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October 6, 2012 7:25:38 PM

1. What is your budget?..........Limitless ( But i dont believe in spending $100 more for something that's not worth)

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?..................13" 14"

3. What screen resolution do you want?...........................1080p ( Or the highest possible for my preferred screen size)

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?.....................Portable

5. How much battery life do you need?.......................7+ Hours is important

6. Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)?.............................Nothing that demading. A low end for on board GPU will do

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.)......................Watching movies, Browsing, Light gaming

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?....................500gb+

9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.........................No preferred sites

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?......................1-2 years

11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?..............BluRay & DVD if thats possible

12. Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons...........................I'm open to any brands

13. What country do you live in?.....................Not a factor.

14. Please tell us any additional information if needed......................The laptop needs to have an SSD, Great sound(Like Dolby or Beats etc) and Preferably a back lit keyboard.
October 6, 2012 7:52:37 PM

Wait til the end of the month to see what new touch capable and windows 8 machines are available.
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October 6, 2012 8:04:57 PM

Get something with one of the new amd A10 or A8 apu's. They combine cpu and gpu on the same chip. It'll allow you to play the latest games for a great price.
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October 6, 2012 8:11:07 PM

I don't know If I would wait for windows 8, Is touch screen Important for you? (If so I'd wait) For $15 you can get an upgrade to windows 8 with your purchase of a computer, if you want windows 8.

I'd Go with either

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Nice core I7 a NVS 5400M (a professional version of a standard video card GT 630M).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Still has the Core I7 but comes with a gt 640m LE 22% more performance than the first one
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October 6, 2012 8:24:48 PM

flexxar said:
Get something with one of the new amd A10 or A8 apu's. They combine cpu and gpu on the same chip. It'll allow you to play the latest games for a great price.


If money is no issue, Go with a I7 and a gt 640 LE set up. I own a notebook that has a A10-4600M which has a 7660G and a 7670M. It does nice but I was on a budget, it is not nearly as powerful as you can get with Intel i7's and Nvidia GT 640.

Lenovo is running a great sale act ASAP it should almost be over. This is a great deal $500 off
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October 6, 2012 8:55:59 PM

i7 is more powerful, but a lot more expensive and battery life will suffer greatly.
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October 6, 2012 9:17:15 PM

If im not mistaken the I7 and GT640 should have a swtichable graphics setting, so you use intergraged on the I7 when performance is not needed, and the GT 640 when power is needed. I dont know if you can get 7 hours out of many laptops.
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October 6, 2012 9:22:47 PM

flexxar said:
i7 is more powerful, but a lot more expensive and battery life will suffer greatly.


also read answer to question 1, you'll see alot more performance out of the I7 more than a little bit. The other thing I am seeing is a lot of dual core AMD's in that size range, with lower end GPU's.
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October 7, 2012 6:27:56 AM

None of those laptops have an SSD, Good sound, Backlit keyboard or a BluRay drive.

In summary these are the main features i need
13-14" Screen
Back-lit Keyboard
SSD
500gb+ Hard disk space
BluRay/ DVD combo drive
7hrs+ Battery Life
Great Sound
Good Resolution screen
Budget is not a factor
Basically a high end Entertainment system


Just give me the options that have all or most of these features. Thanks
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October 7, 2012 7:15:57 PM

I prefer something off the shelf.


Come on people. Give me some choices.
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October 7, 2012 7:46:31 PM

Hi :) 

NO laptop for gaming will EVER give you 7 hours...not ever...

Gaming figure 2 hours max...or a LOT of spare charged batteries...

All the best Brett :) 
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October 7, 2012 7:50:58 PM

Brett's right. The most I've ever got out of laptop batteries was 6 hours of light web browsing use, and that was on an internalized 9 cell battery with the brightness turned all the way down. The second you start using any CPU-intensive resources, it's over for your battery.
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October 8, 2012 4:34:23 AM

If any of you read the post correctly i have said its not for a heavy gaming. In fact i even mentioned on-board graphics will be enough to satisfy my needs. Its more for watching movies and browsing.

So with that knowledge are there any laptops that satisfy my needs?
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October 8, 2012 4:40:26 AM

wow, come on...do your own research u know your own budget so figure it out. The options are there.
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October 8, 2012 4:46:19 AM

Nothing wrong with asking for advice balearic. Problem is I'm not sure of any 7+ hour laptop. Even if all you are doing is light surfing. He's probably going to need two batteries, with both having a large number of cells.
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October 8, 2012 5:48:00 AM

I'm doing my own research. I just need some feedback so i have other options.
Okay so if i get an additional 9 cell or sheet battery I'm sure i can have 7+hrs of battery life. So Are there any laptops that have the features i need except for the battery life?
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October 8, 2012 6:32:23 AM

I think you might want to be looking at an Ultrabook.. Intel's HD4000 Graphics chip has improved a lot over the years, and as for battery life, i'm not so sure, but could really last you a long time.

I think something like this suits your needs..

http://www.asus.com/Notebooks/Superior_Mobility/ASUS_ZE...
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October 9, 2012 5:32:26 PM

jonathan_569 said:
I think you might want to be looking at an Ultrabook.. Intel's HD4000 Graphics chip has improved a lot over the years, and as for battery life, i'm not so sure, but could really last you a long time.

I think something like this suits your needs..

http://www.asus.com/Notebooks/Superior_Mobility/ASUS_ZE...



it also has the potentail for a light id say super light gaming with a 620GT
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October 16, 2012 5:12:07 AM

Best answer selected by Ch0$3n0n3.
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