Help picking a 17" laptop for editing (and have one in mind)

Hey guys, I've been trying to decide on a laptop for video/photo editing (mostly using the CS5 or later suite), running AutoCAD, etc. No gaming.

As for particulars, it has to be 17"+, and looks ARE important.. don't want to have to spend years staring at something I don't like. The simpler/more modern, the better. Aluminum is nice. Budget is about $1250 max, give or take.

I'm in Canada as well, so that makes things a little tricky buying online. I try to avoid it as anything coming across the border tends to incur heavy duty and brokerage fees.

The laptop I've been leaning toward is this Asus:
Asus N76VZ-DS71 on bestbuy.ca

I've also looked at this HP - HP Pavilion M7 17.3" - but it's a little glossy for me and the reviews don't seem as favorable.

What do you guys think? Anything else out there that's a better bet?
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  1. What about this two?

    This one has a bit older i7 and video card, the video card is a bit more powerful than the other and this laptop has more ram.
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834152293

    Slightly better processor i7.
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834152348
  2. Hi Hiii, hah,

    Thanks for the response. Specs look good, the MSI laptops are just a little too funky looking for me though. Guess I'm difficult. Didn't even realize there was a newegg.ca though, so thanks for pointing that out.
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