Here are some questions if you could please answer them!
1.) How is the Sager's build quality compared to the Lenovo? Which one will get hotter during games? What about the (stock) Sager screen vs the lenovo's?
2.) I can't really compare sizes in my head, but is the Lenovo more portable than the Sager? It looks less thick. I also need the laptops to have some battery life for school.
3.) Is the 650m good enough for gaming on intensive games like BF3 on high with good framerates? Or for this reason alone should I go with the 660m?
4.) Anyone know how good the webcams are on these laptops?
If any of you guys know or have these laptops, I'd appreciate the insight. Thanks!
I've been doing a lot of research into these two models, since I'm thinking about purchasing one of them or an Asus N56VZ. I can hopefully share some of the knowledge I've found in reviews relating to them.
Because the Sager is cheaper, there are a few things they seem to have sacrificed for that $100-150 depending on where you shop. For example, I've read from several reviews that their speakers are very low quality, and that the webcam is not too good. The Lenovo JBL speakers, on the other hand, are supposedly some of the best integrated speakers in laptops. Of course if you use headphones this shouldn't make a difference, but it's good to know.
Also keep in mind that the Sager by default does not include an operating system. Usually in customizing it you can opt for Windows 7 Home Premium for $80 or so extra. If you want a Windows system (legally), then take that into account.
One nice benefit to the Sager, however, is the inclusion of an extra hard drive port. If you want a second drive (an SSD) in the Lenovo, you'd probably want to spend the $20 to get a Optical Drive caddy to convert that into a hard disk slot: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lenovo-IdeaPad-Y430-Y450-Y460-Y...
Potentially, you could equip the Sager with 3 HDs with a caddy, which is a great benefit. It is a little heavier versus the Lenovo (probably by about 0.5 pounds).
I wish I had more knowledge about the build quality (and tech support quality) of the two machines/companies, but I will keep digging. You may have made your decision by now, and if you have, I'd really like to know which you went for, and why.
Also, what sites did you shop at? Keep me posted!