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I am starting to look around for a new laptop to replace my older 16" Acer

What I NEED:
12-14" screen
At least 6 hours of battery life
Nice build quality
SB CPU, This is mandatory
Decent Webcam
User-Replaceable HDD, which is a given on most laptops


What I don't want:
Touchscreen
Glossy Case
Optical Drive isn't necessary
Don't need bluetooth
I don't want a bulky gaming laptop, have a desktop for that
Don't really want a macbook
Cheap plastic
Toshiba, just not a fan of the materials used

Bonuses:
Backlit Keyboard
High Res Screen


Budget: I am for sure keeping it under $1k, and will wait for deals once I find what I want, this purchase isn't urgent

I have been looking a bit and so far I have come up with the following:
Lenovo X220
Lenovo T420

Actually, pretty much any Lenovo that is 14 or under with a SB cpu. Any gems out there that I don't know of? I've seen some nice Dell Business laptops but they seem to be a bit pricey
Edited by col musstard - 5/15/11 at 1:49pm
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post #2 of 27
Toshiba Portege R835 fits ALL requirements, solid build, SB, USB3, optical, good webcam, obviously replaceable HDD, 13.3" (I believe <3.5lbs), no gloss, slim and sleek, no bulk.

This is the only good Toshiba, trust me on this, my friend owns one and it is great and built like a rock with 6.5 hrs of web use battery life.

More expensive, the Lenovo T420s.
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post #3 of 27
Well you already have the Lenovo T420 listed and I was going to suggest that. If you are a student you can get it with the 2410m, a 1600x900 res screen, 4GB RAM for $720 or something like that, google "Lenovo T420 slickdeals" and the first link should have a code thats good for 10% off. I just found out yesterday that the T420 is still made out of magnesium so that's a plus, really the best your going to get for the price, there are other laptops out there with the same hardware but not the same quality.
post #4 of 27
Another suggestion - take a look at this Sony Vaio. 7-8 hour battery life in integrated graphics mode, quality i5/i7 CPU options, minimum of 4 GB RAM, user-replaceable HDD, and more. I have the upgraded version with the i7/6630m and love it - I use it as my main machine now!

http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/...52921644768017
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post #5 of 27
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So far I'm liking the T420 the most. The nice res on that screen is a definite plus.

Anyone know how taxing skype would be on the i5-2410 or similar cpu? Using skype(video call) through ubuntu on my C2D T5800@2ghz takes about 50% cpu power, and gets a bit warm to use on my lap for extended periods of time
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post #6 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by col musstard View Post
So far I'm liking the T420 the most. The nice res on that screen is a definite plus.

Anyone know how taxing skype would be on the i5-2410 or similar cpu? Using skype(video call) through ubuntu on my C2D T5800@2ghz takes about 50% cpu power, and gets a bit warm to use on my lap for extended periods of time
I have a T520 with a i5-2520M that I use skype on for video calling. Ive only had the notebook a few days but it definitely doesn't get hot and the fans don't rev up or anything. As far as cpu utilization goes I really haven't checked. Also get the T420. You'll love it.
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post #7 of 27
Alienware has very good quality if you have the money.
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post #8 of 27
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Originally Posted by backfire103 View Post
I have a T520 with a i5-2520M that I use skype on for video calling. Ive only had the notebook a few days but it definitely doesn't get hot and the fans don't rev up or anything. As far as cpu utilization goes I really haven't checked. Also get the T420. You'll love it.
Thanks, I didn't think it would be too bad

Anybody know the best time of year to buy a lenovo? I know there are always coupons out, but is there a certain time of year that coupons are the best? I can wait a few months if it will get me a great deal


and @alienware suggestion: I would consider the m14x, but I don't game much, and the gaming I do can be done on my desktop
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post #9 of 27
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Originally Posted by csm725 View Post
Toshiba Portege R835 fits ALL requirements, solid build, SB, USB3, optical, good webcam, obviously replaceable HDD, 13.3" (I believe <3.5lbs), no gloss, slim and sleek, no bulk.

This is the only good Toshiba, trust me on this, my friend owns one and it is great and built like a rock with 6.5 hrs of web use battery life.

More expensive, the Lenovo T420s.
Your post is entirely opinion. DO NOT state that Toshiba is crap or anything of the sort. My Qosmio speaks for itself.

For the OP, either of the two choices you've selected seem to be the best for what you need. Since you rely on your desktop for gaming, anything above that would seem folly, if you catch my meaning.
     
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post #10 of 27
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Originally Posted by Imglidinhere View Post
Your post is entirely opinion. DO NOT state that Toshiba is crap or anything of the sort. My Qosmio speaks for itself.

For the OP, either of the two choices you've selected seem to be the best for what you need. Since you rely on your desktop for gaming, anything above that would seem folly, if you catch my meaning.
Him saying that was because I said no Toshiba. As I personally do not like the materials used, they look and feel cheap to me. Just my personal opinion
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