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After months of scraping by with my beloved but terrible HP Pavilion tx1000, I’m waffling between two “ultrabooks”—very thin and light notebooks powerful enough for office-type use. Do any of you own these laptops, know anything about these laptops or manufacturers, or have suggestions for similar ultrabooks? (Except for the Macbook Air. I’m just not a Mac person.)
Both have 128GB solid state drives, 4GB of RAM, and Intel Core i5 processor chips.
Lenovo IdeaPad U300s - 10802AU
The Lenovo is said to have an awesome keyboard, which is nice since I’m a very fast touch typist and I’ll be doing a lot of writing. Most other ultrabook keyboards sound like they wouldn’t agree with me. It apparently runs cool, quiet, and fast, due to a good ventilation system. At about 5-6 hours of normal use, battery life is decent-to-good. Major gripes include a screen with very small viewing angles—meaning it’s hard to see from anywhere but front-and-center—and the fact that it has sharp edges in weird places, making typing sometimes a pain. It’s about $979 from the Lenovo website.
HP Folio 13-1020US
I’ve been reading really good things about the HP Folio (sleek, pretty, backlit keyboard, good performance) except for some heat, a loud fan, and a bad, washed-out, overly glossy screen. Because I’ve had a terrible experience with my HP Pavilion—really hot, really loud, and doesn’t get internet without a USB adapter—I’m deathly afraid of heat and fan noise. I’m actually also deathly afraid of HP and their terrible customer service, but the Folio appears to be a fairly solid machine.
Does anyone own or know the Folio and can confirm or deny those downsides? Its keyboard is decent, but its battery life is phenomenal at 7 hours of normal use, which is almost a deal-maker all on its own. It’s about $999, but if I buy this, I’m suspicious enough of HP products that I’ll have to try and get a two- or three-year warranty.
I’m leaning towards the Lenovo, though the HP is definitely cooler-looking (because I am shallow and easily swayed by aesthetics) and has a far better battery life, which is a huge plus. Any thoughts?