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Old February 18, 2010, 01:27 AM
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Default 13-14 inch portable laptop with better than intel 4500mhd

I'm looking a for preferably a thin and light laptop with a graphics card. When I mean light, I mean around 5 pounds or less. I will probably be carrying this around almost everyday. All I've seen with the 13-14 inch laptops are intel 4500s. I will be doing light gaming, maybe some fps gaming, and for sure hd videos. A core i3 or i5 would be wonderful since I like having newer things . My budget is maximum 1000, and that's really really pushing it. I would really prefer it to be around 800, but I don't know if that's enough. ANY help would be greatly appreciated. Please do not hesistate to comment.

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Old February 18, 2010, 03:28 AM
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x4500 will not play much of anything, I would recommend strongly against it for any gaming use except flash based games. You are gonna have to either sacrifice some processor power to get a dedicated graphics card or not care about gaming to come in under your budget if you ask me.
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Old February 18, 2010, 05:51 AM
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Usually manufacturers don't pair up the better processor / GPU options with smaller sized screens.

One option is the upcoming ASUS K42JR-A1 though.
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Old February 18, 2010, 05:57 PM
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Usually manufacturers don't pair up the better processor / GPU options with smaller sized screens.

One option is the upcoming ASUS K42JR-A1 though.
I know, but i'm sure there has to be some. These are all really good suggestions, and they fit my preference perfectly, but can it go any cheaper?
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Old February 19, 2010, 07:41 AM
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ASUS UL30Vt, U3Sg.
HP DV3 and DM3 series had an AMD series with HD3200, and a newer one with Intel+G105m such as this one: HP Pavilion dv3 13.3'' - Toronto Computers For Sale - Kijiji Toronto
In the 14" category theres quite a few more options, like the dell studio's. Oh yes, there is also a the Dell XPS 1340 (9500m).
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Old February 19, 2010, 09:31 AM
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Yup those Dell Studio 14s would suit you, as would that Asus SKY mentioned. There's also the brand new Alienware M11x starting at $899.
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I just did a quick search and came up with the following:

5.3lbs
ASUS K42JR-A1
3.7lbs
ASUS UL30VT-A1
4lbs
ASUS UL80VT-A1
4.8lbs
ASUS U30JC-A1 - XOTIC PC - ASUS Notebook
5.2lbs
ASUS X83VP-A1

I used that company due to it's ability to conduct a "custom" search but I don't know if they're all available in Canada.
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Old February 20, 2010, 06:16 PM
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It's about time that there is a good availability of these kind of laptops. I don't like the fact that all gaming laptops used to be 17" and 11 pounds.
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Old February 21, 2010, 05:23 AM
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I have the ASUS UL80VT and while it can play games I would not call it a gaming laptop. These thin ultra-portables get very hot when gaming and need a cooling pad. Playing games at the native resolution also means turning down some settings or live with stuttering. I do love my laptop and it has become my main PC since I cannot be tied to my desktop. I would call these "Budget light gaming" notebooks. If gaming is going to be anything but casual, you gotta go bigger and spend more money.
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You can get a Thinkpad T410 with i5-520M for about $1000 (with added 3 year warranty) now thanks to the various EPP programs (look over at RedFlagdeals). That's definitely my pick.
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