Anyone have other laptops that can best or match these specs? I don't want to compromise the processor or graphics card, so I think the minimum in performance would be an i7 (2Ghz+) and GTX560M or equivalent.
I wouldn't consider a 17 or a 15.6 inch laptop "light".
More importantly the heavier of these laptops tend to actually be the ones with the best quality. This is because cheap plastics are much lighter then strong metals that laptop companies use on their premium products.
I owned a 14 inch gateway and was very happy with it, it had a 330m in it and ran starcraft on low settings just fine. Perhaps you could find an equivalent to that?
You seem really picky (which is a good thing!) so something like this might be right up your ally. Just note that companies like this have legendarily bad support. Also I cant vouch for their build quality, I've never owned, seen, played with one.
Thanks for the replies. The pricing on that site is good, although I'm having trouble finding the dimensions/weight. I'll have to do some research to see how reliable the company is.
I'm not necessarily looking for a small machine, but something light weight for its size. That is why I'm using the MacBook Pro 17 inch as my standard, since it is solidly built with aluminum and we have an older one already and are fine with the dimensions/weight of it. I want my wife to be able to use this laptop when she wants without feeling like it is too bulky.
The lenovo laptop you linked to may be an option though. Yeah the 555M is a bit disappointing, but it is better than the 6850M, which is good. The only real problem is it is out of stock lol.