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Laptop for college and gaming ~$1000-1500

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October 15, 2011 3:44:33 AM

1. What is your budget? $1500 max, preferably around $1000.
2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering? The biggest possible, 17.3"?
3. What screen resolution do you want? The biggest possible, 1920x1080?
4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop? Desktop replacement.
5. How much battery life do you need? As much as possible for such a power-hungry laptop.
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)? Yes. Starcraft II, World of Warcraft, and other similar games at the highest I possibly can.
7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.) Maybe some Photoshop and other Adobe products. Multimedia laptop, watching movies, etc. Heavy web browsing.
8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need? Doesn't really matter. As long as it's 7200RPM, lowest offered is fine.
9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links. Not really. I love the looks of HP.
10. How long do you want to keep your laptop? Doesn't matter. Anything I buy will last me more than a year and that's all I care about.
11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer, Bluray ROM/Writer, Etc? Blu-rat drive would be nice, but otherwise just a DVD burner is fine.
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 love HP! They make amazing looking laptops!
13. What country do you live in? USA. :) 
14. Please tell us any additional information if needed. See below.

I've been looking at the HP dv7tqe for quite a while now. Every once a while there is a 30% off coupon that makes it around $1000 for a really nice laptop. This coupon is available right now, so I'm kind of in a hurry if I decide to get this laptop as the coupon won't last long. Link

I've also been looking at the HP Envy 17, which offers the same coupon (currently, too). Link These won't last very long.

I should mention that the feel of the touchpad is important to me. A lot of the touchpads that I've felt on laptops are horrible and really bother me. Unfortunately, there's not really any way to discuss this, so I might just have to endure a bad pad.

Looks really matter to me, too. The "gamer-style" Alienware laptops look horrible. I want something that looks modern and sleek.

What's really important to me is a large screen, with a huge battery to support it for a long time. While also having the performance to play games and the RAM for that as well as heavy web browsing. The dv7tqe comes with a free 8GB RAM upgrade, which is as much as my desktop comes with, and is plenty. It also comes with 6770m (I believe) that should be plenty to play the games and play blu-ray movies. I would prefer 1080p resolution.

Please help me! Thanks in advance!!
Steffan

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October 15, 2011 8:49:49 AM

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October 15, 2011 9:35:17 AM

Hello Steffwiz;

The HP dv7tqe will do fine and it's a good value in a mid-range gaming laptop.
AMD Radeon HD 6770M

It would cost you $200-$300 more to step it up to the next level of gaming - Core i7 2630 & GTX 560M graphics card.

It's actually a 15% percent coupon along with a 'normal' 15% discount over the 'market value'. It still ends up under $1000 and gives you some room to choose options - like that large battery.
7200rpm HDD is a good option @ +$20.
And if you can live with the hump of the 9cell battery is a good bargain @ +$21
In case you didn't realize it - the 1920x1080 screen comes with a matte, anti-glare treatment instead of the usual glossy/reflective surface. Something I favor greatly.
Bluetooth is a $25 option and something you might/might not want.

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October 15, 2011 10:09:08 AM

WR2 said:
Hello Steffwiz;

The HP dv7tqe will do fine and it's a good value in a mid-range gaming laptop.
AMD Radeon HD 6770M

It would cost you $200-$300 more to step it up to the next level of gaming - Core i7 2630 & GTX 560M graphics card.

It's actually a 15% percent coupon along with a 'normal' 15% discount over the 'market value'. It still ends up under $1000 and gives you some room to choose options - like that large battery.
7200rpm HDD is a good option @ +$20.
And if you can live with the hump of the 9cell battery is a good bargain @ +$21
In case you didn't realize it - the 1920x1080 screen comes with a matte, anti-glare treatment instead of the usual glossy/reflective surface. Something I favor greatly.
Bluetooth is a $25 option and something you might/might not want.


So out of everything available right now, you would recommend the dv7tqe?
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October 15, 2011 10:15:44 AM

As compared to ... what?
If you want to look at the Dell XPS 17 - that's the most competitive.
And if you want to look at a GTX 560M equipped laptop: $1300 ASUS G74SX-XN1
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October 15, 2011 10:18:04 AM

WR2 said:
As compared to ... what?
If you want to look at the Dell XPS 17 - that's the most competitive.
And if you want to look at a GTX 560M equipped laptop: $1300 ASUS G74SX-XN1


Other brands with competitive laptops, maybe? I've checked out HP, Dell, and Lenovo so far..

That ASUS laptop looks horrible. :/ 

Thanks for all the help, by the way!
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October 15, 2011 10:21:57 AM

Sure, but it would future games in a superior manner and keep cool while doing it.
That is an example of gaming laptop - where the HP dv7tqe is a general purpose/home entertainment laptop with a fairly nice graphics card.

What other brands do you want to check out?
About the only 'usual suspect' you havent mentioned is MSI.
And then the boutique builders who custom make laptops.
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October 15, 2011 10:26:52 AM

WR2 said:
Sure, but it would future games in a superior manner and keep cool while doing it.
That is an example of gaming laptop - where the HP dv7tqe is a general purpose/home entertainment laptop with a fairly nice graphics card.

What other brands do you want to check out?
About the only 'usual suspect' you havent mentioned is MSI.
And then the boutique builders who custom make laptops.


I don't really like anything from MSI, either. They're ugly. :/ 

The custom builders like Sager aren't my style, either.

What do you think of the HP Envy 17?
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October 15, 2011 10:36:08 AM

Anything else you want to consider?
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October 15, 2011 10:44:01 AM

WR2 said:
Anything else you want to consider?


Anything from Dell, and these two laptops from HP. I can't decide!
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October 15, 2011 10:44:18 AM

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October 15, 2011 10:48:12 AM

I think either the Dell XPS 17 & HP dv7tqe are pretty much interchangeable in features and performance. They're premium all around & home entertainment options.
You can safely go with which ever one is less expensive. Or which you like the best. Or which one wins a coin toss.
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October 15, 2011 10:59:37 AM

WR2 said:
I think either the Dell XPS 17 & HP dv7tqe are pretty much interchangeable in features and performance. They're premium all around & home entertainment options.
You can safely go with which ever one is less expensive. Or which you like the best. Or which one wins a coin toss.


Once again, thanks for all the help!
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October 15, 2011 11:08:07 AM

Your welcome.
Once you've had a chance to work with your laptop for a while - let us know how it's working out for you.
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