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Old February 26, 2010, 04:50 PM
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Default laptop for around $900?

I've been keeping my eye on a laptop for a while but there's just so many and various opinions on them...for e.g.:

1) avoid nvidia for bump gate - get ATI
2) avoid HP, Acer - get ASUS or Lenovo - consider/disregard Dell ... ummmm...???
3) go for 2hrs battery life for gaming... go for 4hrs + .... ???
4) Intel or AMD cpu (I'm convinced to go for an Intel cpu... one thing I'm sure on...
5) budget? stretch it? don't stretch it... pick a limit... or? lol!
6) buy now.... wait until new releases.... ?????? could be waiting for ever, though...
7) which resolution?
8) LED or no LED?
9) buy from where? Customize or buy from computer store or big box store or????
10) AHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!

Okay, seriously, this is what I'm waiting for:

*LED backlit screen preferred
*high res preferred - min.1440 x 900 or higher
*eSATA port and at least one digital video port (HDMI or DVI)
*Intel cpu that supports virtualization
*discrete/dedicated graphics card
*$900 but wonder if I should save for a bit higher... not sure

I am building a budget system before any laptop purchase but I am not sure what the hardware spec priorities should be... but, I would like to get the above

I'd use it for the same purposes as the deskop generally, 3D, photo/video editing, photoshop capabilities, watching videos/movies, surfing etc.etc.

Any good choices that fit?

I don't have any brand preferences but I tend to avoid the lowest models of any brand.... they might be cheaper but I think I'd ultimately be disappointed with them...

It would be good to have some ideas for when I really shop... :)
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Old February 26, 2010, 10:09 PM
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You did not mention what screen size you wanted but i will list a couple laptops that i think might be close to what you're looking for.

ASUS N61JQ-A1 (16" HD LED Core i7, ATI Graphics)
NCIX.com - Buy ASUS N61JQ-A1 Core i7 720 Quad Core Radeon 5730 1GB 500GB 4GB 16IN HD LED WIN7 Home Premium Notebook - N61JQ-A1 In Canada.
$1,149.99

ASUS K52JR-A1 (15.6" HD LED Core i5, ATI Graphics)
NCIX.com - Buy ASUS K52JR-A1 Intel Core i5 430M 4GB 500GB 15.4IN HD Radeon 5470 Windows 7 Premium Notebook Brown - K52JR-A1 In Canada.
$1,019.99

ASUS K72JR-QHDA1-CBIL (17.3" HD LED Core i3, ATI Graphics)
NCIX.com - Buy ASUS K72JR-QHDA1-CBIL Intel i3 350M 4GB 320GB 17.3IN HD+ Radeon HD5470 Windows 7 Premium Notebook - K72JR-QHDA1-CBIL In Canada.
$929.99

If you check out NCIX and go to the Laptop section and than select "Gaming - ATI" you will find a few more ASUS models to look at, but if you want to stay around $900 you might need to pick a ASUS laptop with an Nvidia card in it. If you selectl the "Gaming - Nvidia" section on NCIX.com you will find there are a lot more laptops priced around $899-$999 than in the "Gaming - ATI" section.
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Old March 10, 2010, 02:25 PM
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Are Samsung laptops any good?

NCIX.com - Buy Samsung R780 Intel Core i5 430M 4GB 500GB 17.3IN HD+ GeForce GT330M Windows 7 Premium Notebook - NP-R780-JS01CA In Canada.

How would it compare to Asus ones, HP, Sony Vaio F and Thinkpads?
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Old March 10, 2010, 02:51 PM
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Gateway 15.6" Intel Core i3-330M 2.13GHz Laptop (NV5909H) - Black - Future Shop
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Old March 10, 2010, 03:46 PM
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Not bad but no LED screen or eSATA. Typical of Acer and they bought Gateway so.... I'll pass.
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