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January 12, 2011 7:55:34 PM

1. What is your budget? 1000-2000 USD

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering? Something with a nice sized monitor that still fits in a backpack.

3. What screen resolution do you want? The bigger the better.

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop? Portable, but I would like it to be up-to-par with my desktop. (4 gb ram / AMD Phenom II x4 955 processor / Radeon 5800 series (2806 Memory))

5. How much battery life do you need? 4-5 hours preferably minimum

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, Preferably games like League of Legends, Everquest 2, Team fortress 2, and new releases such as Rift.

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo / Video editing,watching movies, Etc.) Programming, Graphic Design, and movies/tv (streaming)

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need? at least 200 gigs.

9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links. www.newegg.com www.tigerdirect.com and this is not that important.

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop? as long as it lasts. I need it to last a minimum of 2 years for school.

11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ? DVD R/W preferred.

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. No specific brand name required (My last laptop cost 350 dollars and is now overheating / locking up / and taking forever to boot.. its REALLY slow!)

13. What country do you live in? US

14. Please tell us any additional information if needed. Its for school, computer science major who also uses it for leisure. Web development programs are a must.

15. Operating System: Windows 7 with a Linux capability. Will be learning Linux along side C/C++.

Thanks,
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January 13, 2011 12:18:21 AM

Thanks, looking for multiple opinions :)  that laptop looks sweet so far!

Thanks again! :) 
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January 14, 2011 12:41:28 AM

I reccomend the ASUS as well!

Looks like a great computer at those specs and will definately compare well with your desktop.

You may wish to wait for USB 3.0 support though and Sandy Bridge in a future revision of the ASUS notebooks
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January 14, 2011 12:56:18 AM

whats the ETA on USB 3.0 and Sandy Bridge?
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January 14, 2011 2:05:25 AM

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whats the ETA on USB 3.0 and Sandy Bridge?


I don't know exactly to be honest.

All I do know is that there are two Sandy Bridge Gaming laptops being released by ASUS; the G53SW and the G73SW. The rumors state that they will feature 8Gb of RAM, USB 3.0 support, The Nvidia GTX460M, Blu-Ray drive, and the I7 2630 @ 2GHz. The G53SW will have a 15.6" display and cost aproximately $1300 and the G73SW will have a 17.3" display and cost $2500 aprox.

At the moment there is no release date set in concrete for these laptops but I would guess that they will be released in about a month.

If I were buying, I would try to wait a little while, but if you can't just buy the G53Jw because it'll still be a great machine with as good gaming performance. The Sandy bridge one will give better performance (on par with the i7 920 as rumored) and will have the perks of faster file transfers via USB 3.0.

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January 14, 2011 5:11:15 AM

They're out now. The Sager I linked above is a Sandy Bridge CPU and has USB 3.0
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January 15, 2011 2:29:40 PM

•Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
•2nd generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2630QM (2 GHz, 6MB L3 Cache) with Turbo Boost up to 2.9 GHz
•1GB ATI Mobility Radeon(TM) HD 6570 graphics [HDMI, VGA]
•8GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
•640GB 7200RPM Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
•No Additional Office Software
•No additional security software
•6-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery (standard) - Up to 3.0 hours of battery life +++
•17.3" diagonal HD+ HP BrightView LED Display (1600 x 900)
•Blu-ray player & SuperMulti DVD burner
•HP TrueVision Webcam with Integrated Digital Microphone + HP SimplePass Fingerprint Reader
•Intel 802.11b/g/n WLAN
•Standard Keyboard
•HP Home & Home Office Store in-box envelope

HP dv7t Quad Editon
$959.99 with coupon code NB5321

Need to upgrade to 8GB and Blu Ray drive to get coupon to work. Downgrade to 640GB 7200RPM faster drive.
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January 15, 2011 4:47:33 PM

a link would be helpful :)  where did you find this?
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January 15, 2011 6:05:17 PM

chadz777 said:
a link would be helpful :)  where did you find this?


If you're talking about the HP, go to www.hp.com and search for HP dv7t Quad Editon. I was there earlier today and was checking out HP's lappies. However note that the display is not 1080P, plus I really want a backlit keyboard with separate number pad.

Anybody know anything about Intel's WiDi tech - is it the same as wireless HDMI?
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January 15, 2011 6:10:07 PM

fazers_on_stun said:
Anybody know anything about Intel's WiDi tech - is it the same as wireless HDMI?
That's exactly what it is. The ability to stream to a WiDi equipped TV or monitor either with native support or equipped with an adapter.
http://www.engadget.com/2010/01/07/intel-announces-widi...
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January 15, 2011 6:13:31 PM

What I'm waiting for is the HP Envy 17" to get the i7-2830 Sandy Bridge mobile CPU. Dunno why they don't update their flagship line to the latest & greatest..
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January 15, 2011 6:21:45 PM

WR2 said:
That's exactly what it is. The ability to stream to a WiDi equipped TV or monitor either with native support or equipped with an adapter.
http://www.engadget.com/2010/01/07/intel-announces-widi...


Hmm, I'd guess there would be external USB adapters for doing the same thing, right?

