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I'm thinking about selling my signature rig and getting a laptop for portability. Currently all I use my desktop for is web browsing, word processing, movies, music, skype, and playing League of Legends which I don't mind quitting if it's unplayable on the laptop, so nothing too intensive.

My budget is around around $400 as I want to save money for decent headphones and a pair of earbuds, max of $500 if the benefits justify the price difference. I plan on using the laptop for at least a year and a half, maybe two years before upgrading so it needs to be fairly future proof and well built as I'll be using it as a desktop replacement. I don't want anything bigger than 15.6" as I need it to fit in a backpack, and need at least 4 hours of battery life, a webcam, and a good keyboard and trackpad. I'd also like it to be thin and light if it's possible with my budget.

If you know of any good laptops around $400 let me know. Thanks!
Edited by Tehwall - 5/15/11 at 3:49pm
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http://dealnews.com/features/Best-La...-h/458547.html

the first choice should be good.

found out the first link lead to some dead links.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/HP+-+Lap...=552179&loc=01

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Dell+-+I...=1218331587099
Edited by lilraver018 - 5/15/11 at 3:33pm
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decent battery life means 3-4 hours? for $400-500 you can get a i3 with hd graphics and it will likely lasts up to 4 hours
    
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if you dont mind a netbook this is my desktop replacement

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834220817
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You can buy my laptop in the fs section

But really getting a pc that can replace a desktop for $400 is not hard as long as you dont play games. You just need to go on Newegg and start with a power search. Also check logicbuy they sometimes have good deals.
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Originally Posted by robwadeson View Post
decent battery life means 3-4 hours? for $400-500 you can get a i3 with hd graphics and it will likely lasts up to 4 hours
Agreed. I got an Acer 13" i3 w/ hd and the battery life is more like 5-6 hours. I feel like 15.6" is way too big, so I decided to get 13" for around $530.

You might be able to find a 15.6" with the same specs for cheaper, but it'll have a battery life more around 4 hours.



Then again, you can just get one of the many dual cores that stores are trying to get rid of now that the i series is selling like hot cakes. Tigerdirect.com has plenty of those for cheap.
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Originally Posted by lilraver018 View Post
Looking at the HP G6x right now, looks nice so far, going to research it more.

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Originally Posted by robwadeson View Post
decent battery life means 3-4 hours? for $400-500 you can get a i3 with hd graphics and it will likely lasts up to 4 hours
Yeah, I'll change that, at least 4 hours, 5-6 is probably too much to ask for in this price range.

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Originally Posted by Jindaman View Post
if you dont mind a netbook this is my desktop replacement

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834220817
I was thinking about getting a netbook, but I wouldn't want one for daily use, especially cause I'm on for at least 4 hours a day and it'd cause a lot of strain and doesn't have all the power I'd need at times.

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Originally Posted by Mr. Stroker View Post
You can buy my laptop in the fs section

But really getting a pc that can replace a desktop for $400 is not hard as long as you dont play games. You just need to go on Newegg and start with a power search. Also check logicbuy they sometimes have good deals.
I've had bad experiences buying used, not saying you would, but I'd rather buy something new than save a few bucks and potentially run into trouble. I looked based on specs with my last laptop and made the mistake of choosing something based on how it looked on paper rather than how it'd be when I actually got it and ended up not liking it. I'd rather see what people suggest, then do research on them.

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Originally Posted by TheWolfe View Post
Agreed. I got an Acer 13" i3 w/ hd and the battery life is more like 5-6 hours. I feel like 15.6" is way too big, so I decided to get 13" for around $530.

You might be able to find a 15.6" with the same specs for cheaper, but it'll have a battery life more around 4 hours.



Then again, you can just get one of the many dual cores that stores are trying to get rid of now that the i series is selling like hot cakes. Tigerdirect.com has plenty of those for cheap.
I used to think 15.6" was kinda big, but I'll be using it as a desktop. I just have to compromise battery life for overall experience with my budget. I'll be using it at home 80% of the time anyways.
Edited by Tehwall - 5/15/11 at 4:02pm
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Hey i will sell u my M11x ...gets about 4 1/2 hours bat life gaming or not

i woudl do it 550 + shipping (still got warranty)
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If you could swing the extra I would look into the M11x that is a sexy little bugger.
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I suggest looking into getting a used Core2 based laptop. Current gen ones actually aren't THAT much more powerful, and they're still way more than what you need for those tasks.

The Thinkpad T400 would be my first pick for you: Full voltage C2D's, radeon 34xx, 14" 1440x900, and around 10 hrs of battery life with the 9 cell battery. I'm pretty sure they go for around $300-$400 on ebay right now.
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