I've been looking for something to replace my dell lat 820? for years.
crap screens and insane power envelopes on ultra books drove me crazy.
Even high end models like the Lenovo X-1 made you make stupid choices...you can get the high-end cpu, but only if you get 4GB of memory. If you want 8GB of memory, you have to step down a CPU because INTEL knows better than you.
The loss of that 10 minutes of battery time is not acceptable.
Anyway, to heck with their BS restrictions and artificial limits on screen size(for price but also because the INTEL IGP can't really drive anything higher)...just try and find a 1920x1600 screen that my 8 year old laptop has.
Anyway...got the lenovo w530...bought 32GB of memory on sale at Newegg for $100, and have a 500GB Samsung 840 on the way for $330.
all told, I7 3720,1920x1080,Quadro k2000m, 32 GB 1600 cas 10, and a 500 GB ssd, along with the 500GB hdd for back-up;
all for less than $2000.
Out of your price range I know, but $1000 less than what you would pay for the same APPLE. (and you can only get 16GB at time of purchase)
Also lighter than I expected...same as my daughter's mac pro ret.
(power brick is substantial however)
anyway...the day I can't carry 6# is the day I start either physical therapy at the gym or check into the nursing home.
Built like a tank and built to last...not instant failure when the installed(non-replaceable battery in the Mac)fails.
F their ultra books