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May 28, 2011 7:55:56 PM

1. What is your budget?
Up to $1,000. The lower the better, but if there's a computer that's absolutely worth $1,000, I'd consider getting it.

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
Something average-sized, about 14"-16" ?

3. What screen resolution do you want?
1680?

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
Portable for the most part.

5. How much battery life do you need?
At least 2 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)?
I'm not a big gamer, but I tend to play TF2 and Granado Espada on rare occasions. Low game quality doesn't necessarily bother me, but I just don't want my computer screen to blackout (which is what my current laptop does).

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.)
I usually have VLC, multiple chrome tabs, and trillian running. Sometimes, I need to use GIMP for a while but it's never been a problem on my computer, so I'm assuming it won't be a big problem on any other laptop. I'm just a big multitasker.

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?
I currently have 285GB, so something that's... at least that? I have an external hard drive with 465GB of space.

9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.
Nothing in particular... but I would like the laptop in a week (:

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?
It's going to be my companion throughout my college! I know laptops usually last two years, though.

11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
I think a DVD ROM/Writer is good enough for me.

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've been looking into Toshiba, Sony, Lenovo, and Asus because overall, I've heard good things about them. I'm opened to other brands as well.
I absolutely despise HP laptops. I currently have one that freezes whenever I insert an SD card or USB, is annoyingly loud, and blacks out when I attempt to play a little Granado Espada and TF2.


13. What country do you live in?
The United States.

14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.
I've been told to look for laptops with i7 processors.

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May 29, 2011 10:50:32 PM

That looks like a pretty good deal, thank you!

Is there anything Sager is specifically known for?
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May 30, 2011 1:46:11 AM

sager's from everything i have heard are a good brand and have great warranties.

what is your major? cause an i7 might be overkill if your on a budget but they future proof a laptop very well.
May 30, 2011 2:13:45 AM

Ah, that sounds fantastic. I'll start looking into sager's more, now. I've been browsing lenovo for a while.

At the moment, I'm just getting more worried about receiving the laptop before I leave the country on June 2nd. That only allows a maximum of five shipping days without cutting it too close.

Yeah... I have been told that. I think an i5 would work perfectly well with me, since I do not foresee using any programs that require an i7. Also, if I go with an i5, it'd be cheaper, which is also a plus. My friend has an i5 that has lasted him for four years, and all I'm looking for is a reliable laptop that will last me at least four years (hopefully).

I'm currently enrolled as a criminology major, but I think I might switch to a major in English with a minor in criminology and/or psychology. I'm assuming none of these require an i7.

Thank you so much for the help!
May 30, 2011 3:06:28 AM

if you have the money to buy and i7 laptop by all means buy one but i dont think you have to have it.
May 30, 2011 3:25:23 AM

Would you happen to have a specific recommendation for a laptop with i5?
May 30, 2011 3:35:11 AM

well your saying up to 1000 and at that point your getting into i7 money so thats where its hard to recommend something.
May 30, 2011 3:40:26 AM

Ooh, okay. Would you recommend that I get a i7 for future-proofing purposes, or just stick with an i5 to lower my budget?
May 30, 2011 3:43:45 AM

thats up to you man. an i5 would be sufficient but i7's are nice to have. whats your major?
May 30, 2011 3:56:19 AM

Haha, okay. I'm still not sure if it's worth the extra money for future-proofing... I'm kind of indecisive, if you could't tell already ):

I'm currently enrolled as a criminology major, but I think I might switch to a major in English with a minor in criminology and/or psychology. I'm assuming none of these require an i7.
May 30, 2011 4:24:17 AM

Ah, I see. Thank you for all your help! (: I'll go check out those computers now.

Thanks again!
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