I am after a laptop and I have been for some time. Initially I was going for something gaming grade, like a Metabox P150HM or ASUS G53 but have since upgraded my desktop with some high end parts and I have realised I am never going to be satisfied with a gaming laptop.
Instead, I want to find the laptops with the best battery life - for extended use - for under $1500AUD. I have heard some Acer laptops can have up to 8 hours of life, which is good, but I have not actually seen their laptops. I am interested in the ASUS U-series but again I have not seen them either. There is this ASUS 'Transformer' which is an EeeSlate+NetBook except it runs Android; not suitable for my applications. I am after either a laptop or netbook, whichever seems to best suit my needs after this thread.
My main applications will be e-mail, document processing, music editing and occasional photo/video editing. These are tasks that can be performed by just about any laptop - or so I believe - so I do not need anything too specialized. That said, I would like something with a decent processor and a version of Windows 7. Hard drive space is not really important; I can buy my own drive if I think it needs to be bigger (hybrid drive?). I am assuming I am probably not going to see an optical drive in a netbook, but it pays to keep ones eyes open.
If your used to high end machines a low end battery sipper is going to be a major pain to deal with.
I suggest something with an i5 and Nvidia graphics with optimus technology.
If you don't know what optimus is it will allow you to have a discrete graphics card but only use i when needed. When graphics usage is low the discrete card will shut off and the notebook will switch over to onboard intel graphics. This gives the battery life of a low end machine but enough graphics power to play most games as well as fly through photo editing and HD videos.
I have seen that laptop before; it is this one here: http://www.affordablelaptops.com.au/contents/en-us/d396...
But it has an average battery life of 4 hours, with XoticPC giving it 3-5hr as their rating. I have not seen any reviews for this item yet, so I am wondering whether or not to trust it, though I am thinking that it will be as solid as any other Clevo.
This would be fine for light gaming but I was hoping for something with 7+ hours battery life. As I only really want to do office-style tasks and some music editing on the laptop, I figured I could bear something a little slower.
I am still considering the W150HNQ/NP5160 but I would also appreciate some other options.
I do not like Dell very much; I avoid them when I can.
The graphics card is quite new but it is junk compared to some of the other cards. It is too powerful to be power-saving while being too slow for high-end performance or gaming.
Also, 17" is more of a desktop replacement, while I want more of a 14"-15" portable machine.