Looking for a New Laptop

Hi Everyone,

I am looking for a laptop with at least the following specs: i7 Processor, 8GB of RAM, Backlit keyboard, and 1080p screen all for under $1000.

Any help is appreciated Thanks
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  1. We need to know your actual usage requirements (e.g. which software or type of software you're going to use, whether or not you'll use the laptop for GPU-intensive gaming, etc.)

    Most users will not notice a difference between 4GB and 8GB of RAM, or between a Core i5 and Core i7 processor.


    Unfortunately, I would not recommend the models listed above, as they all come with poor displays (15.6" 1366x768 and 17.3" 1600x900 displays, which make things onscreen large and generally have very poor image quality due to low contrast) and "meh" dedicated GPUs (which is only an issue if you're gaming, but is a big issue if you are).


    Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 (i7-3610QM, NVIDIA GTX 660M, 15.6" 1920x1080 glossy display) - $1029 + tax
    - Sign up and sign in here: http://shoplenovo.i2.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/na/StdAffinityPortal/en_US/Lenovo:EnterStdAffinity?affinity=barnesnoblegold]Barnes and Noble Gold | Lenovo | (US) (Barnes and Noble Gold discount page)
    - http://shoplenovo.i2.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/barnesnoblegold/StdAffinityPortal/en_US/config.workflow:ConfigureMtmAsItem?mtm-item=:000001C9:0000393A: (i7-3610QM, GTX 660M, 15.6" 1920x1080, 500GB 7200RPM) - $1029
    - http://shoplenovo.i2.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/barnesnoblegold/StdAffinityPortal/en_US/config.workflow:ConfigureMtmAsItem?mtm-item=:000001C9:00003940: (i7-3610QM, GTX 660M, 15.6" 1920x1080, 1TB 5400RPM) - $1069
    - http://shoplenovo.i2.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/barnesnoblegold/StdAffinityPortal/en_US/config.workflow:ConfigureMtmAsItem?mtm-item=:000001C9:00003943: (i7-3610QM, GTX 660M, 15.6" 1920x1080, 1TB 5400RPM + 32GB SSD for hybrid cache) - $1139
    - These models come with the 1920x1080 display. There are other models that come instead with a 1366x768 display, but it would be inadvisable to buy one of those models. 1366x768 resolution in a 15.6" display makes things onscreen large, and 15.6" displays that have this resolution tend to have very poor image quality due to low contrast.
    - Copy the coupon code before entering the cart, and paste the coupon code in the cart.

    HP DV6t Quad Edition (i7-3610QM, NVIDIA GT 650M, 15.6" 1920x1080 matte display) - $939 + tax after coupon code NBP9668 (Backlit keyboard configuration)
    - Saved Configuration: http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/load_configuration.do?destination=review&config_id=7326839
    - Leave the display at its upgraded 1920x1080 option. The HP DV6t Quad Edition should not be bought in any configuration that includes the default 1366x768 display option, unless its larger text is required for eyesight-related reasons. 1366x768 resolution in a 15.6" display makes everything onscreen large, and 15.6" displays that have 1366x768 resolution tend to have very poor image quality due to low contrast.
    - Don't downgrade the GPU to the GT 630M if game performance is important to you, because the GT 650M is considerably faster than the GT 630M.
    - The 2GB GT 650M will not provide better GPU performance than the 1GB GT 650M. The extra memory is a marketing trick. Get the cheaper 1GB GT 650M.
    - Note: Audio quality may be disappointing.
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