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I'm looking for a laptop to buy asap, I'm of course familiar with the hardware but I've never been into portables so I need help from a few experts I already read a few pages of threads and I couldn't find my answer.

What is your maximum budget? 400€? Maybe a bit more. I use geizhals.at/de for pricing so feel free to suggest models that are a little out of my budget.

What country are you in? Germany/Italy (depends on where the better price is although I'd prefer a laptop with italian keyboard)

What will be the uses of this laptop? Browsing and other very basic activities. I have no interest in gaming on this one, therefore dedicated gpus are useless (waste of money AND battery life).

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you? I'd prefer a Lenovo IBM, but feel free to suggest other stuff. I don't want however companies with a horrible customer service that use low quality stuff on their products (yes, I'm looking at you, Dell and Acer)

What screen size do you require? 13" or bigger. No netbooks please

What screen resolution do you require? 1366x768 minimum, at least I can watch my 720p rips.

Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay? I have some serious bad luck so I care about full warranty. New would of course be good, but if you find a refurbished/recertefied with full warranty then I'm in.

How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet) A LOT. I don't know what's the standard battery life on modern laptops so I'm not going to define a minimum, let's just say that I don't want to plug it in every few hours.

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings? No modern games. Probably very old games (Deus Ex) and/or very light ones (Touhou), nothing else. In my priorities, gaming is veeery low.

What operating system do you need? (if any) If W7 comes by default it's good, otherwise anything will go (hell, even FreeDOS)

Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.) No cheap casing, aluminum is of course a plus, preferably black or white but any scale of gray and decent color will suffice. No glossy would be best but it isn't much important.

How much hard drive space do you need? Don't even look at this, I'm planning to swap the HDD with a 40gb SSD (that means of course, user-swappable HDD is a must)

Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.) Sandy bridge CPU (i3?) with IGP is what I was looking for, as far as I know SB laptops should have a good battery life.
eSATA would be a plus, but not vital. DVD drive isn't 100% needed so it isn't important if you suggest a laptop that doesn't have one.
I'd prefer a glossy screen, I've heard that matte displays annihilate picture quality.
Bluetooth is a plus, WiFi is a must

Is there anything else we need to know? My high priorities are: HIGH QUALITY COMPONENTS (and therefore, durability), battery life, price, respectable customer support and warranty. I don't care about high performance CPUs and GPUs.

I heard that Lenovo makes a ton of discounts on Thinkpads for students, if you find a good one in my countries within my price range I'll be very happy (and of course I'll rep you to death )

I appreciate any help.
     
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I just got this a half hour ago

Maybe this is something you are looking for?!?!

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...omepage-_-Spot 01a-_-CatId_17_A180-156101_D
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I recommend Fujitsu or Lenovo.
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Originally Posted by BankaiKiller View Post
I just got this a half hour ago

Maybe this is something you are looking for?!?!

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...omepage-_-Spot 01a-_-CatId_17_A180-156101_D
Not really
- US
- Acer
- Dedicated GPU












But mostly

Battery Life: Up to 3.33 hours?


No but, seriously, I was looking for something with at least 4-5 real life hours.
     
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Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
Samsung 850 Evo SSD 256GB Hitachi Ultrastar 2x 2TB Thermalright Macho Rev.A 3x Delta AFB1212SH 120x25 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
3x Delta AFC1512DG 150x50 Windows 10 Education Samsung S27A850D Das Keyboard Model S Ultimate 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Dell H1000E-00 1000W + Seasonic SS-350ES Fractal Design Arc Midi R1 Mionix Naos QG Mionix Alioth XL 
AudioAudio
Pioneer VSX-420 + Onkyo HTP-501 Shure SE215 
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Intel Pentium G630 Supermicro X9SCM-F Samsung DDR3 8GB ECC Thermalright AXP200 Muscle + Delta AFB1212SH 
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