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Old November 23, 2010, 04:30 PM
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So i am finding my self gaming less and less and feel my gaming rig is for the most part a space heater and a rather expensive one at that. I feel it is time to move to something more energy efficient. So i am looking for suggestions. I would like to stick to name brand vendors for the after support. I would be getting atleast a 2-3 year on site accidental damage warranty. I have considered options from dell ( not my first choice. Lenovo (t400/t500/w500) or hp (envy series). Here is the criteria.

1. Must be able to run photoshop cs5 and lightroom 3
2. Must be under 2 grand or close to it (+200 is ok)
3. Must have display port or minidisplay port
4. Dedicated graphics memory would be a plus
5. Must feel solidly built
6. doesn't need to he light as it's not going with me every where
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Old November 23, 2010, 04:33 PM
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I'm not going to suggest what everyone would expect. THE HP ENVY SERIES. If I hadn't have bought my MBP I would have snagged one of those, they have a nice solid feel to them, their customer service is supposedly quite good as well.
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Old November 23, 2010, 04:58 PM
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I'm not going to suggest what everyone would expect. THE HP ENVY SERIES. If I hadn't have bought my MBP I would have snagged one of those, they have a nice solid feel to them, their customer service is supposedly quite good as well.
Yeah, I'd have to agree. ASUS has some decent desktop-replacement "laptops" too.

The new Dell XPS's seem decent spec wise too but aren't the prettiest machines. However it seems that's not a major concern for you.
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the problem with asus is that if i want any work done i need to mail it in. i would much rather pay extra for onsite service which asus doesn't provide the last time i checked. and yes aesthetics are a nice to have but not on the top of my list. performance is. and price both the hp envy 14 and xps i priced out are close in price and features. I guess i will be seeing who has the hp in stock in Ottawa so i can take a look. I also considered eurocom but they are way over my budget.
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Take a look at some of the HP Probooks or Elitebooks. I bought my Elitebook earlier this year and I haven't been happier.
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For the price the XPS's have my interest otherwise I would go for the Envy (in your particular case). I have a previous gen XPS (M1530) and it's been a great machine for the most part. Dell support is whatever, but you have the option for NBD service and full replacement coverage for years and years if you want it.

If warranty wasn't a big concern I would probably recommend an Asus since they have great pricing and specs.
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Old November 23, 2010, 05:46 PM
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i took look at it seems the dell config is going to be hard to beat.

Core i7-740QM
8GB DDR3
500GB 7200rpm HDD
Geforce 425GT 2GB
CD/DVD Burner
92 WHr-9cell battery
JBL 2.0 Speakers
Bluetooth
Gigabit Nic
14" lcd 1366x768
3 year advanced protection (accidental damage and in home repair)
320GB Clickfree hdd - red

$1759+tax
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I'm assuming your hooking this up to an external monitor?

And Dell will definitely have sales this season. Do not buy at full price for sure.
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i think i am sold on dell since the 15" model is the same price except it comes with a 435m and a bd-rom/dvd-rw i believe the 1759 is the " discounted price" un discounted i think it's something like $2200.
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Old November 23, 2010, 07:14 PM
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well i made my decision. I ended up with an Asus. The price and features couldn't be beat.

I ordered the following.

ASUS G73JW-A1

i can't wait for it to show up. Also once it does keep an eye out for some parts going up for sale
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