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What is your maximum budget?
Around 1000 US bucks. Could be a little more or less

What country are you in?
USA

What will be the uses of this laptop?
Basically everything except gaming... I am also bringing my desktop to college for those purposes.

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?
Not really.

What screen size do you require?
Nothing in particular... 15 inches or bigger would be good.

What screen resolution do you require?
Nothing in particular... 1080p would be pretty cool.

Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay?
New

How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet)
I'm not too particular about this... I don't plan on using it for very long without being plugged in.

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings?
No games.

What operating system do you need? (if any)
Windows 7

Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.)
Not really.

How much hard drive space do you need?
Um... doesn't really matter. I'm probably only going to store word documents and stuff on it.

Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.)
Blu-Ray would be kind of cool.

Is there anything else we need to know?
I'm not too particular in my needs... I just want a laptop for internet, word use for college. I'm bringing my desktop with me so I don't need to play games on my laptop. I just want something that is pretty fast for general use. Maybe even something I can edit photos with as well.

Sorry for not being too specific... laptops are one of the areas of computer technology I'm not familiar with AT ALL.
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post #2 of 8
Since your not being very specific I am going to assume you want a 15.6" laptop with 1080p resolution and a blu-ray drive under $1000 since that shouldn't be too hard to find. I'll get to work.

http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np3250-...wconfigure=yes

Here you go, 15.6" 1080p res, i5-2410m, 4GB RAM, Nvidia gt 520m 1GB, 320GB 7200rpm hdd, blu ray reader. $906 with an OS, if you want to spend an extra $100 you can get the blu ray reader/writer if you intend to be burning blu rays.
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How would you feel about an i7 option? I should have mentioned I would prefer quad-core. Also, do you think anything over 4 GB of RAM is overkill?
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Over 4GB is overkill for a laptop and I would only do so if you got a good deal, like a free upgrade or something. A quad core isn't a bad option, not needed but it makes the laptop super future proof. Imo intel cpus are moving quickly in the mobile market and even an i5 sandy bridge will be overkill for what most people do even 3 years from now.

edit: the quad core is only +$70 so if you want it go for it, it may give you a little less battery life but you should still get 4 hours browsing and it keeps you under the $1000 budget, if you can afford it and feel like you want it always go for it.
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http://www.overclock.net/online-deal...ptop-core.html

take a look at this link, youll find a hp coupon code for about 300 off. and it's good for the dv6 and dv7 quads
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Would you be interested in my HP Envy 15?
Specs:
Core i5 520m
1920x1080 Brightview screen
ATI/AMD 5830m
8gb of ram.
Plus it has an extra slice battery that you can attach and a suede case.
Its in excellent condition too.
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If you're looking to go under budget check something like this one out.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834246144
    
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post #8 of 8
Dell XPS 15

From what I've read it's a pretty solid laptop, scored great in tests. (It's not 1080p, but I don't really know how much you'd notice that)
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