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June 29, 2010 9:50:27 PM

1_What is your budget?

$800 max

2_What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?

≥16"

3_What screen resolution do you want?

1080P would be ideal, but am willing to be flexable here.

4_Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?

Size and weight matters little to me. Can't be too big imo.

5_How much battery life do you need?

At least an hour. Very used to working on plugged in laptops.

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)?

Yes; Don't have any specific games in mind. Mainly enjoy FPS and Racing, with the rare RTS game finding some play time. I plan on playing them in as high as quality as possible, but I truly don't mind turning down details, so long as the resolution and framerate don't drop too far.

7_What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo / Video editing,watching movies, Etc.)

Photoshop 7, watching movies mainly. Ability to edit videos would be nice to have, but not 100% needed. Also planning on using this for school, so something that's easy to type with that has a number pad is desirable.

8_How much storage (H.D.D Capacity) do you need?

I can always upgrade. Not concerned here. Already thinking I'd want to swap out to an SSDD down the line anyways.

9_If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.

Nothing specific. Mainly been looking on newegg (link to one laptop at the bottom), but I'm not committed to them by any means.

10_How long do you want to keep your laptop?

2+ years

11_What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?

DVD is fine, blueray for the price would just be a bonus.

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.

I really like the form of the newer Vios. The keyboard seems quite nice, with the independant, spaced out keys. Other than that, just something with a decent company behind them.

13_What country do you live in?

United States

14_Please tell us any additional information if needed.

Currently looking at the ASUS G60VX (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834220715) but definitely open to suggestions.

Thanks for taking time to read through this,
Simplicity

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June 29, 2010 10:27:29 PM

If you don't mind an AMD cpu, this may be a good choice. It's a Toshiba A665D-S605,
http://laptops.toshiba.com/laptops/satellite/A660/A665D.... However, it does close to your max without S&H and tax.

With video, photoshop, games, HD, etc. in mind, the graphic from ASUS is kind of weak, IMO.

OTH, if you would settle with 15.6" screen, Dell Studio 15 may be even better to fit your budget and need.

I have been using a Dell (Inspiron) at work for almost 5 years (non-stop 5 days a week) and a Toshiba at home. Both are pretty good, at least for me.

HTH.
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June 30, 2010 1:39:38 PM

Hey pal.. U might want to consider DeLL Inspiron 17R with HD 5470 . Its not the best, but under $800, its one of d best options available.

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June 30, 2010 2:52:18 PM

Not really digging that toshiba. Thanks for the suggestion though!

Did a bit of looking on the HD5470 in the 17R. According to notebookcheck.net the GTX 260M in the ASUS I listed in the OP seems to spank the HD5470 in every game and 3D Mark test. I understand that the graphics card isn't everything, but it's a significant difference according to notebookcheck.net. Any thoughts?
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June 30, 2010 4:16:42 PM

simplicity05 said:
1_What is your budget?

$800 max

2_What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?

≥16"

3_What screen resolution do you want?

1080P would be ideal, but am willing to be flexable here.

4_Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?

Size and weight matters little to me. Can't be too big imo.

5_How much battery life do you need?

At least an hour. Very used to working on plugged in laptops.

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)?

Yes; Don't have any specific games in mind. Mainly enjoy FPS and Racing, with the rare RTS game finding some play time. I plan on playing them in as high as quality as possible, but I truly don't mind turning down details, so long as the resolution and framerate don't drop too far.

7_What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo / Video editing,watching movies, Etc.)

Photoshop 7, watching movies mainly. Ability to edit videos would be nice to have, but not 100% needed. Also planning on using this for school, so something that's easy to type with that has a number pad is desirable.

8_How much storage (H.D.D Capacity) do you need?

I can always upgrade. Not concerned here. Already thinking I'd want to swap out to an SSDD down the line anyways.

9_If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.

Nothing specific. Mainly been looking on newegg (link to one laptop at the bottom), but I'm not committed to them by any means.

10_How long do you want to keep your laptop?

2+ years

11_What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?

DVD is fine, blueray for the price would just be a bonus.

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.

I really like the form of the newer Vios. The keyboard seems quite nice, with the independant, spaced out keys. Other than that, just something with a decent company behind them.

13_What country do you live in?

United States

14_Please tell us any additional information if needed.

Currently looking at the ASUS G60VX (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834220715) but definitely open to suggestions.

Thanks for taking time to read through this,
Simplicity


Hi there,

What about the Sony Vaio EB series? It has a 15.5" screen, a fast processor, and a 10-digit keypad. It also has up to 500 GB hard drive space and up to 8 GB of RAM. The laptop is within your budget (it starts at $719).

What do you think?

Cheers,
Isabella
MSFT Windows Outreach Team
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July 1, 2010 6:51:51 PM

Again I worry about the graphics solution there.

I guess at this point I'm fairly sold on the G60vx. However I did just find the Gateway P-7908u FX (Link) and am now wondering if going over budget and spending the extra couple hundred would be worth it.
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July 1, 2010 7:06:13 PM

I had posted these in a thread earlier put I am looking at a similar setup.
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July 8, 2010 7:12:11 PM

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