I want to buy a laptop and I'm having trouble deciding which one to buy. I'm looking for something very portable because I'll be taking it on the road with me a lot. But I don't want it to have crappy performance just because its light. I'm not a big fan of HP, Dell, Mac or Lenovo so I prefer to avoid those if I can. My budget is $1300 and these is what I absolutely need:
- screen size between 13-15 inches
- backlit keyboard
- ethernet output
- usb 3.0
- hdmi output
- preferably thin
- quiet fan
- DVD drive is optional
- battery life over 7 hours
And this is what I'm going to be doing with it:
- movies/tv (either streaming or straight from laptop)
- dual boot it with Windows 7 and Ubuntu
- Steam (Counter strike, GTA IV etc. ; I have no problem playing on medium settings and I'm not that big of a PC gamer)
- Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Dreamweaver, Flash, Photoshop (all on windows side)
I also, would like it to have an SSD for faster load times but I'm not really sure if setting up a dual boot with a SSD is the same as with a HDD so this is optional.
These are 3 laptops I have found so far that seem ok to me:
I don't any of those laptops will cope with GTA IV, I don't know of anything under 15'' that would to be honest. Any of those will be great for the other stuff though.
Personally I would lean toward the Toshiba or MSI because in my experience, a lot of ASUS products have been very shoddy recently.
I also have a very similar MSI laptop, the X370. It looks nice and general build quality is pretty decent, I've had no technical issues with it even though I game on it. It's weak points would be the high price and the touch pad isn't great. It can get a bit warm as well but it hasn't caused me any problems. The main point on it though, the battery life is phenomenal. Even with mid level brightness and a 7200rpm hard drive, I tend to get 6-7 hours of moderate web browsing/movies etc.
EDIT: If you replace the hard drive for a SSD, go with the Samsung 830 Series. It is very reliable and fast but the main reason is that it has extremely low power consumption. In a laptop which doesn't consume much power to begin with, it can really help and give you another 30-60 mins.
I can't say the Z835 would run your games; however, my wife got the P330 model, and loves it. I have an R705 which is the previous version of the same laptop, and I like it, too. I doubt I will every play games on it, though, as my desktop is more suited to games.
With the caveat of not knowing if it will run your games, I would recommend the Z835.
Other Toshiba models perhaps capable of running your games are here. Of those, I would look at the core i7 models.
This might be a better version of the MSI X460DX, as it has an Nvida GT630m graphics card, which would better handle any gaming you do. When not gaming, the intel graphics take over.
I would recommend the X460DX as I have one with a Core i3 and 540m graphics. The build quality is great, and the screen is nice and bright. I find the keypad perfectly fine to use, expect that every so often I get inadvertent taps that register from the base of my thumb. Its not bad, just something i watch out for now.
Battery life is great, but not 7 hours. I can easily get 4.5 or 5 without trying, and if I turned some settings down or off, I'm sure it would go up. watching a a full length movie on battery is no problem, and doesn't even come close to fully draining the battery. Granted this is with a Core i3...
just wanted to through my opinion in since I have an X460DX variant
What is Trinity? Google search results were a little confusing, is it a new CPU or an actual computer?
And, I've actually looked into Sony Vaio after posting here and I do agree that the S series matches all my needs. What I like about is the option to add a blur-ray drive, the dedicated graphics card, there is a button that switches from integrated graphics to dedicated graphics which in my mind is very useful, and the screen resolution on a 15.5 model. So, I'm planning to go to the store to check these computers out to get a feeling on their weight, fan noise and keyboard. My cousin has a 2 year old 13' Sony Vaio S Series and he already had to send it to Sony to replace his fan because it stopped working and his battery can last 1 hour max at this point. Of course, I expect the new versions to have improvements in these areas.