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    Re: ultralight laptop

    you would need an extra cooler and fan on dedicated GPU. just might be a bit heavier. not sure if it is a lot.

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    Re: ultralight laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by mastablasta View Post
    you would need an extra cooler and fan on dedicated GPU. just might be a bit heavier. not sure if it is a lot.
    It's a few measly grams, it won't even add 200g to the weight and that's pushing it. The heatpipe from the cpu is usually integrated with the gpu heatsink to form a single unit going to the fan.

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    Re: ultralight laptop

    One of my primary criteria is durability and almost all the ultrabooks fall short. I drag a 12" Lenovo Thinkpad with an ssd around because its small, ergonomic, efficient, inexpensive and built like a tank. I've never understood weight weenies who wring their hands over a couple of grams or even half a pound or so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drawkcab View Post
    One of my primary criteria is durability and almost all the ultrabooks fall short. I drag a 12" Lenovo Thinkpad with an ssd around because its small, ergonomic, efficient, inexpensive and built like a tank. I've never understood weight weenies who wring their hands over a couple of grams or even half a pound or so.
    Some people prefer form over function, I'll never understand why but that's just the way it is.

    I'm with you on the little tank

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    Re: ultralight laptop

    please see below
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    Re: ultralight laptop

    thanks to everyone for the advice. I went with the Z930 (toshiba) and installed 12.04. So far so good. Quite happy with it.

    One nagging problem is with the suspend. the menu item in the system tray just send the machine into a black freeze, and closing the lid does almost nothing (only locks the screen as far as I can tell). That means that basically I am left with turning the machine off like a desktop. Any ideas would be greatly welcome (including where this should be posted). Incidentally, two notes: 1. In power control under settings, the option selected when lid is closed is 'Suspend'. 'Hibernate' is grayed out. Also I the fn keys to control brightness didn't work, so followed the prescription at this page (scroll down): http://www.linlap.com/toshiba_portege_z930.

    Thanks in advance!!

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    More detail: Actually, resume works once (not more) and then shutdown actually hangs. It's no biggie, because if you just shut down and start up again, it's super fast anyway, but just in case you forget and close the lid, you're messed up until you reboot. Any idea which forum this should be posted in. Thanks in advance for the help

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    Quote Originally Posted by mips View Post
    Some people prefer form over function, I'll never understand why but that's just the way it is.

    I'm with you on the little tank

    Well, I'm one of those people.

    I have a desktop at home, but I needed something small that I could just throw in my bag and rush off to class.

    I ended up purchasing a 13" Macbook Air on boxing day and I can say with confidence that it's the best laptop I've ever owned.

    It's extremely lightweight and slim, I don't even feel it in my small bag and it fits great even with textbooks. The backlit keyboard is a staple for me, and it has pretty much the same specs as any other decent laptop (Ivy bridge i5, 4gb's of ram, 1366x768 screen, etc). It also has pretty solid battery life lasting well over 5 hours.
    That's what she said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AllRadioisDead View Post
    It's extremely lightweight and slim, I don't even feel it in my small bag and it fits great even with textbooks. The backlit keyboard is a staple for me, and it has pretty much the same specs as any other decent laptop (Ivy bridge i5, 4gb's of ram, 1366x768 screen, etc). It also has pretty solid battery life lasting well over 5 hours.
    You get all that and more in the Toshiba Z930 for about $300-400 less. E.g., I picked up the MacAir at the airport store and it feels clunky compared to the Toshiba.

    Only 3 Drawbacks in the Toshiba (from serious to less): 1. Why on earth put in a glossy screen?? 2. The keyboard is very shallow (but hey, that's the price to pay for getting an ultra-ultra-thin! 3. Tiny storage, but who needs more.

    Any idea where I can get an answer about the suspend function.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gweinstein View Post
    You get all that and more in the Toshiba Z930 for about $300-400 less. E.g., I picked up the MacAir at the airport store and it feels clunky compared to the Toshiba.

    Only 3 Drawbacks in the Toshiba (from serious to less): 1. Why on earth put in a glossy screen?? 2. The keyboard is very shallow (but hey, that's the price to pay for getting an ultra-ultra-thin! 3. Tiny storage, but who needs more.

    Any idea where I can get an answer about the suspend function.

    Thanks in advance.
    The Air has a few advantages over the Toshiba, mainly being the much more responsive glass trackpad, Mac OSX, and a higher resolution screen. Not deal breakers, but I find those 3 things make it a particular joy to use.
    That's what she said.

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