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Backlit-keyboard, Ivy Bridge quad-core, 16 GB RAM

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November 4, 2012 8:16:48 AM

Folks,

Could you advise me whether there are any laptops with:

1. backlit-keys,
2. Ivy Bridge quad-core i7, and
3. 8-16 GB RAM

which are available for less than US$1,000? If so, which one(s)?

If not, what is the minimum price at which such a laptop is available?

For the purpose of this thread, we'll leave aside the other factors involved in a laptop-buying decision.

Thanks!

JS
November 5, 2012 12:38:41 PM

Looks like my response yesterday did not get posted.

The system you have linked to looks good. Although it has a Sandy Bridge processor it has a discrete GPU. Unfortunately, the most important thing I am looking for is a backlit-keyboard.

I found one system, HP Pavilion dv6-7014nr, but it has received mixed reviews. Wish backlit-keyboards were standard.
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a b D Laptop
November 5, 2012 12:50:55 PM

what is the purpose?
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November 5, 2012 5:15:15 PM

There is one an hp dv6 7000 but the only problem woul;d be 720p basic resolution price almost 900$
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November 5, 2012 5:35:22 PM

Do you want a good dedicated gpu???
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November 7, 2012 12:12:21 PM

calmlikeabomb said:
what is the purpose?


Software development.
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November 7, 2012 12:16:20 PM

Amartya said:
There is one an hp dv6 7000 but the only problem woul;d be 720p basic resolution price almost 900$

Thanks for the suggestion.
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November 7, 2012 12:19:27 PM

jackspeed said:
Do you want a good dedicated gpu???

Yes, I should have mentioned that as well.
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November 7, 2012 12:30:21 PM

Yuka said:
Try the 14" chassis from Sager.

http://www.sagernotebook.com/index.php?page=product_cus...

In there you can put an i7 and AFAIK, they all come with backlit keyboards.

Cheers!

Thank you for the suggestion and the link. It looks like it doesn't have an Ethernet port (unless I missed it) for times when only wired internet connectivity is available.
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November 7, 2012 2:54:26 PM

calmlikeabomb said:
why? for software development?

There is a good deal on the Y580 now - 900$ for the 1080p model:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/84221-35-lenovo-y580-...

Thanks! That looks like a good deal; it would be even better if the RAM could be upgraded to 16 GB (I know many people think no one needs that). I have also been looking at the Y580 in recent days but probably missed this.
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November 7, 2012 3:12:39 PM

jss2020 said:
Thank you for the suggestion and the link. It looks like it doesn't have an Ethernet port (unless I missed it) for times when only wired internet connectivity is available.


You'd have to ask that, but mine came with one although it didn't say it did.

Also, there's the 11" chassis with the i7: http://www.sagernotebook.com/index.php?page=product_cus...

Cheers!
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November 8, 2012 6:22:52 AM

calmlikeabomb said:
There is a good deal on the Y580 now - 900$ for the 1080p model:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/84221-35-lenovo-y580-...

Thanks for sharing that. It was a very good deal but I wasted the whole day and when I tried to place the order at night, by the time I had gone through the customization options (wasn't necessary), I was 5 minutes too late. Entirely my own mistake.
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November 8, 2012 6:26:25 AM

drej983 said:
This laptop meets all your requirements and has pretty good reviews, Im thinking about getting one myself.
http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/Len...

The backlit keyboard is very nice, but it has no fancy color changing or anything

Thanks for sharing that. It was a pretty good deal but due to my own mistake I missed the expiration deadline by a few minutes.
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a b D Laptop
November 8, 2012 7:24:05 AM

Sears had another 1920x1080 model for 950$:
http://goo.gl/LqL0Z

the site is now down, but watch for it. Also, you can be pretty sure you'll see such prices if you'll wait enough time

are you a student?
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a b D Laptop
November 8, 2012 8:45:06 AM

wow, wait, it is still there!
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November 8, 2012 11:13:18 AM

calmlikeabomb said:
Sears had another 1920x1080 model for 950$:
http://goo.gl/LqL0Z

the site is now down, but watch for it. Also, you can be pretty sure you'll see such prices if you'll wait enough time

are you a student?

Man, you are good! How do you find all these deals? :-) Also, always a student but not in the traditional sense. Just a freelance one. :) 
BTW, would Lenovo honor the warranty (it should) even if the product is sold by Sears?

