I'm in for a new laptop soon and would like some advice.
I'll be needing it for engineering at university aka: some CAD, intensive multi-tasking, maybe some light gaming but that's not the concern.
I have my sights set on the i7 sandybridge. I want to have good performance and future-proof myself as much as possible.
1. Do you think the XPS 15 and Asus N53SV are portable enough? Not sure I'll have to take them with me everyday, but being 15.6" are they a pain to carry around. My current laptop is a 14.1" and the envy 14 is 14.5" so I know it poses no problem and I bring it to school everyday. Basically: is a 15.6" laptop portable enough for almost daily carrying around?
2. the 15.6" screens come in 1920x1080 or 1366x768. The latter sounds like a crappy resolution. However my fear is that everything on the 1080 will be too small (especially text such as internet and word processing). However I realize you can zoom in your browser as well as word so this shouldn't be a problem? are people having problems with the 1080 in terms of size? is everything too small? Or do you recommend it?
3. The envy is leaving me a bit disappointed as it does not have usb 3.0 or sandybridge. Is a new version coming out soon?
4. Generally, which laptop would you take/consider the best? If the envy got sandybridge and usb 3.0 which would you choose?
5. Can I expect to get around 4 hours word processing on all 3 machines in power saver mode and low brightness?
I'm currently leaning towards the XPS - like the backlit keyboard and arrangement of the ports plus 2x usb 3.0!