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So long story short I think I need a new laptop
(not powering on and showing green and pink bars/boxes are rarely good signs).

What is your maximum budget?
I'd be most comfortable buying something around the $700-$800 mark

What country are you in?
USA

What will be the uses of this laptop?
Watching videos, web, word processing/school projects, occasional and light gaming.

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?
Although VAIO hasn't exactly screwed me over, I wasn't thrilled by all their proprietary drivers when I switched my old laptop from Vista to 7. I've been looking at Lenovo, but I'm open to suggestions.

What screen size do you require?
Not too sure to be honest. Although bigger would probably be better, I wouldn't necessarily trade something else for a giant screen size.

What screen resolution do you require?
Along the same lines. To be safe I'll go with the "1080p" net. It kind of depends on the screen size I think. I'll be watching videos so a nice resolution would be great, but here too I'm looking for price/"performance"

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


How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet)

Not a huge deal as many of the places I'd be taking it would have outlets. To be honest I don't really know what's a reasonable amount of time, but I just need something average in this regard.

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings?
Well my old laptop really didn't do well with most games due to heat so I really only played things like Torchlight and The Secret of Monkey Island (in addition to old emulators). It would be cool to be able to play more (and at higher settings), but I'm fairly used to not being able to.


What operating system do you need? (if any)

W7 the cheaper the better. I have Professional on my desktop so if I ever need any of the features it'll be right here.

Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.)
I'm open.

How much hard drive space do you need?
Not a ton. 300-500GB would probably be more than enough. I could go for less if need be.

Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.)
Webcam would be nice. SD card reader also a plus. (If these don't come with I'll just have to buy them for my desktop anyway, so I suppose they're mandatory in a sense)

Is there anything else we need to know?
I've been looking at the Thinkpad T/L/E 420/s laptops and they look pretty good to me. I think my biggest problem is I'm tempted to buy the best hardware...despite the fact that I definitely don't need it because of my desktop. Help choosing the cheapest machine wherein I won't notice the downgrade in parts (due to the more limited use) would be exceptionally helpful
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I like HP for their customer service. I bought a dv7 1245dx from them and 18 months after I purchased it the motherboard was having slight issues (HDMI not working, one USB port not working). Even though I was 6 months out of warranty they took it back, paid shipping both ways, and fixed it when I threatened to never buy an HP product again (and proved how many I own)... good customer service.
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Toshiba is the best for me, after that..maybe dell.

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I second the Toshiba and I'm also gonna suggest an Asus.

Both are high quality laptops, although it's gonna take some research to find one to your particular liking

After further review, it seems that THIS Asus laptop would serve you well
Edited by rsfkevski - 7/31/11 at 8:53am
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Asus looks good too, the last option is build the laptop yourself on northwest computers or sagerlaptops.com

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Asus and Samsung are much higher quality than Toshiba laptops.
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Am I going to be alright with on-board graphics?
The enthusiast in me says that if I'll play any games I should stay away from it,
but with as little gaming as I plan to do on it will I really miss having a dedicated card vs the extra cash?

Also: Slightly surprised by the recommendations as I thought Thinkpads were the enthusiasts' choice laptop wise. Glad to have more to choose from though, and I'll definitely check all of those selections out. Thanks
Edited by MR_Plow - 7/31/11 at 2:28pm
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Am I going to be alright with on-board graphics?
The enthusiast in me says that if I'll play any games I should stay away from it,
but with as little gaming as I plan to do on it will I really miss having a dedicated card vs the extra cash?

Also: Slightly by the recommendations surprised as I thought Thinkpads were the enthusiast's choice laptop wise. Glad to have more to choose from though, and I'll definitely check all of those selections out. Thanks
The dedicated GPU add cost, battery and heat. For the needs that you wrote above, you don't need the power of a dedicated GPU but if you still want it, you can go with it.

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Edited by saint19 - 7/31/11 at 12:11pm
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For light gaming the integrated HD 3000 Graphics should be fine. A Discrete graphics card will produce more heat, lower the battery life, and is more expensive. Still Nvidia Optimus allows you to switch between integrated and discrete graphics based on application and workload. Also in most laptop BIOSes you should be able to completely turn off the discrete Nvidia graphics and just use the integrated graphics if you want, and when you want to game just reboot and enable it.

And I was looking at the Asus laptop rsfkevski posted for myself, Here's some review of the integrated version:
Laptop Mag: http://www.laptopmag.com/review/laptop/asus-k53sv.aspx
PCMag: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0%2C28...83260%2C00.asp
Notebook Review: http://www.notebookreview.com/printA...sp?newsID=6104
PCWorld: http://www.pcworld.com/article/23028...workhorse.html

Here's a review of it with the Nvidia GeForce GT 540M:
Notebook Check: http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-...k.56057.0.html
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