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Portable laptop advice needed

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November 11, 2011 8:13:47 AM

1. What is your budget?

upto £900

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?

No larger than 15". The smaller the better. Must be lighter in weight than your average laptop.

3. What screen resolution do you want?

At least 1366 x 768. Would prefer 1600 x 900.

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?

Portable. I travel almost everyday with a laptop. It will occasionally find it's way into my workbag so must be lighter than average and smaller than average for those occasions. It is always in my suitcase and is always used on my lap on trains and in hotel rooms.

5. How much battery life do you need?

6+ hours preferred for surfing, mp3s and mp4s but would consider something very close to that. Must be able to boot from Standby very quickly.

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 want to play some recent games at low to mid settings. Dungeon Siege 3, WoW, MW3, Elder Scrolls Oblivion, Dawn of War 2. I mostly play smaller games like Dungeon Defender, Orcs Must Die, League of Legends and Might & Magic series.

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.) Surfing the web and playing games are really the only things I'll use it for.

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?
I don't need much storage. Only O/S and applications/games. SSD a bonus.

9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?

Upto 2-3 years.

11. What kind of Optical drive do you need?

Its not a priority.

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 like Asus, Acer and Lenovo as brands in particular due to their style and value. Would consider other brands.

13. What country do you live in? UK

14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.

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a b D Laptop
November 11, 2011 1:27:01 PM

Seems like you need a good portable solution,

take a look at Samsung Series 9
and here

in under 3lbs "weight range" samsung is the leader. alternatively you could find an Asus Zenbook it's about the same but I'm not sure on the price

if you go above 3 lbs weight then there's a multitude of laptops out there, from your description of use the most you'll be able to benefit from is an SSD. you don't need an all powerful laptop
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a c 572 D Laptop
November 11, 2011 2:12:44 PM

I've been looking for Acer Aspire Timeline X 4830TG 14" and Timeline X 3830TG 13" models with the GT 540M graphics card in the UK and haven't been finding any so far.
November 11, 2011 2:33:39 PM

It's worth noting I currently have an Acer 1810TZ which I get along great with - it's only the gaming quality that lets it down.

I forgot to mention I will of course be using the laptop for viewing photos, writing documents, powerpoint presentations and spreadsheets.

I also watch a lot of 1:1 quality ripped blu-rays and dvds on it.
November 11, 2011 2:35:38 PM

I was looking at the 3830TG but I've heard horrendous throttling stories about all the newer Acer machines... For that reason I'd be cautious about it.

But like I implied earlier - my Acer 1810TZ has been great and so lightweight. It goes everywhere with me.
November 11, 2011 3:07:26 PM

Is an integrated HD 3000 graphics processor sufficient for gaming? The Samsung Series 9 has this.
a c 572 D Laptop
November 11, 2011 3:12:59 PM

HD 3000 Graphics is fairly close in performance to Geforce 310M or Radeon HD 5450 graphics card. It's 3D gaming performance is very weak.

I think you want to look for something along the lines of a Geforce GT 525M or Radeon HD 6550M as a baeline for low-end gaming.
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