I have never owned a laptop so all of this is a bit new to me. I have filled out the FAQ thing. I'd appreciate any advice.
1_What is your budget?
About 600-700 CAD.
2_What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
Mid-size. 15-16 preferably. But would not mind 14" screens.
3_What screen resolution do you want?
1366x768 seems the standard. I'd like a longer screen to help with writing stuff. 4:3?
4_Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
A portable. I do have a very nice desktop.
5_How much battery life do you need?
I'm told I can expect 1.5 hours from most. I'd prefer a solid 3.
6_Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)?
No. I do have a desktop. Maybe the occasional plants vs zombies or monkey island or burnout paradise.
7_What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo / Video editing,watching movies, Etc.)
Some HD content. Won't be editing or muxing or etc.
8_How much storage (H.D.D Capacity) do you need?
500GB or more. 320 also acceptable.
9_If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.
Well, the only thing thing the Gateway had going for it was the HD 5650 which is a mid level card and pretty decent for gaming. But since you are planning on getting a desktop for that, it doesn't really matter too much. Otherwise, the Asus would probably be ok.
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