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  1. Mathloom

    Mathloom Shameless Optimist
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    Hi all,

    I'm looking to buy a laptop but am confused about what's best for me, so I need some advice.

    Here are the things I know:

    - I want a 14 or 15 inch screen.
    - Battery life is important, something above average.

    - Fairly light, though this is a luxury more than a necessity.
    - Need an in-built webcam, average quality is fine.
    - HDMI output would be sweet, but again, more of a luxury.

    - Don't care about hard disk space, I put everything on an external drive anyway.
    - Don't need the numeric pad on the keyboard.

    The most important thing is media (watching movies, dvd's, streaming stuff) and I play football manager which (from what I've been told) runs better with higher RAM (I used to think I need a quicker processor).

    What do I need to get? Which brands are great/terrible? What's a decent budget for these specs? Is $1000 a fair budget?

    Appreciate the help!
     
  2. thegary

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    iPad will do the trick.
     
  3. rhadamanthus

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    I'm in the same boat as Mathloom. Looking to finally upgrade but I am totally out of the technical loop anymore.

    Looking for something smaller (14") with the only real power demand being the ability to run the occasional game of civ5 and power through a massive amount of photos and movies. Cheaper is better, but I don't want a POS either. Anyone have some pointers/ideas?

    Thanks.
     
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    exopc.com
     
  5. Mathloom

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    With a 14 or 15 inch screen that has a dvd player, USB slot and webcam?

    lol I've been using the ipad for a few days, it's cool but it doesn't meet my needs, though it's fun to work with.
     
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    Asus U35JC $800

    * Intel Core i3-370M Processor 2.4GHz
    * 4GB of DDR3 1066MHz RAM (2x2GB, 2 slots
    * 500GB SATA Hard Drive (5400 RPM); No optical drive
    * 13.3" HD LED Display; NV 310M 1G DDR3 + Intel GMA HD (Optimus Technology)NVIDIA® GeForce® 310M
    * Windows 7 Home Premium Operating System (64 bit); 802.11 b/g/n HDMI port; up to 10 hours of battery life
     
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    U43JC $999 ($150 GC is still valid, drops price to $849)
    * Intel Core-i5-450M Processor 2.4GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 2.66GHz
    * Nvidia G310M Graphics Engine with 1 GB DDR3 Dedicated VRAM and Optimus Technology
    * 4 GB of DDR3 1066MHz DRAM (2 GB x 2 slots), 4 GB Max; Intel Wireless 802.11 b/g/n + WiDi
    * 500 GB Hard Drive (5400 RPM); Super Multi Optical Disk Drive; Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit) Operating System
    * 14-Inch HD (1366x768) LED Display; HDMI Port; USB 3.0 port; 8 cell 5600mAh battery (up to 10hrs battery life)
     
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    damn that's nice. Now if only I could find something equivalent for sub $800...
     
  9. saitou

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    My only advice is not to buy Lenovo unless you get to thoroughly test the model you want to buy. Bought the Y450 which was cheap for its features at the time and works well under normal conditions except it has very bad over heating problems when the separate GPU kicks in for graphic intensive games. It will shutdown after a couple of minutes of play due to overheating (living in a hot country doesn't help). To play games I have to open up the bottom plastic cover and put it on top of a notebook cooler.

    If you want big screen but light, have you considered macbook air? I've been considering getting one purely for work, but I need Microsoft Word for work.
     
  10. Mathloom

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    I like this one, I'm going to look into it, thanks!

    What if I do something like a customized laptop? I stumbled onto this page:

    http://laptops.overam.com/mirage-custom-laptop.php?custom_laptop=8410

    Are these worth looking at?
     
  11. Mathloom

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    I really don't like working with apple products honestly. I'm tired of using them, very bored with them and with debating their pros/cons.

    I just feel like I'm not getting value for money when I buy an apple product, but then again maybe that's just my bad luck with them. Who knows.

    I suggest you try the macbook out before buying it. It's definitely convenient for everyday use, and you can get Microsoft Office on it. Hell, you can install Microsoft Windows on part of the drive if you really wanted to.
     
  12. lpbman

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    Recommend using that GC on this
    Kingston SSD 128 GB

    and an external usb enclosure after you swap out the 500gb drive


    SSD's are like broadband, once you've tried one you can't go back.
     
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    I'm also afraid of using Apple... a lifetime of using Windows makes me feel like a dummy when I'm fumbling around the OS of macs at the mac shop haha. The problem is, the size of the macbook air is perfect for me, and no other notebook maker makes devices in that type of size. Screen and keyboard size of a notebook but weight of a netbook, with windows devices it seems to be either/or.
     
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    Aren't the write times on SSD's slower than normal HDs? Or have they improved?
     
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    There ya go. You can never go wrong with one of those.
     
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    They have improved, and will destroy the 2.5 inch 5400rpm offering that ASUS laptop.
     
  17. Mathloom

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    Well, there's this one which is fairly similar:

    http://www.laptopmag.com/review/laptops/asus-u45jc-a1.aspx
     
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    Macbook Pro
     
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    This.
     

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