I am currently looking into a laptop for college. I was looking at Dell's XPS 15 but I am still looking. I am going into Computer Engineering and this will be my freshman year. I want a laptop that will be able to run Office, basic/small programs, and any other software I might use in my field. Also, I wish to play World of Warcraft on it, preferably high settings. Any help/direction on what I should get will be much appreciated. Thanks! (I have about $1,500)
Besides the Dell XPS 15:
We like the custom Sager NP8130 or the ASUS G53SW-A1.
Both have Sandy Bridge Core i7 2630QM CPU, 8GB RAM, 1920x1080 15.6" LCD w/ GTX 460M graphics. That should get you Ultra graphics settings on Wow:Cataclysm.
Dell XPS 15 Notebook (i5-2410M & GT 540M) review
Probably not the CPU you'd choose but the chassis and feature set would be the same in this review as a $1160 i7-2630QM 8GB RAM, 640GB 7200rpm HDD and 15.6" 1920x1080 w/ GT 540M graphics. This should meet all your educational requirements and allow for gaming at the Med/High graphics range in most games.
@ $1360 the Dell XPS 17" with i7-2630QM 8GB RAM, 640GB 7200rpm HDD and 17.3" 1920x1080 w/ GT 555M graphics.