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Laptop for aerospace engineering student

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August 4, 2010 9:14:24 PM

1_What is your budget?
$1000-$1300

2_What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
under 16"


3_What screen resolution do you want?
Doesn't matter... just nothing too low


4_Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
desktop replacement


5_How much battery life do you need?
4 hrs atleast.

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)?
counter strike source is about it.. nothing heavy. maybe BF2 and BC2 on low/med settings

7_What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo / Video editing,watching movies, Etc.)
Basic engineering programs (auto cad, mattlab)
some photo editing and low amounts of graphic design...
also alot of movie viewing will be done on the laptop


8_How much storage (H.D.D Capacity) do you need?
200 gb atleast, more the better


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

10_How long do you want to keep your laptop?
4 years minimum

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

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.
N/A... don't care about the brand.. the specs are more important to me and the price

13_What country do you live in?
Canada

14_Please tell us any additional information if needed.
August 4, 2010 10:34:36 PM

Check out the recently released Samsung Q430-11. 14in LED screen, core i5 2.4ghz (will tear through matlab calculations like nobodies business), nvidia 310 will handle all your movie needs and light gaming, and the battery life is around 4 hours. All for $830 USD.

Check the review at CNET: http://reviews.cnet.com/laptops/samsung-q430-11/4505-31...
August 5, 2010 6:56:07 PM

i'm liking that samsung laptop.. except i can't find any local place to buy it :o  lol.. any other suggestions?
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