Vivian needs a laptop. She is in love with macs, but the reason she is buying the laptop is for autoCAD, 3DsMAX - and these are only for windows currently.
My argument is that getting a mac to run windows is not much of an advantage, considering she could get a quadro from nvidia within this awesome budget.
Here is the filled faq provided by the community.
1_What is your budget? $2,300.
2_What is the size of the notebook that you are considering? 15''
3_What screen resolution do you want? 1680 x 1050 or equivalent. (need space, but dont want tiny letters)
4_Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop? Yes.
5_How much battery life do you need? ~3-4 hrs.
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.
7_What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo / Video editing,watching movies, Etc.) CAD, 3DsMax, Photo Editing, Card reader for a nikkon d5000.
8_How much storage (H.D.D Capacity) do you need? 250 or so.
9_If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post the links to them. Best Buy, Future Shop, Mac Store, NCIX
10_How long do you want to keep your laptop?
11_What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ? DVD R, CDROM R
12_Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons.
( in her words ACER is Ugly. Compaq sux. Mac is awesome. HP is good. Lenovo is decent.
13_What country do you live in? Brazil, Buying it in Canada.
14_Please tell us any additional information if needed. Thanks for checking it out!
HD 4650M is a good mobility cards.
The tasks that you want to do are mostly CPU limited rather than GPU limited,and the Studi 17 has an i7 CPU which handles them fine.
I could have recommended you the precision model with i7 but it's of your budget.