I am about to go to B school, and I need a laptop for my courses there. I want one that has a backlit keyboard and decent performance.
1. What is your budget?
Rs. 60,000 max
2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
13 - 14 inches
3. What screen resolution do you want?
4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
5. How much battery life do you need?
The higher the better. Min 6 hours
6. Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)?
7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo / Video editing,watching movies, Etc.)
Photo editing, watching movies
8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?
320 GB should suffice
9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.
10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?
3 years at least
11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
DVD Writer (but BD-ROM would also be nice within my budget :-D)
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.
Prefer Dell/Lenovo. Have had battery issues with HP (battery goes kaput within a year or so)
Yes; it will be light enough to carry around. About 5.35lbs or 2.43 kg
For something more rugged? For that you want to look at the business class models.
You'll lose the backlit keyboard option. Vostro 3400 Laptop 2.16kg/4.76lb with 6-cell battery. About the same as the Dell XPS 14 with the higher capacity 9 cell battery. You can save a bit of weight by getting an 'Air Bay' that lets you take out the DVD drive when not needed.
If you want a loooong battery life, go for atom based laptops. You can't run games on it at all, but its more than good enough for college work. My girl friend has one and it lasts 5-6 hours on normal operation.
Its best for portability and price is about Rs.30,000 http://www.acer.co.in/ac/en/IN/content/series/aspireone...
Acer is a good brand. There are a lot of service centers in India and parts are not very expensive. I have been using an Acer for about 2 years now. I've had no problems.
Guideline. If you are buying in India, go for only 3 brands. Dell, Toshiba or Acer. Don't go for HP, their configurations are *** and they have a lot of heat issues. Also not Compaq.
The Sony SB series (small business) would be a good choice. I'd put them in the same category as Dell Latitude or Lenovo Thinkpad.
That model is nicely equipped with Core i5-2410M Sandy Bridge CPU & even HD 6470M graphics card (switchable to save battery life). USB 3.0, HDMI and Bluetooth too.
Lightweight @ 1.7kg. Battery life spec is 6hrs which probably means about 4hrs being used with WiFi on and websurfing.
Went to a Sony store tonight, saw the design makes the laptop really hot - the vents for air are at the bottom rather than the sides (as is normal). Struck off my list. Does the MacBook Pro 13 run Windows 7 properly with an USB mouse? That laptop is my last resort - in fact my dad insists on my buying that.
Thank you all, I got a Sony SB16 today for Rs. 57000 (US$1275) at a Sony store. Need to use it for a fortnight, then I'll get a coolpad if it is really hot. Tried some media encoding + GIMP work + audio playing in the BG for about 2 hours. Was not hot enough to worry about. Is getting Sony's two year extended cover a good idea?