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Help me compare 4...any experience?

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December 10, 2011 12:49:34 PM

Ok, at 36 I am going back to school to finish my degree. I'm horrible at making decisions...especially when I'm spending a lot of money. My old Gateway has made it 5 years now and I've replaced the power jack once....and now it is starting to die again. I need a new laptop. I would like to stay around 15" for a compromise between portability and screen real estate. I will be travelling with it 30% and at home around the house 70% of the time. I would like good battery life, a NICE screen...lean towards matte, GOOD wifi strength, decent speaker sound, and overall reliability. I will be doing programming, website development, database, photoshop, and some video editing. I tend to heavily multi-task. I'm not a gamer. I have tested a few keyboards at BB and feel comfortable with the HP Pavilion and Toshiba Satellite. I can't find a Dell XPS or the Samsung to try. My first draw was to the HP because of the amazing specs you can get for the price. I also liked the keyboard and finish. BUT, reliability scares me. I have considered going ahead with it and then opting for a SquareTrade warranty. What are your thoughts on this? Or, which one of these do you believe would work best for me?

HP dv6tqe
i7-2670 QM
1GB Radeon(TM) HD 6770M GDDR5
750GB 5400 rpm
15.6" Full HD HP Anti-glare LED (1920 x 1080)
Blu-ray player & SuperMulti DVD burner
HP TrueVision HD Webcam with Integrated Digital Microphone and HP SimplePass Fingerprint Reader
Intel 802.11b/g/n WLAN and Bluetooth(R)

Satellite P750-BT4G22
6GB DDR3 1333MHz SDRAM (upgrade later if needed)
500GB (7200 RPM); Hybrid 4G Serial ATA
1GB GDDR3 NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 540M with NVIDIA® Optimus™ Technology
DVD SuperMulti
Glossy Black LED Backlit Tile keyboard
Wi-Fi® Wireless networking (802.11b/g/n) with Bluetooth® v3.0 + Enhanced Data Rate (EDR)

Series 7 Chronos 15.6” Notebook
i7 Processor 2675QM
15.6"1600 x 900 300 nits
AMD Radeon HD 6750M 1GB (DDR5)
750GB HDD with Express Cache
802.11 b/g/n 3.0 HS

Dell XPS15
256GB Solid State Drive (seems to be all they have at the moment)
NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 540M 2GB graphics with Optimus
15.6 FHD B+RGLED TL (1920x1080) and Skype-Certified 2.0MP HD Webcam
Dual Layer DVD+/-R Drive
ATT Internal Mobile Broadband Card with GPS-No Contract Required (don't care)
JBL 2.1 Speakers with Waves Maxx Audio 3 + Creative SoundBlaster X-FI MB 1.2
Intel© Centrino© Advanced-N 6230 & Bluetooth 3.0
8GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3 Memory

Thanks to anyone who can help me out!

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a c 244 D Laptop
December 12, 2011 6:45:26 AM

Tough choice,because all are good
If you're fine with 256GB storage,then go with the XPS.It's great and has the best speaker between the choices given
December 19, 2011 10:50:46 AM

Thanks! I waited for a few days and didn't get a response. In the meantime I made a trip to Fry's and saw the Dell in person and fell in love. I really liked it. I decided I would want the upgraded 1080p screen, backlit keyboard, and larger battery. So, I got one on Dell Outlet. With the coupon it came to 839 plus tax. It also comes with 8GB, Bluray, and 500GB 7200. Now I'm just crossing my fingers that it all works out ok. We've purchased 3 desktops from Dell outlet in the past and had 0 I'm hoping this goes the same. Your suggestion makes me feel even more confident that I made the right choice.

Thanks again!

Maziar said:
Tough choice,because all are good
If you're fine with 256GB storage,then go with the XPS.It's great and has the best speaker between the choices given

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a c 244 D Laptop
December 19, 2011 3:31:10 PM

Hope you enjoy it ! :)  It's a great machine,especially the speakers absolutely rock ! :D 
December 22, 2011 8:34:00 AM

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