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Hey guys. I'm in need of 2 laptops, not now but in the near future. One will be a desktop replacement for my brother, the other needs to be an ultra portable for my dad when he's out of the office.

Also, would it maybe be a good idea to wait until the back to school sales start rolling in and more companies offer A series laptops or do the current SB laptops do well enough it's not worth waiting?

Laptop 1 ("Desktop replacement"):

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What is your maximum budget? $750-800
What country are you in? Canada
What will be the uses of this laptop? Desktop replacement, light gaming, office, email, CAD (2D), movies
Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you? No brand loyalty but would prefer an AMD A6 or A8 series proc.
What screen size do you require? At least 15.6" (17 preferred)
What screen resolution do you require? At least 1440x900
Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay? Any is fine but new would be preferred unless you can get a really good deal for refurb/used.
How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet) At least 5 hours.
How much hard drive space do you need? At least 600GB
Laptop 2 (Business/on the road):

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What is your maximum budget? $1000
What country are you in? Canada
What will be the uses of this laptop? Office work, dvd movies, email
Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you? AMD A series preferred but not required (Dual core A4 should be enough power).
What screen size do you require? 13.3" ONLY no bigger no smaller
What screen resolution do you require? 1280x800
Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay? NEW ONLY
How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet) 8 hours at least
Is there a certain style of laptop you want? Thin and light. Less than 4.5 lbs, doesn't need to be professional looking but definitely a plus.
How much hard drive space do you need? Minimum 320GB but 500+ preferred. SSD would be nice and an SDHC reader for extra space but I can swap out the stock HDD for an SSD (Intel 510 maybe?) and buy my own 32gb or w/e SDHC card.

Edited by Amor - 7/30/11 at 7:22pm
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looks like a good, ultra-portable Business laptop. Here's some reviews on it:

Laptop Mag: http://www.laptopmag.com/review/lapt...r835-p56x.aspx
PC Mag: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2383651,00.asp
cnet: http://reviews.cnet.com/laptops/tosh...-34449812.html

Also the Intel 510 Series SSDs are expensive. I'd go for the Crucial M4, Corsair Force 3, or Corsair Force GT.
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Thanks for the links and suggestions but I'm in Canada . The business laptop looks nice though, now to find one in Canada (I'll check the usual places like FS, BB, NCIX, Newegg.ca, etc.).

As for the SSD, the original Intel SSD's have never failed me and seem to be more geared towards "corporate/enterprise" installs (ie. generally more "stable" than say OCZ and their SSD debacle or other companies who may not have stable controllers and sometimes brick) than pure performance (although performance can't hurt).
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Thanks for the links and suggestions but I'm in Canada . The business laptop looks nice though, now to find one in Canada (I'll check the usual places like FS, BB, NCIX, Newegg.ca, etc.).

As for the SSD, the original Intel SSD's have never failed me and seem to be more geared towards "corporate/enterprise" installs (ie. generally more "stable" than say OCZ and their SSD debacle or other companies who may not have stable controllers and sometimes brick) than pure performance (although performance can't hurt).
If your worried about stability and reliability I'd suggest Intel or Crucial but your going to pay a premium for Intel. Both companies have good quality drives. Although Corsair drives are more likely to fail than Intel and Crucial drives (but no where close to OCZ), they have outstanding customer support if you ever had to go through them.

Also what might work is if you have a relative or good friend in the US you can have them but the laptop, then have them ship it to you to avoid the higher price, sales tax, and outrageous tax they charge to have electronics shipped into Canada. I don't know much about it, that's just from what I've heard.
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For your replacement laptop, check out the HP DV6z LLano's. there are several threads over at notebookreview.com in the HP/Pavillion forum that document the heck out of these LLano lappies. May be exactly what you're looking for at a total price with 1080p screen at around 800.00 US. Nothing really competes except its Sandy Bridge brother, the dv6T.
There are 30 percent off HP coupons in effect at moment. I suppose if you don't have to buy soon, you can wait to see what everyone else comes out with, but I don't see anything on the horizon that competes at that price. Lenovo, Toshiba , and Asus have released their first LLano's and frankly they don't come close.

The hp's are unlocked. They can be overclocked, undervolted, come with very nice specs..3510mx at I think 1.8 turbo to 2.5/blue ray, wifi n with bluetooth, fingerprint reader, stout chassis, excellent keyboard, Beats Audio, integrated camera, 6 gigs of ram, 640gig to 1gig hd, 2 usb 3.0 and 2 usb 2.0, both vga and hdmi video out, dedicated amd 6750m video card and a 120 watt power brick. A few driver details to be worked out, but its a brand new machine. It also runs cool, no hotspots on the chassis, and unless gaming, amazingly quiet. Lastly, you can get 2 kinds of 6cell (about 5 hours) and/or a 9cell (I got both for an extra sixty bucks). insane battery life for this kind of power, especially when undervolted. Seems to be one heck of a deal and the performance is only going to get better as the drivers/bios are worked out.

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For your replacement laptop, check out the HP DV6z LLano's. there are several threads over at notebookreview.com in the HP/Pavillion forum that document the heck out of these LLano lappies. May be exactly what you're looking for at a total price with 1080p screen at around 800.00 US. Nothing really competes except its Sandy Bridge brother, the dv6T.
There are 30 percent off HP coupons in effect at moment. I suppose if you don't have to buy soon, you can wait to see what everyone else comes out with, but I don't see anything on the horizon that competes at that price. Lenovo, Toshiba , and Asus have released their first LLano's and frankly they don't come close.

The hp's are unlocked. They can be overclocked, undervolted, come with very nice specs..3510mx at I think 1.8 turbo to 2.5/blue ray, wifi n with bluetooth, fingerprint reader, stout chassis, excellent keyboard, Beats Audio, integrated camera, 6 gigs of ram, 640gig to 1gig hd, 2 usb 3.0 and 2 usb 2.0, both vga and hdmi video out, dedicated amd 6750m video card and a 120 watt power brick. A few driver details to be worked out, but its a brand new machine. It also runs cool, no hotspots on the chassis, and unless gaming, amazingly quiet. Lastly, you can get 2 kinds of 6cell (about 5 hours) and/or a 9cell (I got both for an extra sixty bucks). insane battery life for this kind of power, especially when undervolted. Seems to be one heck of a deal and the performance is only going to get better as the drivers/bios are worked out.

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To add to this, the A6-3400M clocked at 1.4/2.3 turbo and the A8-3500M clocked at 1.5/2.4 turbo are both have a 35W TDP while the A8-3510MX clocked at 1.8/2.5 turbo and the A8-3530MX clocked at 1.9/2.6 turbo both have a 45W TDP. If you want the best battery life get the 35W APU's.

The A6-3400M has 6520G graphics with 320:16:8 shaders (Vertex shader/Geometry shader/Pixel shader) and is clocked at 400 Mhz. The A8-3500M, A8-3510MX, and A8-3530MX all have 6620G graphics with 400:20:8 shaders (Vertex shader/Geometry shader/Pixel shader) and is clocked at 444 Mhz. Here's a video of the A6-3400M playing Starcraft 2, it runs really well, the A8 APU's should be even better for gaming. Also, gaming performance rely's heavily on memory bandwidth and latency as they use system memory.


Edit: Here's a review on the HP Pavilion dv6-6110eg with an A6-3410MX:
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-...k.57360.0.html
Edited by Ecstacy - 7/31/11 at 12:55pm
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