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Too many choices. Need help buying a notebook.

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April 29, 2011 8:11:15 PM

I know what I want the notebook to do I'm just not sure which would be the best for me at the best price.

14-15.6" screen size

Needs to be able to play 1080p video smoothly to my TV. HDMI output that includes audio would be a plus.

Battery life at least 4 hours preferably 5-6 hours when using it to browse online or work excel spreadsheets

Best for the cheapest price of course, no other preferences. If anyone could give me some suggestions that would be awesome, thanks.
April 30, 2011 12:08:17 AM

1. Cheap as possible to accomplish smooth 1080p playback on my TV, good battery life and 14-15.6" screen. I'll be using it for school which is a lot of excel and for at home use playing videos on my TV. That is all I need it to do so my budget is cheap as possible to accomplish these tasks.

2. 14-15.6"

3. Doesn't matter

4. No

5. 4 hours minimum for browsing internet and working on excel, preferably 5-6.

6. No

7. 1080p video to my TV and Excel (I'm talking big huge excel files that take minutes to open.)

8. 250gb is more than enough

9. No preference, whichever is cheapest and can ship to Canada

10. Until it breaks

11. Don't need one

12. No preference

13. Canada

So basically the cheapest notebook that has 4+ battery life, can work with excel spreadsheets and can play 1080p video to my TV without a hiccup.
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a c 571 D Laptop
April 30, 2011 12:10:30 AM

What model of HDTV do you have? Does it have HDMI connector?
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a c 571 D Laptop
April 30, 2011 12:12:53 AM

Are you OK without a dedicated number pad?
That's usually the difference between 14" vs 15.6" models.
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April 30, 2011 12:41:57 AM

I didn't actually know that about the 15.6" vs 14" thing, I just thought it was a notebook specific thing. In that case, I would probably prefer one with a dedicated number pad over one without.

My TV is an older 42" LCD Sony tv with HDMI connections.

Thanks.
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a c 571 D Laptop
April 30, 2011 2:01:37 AM

A few options:

lenovo G560 15.6" $480 / lenovo Z565 15.6" $580 / MSI CX640 15.6" $600 / MSI FX420 14" $650

All have dedicated numberpads except the 14" MSI FX420
All have HDMI output for audio and video output to your HDTV except the lenovo G560
All will handle 1080p video playback. The lenovo G560 is slightly underpowered for flawless playback but fine for most common DVD videos. The Z565 is slightly better while the MSI CX640 & MSI FX420 have dedicated video cards for flawless playback (and some some light 3D gaming).
The Z565 is slighly underpowered in CPU performance. G560 is slightly better while the two MSI notebooks have an entry level Sandy Bridge CPU which are probably the best choices for moderately heavy duty Excel work.
Battery life should be around 4-4.5hrs in battery saving mode. With Wifi/web browsing or moderate Excel work it's probably more like 3.5-4hrs. For anything longer than that you'll want to look at more expensive, longer life models. Or order a custom laptop with a long life battery.

Of the ones listed here I like the MSI CX640 15.6" $600 best for what you want to do.
There are other options in the same price range ($600-$650) with the same relative performance.
MSI CX640 15.6-inch Notebook Review (different CPU in the review but all else should be the same).
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May 7, 2011 12:02:29 AM

Best answer selected by Zeknichov.
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May 7, 2011 12:03:19 AM

Thanks, I ended up going with the MSI one for $600.
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May 7, 2011 8:14:52 AM

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