Hey everyone, this is my first post :)

I am looking for a laptop for school, I will do some gaming(tf2, css) nothing to crazy though. Anyway I was looking at 3 choices, the newer Falcon Northwestern TLX and 13"/15" Macbook Pro.

Falcon Northwest TLX
Custom Paintjob
15.6"LCD- 1920x1080
i5 520m 2.4ghz
4GB 1066MHz DDR3
GeForce GT 330M
802.11 B/G/N & Bluetooth
160GB - 7200RPM
8x DVD Writer
Win7 Premium
Li-Ion Battery - 6 cell
AC Adapter
Falcon Northwest Backpack
1 year warrenty + Falcon Overnight

13-inch: 2.66GHz
Intel Core 2 Duo
4GB Memory
320GB hard drive1
SD card slot
Built-in battery (10 hours)2
NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics
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15-inch: 2.4GHz
Intel Core i5
4GB Memory
320GB hard drive1
SD card slot
Built-in battery (8-9 hour)2
Intel HD Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with 256MB
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To me it seemed like the TLX is the way to go...I can get a nice paintjob and enjoy windows 7, I have never tried OSX but I'm sure its great for school, I am also aware that it can run windows through bootcamp and vmware or whatever. Anyway hopefully I gave you guys enough information and you will be able to give me some more professional opinions. Thanks!
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  1. Hello and welcome to the forums
    First of all,its not fair to add MBP 13" in this comparison because it has a slower CPU and VGA than the other two.
    Between Falcon and MBP 15,well MBP has more HDD,much better battery life and better build quality,whereas the Falcon model will do better in gaming.
  2. Thanks for the reply!

    I suppose you are right about the 13", I was just considering it for more portability. I also understand the battery life of the 15" will seem limitless compared to the TLX battery. However on the HDD issue, the TLX has more RPM (7200 vs 5400), not sure how much that effects anything but I do have a 1.5TB external that I plan on keeping all my movies and music on so HDD space is not much of an issue.

    Honestly I am trying to cut down on my gaming while in college so this is a tough choice for me :p
  3. Between 7200 and 5400,there is a difference in load/boot times etc, however you can upgrade the HDD of the MBP later on.
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