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Old 08-03-2016, 10:00 PM
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I bought an ASUS ultrabook a couple years ago. Recently the SSD died, it's out of warranty and ASUS wants to charge me $700 to fix it. I could almost buy a new laptop for that. Plus as I was researching my issue, I found lots of reports of the same issue and the SSD dying again a short time after being replaced. I'm thinking I should cut my losses here.

I started looking at ultrabooks, Here's what I'm looking for:

  • 13.3" screen, light and portable for travel
  • Main use will be photo editing in lightroom while I'm traveling. Need something with good enough specs to handle that. Other uses would just be web browsing, netflix and other basic stuff like that when traveling
  • Good battery life for use when flying
  • Don't care if it's touchscreen or not
  • Windows based laptop(no macs)
  • Price range, ideally around $1000, could be willing to go as high as 1500

I keep seeing the dell xps 13 and asus zenbooks as the most recommended laptops in the size I'm looking for. I'm hesitant to go with ASUS again for a laptop. Anyone have any other recommendations?
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Old 08-03-2016, 10:09 PM
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It's hard to go wrong with the XPS 13. It gets great reviews and it's insanely compact in real life. It makes my existing 13" ultrabook-ish laptop look positively gargantuan in comparison.
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Old 08-04-2016, 03:08 AM
Location: SF Bay Area
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Or instead of spending $1000, you can spend about $100 (or less!) on a reliable SSD and install it in your existing Zenbook. Although the early Zenbooks have a proprietary SSD "stick" shape iirc, there are adapters you can buy to plug a standard M.2 SSD in (For example: https://www.amazon.com/NGFF-Blade-Ad...dp/B00MV5VYJI/)
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Old 08-04-2016, 06:31 AM
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^^ This. Even your local reputable repair shop can fix it for far less than $700.
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