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Looking for a laptop under $950

Here are my requirements:
1. processor: intel core i5
2. backlight keyboard
3. good graphic card....i wanna play assassin's creed 2, battlefield bad company, just cause 2, etc. u noe what i mean...
4. slim and light: less than 2.2 kg
5. 14" screen
6. 8-cell battery
7. 4 GB RAM
8. 320 or 500 GB HDD
9. 1366x768 resolution

Im cosidering these 3 laptops:
1. Sony VAIO CW Series VPC-CW26FX/W - Core i5 520M 2.4 GHz - 14" TFT
2. ASUS K42JR A1 - Core i5 430M 2.26 GHz - 14" TFT
3. ASUS U30JC-A1

I asking which one is better so i can play some games better with better performance....
THX!!!
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  1. Can you post the full specs of them ?
  2. ok.
    Sony VAIO CW Series VPC-CW26FX/W - Core i5 520M 2.4 GHz - 14" TFT :
    * Built-in Devices Bluetooth antenna , Wireless LAN antenna
    * Width 13.4 in
    * Depth 9.2 in
    * Height 1.5 in
    * Weight 5.3 lbs
    * Color Icy white

    Processor

    * Processor Intel Core i5 I5-520M / 2.4 GHz
    * Max Turbo Speed 2.93 GHz
    * Multi-Core Technology Dual-Core
    * 64-bit Computing Yes
    * Features Intel Turbo Boost Technology
    * Chipset Type Mobile Intel PM55 Express

    Cache Memory

    * Type L3 cache
    * Cache size 3 MB

    RAM

    * Installed Size 4 GB / 8 GB (max)
    * Technology DDR3 SDRAM - 1066 MHz
    * RAM configuration features 2 x 2 GB

    Storage Controller

    * Storage controller type Serial ATA
    * Storage Controller / Serial ATA Interface Serial ATA-150

    Storage

    * Floppy Drive None
    * Hard Drive 500 GB - Serial ATA-150 - 5400 rpm
    * Storage Removable None
    * Hard drive type Portable

    Optical Storage

    * Type DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM - Integrated

    Optical Storage (2nd)

    * 2nd optical storage type None

    Card Reader

    * Card reader type Card reader
    * Supported flash memory cards Memory Stick , SD Memory Card , Memory Stick Duo , Memory Stick Pro , Memory Stick PRO Duo

    Display

    * Display Type 14 in TFT active matrix
    * Max Resolution 1600 x 900
    * Widescreen Display Yes
    * Features LED-backlit

    Video

    * Graphics Processor / Vendor NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M
    * Video Memory 512 MB
    * Total Available Graphics Memory 2263 MB

    Audio

    * Audio output type Sound card
    * Audio output compliant standards High Definition Audio
    * Audio Input Microphone

    Notebook Camera

    * Camera Type Integrated
    * Camera Features Face-tracking technology

    Input Device(s)

    * Input device type Keyboard , Touchpad
    * Keyboard localization and layout QWERTY

    Telecom

    * Modem None

    Networking

    * Networking Network adapter
    * Networking / Wireless LAN Supported Yes
    * Data link protocol Ethernet , IEEE 802.11b , IEEE 802.11g , IEEE 802.11n , Fast Ethernet , Gigabit Ethernet , Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
    * Networking standards IEEE 802.11b , IEEE 802.11g , IEEE 802.11n , Bluetooth 2.1

    Expansion / Connectivity

    * Expansion Slots Total (Free) 2 ( 0 ) x Memory , 1 ( 1 ) x ExpressCard/34
    * Interfaces 1 x Network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T - RJ-45 , 1 x Audio / video - HDMI output - 19 pin HDMI Type A , 1 x Headphones - Output - Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm , 1 x Microphone - Input - Mini-phone 3.5 mm , 3 x Hi-Speed USB - 4 pin USB Type A , 1 x Display / video - VGA output - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15) , 1 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire) - 4 pin FireWire

    Miscellaneous

    * Compliant Standards RoHS

    Power

    * Power device form factor External

    Battery

    * Technology Lithium ion
    * Installed Qty 1
    * Battery capacity 4400 mAh
    * Mfr estimated battery life 4 hour(s)

