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Originally Posted by DigitalFreak View Post

Whoa, the audiophile DAP market is starting to heat up

 

Wow. Looks very cool. I find rigid rectangular form factors cool for DAPs. It gives that feeling that it's a serious music playback device and not your average mp3 player.

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Super Fuze :P.
 

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My bad, I completely forgot to mention them. I'm referring to the i5-3210M and the i7-3517U. As to the Ultrabook in question, I'm actually referring to the Gigabyte U2442, which was reviewed on notebookcheck. Thanks for the link! I found the two CPU's in question, and from the looks of it the i5-3210M is more powerful:
 

Pos       Model                                       L2 Cache + L3 Cache TDP (Watt) MHz - Turbo Cores / Threads 3DMark06 CPU Cinebench R10 32Bit Single Cinebench R10 32Bit Multi Cinebench R11.5 64Bit SuperPI 1M* SuperPI 32M* wPrime 32 wPrime 1024
 49 Intel Core i5-3210M 512KB + 3MB 35 2500 ‑ 3100 2/4
3450.3
4145
8922.4
2.9
12.6
676.6
19.4
581.4
 66 Intel Core i7-3517U 512KB + 4MB 17 1900 ‑ 3000 2/4
3206
3988.5
8559.2
2.7
13
690.7
18.9
624.8
 


Its a great site, and a place I frequent often, as its one of the few places where you can really get hard data on as to how nice a laptop's display looks or an exact idea on how a graphics card performs in its laptop.

 

I was debating on whether I should get an Ultrabook with a dedicated card, or a full 17 inch desktop replacement. I've decided against Ultrabooks with dedicated cards now, as that Gigabyte has a subpar display and most Ultrabooks with dedicated cards are either using 640M LE's or cost around $1500. For my needs I'm more interested in having a home away from home so to speak; namely the Samsung Series 7 NP700Z7C-S01US that you recommended. Notebookcheck's review is for the German model, but it appears to be identical to the US model, which is rare.

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Samsung-Series-7-Chronos-700Z7C-Notebook.76839.0.html

That 0.3 cd/m2 Black level and 870:1 contrast ratio look nice, despite limitations in the color space.

I really appreciate the conversations we've had here; there are so many laptops out there and sometimes its difficult to decide on what you want and why you want it. I've decided on the Samsung, which will be very convenient, given its balanced feature set. Now its just a matter of when I can afford it, so Thanks! biggrin.gif

The thing about ultrabooks is that they never really were meant for gaming nor tough computations. They were basically the next step from netbooks with slightly (okay, much) better performance. Some of them have been able to have the performance of a normal multimedia laptop, but since they are "design laptops" as well as having normal multimedia laptop performance crammed in that little space, the price goes very, very high. In my opinion they usually look good and would be perfect web browsing laptops to have instead of tablets or netbooks and a good complement to having a desktop - but not as your only computer or used for any kind of work that requires "horse power".

 

I really like notebookcheck! I've linked it here before, to MF when she was contemplating either a Samsung 700G7C (the gamer model of the Samsung Chronos that I have showed you) or the Alienware M[something]x. I use it daily when I window shop on my computer for a new laptop to buy, and when doing that you get a pretty good picture about the hardware and the laptops that are out nowadays.

 

The Samsung I suggested earlier is basically a laptop that I would buy myself if I wasn't interested in having a little more horsepower for gaming (on the go as well). Myself, I can't buy before christmas - but if you can, please make sure to post impressions and some gaming impressions as well. From my understanding, the Samsung should be able to do some gaming - but not at the very highest level of detail. It's incredible how the newer laptops seem to get closer to desktop performance - and seem to handle pretty much anything a normal person could do on a desktop, with ease and remain portable at the same time. That's something that not only impresses me but also, imo, shakes things around for the future - will desktops become obsolete for those that aren't in need of the extra horsepower (i.e. gamers)? The future will be interesting! wink.gif

 

Also, if you want to look at price performance ratio when comparing laptops, do check out Sager/Clevo laptops before buying anything else. They might not appeal to you, but they have apparently one of the best quality computers out there, with a lot of performance for every dollar.

 

For instance this one: http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np9170-gaming-laptop-clevo-p170em-p-4342.html

 

They're a fully customizable hardware wise, so you could go full GTX 680M on that one, and still be within a reasonable price for what you are getting.

 

Oh and yeah I appreciate it too my friend. smile.gif I'm sure we can help each other out here, because, well, we're both after something new. I can't afford one until after christmas, but until then I can window shop. biggrin.gif

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I've accepted a new teaching position, which means I'll be moving out-of-state. I'm really excited.

 

But also nervous.

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Ordered new parts for my Beta22.

