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Which laptop should I get?

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May 24, 2011 3:24:17 AM

I'm looking to get a new laptop for school. I have two different ones picked out and need some help.

ASUS G53SW-XR1 $1368:
- 15.6” FHD 16:9 LED Backlit Wide screen (1920x1080) Super Clear Glare Type Screen
- ASUS Zero Bright Dot (ZBD) 30 Day Pixel Guarantee
- 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-2630QM, 2.0-2.8GHz, (32nm, 6MB L3 cache)
- Stock OEM Thermal Compound
- nVidia GeForce GTX 460M 1,536MB PCI-Express GDDR5 DX11
- 6,144MB (6GB) DDR3 1333MHz Dual Channel Memory (2GBx3)
- 640GB 5400RPM 8MB Cache Buffer (Serial-ATA II 3GB/s) - Default
- Internal 5-in-1 Card Reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS PRO/ xD-P)
- Bigfoot Networks Killer™ Wireless-N 1102-
- Smart Li-ion Battery (8-Cell)


HP DV6T Quad Edition $1085:
-Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit with Service Pack 1
-2nd generation Intel(R) Quad Core(TM) i7-2630QM (2.0 GHz, 6MB L3 Cache) w/Turbo Boost up to 2.9 GHz
-2GB GDDR5 Radeon(TM) HD 6770M Graphics [HDMI, VGA]
-FREE Upgrade to 6GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
-750GB 7200RPM Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
-6-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery (standard) - Up to 5.5 hours of battery life
-15.6" diagonal Full HD HP Anti-glare LED Display (1920 x 1080)
-FREE Upgrade to Blu-ray player & SuperMulti DVD burner
-Intel 802.11b/g/n WLAN and Bluetooth(R) with Wireless Display Support

From research I've done, the nVIDIA is slightly better. The ASUS also has a "better" network card, although I don't really know the improvement from a more expensive.. .The HP does have a "better" hard drive, should last longer, and is roughly $250 cheaper. So I suppose, I should be asking: Is the extra $250 worth the slight gain and brand? Don't say that it's my preference. >_> If it was, I wouldn't be asking you.
Also, in turns of battery life. Would the fact that the nVIDIA has that optimus thingy (being able to freely switch to and from integrated graphics, or so I've read), make the battery life rather close, or does the HP maybe have something similar? I'm just looking for some opinions. I appreciate all replies.

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May 24, 2011 7:31:26 PM

If you decide on the HP you better get the extended warranty just because HP has earned their reputation for being the most unreliable notebook brand on the market.
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May 25, 2011 1:53:13 AM

Dell has some setups similar to HP's for similar prices. I'd take a look at them as well.
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May 25, 2011 1:54:59 AM

This topic has been moved from the section Systems to section Laptops & Notebooks by Jbakerlent
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