Update: I looked at the Sears page again and it seems to be a "marketplace item". I hope the Lenovo mentioned is the company and not someone who has selected that as his username.
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November 8, 2012 11:24:24 AM

Folks,

I am a novice in these forums and would like your advice regarding forum netiquette. This is a general question and not specific to this thread.

If several people give very useful responses to a question, how does one decide which one to mark as the "best answer"?

Thanks!
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November 8, 2012 12:17:55 PM

Mark the one which solves the problem or which one you r gonna buy in this case!!!.....
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November 8, 2012 1:53:42 PM

Best answer selected by jss2020.
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November 8, 2012 1:55:19 PM

Amartya said:
Mark the one which solves the problem or which one you r gonna buy in this case!!!.....

Thanks! It would be nice if one could mark more than one response in some cases.
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a b D Laptop
November 8, 2012 5:36:34 PM

jss2020 said:
Man, you are good! How do you find all these deals? :-) Also, always a student but not in the traditional sense. Just a freelance one. :) 
BTW, would Lenovo honor the warranty (it should) even if the product is sold by Sears?

Update: I looked at the Sears page again and it seems to be a "marketplace item". I hope the Lenovo mentioned is the company and not someone who has selected that as his username.


The 900$ one is still available
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November 15, 2012 3:31:32 PM

Yuka said:
You can help the other forum members by making a little review of the unit when you get it.

Here's a link to the sticky:

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/63513-35-official-lap...


That's a good idea. I'll try do as you have suggested. It's still over a week before the time I expect to receive the computer.
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November 15, 2012 3:35:00 PM

calmlikeabomb said:
The 900$ one is still available


I am not sure if it's the same system but I went with one for 1049. Today it is listed for 1449 again.
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November 21, 2012 1:05:32 AM

I have cancelled the order with Lenovo. First they said the system would ship on Nov. 17th and yesterday they said it would ship on December 20th. I just couldn't wait that long.
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November 21, 2012 3:35:42 PM

And what are you going to do?

Cheers!
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November 25, 2012 5:28:25 AM

Yuka said:
And what are you going to do?

Cheers!

For the next few weeks I have access to a laptop so I can wait a bit before ordering my own computer. I am thinking whether I should save some more and then get something like the W530 with more memory and an SSD. But that would probably cost $1500+. What do you think about the W530 or other similar systems?
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November 26, 2012 1:14:22 PM

http://www.lenovo.com/products/us/laptop/thinkpad/w-ser...

Looks like a solid computer, but I don't know... If you need an sturdy computer and something that can handle tough care, do get it. If you're careful with computers/laptops, you could get something less sturdy and get a better components deal. Depending on the warranty (and buying extensions for working lappies) is an excellent idea as well.

That's my impression.

Cheers!
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November 27, 2012 6:49:47 PM

Yuka said:
http://www.lenovo.com/products/us/laptop/thinkpad/w-ser...

Looks like a solid computer, but I don't know... If you need an sturdy computer and something that can handle tough care, do get it. If you're careful with computers/laptops, you could get something less sturdy and get a better components deal. Depending on the warranty (and buying extensions for working lappies) is an excellent idea as well.

Thanks! I'll keep your suggestions in mind.
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December 1, 2012 4:40:23 AM

I can't believe how unprofessional Lenovo is. The people in customer service in its Indian call-center are totally ignorant and don't even have access to basic info.

In any case, I cancelled the order on Nov. 19th when the Indian guy told me the shipping date had slipped to December 20th. Yesterday, Lenovo charged my credit card, a good 10 days after cancellation. Today they sent an email saying the system had been shipped on Nov. 29th.

I am not going to accept delivery of a system just because they want to force it on me even after I cancelled it. Lenovo has wasted many hours of my time. I don't care how good its computers are. The company itself sucks big time, IMO.
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December 2, 2012 6:58:19 PM

What? Really?

That's horrible. You should really get some answers from them. It's not even a couple of cents we're talking about here... =/

Cheers!
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December 3, 2012 6:50:18 AM

Yuka said:
What? Really?

That's horrible. You should really get some answers from them. It's not even a couple of cents we're talking about here... =/

Cheers!

Yes, it's surreal; one doesn't expect something like this to actually happen. I'll contact their North Carolina office in the morning and try to sort things out. I have spent the weekend trying to contact customer service on phone, chat and email without success.
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