cell - up to 9.5 hours
    2.55 kg / 30 mm (5.62 lb / 1.18 in)
    $1000 +tax

    Lenovo Thinkpad T530
    15.6" Matte TN (95% Gamut)
    1920x1080
    Ivy Bridge i7-3520M (Dual Core, 2.9Ghz, 3.6Ghz Turbo)
    HD 4000 Graphics
    8GB RAM (16/32GB max?)
    180GD SSD
    6 Cell - up to 9 hours (9 Cell - up to 12 hours / up to 24 hours with 9 Cell + bottom battery slice <-adds a **** ton of weight)
    2.52 kg / 35.5 mm (5.56 lb / 1.40 in)
    $1000 +tax

    Galago UltraPro (Clevo/Sager-based)
    14.1" Matte IPS
    1920x1080
    Haswell i7-4750HQ (Quad Core, 2.0Ghz, 3.2Ghz Turbo)
    HD 5200 Graphics
    8GB RAM (16GB max= +90$)
    500GB 5400RPM (swap my own 250GB SSD)
    6 cell - up to 6 hours (4 hours productivity)
    1.7 kg / 19 mm (3.8 lbs / 0.75 in)
    Keyboard not backlit
    $1050 + tax

    Lenovo Ideapad Y510p
    15.6" Glossy / Matte? TN
    1920x1080
    Haswell i7-4700QM (Quad Core, 2.0 Ghz, 3.2Ghz Turbo)
    Nvidia GT750M + Intel HD 4600 power save
    8GB RAM (16GB max)
    1TB 5400RPM + 24GB SSD (as cache, can add on my own 250GB SSD via ultrabay, i.e. optical drive)
    6 Cell - up to 5 hours (3-4 hours productivity on Intel graphics)
    2.8 kg /39 mm (6.37 lbs / 1.41 in)
    $950 +tax
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    Wll, I would prefer you either of HP, Acer or Lenovo Laptop.
    Don't go for Sony Vaio

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