Purchasing a New Laptop, Buy Now or Wait?
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Hey Crunchyroll,

I couldn't find a board for this kind of question so I thought I'd put it here on the general board.

Anyway, so I'm going into college this year and decided on a laptop that suits my needs, the Asus Zenbook UX51VZ. The specs can be found here if you're interested:

http://www.asus.com/us/Notebooks_Ultrabooks/UX51VZ/#specifications

My dilemma comes in when factoring in cyclic updates to the line. Asus has recently been introducing Haswell (4th Gen Intel Core i7) CPUs to many of their lines of products, however this model has not received an official update yet and is due.

I would ideally like to have the laptop before classes start, but if I wait for the updated model with an improved GPU (most likely Nvidia GTX 750M) and the Haswell CPU, I would have about 30 min-1 hr longer battery life as well as increased overall performance. What should I do in my situation? Thanks for your help and opinions in advance.
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Posted 7/17/13
wait lol
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the only thing is that classes start on August 26th for me so I don't have much time.. even if I had to deal with having my current laptop would it be worth switching laptops half way through classes?
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If you are taking mostly calculation based courses then i would wait since there is most likely no need to even bring it to class. Even for courses where there is alot of writing i prefer to just hand write. Bought an ipad thinking it would help but if i bring it out i get too distracted. Not sure if you are the same way
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The best opinion I have is this. When it comes to laptops they are much much much harder to upgrade. Most the time, you can only partially upgrade the ram and hard drive. Leaving the processor and video card as impossible to change or upgrade.

So either buy above your needs or expect to replace it down the road.

If you get a desktop you can upgrade it much more easily depending on the way you go about it. If you are tech savvy or have a friend that is. Build a desktop for less than a name brand bundle with equal to or better performance. Obviously if your looking for portability then laptop is the way to go.

I'd seriously suggest nothing less than 8 gigs of ram.
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Posted 7/17/13

velo-chan wrote:

Hey Crunchyroll,

I couldn't find a board for this kind of question so I thought I'd put it here on the general board.

Anyway, so I'm going into college this year and decided on a laptop that suits my needs, the Asus Zenbook UX51VZ. The specs can be found here if you're interested:

http://www.asus.com/us/Notebooks_Ultrabooks/UX51VZ/#specifications

My dilemma comes in when factoring in cyclic updates to the line. Asus has recently been introducing Haswell (4th Gen Intel Core i7) CPUs to many of their lines of products, however this model has not received an official update yet and is due.

I would ideally like to have the laptop before classes start, but if I wait for the updated model with an improved GPU (most likely Nvidia GTX 750M) and the Haswell CPU, I would have about 30 min-1 hr longer battery life as well as increased overall performance. What should I do in my situation? Thanks for your help and opinions in advance.


I'd wait. Mostly because if you're like me, every time you look at that laptop you'd be dissatisfied and in your mind you'd be berating yourself for not waiting for getting the better one. I'm VERY picky.
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First, congrats on the college.

Second, that's a lot of juice already to be honest. I'm guessing that it's just not for college. "LAWL"


I'm going to go with what PhyongHwa said. It's just that the market moves so fast. Then again, being content with something for the next couple of years isn't such a bad idea.

Good luck with your education and laptop.
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Posted 7/17/13

velo-chan wrote:

Hey Crunchyroll,

I couldn't find a board for this kind of question so I thought I'd put it here on the general board.
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Sorry, but per our Site & Forum Rules personal/help threads are not allowed (see specifically rule 8.2 in the spoiler section of that rules topic). Please avoid creating them in the future.

It looks like you did get some answers, but if you do need more, please note that there actually is an existing thread specifically for inquiries such as this. See The General Help/Advice Thread. It's one of the "sticky" posts near the top of the General Discussion forum.

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