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Old February 24, 2011, 12:08 PM
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Default Which 14 inch laptop under 1000 USD to buy?

Hi,
Looking for a new laptop.
So far, Iím buying this one:

Acer Aspire TimelineX AS4820TG-6847

Newegg.com - Acer Aspire TimelineX AS4820TG-6847 NoteBook Intel Core i5 480M(2.66GHz) 14" 4GB Memory DDR3 1066 640GB HDD 5400rpm DVD Super Multi AMD Radeon HD 6550M

But wanted to make sure, there is nothing better in that price range.
So the requirements:

14 inch screen
i5 CPU (maybe Sandy bridge?) (is it worth it, if Iím getting discrete graphics anyway ?)
Decent discrete graphics (no less than that acerís 6550m)
Light (up to 2.5kg or so)
Good battery life (4hrs +)
Decent build quality Ė no cheap plastics
No real brand preference: I owned 2 acer travelmate in the last 5 years and no problem. Maybe not MSI
Price up to 1000 USD
Must be available in retail (US) by middle of March 2011

(donít care about HDD,RAM and OS as Iíll upgrade that to SSD etc. anyway)

This got my attention too, but the graphics is weaker in the Acer:
HP EliteBook 8460p

HP EliteBook 8460p Notebook PC overview - HP Small & Medium Business products

I would appreciate any thoughts and suggestions.

thanks
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Old February 24, 2011, 02:06 PM
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Pleeaase tell me that HP has IR hidden somewhere on the front of the base!.. and includes a remote for use with said IR.. and that I can add in a 1440x900 or higher res panel.
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