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Best $1300 laptop? 4 choices, help me pick one!

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October 24, 2010 2:08:37 AM

Hello Forum. ( This is my first post after reading TH for over 8 years... :)  )

I am replacing my trusty Inspiron 8500 that has served me faithfully for 7 years.

My needs are a CAD capable (powerful Graphics card), Multimedia machine. Reliability is key as I am moving to East Africa and thus Tech support will not be convenient. The laptop should be somewhat "future-proofed" (will be my main PC for the next 4 years). Battery life is not a deal breaker as this beast will not be moving from my home often (I am purchasing a 13" CULV for that purpose).

Minimum Spec requirements are: Corei5, 17.3", 1 GB Dedicated GPU

My choices are:

ASUS G73JH (Best buy Spec)

Sony VAIOVPCF136FM/B (Best Buy Spec)

New Dell XPS17

HP Envy 17

The ASUS G73 is looking like the best deal, but from what I gather from my web searchs, it is not a very reliable machine.
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October 24, 2010 6:26:03 AM

I would say go for the G73.The issues you were talking about has been long resolved after BIOS 206.Current BIOS version in 211.
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