I am searching for a new laptop to replace my dreadful HP G71 Series.
I am going off to college soon and need a laptop that is going to be good for me and great for gaming.
I want to play Steam Powered games like Elder Scrolls: Skyrim and Fallout: New Vegas without slow, tedious, awful performance.
How do you feel about this laptop and could you give me any other suggestions if it's not up to standards. Thank you!
The Series 7 is a great thin & light notebook but Im not sure the Radeon HD 6490M graphics card is going to get you the gaming performance you want, especially at the default 1600x900 resolution. AMD Radeon HD 6490M review
At the top end of your budget: Dell XPS 17 Core i7 Notebook ~$1149
Core i7-2670M 2.2GHz Sandy Bridge CPU, 8GB RAM 2x 500GB (1TB total) 7200rpm HDD, Blu-Ray optical drive, 17.3" 1920x1080 LCD w/ Geforce GT 555M graphics card.
With a single 500GB HDD and a standard 1600x900 LCD screen you could probably get the price down close to $1000.
The advantage of this one is MXM graphics which will allow you to upgrade the mobile GPU through Malibal instead of buying a whole new laptop. It is a "rebadged" Clevo practically however, you may find a better price from Clevo's site ( now called Sager if I am not mistaken ).