You are not getting 3 or more hours with a quad core i7. Also, stay away from Alienware if you are on a budget. They make laptops that you can get for $500 less if you bought from another brand, such as ASUS. You can buy them from xoticpc.com or a number of other retailers. There is also a company with a website: shopabroadonline.com that is a courier service which has offices in New York and Mumbai.