We received this laptop recommendation request this week by Terence. He is looking for a 13 or 14-inch aluminium laptop for a free-lance business. His budget is between $700 and $1200. There are quite a few great laptops at those prices, let’s see what the best choices are.
|General (web surfing, office work, emails)|
On the road
|What’s the more important feature(s)?|
Portability & Weight
Look & Design
|Preferred Screen Size?|
|Tell us your budget|
|$700 to $899|
$900 to $1200
|Anything to add?|
|Free lance business. Able to connect external accessories e.g. Optical/DVD/CD Drive, Hard Disk drive, Printing|
Important: Full Aluminium Casing (e.g. Asus ZenBook )
Portability/Weight – Optional
Warranty, Repair/Maintenance, etc.
Any freebies included
Your early advice will be appreciated. Thank you.
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|Publish first name only (by John)|
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I’ve looked at your request and I suggest the following laptops. They’ll all allow you to plug-in external equipment and are all part of the lightest, most portable among their class.
As you mentioned in your request, the Asus ZenBook is an all-aluminium laptop that would be an excellent choice for you. It’s a light, quality laptop with an excellent 13-inch screen (HD or QHD). The ZenBook comes with a 1 year warranty. They have many versions, here are two that would work for you (you can read our review of the Asus ZenBook UX305UA here):
- The Asus ZenBook UX330UA would be good for you, at the bottom of your price range. It’s a durable, quality 13-inch (HD) notebook and it’s quite powerful.
- If you want one that will perform no matter what you ask of it, this Asus UX303UB with a QHD screen, NVIDIA videocard and 12 GB of RAM would also be a good choice at around $1200. But it might be too powerful for your needs…
Dell XPS 13
The Dell XPS 13 is another awesome laptop with a screen, quality and sound system in the best of its class for about $1050. It has an aluminium frame and a 13-inch QHD vivid screen (3200 x 1800). You can read our full review of the Dell XPS 13 here (HD screen review). It also comes with a 1 year warranty from Dell.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1
Finally, if the ‘full aluminium casing’ request was for quality and sturdiness, I would definitely look into the 14-inch (HD) Lenovo ThinkPad X1. It’s actually not aluminium but carbon fiber and is one the strongest, most durable laptop you can find. And it comes with a three year warranty. It’s definitively one of the best business laptop on the market right now.
— Update —
As requested, here are some links to Asus ZenBook available for sale in Singapore. I hope that helps!
Otherwise I still recommend you look at the Dell XPS 13 or Lenovo ThinkPad X1.
I hope that helps. Don’t hesitate if you have more questions!
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