Solved Ultrabook vs laptop which is better for Indian Engg student

August 2, 2013 at 11:13:20
Specs: Windows 7
confusion in between buying laptop or ultrabook. Which is most useful?
my budget is 50000.Rs. i am computer engineering student from VPCOE,Baramati

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August 2, 2013 at 12:04:59
Since you're an engineering student, I'd recommend a Laptop (which is commonly referred to as a Notebook).

The reason I'd recommend a Notebook over an Ultrabook because while the performance can typically be about the same, you will pay a lot more for the Ultrabook with the same specs as a Notebook.

Also, I recently purchased an Ultrabook for my wife and it does not have an optical drive (CDRW/DVDRW) which is pretty common for an Ultrabook due to its much smaller size. Not having the optical drive may or may not be a downside for you.

Hope this info helps!

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August 2, 2013 at 12:14:40
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What are you looking utilize the notebook/ultrabook for? That will help answer your question on which will be more useful for you.. Things like this will be helpful..

1. What applications will you be running?
2. Are there things you will want to plug into the laptop? E.g. Other hard drives, printers, plotters, etc.
3. Will you be utilizing the device for troubleshooting? E.g. networks, etc.
4. Are you doing any type of design work where larger screens would be required?
5. Are you very mobile? where you fly and need space saving technology?

I've found that Ultrabooks (I have a Dell XPS 13) are a better fit when you dont need serial / parallel or other common in use ports, travel a lot, use for meetings & notes - and then your standard home stuff. Built-in webcam, very nice screen for movies, games, things like that. Dont get me wrong though, there are definitely setups with Docks for high level engineering, CAD / design work, etc. The 13" screen altho 1080, I would not want to be doing CAD / design work unless hooked up to the dock. Everything for my ultrabook is an add-on (not that you can't find others out there that have more than others). I had to buy add-ons so I could go to VGA / HDMI / RJ-45 / CD/DVD RW (all USB 3.0) and have limited USB ports available vs a laptop. I also get roughly 3 hours of use on my ultrabook, which is about 50% of what I get from the laptop.

I've personally found laptops (have a Dell Inspiron 6530 here) more useful when I want to be able to work directly from the laptop on anything I need. IT troubleshooting, visio diagrams, etc. Larger laptops CAD/Design work is feasible, there is definitely more ports available, built-on CD/DVD/Blu-rayNeeding to have more mobility for longer periods without charge. Lose space saving, and normally are heavier, but can also get docks for charging & monitor/keyboard/mouse combo.

Hopefully this helps a little bit, and the more info you can provide the better your question can be answered.


Thanks for any input.

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August 2, 2013 at 14:32:58
Personally I would never buy a portable computer that didn't have a CD/DVD drive. It makes it more difficult (and sometimes impossible) to run diagnostic or backup/restore utilities, as well as preventing you from installing applications which are supplied on CD/DVD.

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September 11, 2014 at 02:51:53
Very true Phill, but USB CD/DVD drives are remarkably cheap and will do everything an internal drive can do.


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