    Operating System / Software

    * OS Provided Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition
    * Software VAIO Care , VAIO Media Gallery , Microsoft Works 9 SE , VAIO Help and Support , Sony Picture Motion Browser , VAIO Media Plus Multimedia Streaming Software , Norton Internet Security 2010 (30 days subscription) , Microsoft Office 2007 Home and Student Edition (60 days trial)

    Manufacturer Warranty

    * Service & Support 1 year warranty
    * Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 1 year - On-site , Technical support - Phone consulting - 1 year - availability: 24 hours a day / Monday-Sunday

    ASUS K42JR A1 - Core i5 430M 2.26 GHz - 14" TFT
    * Built-in Devices Stereo speakers , Wireless LAN antenna
    * Width 13.7 in
    * Depth 9.4 in
    * Height 1.5 in
    * Weight 4.9 lbs
    * Color Dark brown
    * Notebook type Gaming laptop , Thin-and-light (4-6 lbs.)
    * Wireless capabilities IEEE 802.11g , IEEE 802.11b

    Processor

    * Processor Intel Core i5 I5-430M / 2.26 GHz
    * Multi-Core Technology Dual-Core
    * 64-bit Computing Yes
    * Chipset Type Mobile Intel HM55 Express

    RAM

    * Installed Size 4 GB / 8 GB (max)
    * Technology DDR3 SDRAM - 1066 MHz
    * RAM form factor SO DIMM 204-pin

    Storage

    * Floppy Drive None
    * Hard Drive 500 GB - 7200 rpm
    * Storage Removable None
    * Hard drive type Portable

    Optical Storage

    * Type DVD±RW / DVD-RAM

    Optical Storage (2nd)

    * 2nd optical storage type None

    Card Reader

    * Card reader type 2 in 1 card reader
    * Supported flash memory cards MultiMediaCard , SD Memory Card

    Display

    * Display Type 14 in TFT active matrix
    * Max Resolution 1366 x 768 ( WXGA )
    * Widescreen Display Yes
    * Features LED-backlit , Zero Bright Dot

    Video

    * Graphics Processor / Vendor ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470
    * Video Memory 1 GB DDR3 SDRAM

    Audio

    * Audio output type Sound card
    * Audio output compliant standards SRS Premium Sound
    * Audio Output Features Altec Lansing speakers
    * Audio Input Microphone

    Notebook Camera

    * Camera Type Integrated
    * Sensor Resolution 0.3 Megapixel

    Input Device(s)

    * Input device type Keyboard , Touchpad
    * Features Multi-touch technology , Built-in numeric keyboard

    Networking

    * Networking Network adapter
    * Networking / Wireless LAN Supported Yes
    * Data link protocol Ethernet , IEEE 802.11b , IEEE 802.11g , IEEE 802.11n , Fast Ethernet , Gigabit Ethernet
    * Networking standards IEEE 802.11b , IEEE 802.11g , IEEE 802.11n

    Expansion / Connectivity

    * Expansion Slots Total (Free) Memory - SO DIMM 204-pin
    * Interfaces 1 x Headphones - Output - Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm , 1 x Network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T - RJ-45 , 3 x Hi-Speed USB - 4 pin USB Type A , 1 x Display / video - VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15) , 1 x Display / video - HDMI - 19 pin HDMI Type A

    Miscellaneous

    * Features System password , Hard drive password , Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately)

    Power

    * Power device form factor External
    * Voltage Required AC 120/230 V

    Battery

    * Technology 6-cell
    * Installed Qty 1
    * Battery capacity 4400 mAh

    Operating System / Software

    * OS Provided Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition
    * Microsoft Office Ready Includes a preinstalled image of select 2007 Microsoft Office suites. Purchase a Medialess License Kit (MLK) to activate the software.

    Manufacturer Warranty

    * Service & Support 2 years warranty
    * Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 2 years , Accidental damage coverage - 1 year

    ASUS U30JC-A1

    Display

    * 13.3" HD 16:9 (1366x768) LED backlight,Color-Shine (Glare-type)

    Processor & Chipset

    * Intel® Core™ i3 Mobile Processors
    * Intel® HM55 Chipset

    Storage & Drives

    * 1 Detachable 2.5" 9.5mm (H) SATA Hard Disk Drives
    * 1 Optical Drive Bay, SATA Interface,

    Memory

    * 64-bit wide DDRIII data channel
    * Two 204Pin SODIMM sockets
    * Expandable up to 8GB DDRIII 1066/1333MHz

    Video Controller

    * Switchable Graphics Controller. Go between nVIDIA 310M 512MB DDR3 or Embedded Intel GMA Video
    * Dual-View capable Supports two different applications open at one time; one on the External Monitor, and one on the Laptop Screen. Multi-tasking has never been more convenient.

