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Which Laptop? - for college

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June 7, 2011 2:00:30 AM

So I'm really debating between two laptops to get for college, one that I've configured from CyberpowerPC and another from Sager. I won't be gaming on this laptop since I have my desktop for that, so my main questions are:

- Will I get significantly better battery life from the i5 2520 vs the i7 2630 during non-intensive use?

- Is it worth the extra $ and drop in battery life to go with the Cyberpower and its 256 gb SSD, vs the Sager's 500 gb Momentus hybrid drive?

Basically, which one should I get in terms of a mixture between value, performance and mobility.

The Cyberpower Xplorer X6-7200 specs are: $1303

CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-2630QM Mobile Processor 2.0 GHz
GPU GT 520M
HDD: 256 GB ADATA S501 V2 SATA III 6.0G/s Gaming MLC Solid State Disk
MEMORY: 8GB (4GBx2) DDR3-1333 SODIMM Memory
SCREEN: 15.6" HD LED-Backlit 1366x768 Display

It's built on the Clevo W251HPQ Gaming Notebook

The Sager NP5160 goes: $1044

CPU Intel i5 5250m 2.5 GHz
GPU GT 540M
HDD 500 GB Seagate Momentus Hybrid Hard Drive with 4 GB SSD
MEM 8 GB (4 GB x 2) DDR3-1333
SCREEN 15.6" HD+ LED-Backlit Display with Matte Finished Surface (1600 x 900)
IC Diamond Thermal Compound

So basically, the Cyberpower has a quad core cpu vs the Sager's dual core, and an SSD vs the Sager's HDD, but the Sager has a better gpu, a higher res screen, a better thermal compound, and it costs $250 less. Also, the Sager's cpu sucks less power. Which one would you choose and why? Pro's and con's would be appreciated, please. Thank you!


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June 7, 2011 11:47:55 PM

alright, sounds good. thanks man
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June 8, 2011 12:33:05 AM

you will get 4 plus hours on the cyberpower. i get 4 plus with my i7 2630qm gt 540m and 7200rpm drive with 8 gb ram. just make sure you have the laptop use integrated graphics on EVERYTHING that doesnt need the dedicated. set the global setting to integrated it will save a lot of battery.
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June 15, 2011 12:54:10 AM

Best answer selected by redguard117.
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