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Hey guys. Looking to buy a laptop for school next year.

What I want:
core i5/i7
~15" screen
1680x1050 or higher resolution (although it seems that 1080p is the new fad)
~7hour battery life
dedicated graphics (switchable is ok, as I doubt it can meet the battery life otherwise)
I'm not nailing down price until I see what's out there.

The GF555M and 460M seem to be good powerhouses without completely breaking the bank, though its hard to say no to this MSI with the 560M.

Are there really any good laptops with my required battery life other than a Macbook Pro (which I won't be getting)?
Edited by nategr8ns - 6/3/11 at 7:57pm
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post #2 of 13
The Sager NP5165 is an excellent choice but you can't get 7 hours out of it. Maybe close with most programs off and WiFi off.
post #3 of 13
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I heard closer to 3 hours on that Sager. My biggest issue with it. My only other issue is that the graphics card isn't as great as it could be.
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post #4 of 13
Seems like you really need the performance. What will you be doing with the laptop? 7 hours is very tough to get with a superior GPU and a 1080p screen.
post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 
Everything from a gaming to autoCAD. I dabble in computer game level-mapping and programming as well.
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post #6 of 13
I think Sager might be your best choice on this one..
    
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post #7 of 13
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Quote:
Originally Posted by The Architect View Post
I think Sager might be your best choice on this one..
But what do I do about battery life? Sager/Clevo don't make any higher-capacity batteries than its sold with, do they?
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post #8 of 13
You'd have to get multiple batteries... as long as you can find an outlet to use for a minute or two, you'll be able to replace them without turning the system off.
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post #9 of 13
The reason why I hate laptops is because the manufacturers have to worry so much about power consumption and therefore cut off in performance...My friend has an ASUS G73, which has an i7 and a gtx460m and if you unplug the power cable while gaming, you start lagging. No way a gaming laptop can last 7 hours...sorry!
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post #10 of 13
Since you mentioned the $1500 MSI, for a $100 more you can get a Sager laptop with a 6970m [Desktop HD6850]

http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np8150-...hm-p-2972.html
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