Bad news is my old Dell laptop (Inspiron e1705, purchased about four years ago) was stolen.
BUT it (along with everything else that was stolen in my apartment) was covered via renter's insurance. (If you don't have it, get it).
So now I'm in the market for a new laptop.
I have a budget of around $1300-$1500, but would like to spend less.
My problem is outside the realm of Alienware (overpriced), Dell (can't fully customize the way I want), iBuyPower (doesn't have laptop size I want) and HP (not a huge fan), I really don't know what brands/makes are good.
I have used Asus products in the past and have been pleased, however the performance I am looking cannot be found in a system they make.
These are my requirements:
>2.0 ghz, dual core minimum
>4 Gigs RAM, would prefer more.
>nVidia 435M 1G Video card
>320g HD, solid state not required.
DVD-RW, Blu-Ray a plus, but not required
15.6" screen. I really don't want another 17"
That's a lot to cram into a small budget, I realize. However I have found a few "new" (to me new, not around four years ago when I had my head into the 'business') that are offering a product within my specs and price range, but I'm not sure if they're quality. They are the following:
Sager NP 5160 (through xoticpc.com)
Xplorer X6-9500 through Cyberpower.com
Sager NP 8150 through Powernotebooks.com
Falcon TLX through falcon-nw.com
Maingear Clutch 15 through Maingear.com
I no NOTHING about these brands or websites. Have you heard any horror stories? Are they good? Great? What do you think?
I'm not above buying an Alienware or Dell, I just would like a better performing system for the money spent. NOTE: The above specs are for an Alienware notebook, at $1300.
Sager/Clevo/FalconNW/Maingear are boutique builders that have a good reputation. Not sure about Xplorer through Cyberpower.
When are you looking at getting your new laptop? The new SandyBridge quads CPUs and AMD 6xxx & Nvidia 5xx video cards are out and starting to show up in quite a few places. The dual core SBs are due out around the middle or next month too.
The vast majority of laptops on the market are manufactured by a small handful of Original Design Manufacturers (ODM). Major relationships include:
* Quanta sells to (among others) HP/Compaq, Dell, Toshiba, Sony, Fujitsu, Acer, NEC, Gateway and Lenovo/IBM - note that Quanta is currently (as of August, 2007) the largest manufacturer of notebook computers in the world.
* Compal sells to Toshiba, HP/Compaq, Acer, and Dell.
* Wistron (former manufacturing & design division of Acer) sells to HP/Compaq, Dell, IBM, NEC, Acer, and Lenovo/IBM.
* Flextronics (former Arima Computer Corporation notebook division) sells to HP/Compaq, NEC, and Dell.
* ECS sells to IBM, Fujitsu, and Dell.
* Asus sells to Apple (iBook), Sony, and Samsung.
* Inventec sells to HP/Compaq, Toshiba, and BenQ.
* Uniwill sells to Lenovo/IBM and Fujitsu & PC World UK own brand Advent.
* Clevo builds for Falcon, WidowPC, Sager, Alienware (pre-Dell) and many other boutique dealers
Popular Clevo dealers are XoticPC.com and Pro-Star.com .... later is usually $50-$100 cheaper. To learn more about Clevo and find distributors, read the Clevo FAQ here:
Inarus, I got what you're lookin' for. It's a Sony Vaio EC at $1200. Its ideal for movies, casual gaming, or work. ATI Mobility Radeon™ dedicated graphics, built-in Blu-ray Disc™ technology.
Here are some more important specs:
17.3" (1920x1080) HD
2.53 GHz Intel® Core™ i5-460M
4 GB DDR3 1000 MHz
500 GB HDD 7200 RPM
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Blu-ray R, CD R/W, DVD R/W