For about 3 years. I tend to be careful with maintaining things
11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
12. Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons.
I dont have much experience, just recommendations from some friends which I am not even sure if true. I was told to try and pick Asus or MSI. Personally I dont mind as long as it performs. I only ever had an HP pavillion 6700 and the main problem with that was overheating so I would really prefer a laptop that runs at cooler temperatures.
13. What country do you live in?
Cyprus, BUT, I am in England for studies at the moment and I will be finished in one month so if I can get a better deal from England then I will surely order it before I go back to Cyprus.
14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.
I think this is pretty much it. About the warranty, I am willing to risk buying something from abroad and having less support. I will update if I can think of any information I forgot to give. Thanks a lot for your time.
I also consider ram important, this website gives me no options to upgrade, the first has 4gb and the second 6gb ram, would it be easy to increase their ram after i buy it without any chance of complications? I am asking because I have never customized laptops before.
The Sandy Bridge recall goes in fact back to the beginning of the year. I think, and you have to double check on that, the ones with M or QM at the end are the new ones. Both these laptops seem to be the new releases. I went over their inventory and their inventory seems to be updated. But you can ask them directly http://www.ipelagos.com/contact_us.cfm
Also I noticed that they have another Asus same price but bigger and faster drive (7200RPM). Same price:
I would personally go with the Qosmio. Way better GPU, faster HD and it definitely looks better. More gamish. I would not be concerned about the processor power you are giving up. But that's me. Plus Toshiba's warranty, from personal experience, is way better. GLOBAL and hassle free.
ASUS or Toshiba. Get a Quad Core. Make sure the graphics card is a good one, as most laptops come with graphics cards that are soldered onto the motherboard, which means you will never be able to upgrade that graphics card. Same can go for the CPU. You can probably upgrade the RAM to more RAM, and replace the HDD with a SSD later on.
Take the CPU and graphics card into consideration the most in my opinion. You can probably find a good laptop with your money you want to spend and considering you do not care about battery life, it does not matter if you have a power hungry cpu or graphics card which is good.