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hey all!

At the moment i am looking to replace an old laptop for college. i am mainly going to use it for college, might game a little bit on it as well but i wont really mind setting graphics to as low as possible if necessary. i want a 15.6" screen, nothing bigger granted that will only affect me in a negative way.

ill start with noting my budget. i'm looking to spend about 500-600 euros(in the Netherlands) which usually equals down to like 500-600 dollars in the US if the laptop is even for sale over here.

generally you can get a 15.6" laptop with a Intel core i5 2410m here for about 500-600 euros.

I am currently looking at the: Lenovo thinkpad b570, Asus X53E-SX107V, Asus A53SJ-SX230V, Asus K53SV-SX146V and a couple others that i cba to look up the model names.

now some of them are using the standard intel hd 3000 graphics, and some the nvidia gt520m/gt540m. now i am quite concerned about the battery life of the laptops with these dedicated graphics card. will they be much worse than the ones with integrated graphics or will it matter not much if they are not running intensive tasks(typical website browsing/word/excell/non intensive computer tasks).

thanks all in advance!
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Do any of those Asus models support Optimus?

My Sager with a gt555m gets 4-5 hour battery life because it switches over to the Intel gpu when I'm not gaming.
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