I'm in the market for a new laptop and I'm looking for suggestions. I'm not familiar with the new processors just released by intel so I thought it would be best to ask here instead of going to a big box store and asking their opinion. I would like a good balance between performance and battery life. I should also note that I use my laptop all day every day so I need something that can take a little wear and tear.
Here's the little FAQ questionnaire:
What is your budget? - I would like to keep it under $700 but any suggestions near that would be welcome
What is the size of the notebook that you are considering? - I would prefer a 14/14.1 inch laptop, but larger is an option
What screen resolution do you want? - I would like at least 1366x768
Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop? - Looking for more of a portable system
How much battery life do you need? - I would like at least 4 or 5 hours
Do you want to play games with your laptop? - Yes, I play Football Manager and would like the option to play some RTSs
How much storage (H.D.D Capacity) do you need? - Probably 320 GB, but 250 GB could possibly work. I have 1.5 TB on my desktop so it won't be used primarily for storage
How long do you want to keep your laptop? - at least 2 1/2 years
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. - I don't have any brand preference, but my $1400 Sony just bought the farm after 3 years so I'm a little perturbed with that brand at the moment. I would also prefer to stay away from Acer, I have had bad experiences with their laptops in the past.