On 2nd thought I guess I could live with a 15' HDMI 1.4 cable for $14.95 :p .

WiDi would be more useful on a tablet, not a gaming/desktop replacement laptop that I'd only occasionally lug around somewhere.
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January 25, 2011 12:51:10 AM

Well, Still looking for one that snags my eyes for the right price... hopefully holding off until this new one comes out
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January 25, 2011 8:38:35 PM

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

$900
Display Type: Widescreen
LED-backlit VibrantView


Screen Size: 15.6”


Maximum Resolution: 1366 x 768


Memory Type: DDR3


Memory Speed: PC3-10600


Memory Configuration: 2GB + 2GB


Memory Size: 4GB


Memory Slots (Total): 2


Memory Slots (Filled): 2


Memory Slots (Available): 0


Maximum Memory Supported: 8GB


Memory Type: DDR3


Memory Speed: PC3-10600


Memory Configuration: 2GB + 2GB


Memory Size: 4GB


Memory Slots (Total): 2


Memory Slots (Filled): 2


Memory Slots (Available): 0


Maximum Memory Supported: 8GB


Capacity: 500GB


Drive Types: Hard Drive


Hard Drive Speed: 5400 RPM


Processor Brand: Intel


Processor Class: Core i7


Processor Type: Quad-Core


Processor Speed: 2.0GHz


Processor Number: 2630QM


Graphics Description: Discrete Graphics


GPU/VPU: AMD Radeon HD 6570M


Video Memory: 1GB VRAM


Lifestyle: Entertainment
Home & Student


Condition: New


Operating Systems: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit


Platform: Laptop


Expansion Ports: 1 - Express Card Slot/34


Optical Drive: DVD Dual Layer Burner


Capacity: 6-in-1


Supplemental Drive Type: Media Reader


Media Types: Memory Stick
Memory Stick PRO
xD Picture Card
SecureDigital High Capacity
Secure Digital
MultiMediaCard (MMC)


Audio Description: Integrated Audio


Audio Chipset: Dolby Home Theater
Realtek ALC272
High-Definition Audio


Audio Channels: Built-in Stereo Speakers


Integrated Microphone: Dual-microphone array


USB Ports (Total): 1 - eSATA/USB 2.0 Combo
3 - USB 2.0


LAN Ports: 1 - RJ-45


Audio Out Jacks: 1 - Audio Out/SPDIF Shared


Microphone Jacks: 1 - Microphone input port


VGA Ports: 1


HDMI Ports: 1


Communications Description: Integrated LAN
Integrated Wireless LAN
Integrated Bluetooth


Interface Type: RJ-45 Ethernet Connector
802.11b/g/n Wireless Networking
Bluetooth® V2.1 + EDR


Data Transfer Rate: Bluetooth 2.0 +EDR
Up to 300 Mbps
10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN


Protocols: 802.11b
802.11g
802.11n


Width: 15.2"


Height: 0.8" - 1.3"


Depth: 10.0"


Weight: 5.95lbs


Mouse Type: Touch Pad with multi-touch control


Buttons: 2


Keyboard Type: Full-Size Keyboard


Backlit Keyboard: No


Battery Type: 6-Cell Lithium-ion


Battery Life: Up to 3 hours


Biometrics: Kensington Security Lock Slot


User Recognition: VeriFace Software


Color: Black


Specification Notes: [4] To provide the most accurate specifications, the specifications listed are based upon the manufacturer's exact model specification as published in the manufacturer's product documentation.


Integrated Webcam: Yes


Webcam Resolution: 1.3MP


Webcam Features: Fixed Focus
LED Indicator


Software Included: Office 2010 preloaded; purchase a product key to activate
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January 25, 2011 9:51:14 PM

I would say definetely go for the Sager NP8150 here:
http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np8150-clevo-p150hm-p-2972...
I put in the following upgrades:
CPU - i7 2820QM
RAM - 8GB DDR3 1333MHz
ODD - Bluray reader + combo drive
HDD - 750GB 7200RPM
OS - Windows 7 HP x64
This brings the price up to $1971 + shipping. If you do not want to spend that much, lower the CPU.

Alternatively, you could go for the Sager NP8130 which has a non-reflective "Matte" screen and the same internals. The only difference is that tha 8130 does not support the GTX 485 graphics card.

-Klosteral
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March 8, 2011 6:25:56 PM

Did the USB 3.0 and Sandy Bridge get released yet? Held off on ordering a laptop until this came out. If so what would you recommend? Preferably looking to buy one tomorrow
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March 9, 2011 3:23:40 AM

chadz777 said:
Did the USB 3.0 and Sandy Bridge get released yet? Held off on ordering a laptop until this came out. If so what would you recommend? Preferably looking to buy one tomorrow


Sandy Bridge cpu has been fixed. :D  :bounce: 
I got the news from Asus
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March 9, 2011 6:58:50 PM

So what would be the best buy for a laptop with this? looking to purchase today! preferably with a 2 day shipping.
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March 16, 2011 2:49:16 AM

Best answer selected by chadz777.
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March 30, 2011 7:16:11 PM

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