Another "looking for laptop" thread

I've had enough of this old one. I play a good amount of games, but for now I mainly play TF2, Super Street Fighter IV, Portal 2. I feel like anything would be a huge improvement over my current borderline-defective performance. I don't need to play BF3, but seeing as how that's a common benchmark, presumably any computer that runs it I can count it.

Don't need a monster. I would spend $700 max unless there's a really good deal for just over $700. I want a laptop that plays games, not a chunky desktop replacement. I don't move it frequently, but I don't want it to be a big deal when I do.

Budget: $700

Screen: 15.6

Resolution: Standard, 1366 x 768

2+ hour battery life seems adequate.

Portable, but not going out of my way to find one that is exceptionally so. But don't need a desktop replacement.

For games: TF2 and Portal 2 (these need to be able to run medium to high. TF2 is by far my most-played game). Being able to run Skyrim would be good, mainly just so I have some confidence in the system.

I mostly just do work, games, watch videos. Media editing isn't a big deal.

500GB is pretty much the minimum expected for any laptop.

DVDROM/ Writer is adequate.

I usually buy from newegg, but whatever reputable site has the best deal.

I'd guess 4 years. Durable keyboard is vital, components that won't need to be replaced.

Brands I look at, mostly Toshiba. ASUS as well, but that's probably going over $700.

Live in the U.S.
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  1. Hello

    A couple options:
    Dell XPS 15 $650
    Core i5-2410M 2.3GHz CPU, 4GB RAM, 640GB 7200rpm HDD 15.6" 1366x768 LCD w/ GT 525M graphics & 2yr warranty

    My recommendation:
    ASUS N53SN 15" Notebook $750
    Core i5 2410M(2.30GHz) CPU 4GB RAM 640GB 5400rpm HDD 15.6" 1366x768 LCD w/ GT 550M graphics 2yr warranty and 1yr accidental damage policy.
  2. I found this ASUS with similar specs.

    I might have missed it before I posted this thread. Hopefully the price is staying where it is.
  3. It's a decent price on something that fits between the 2 linked in terms of performance.

    What? Prices stay the same? Does that happen?
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  4. One can hope if the price moves, it's down. Although I expect it will go out of stock and disappear forever before it reaches $600 again.
  5. It DID disappear really fast when it was @ $600. With that kind of demand it will take a lot to get it back down there.
  6. I figure a laptop like that would do best with a cooling pad, but I don't know anything about them. Is there anything I need to know?
  7. If you're gaming on a hard surface you can skip the cooling pad.
    If you need a 'portable hard surface' I actually favor the cooling pads without fans. Just a hard surface to get good airflow for the laptops built-in cooling scheme.
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