2_What is the size of the notebook that you are considering? 13-15" form factor
3_What screen resolution do you want? doesn't matter so much.
4_Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop? Portable. Will be desktop companion.
5_How much battery life do you need? 4+ hours. Main use will be playing media, and being able to watch a movie at least is needed.
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. If I do play a game, Low-Medium settings is fine to make them work in the rare case.
7_What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo / Video editing,watching movies, Etc.) Watch movies (Blu-Ray). Laptop will be connected to LCD TV through HDMI, and play a lot of media. Also simple web browsing, email, etc.
8_How much storage (H.D.D Capacity) do you need? Up in the air, as an external 1TB+ drive I might get anyway.
9_If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links. Will buy from anywhere if it does what I want.
10_How long do you want to keep your laptop? Couple years.
11_What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ? Blu-Ray ROM I would love! This seems to be the problem as most do not have BluRay ROM. Or they have BluRay but horrible GPU, and I'm worried I'll regret getting a horrible GPU. Or they have BluRay and great GPU, but horrible battery life.
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. No preference. Never bought a laptop before.
13_What country do you live in? USA
14_Please tell us any additional information if needed. I've been scouring the net for something that works for me, and I haven't been able to find it.
As touched on earlier, I seem to find the right laptop, but will be missing 1 part of the puzzle.
Sony E Series are great, but in the USA only allow you to build them with a 5470 GPU. Horrible, and I'm afraid that movies, and the rare game would just be too bad. Plus, Sony's have horrible battery life. But I love the custom colors!
HP Envy 14. Seems pretty good from spec sheets, but no Blu-Ray player. External BluRay players run $100-$200 and so it's pushing me out the budget.
Acer AS5740G-6395 - Looks to be a great laptop. Has the CPU and GPU that are nice, but Horrible battery life, and no BluRay.
I'd jump on the deal from Sony, with the free BDROM upgrade right now, but I'm afraid I'll regret getting it due to the GPU. I've heard nothing but junk about the 5470 512mb, as in hardly better than an integrated GPU, and again.. battery life.
So a recap:
4+ Hours Battery life
GPU that isn't horrible
Configure yourself a toshiba laptop online. They have some great machines that balance battery life with power. Best Buy has one within your price range that reads blu-ray. I would also suggest configuring a hp laptop with bluray. The good about hp and toshiba? They sell extended batteries that can boost your battery life dramatically.
With these 2 companies, you can configure a laptop that's both affordable, and more powerful than you need, WITH the battery life you want so badly. In fact, you could easily find yourself getting 7-8 hours battery life while editing a document or surfing the web lightly.
I suggest the dv4 or dv6 from hp. If you do get an hp, wait a month or so. they've completely refreshed their lineup, and the new laptops that are coming out rock.
I normally hate hp, but the envy 14 is sexy.
Also, i believe it's important to note that ANY graphic card in the 4xxx or 5xxx series will be WAY MORE power than you need to play video.