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New Laptop

Last response: in Laptops & Notebooks
March 19, 2011 11:35:15 AM


I'm looking for a new laptop, and I need some advise.

So far, I know I would like it to include these components:

- Intel i5-2540M
- HD Graphics
- At LEAST one USB 3.0 port

The system must be able to do/have the following things:

- run programs simultaneously without any lagging (microsoft word + surfing the web, dreamweaver + fireworks, photoshop <----different combinations of these)
- Run for at least 4-5 hours
- Illuminate keyboard
- Keyboard must include number pad
- at least 15" screen size

Does a laptop like this exist or am I just dreaming? My price range is about $1500.

Just knowing what laptop brand/s to focus on would be good :p 


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March 19, 2011 12:25:38 PM

Thanks :) 
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a c 572 D Laptop
March 19, 2011 12:26:44 PM

Hello Paroverde;

With everything in your list (except USB 3) for about $1100. i5-2540M / HD 3000 graphics 4GB RAM 320GB 7200 RPM HDD
Backlit keyboard, number pad and 15.6" 1600x900 LCD screen. For extended battery life choose the 9cell battery or a spare battery.
Dell Latitude E5520
a c 572 D Laptop
March 19, 2011 12:37:48 PM

HP EliteBook 8560p looks like it has everything but the backlit keyboard for $1300. Two USB 3 ports.
It includes the Radeon HD 6470M graphics card which you probably don't need.
March 19, 2011 12:39:46 PM

Okay, thanks, I've added that to my list.
March 19, 2011 12:45:16 PM

Unfortunately, because I'm in australia, technology isn't as up to date here. Unless I get one shipped from the states I can't actually buy one yet :p  Plus it costs more. That's the only thing I don't like about living in australia - so behind on technology...
a c 572 D Laptop
March 19, 2011 12:55:11 PM

Not so far behind as you think. Let me check my notes.

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a c 572 D Laptop
March 19, 2011 12:59:20 PM

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March 19, 2011 1:16:06 PM

Thank you so much for that!! That'll definitely come in handy! thanks for being so helpful :) 
a c 572 D Laptop
March 19, 2011 1:30:37 PM

Be sure to let us know how it works out for your. And tell your mates about it too.
March 26, 2011 9:20:16 AM

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a c 572 D Laptop
March 26, 2011 9:42:17 AM

How did things work out for you?