Which laptop do you recommend..

SO I am a high school senior and am looking for a new laptop since mine broke Ive been looking at these but cant make up my mind(yeah i know there's alot) But I was looking at the AMD A-series apu's simply because I wanted integrated graphics, but their processor doesn't cut it... I will be doing school work, browsing, a little gaming and dual-boot ubuntu aswell. Which one of these laptops do you guys recommend and are there any other ones you will recommend, I will like a sleek not to big or heavy, thin laptop. My price range is at around $550 tops but shoot me some recommendations.

These are the laptops:







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  1. Interesting... you're in the same boat as me right now, although for different reasons...

    I was just looking at:

    Lenovo IdeaPad Z570 1024-AYU Notebook PC - Intel Core i7-2670QM 2.2GHz, 4GB DDR3, 500GB HDD, DVDRW, 15.6" Display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, Gray for $599.97 + free shipping.

    The Dell appears to be the only one offering a fingerprint scanner. Not sure if that matters at all... sounds neat though. They all have 500-750GB of storage so they stay pretty similar there.

    I'm also in the position where I can just wait a little while longer for Ivy Bridge notebooks, which I will probably end up doing. It doesn't sound like you can really afford to wait though. Based on your intended uses, I would definitely give gaming the least amount of weight in the decision, with the thinking that (BIG GRIN) an i7 will score you better grades, which will score you a better job, which will score you a better gaming rig when you are swimming in a big pile of salary :)

    I'd go for the most processing power, as waiting for crap gets rather tedious after awhile. I just know after many years of computing, I'll always want the fastest true quad-core available. However, you will likely experience much shorter battery life if you are really putting that quad through its paces while you are "on the go".

    I'm looking forward to reading others' suggestions and will be watching to see what you pick, and how its turned out.
  2. Haha, I sure hope I get a big salary.

    And yes, that laptop was at the top pf my list. Is the intel integrated graphics really that bad?
  3. I just got an email from tigerdirect.com for this laptop -

    HP 4530S CI7 2630QM/CRUCIAL 4096MB DDR3 - $699.98

    With -

    Graphics Specifications
    Graphics Description Dedicated Graphics
    GPU/VPU AMD Radeon HD 6490M
    Video Memory 1GB GDDR5 discrete graphics memory

    and blu-ray player / dvd burner

    It's still at 1366x768 but seems to have the best of both worlds as far as a GPU comparable to a llano, with the horsepower of a true quad core Sandy bridge processor at 2.0ghz with turbo up to 2.9ghz. According to my email flyer, you can upgrade it to 8GB RAM and still have it at the same price after a MIR... so you'd need to read the details on that.
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