I'm basically rebuilding it from scratch now, since the chances of repairing the old, broken, boards is very low.

The total costs of the project have now passed $1k, and almost 12 months of build time.
I pray that this time in two weeks I'll have a working β22 in front of me.
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I've accepted a new teaching position, which means I'll be moving out-of-state. I'm really excited.

 

But also nervous.

 

Whoa. Congrats!

 

Will you be doing research or primarily lecturing at your new gig?


Edited by ardgedee - 10/7/12 at 5:54am
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Originally Posted by Coq de Combat View Post

The thing about ultrabooks is that they never really were meant for gaming nor tough computations. They were basically the next step from netbooks with slightly (okay, much) better performance. Some of them have been able to have the performance of a normal multimedia laptop, but since they are "design laptops" as well as having normal multimedia laptop performance crammed in that little space, the price goes very, very high. In my opinion they usually look good and would be perfect web browsing laptops to have instead of tablets or netbooks and a good complement to having a desktop - but not as your only computer or used for any kind of work that requires "horse power".

 

 

Actually ultrabooks are becoming very competitive in price/performance ratio. At least at 11" - 13" sizes. The majority of portable notebooks will be ultrabooks very soon. Being thin and light is not only a design attraction but it is becoming a technological norm. Apple managed to go ahead of competition but the tendency to thinner devices was there before.

 

For bigger laptops there is no need to make them particularly thin at least for now. Also introduction of Windows 8 with its touch interface pushes manufacturers to make desktops more maneuverable and flexible like Sony Tap 20. 

 


Edited by mutabor - 10/7/12 at 6:03am
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In other news, I've got the weirdest to-do list at the moment. I'm still not quite adapted to the life of the traveling audiophile. Though if I want to audition things in a reliable way, I have to bring the equipment I'd use them with, right? Fortunately I have a very, very tolerant partner.

 

The new battery for the franken-iPod is a dud. The battery alone was $20, or $10 with a $10 replacement front plate. The front plate on my iPod is scarred up, so I opted for the latter.

 

Turns out the replacement front plate doesn't fit. It was easy to shrug that off as a nominal freebie that came with the battery. But the battery doesn't work either. It won't charge up. At all. I'm getting a reasonable use-life out of the years-old battery and the SSD, in terms of using it at the office -- but I could have really, really benefited from the days-long playtime that a fresh high-capacity battery offered. I haven't got the time to get a replacement for the replacement either, so that little misadventure is a writeoff. An affordable one, but it's wasted my time and been a bigger inconvenience than it ought to have been.

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I've accepted a new teaching position, which means I'll be moving out-of-state. I'm really excited.

 

But also nervous.

 

 

Congrats. Time to escape the South's bipolar/menopausal weather.

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at the risk of getting my wrist slapped - did i miss something or did large chunks of this thread disappear?  i've been behind by about 50 pages or so for the past week and been catching up but i coulda swore we were up to page 109.  or is it just my imagination?

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at the risk of getting my wrist slapped - did i miss something or did large chunks of this thread disappear?  i've been behind by about 50 pages or so for the past week and been catching up but i coulda swore we were up to page 109.  or is it just my imagination?

Sometimes mods remove a lot of posts. Either you remembered wrong, or the mods removed an entire conversation.
Though I can't recall a recent conversation in which such measures were necessary.
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Well there was such a conversation very a while back that's been culled during Europe's sleep cycle, so there's that. Or was it back in the old thread? Hmm. But yes, recently I don't think there's any such conversation.
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I've accepted a new teaching position, which means I'll be moving out-of-state. I'm really excited.

 

But also nervous.

 

A loud vocal "Congrats!" from the 'Silent One.'

beerchug.gif

 

You doing Portland? 

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at the risk of getting my wrist slapped - did i miss something or did large chunks of this thread disappear?  i've been behind by about 50 pages or so for the past week and been catching up but i coulda swore we were up to page 109.  or is it just my imagination?

 

Sometimes, the inadvertent happens when admins are pruning posts. For example, on 17 July 2012, staff went inside the Woo-Audio-Amp-Unite thread to remove a conversation. The action taken removed the entire thread eek.gif from the website! And they were not aware what had happened until a couple of us tried to post and poof...nowhere in sight.

 

I immediately contacted currawong - he responded like a Super Hero.biggrin.gif

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Originally Posted by DigitalFreak View Post

Whoa, the audiophile DAP market is starting to heat up

 

iRiver?  Are they still actually around or are they just a zombie brand now?

 

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I've accepted a new teaching position, which means I'll be moving out-of-state. I'm really excited.

 

But also nervous.

 

Cool.  Hope it works out for you.

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