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Replacing Gateway noteboon - ASUS U56E HP dv7

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September 28, 2011 2:12:16 AM

Well, my Gatewat MX-7120 is close to finally biting the dust. It's been a most faithful warhorse over the past 6 years. Went to Tanzania, Canada, The Bahamas, even California with nary a hiccup. (FWIW - In Africa all I needed to do was attach a plug adapter and plug it in. Didn't even need a voltage converter.) So, since I can now barely get 2 hours life out of it on battery and back-light for the screen is getting even funkier I want to replace it. One thing I'm insisting on is LONG battery life, numeric keypad, and a minimum 15.6" screen.
I saw in the recent Office Depot flyer they had the ASUS U56E-RBL7 (Intel Core-5) and U56E-RBL5 (Intel Core-3) with claimed life of 6+ hours. That's more than twice what my Gateway had new.
Are these Office Depot only machines since I can find nothing on them even at the ASUS web site? I've a lot of good things about ASUS. Any other laptops come close in specs?
Does anyone having to say about the HP Pavilion line? They have on, a dv7 I think, that has about the same specs bot only around 6 hours battery life.
September 28, 2011 3:32:58 AM

HP build quality is contested upon but the acclaimed battery life on the 9-cell batteries they sell is good. Some of Lenovo's Thinkpad series claims 25+ hours of battery life, if you're willing to put some weight on it. Now that's some battery life. But it all depends on your budget.

http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/Len...

They all have an i5 processor, and choosing the 9cell, and the additional slice battery, gives you up to 30 hours, from what I've been reading. I haven't done a ton of research on this however, so I don't know if there are any catches or whatnot.
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September 30, 2011 5:05:37 PM

Thanks for the info. Unfortunately, I need a minimum 15.6" screen, 17" is better. And why would I want to go back to 80's with a screen that size or smaller?
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