    Audio & Multimedia Features

    * Built-in Azalia compliant audio chip, with 3D effect & full duplex
    * 3D Stereo Enhanced Sound System
    * S/PDIF output
    * 1 Built-in Microphone
    * 2 Built-in Altec Lansing Speakers
    * Sound Blaster compatible SRS Premium Sound

    Network / Communication

    * Built-in Gigabit Ethernet LAN
    * Integrated 802.11 b/g/n

    Keyboard / Pointing Device

    * 30.2mm size Full Sized Keyboard
    * Windows Hot keys
    * Integrated Touchpad with Scrolling function

    Operating System / Utilities

    * Genuine Windows 7® Home Premium 64-Bit
    * Asus Win flash for BIOS and Driver live Update
    ASUS SmartLogon
    ASUS Net 4 switch
    Asus Live Update
    Asus Multi-Frame
    Asus NB Probe +
    ASUS Wireless Console
    Asus Data Security Management(ADSM)
    Virtual Camera
    ASUS Splendid
    ASUS Express Gate
    Asus Screen Saver
    Fancy Start
    eManual
    AI Recovery

    Slots

    * 5 in 1 card reader, SD,MMC,XD,MS, MS-Pro


    Hot Keys

    * Function Keys:
    Fn+F1 Suspend switch
    Fn+F2 WLAN switch
    Fn+F5 Brightness down
    Fn+F6 Brightness up
    Fn+F7 LCD on/off
    Fn+F8 LCD/CRT switch display
    Fn+F9 TouchPad Lock
    Fn+F10 Volume on/mute
    Fn+F11 Volume down
    Fn+F12 Volume up
    Fn+Del Scroll Lock on/off
    Fn+Space Power 4Gear
    Fn+C Splendid
    Fn+V: Life Frame
    Fn+↑: Stop
    Fn+↓: Play/Pause
    Fn+ ←:Skip to Previous Track
    Fn+ →:Skip to Next Track


    Input / Output Ports

    * 1 x Microphone-in jack
    * 1 x Headphone-out jack (S/PDIF)
    * 1 x VGA port/Mini D-sub 15-pin for external monitor
    * 3 x USB 2.0 ports
    * 1 x RJ45 LAN
    * 1 x HDMI

    Power System

    * 8 cells: 5600 mAh, smart Lithium-Ion battery pack
    * Output: 19 V DC, 4.7 A, 40W
    * Input: 100-240V V AC, 50/60 Hz universal

    Cooling

    * Arctic Silver 5 thermal compound optional
    * Copper CPU Heatsink

    Size & Weight

    * 4.8lbs with 8-cell battery
    * 13.12" x 9.52" x 0.8-1.2" (W x D x H)

    Additional Features

    * Kensington® Lock
    * Built-in 0.3M Digital Video Camera

    Warranty

    * ASUS 2-year limited global hardware warranty
    * 24/7 ASUS Telephone Technical Support
    * 1 Year Accidental Damage Protection. (Must be registered in 60 days of order. North American Only)
    * Free two-way standard shipping when sending laptops in for repair/service
    * 1-year battery pack warranty
    * On-line problem resolution through web interface (BIOS, Driver update)
    * Xotic PC 24/7 Technical Support provided on models customized with Operating System
    * 1 Year Xotic PC Warranty provided on customized components
    * Additional Warranty Options Available
    * Return Policy & Warranty Terms and Conditions
  3. In terms of gaming the first one is the best,it can handle those games on medium settings
  4. do you have any other laptops to suggest?
  5. i was also thinking about the Asus UL series...are they any good? the processor is only 1.3 or 1.4 GHz...which one is the best for gaming and also portable?
  6. Best answer
    ASUS UL series aren't good for gaming.
    The Sony VAIO which you chose is a good one
  7. Best answer selected by thebestalive1.
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