Can you suggest a high performance laptop for less than $930?

Pranit Pawar October 19, 2012

I am looking for a new laptop or ultrabook but am limited by budget and so I would like some help in finding one for less than $930.

I will be using software like Visual Studio, SQL Server and a few more, simultaneously. So it should be able to handle the load. I searched on the net, but was confused whether to opt for an ultrabook (which looks great, lightweight but the ones within my budget seem to have lower specs) or a regular laptop.

Also, i find it hard to understand the Intel processor jargon, so please help me!

  1. Abba Jee
    November 29, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Dell Inspiron N5110

  2. Anonymous
    October 21, 2012 at 10:49 am

    you can take a look at this laptop (15.6" Gazelle Professional) :
    it's so powerful and it's not with windows installed (an other OS: ubuntu) that make it more chearper
    for exemple with this config (15.6", intel 4000HD, i7-3630QM 3rd gen, 8Go RAM, 500GB SATA II), you can get it at $920.00

  3. Pranit Pawar
    October 21, 2012 at 4:16 am

    Hey !!! Thank you everyone for replying . I think i will go for a high config laptop, instead of an ultrabook coz they are new to the market right now . A regular laptop would be a safe choice. But I will buy an ultrabook next year :-P

  4. Declan Lopez
    October 20, 2012 at 9:06 pm
  5. Jim Chambers
    October 19, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    Does it have to be portable? A quality DIY desktop would be well within this range.

  6. Harish Jonnalagadda
    October 19, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    After using the run-of-the-mill machines for quite some time, I discovered the world of custom machines.

    Check this link out:

    And Malibal is incredible too:

    • James West
      October 30, 2012 at 7:18 pm

      $930 huh. Try sager notebooks. Every laptop comes with a 1GB Nvidia graphics card

  7. DalSan Mack
    October 19, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Best advice is going with a second generation Intel iCore (i5 or i7) and try to get a laptop with a graphics card. Depending on the area you live in depends on what can be found within your budget. I have found several Dell XPS and HP Envy laptops with 1GB graphics cards in the U.S. for between $750 and $999. Ultrabooks and Sleekbooks are nice and offer decent power, great portability and good battery life, but you might want better specifications for your money if you want to extensively use it for Visual Studio and such. AMD APUs offer moderate graphics capabilities and mid-range processing power at a low budget price, but many of the i5 and i7 processors will blow away the processing power of the top of the line AMD APU. The only problem with Intel iCores is the graphics portion is lacking quite a bit, which is why I suggested on having a separate graphics card. It may cost more, but the end result is better capabilities and longer life span than the AMD could offer as of now. I prefer AMD APUs for the convenience and price, but would rather the performance of Intel iCores with nVidia graphics cards if I could afford it.

  8. Rajaa Chowdhury
    October 19, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    You should get a entry level i5 ultrabook at that price, which should suffice the needs you mentioned, just take care that you have atleast 4GB RAM to operate a 64bit Windows on it.

  9. susendeep dutta
    October 19, 2012 at 10:22 am

    You are going to operate such professional softwares which needs good hardware configuration.So,if you are confused with Intel's processor naming scheme,then your minimum choice must be a laptop with i5 processor with AMD mobile graphics.This will ensure that you get good processing prowess and graphics.You can also choose Nvidia's mobile switchable graphics for saving power.

    Acer Aspire V3 571G -

    Dell New Inspiron 15R -

    Lenovo Z580 (59-333345) -

  10. Michael Gershman
    October 19, 2012 at 8:54 am

    The best quality solution is probably one you wouldn't think of.
    Mac computers come with bootcamp that allows them to partition the hard-drive and run windows 7 and Visual Studio.
    The macs dual-core Intel Core i5 can easily handle multiple programs running at the same time.
    If cost is really a driving factor and it just needs to be small and portable, the Mac Mini with good specs is available new for under $800.
    If you really need an ultrabook, the apple store at has Apple Certified Refurbished (like new) 11inch MacBook Airs available for between $750 and $929.
    They come with a warranty and they have good specs.
    Financing is available and if you are a student, there are student discounts.
    No, I don't work for apple

  11. Saurabh Banwaskar
    October 19, 2012 at 8:17 am

    I Will Suggest You a Simple Laptop::: HP Pavilion dv6-6180us Entertainment Notebook PC - Gray
    Processor: 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7
    RAM: 6 GB
    Hard Drive Size: 750 GB
    Graphics Card: Radeon HD 6770M

    If You Want To Buy an Ultrabook Then :::Lenovo U300s
    13.3 Inch display with 1366 x 768 resolution.

    *. We can choose either Core i5-2457M or Core i7-2677M.

    *. Supports max memory about 4GB (DDR3).

    *. Comes with a 256 SSD drive and again, unlike Acer... Lenovo also doesn't give any SATA options.

    *. Weights about 2.9 lb.

    *. 1 USB 2.0 port and another USB 3.0 port.

    *. 1.3 MP front camera.

    *. Wi-Fi.

    *. 8 hours of battery life (according to the manufacture thus the actual batter life may differ in actual circumstances).

  12. chris
    October 19, 2012 at 7:41 am

    chrome book for $250

  13. Thomas Nord
    October 19, 2012 at 7:31 am

    This one looks to have some good potential:

  14. Harry Barnes
    October 19, 2012 at 7:28 am

    some good laptops i know are the hp envy 15, and hp envy spectre(ultrabook), but they are quite expensive. If you look on ebay you may well find lots of laptops at cheaper prices than in shops.

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