Hi, I'm looking for a comparable PC laptop that is faster than the Spring 2010 Macbook Pro 13"
I'd like it to have:
Between a 13-15 screen
Intel i5 processor (2.4 gHz or faster)
320 GB hard drive or greater
4GB or greater of RAM
A graphics card better than the Macbook Pro
Long battery life
I'd like to spend no more than $1,000.
Have you checked out the Sony VAIO EB? It comes pretty close. It has a a fast i3 processor, 4 GB of RAM, and 500 GB of hard drive space. You can also upgrade to get dedicated graphics and customize other specs as well.
I'm in the same boat as the OP. I bought a MBP to try for 14 days. I was also considering the Portege R835. Main concern is audio and visual and the laptop has to be powerful enough to handle engineering programs.