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Please help---Laptop under $575.

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What is your maximum budget?
$500< I would go up to $575 if felt I was getting a lot more for the difference.

What country are you in?
USA

What will be the uses of this laptop?
Taking it to college, programming, MAYBE very light gaming since I have my sig rig for the majority of that

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?
Nope. Something reliable

What screen size do you require?
Don't know, something that is portable enough.

What screen resolution do you require?
Any. Obviously, the higher the better.

Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay?
I have always bought re certified in the past. As long as they have a good warranty, I am ok with it.

How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet)
At least around 6 hours. Long enough for me to be on campus all day.

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings?
If I could play some decent games, that would be awesome, but like I said, anything too crazy I will have my sig rig for.

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

Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.)
something light, thin, and portable.

How much hard drive space do you need?
Anything over 250GB is going to be plenty.

Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.)
Nope.

Is there anything else we need to know?
As I've said, I'm just looking for a laptop to take with me to school so that I can program while we're going over the stuff in class. If I could game a bit on it, that would be awesome but it doesn't have to be a super gaming machine.


Thanks everybody!
Edited by unfbilly11 - 8/4/11 at 9:09am
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6hrs isn't very realistic for most notebooks, perhaps for netbooks but I don't think you want that.

My best guess for you would be the Lenovo e520 because of their savings coupon that is out right now: http://shop.lenovo.com/us/laptops/th...ge-series/e520

You can grab the base sandy bridge i3 model and add a 9 cell battery for $50 for a total around $570. I think that will be as close as you're going to get to a 6hr battery life.

Don't be put off by the integrated gpu either, it's actually quite good as far as laptop gpus go:
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-...n.43710.0.html
Edited by ColdRush - 8/4/11 at 9:36am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ColdRush View Post
6hrs isn't very realistic for most notebooks, perhaps for netbooks but I don't think you want that.

My best guess for you would be the Lenovo e520 because of their savings coupon that is out right now: http://shop.lenovo.com/us/laptops/th...ge-series/e520

You can grab the base sandy bridge i3 model and add a 9 cell battery for $50 for a total around $570. I think that will be as close as you're going to get to a 6hr battery life.

Don't be put off by the integrated gpu either, it's actually quite good as far as laptop gpus go:
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-...n.43710.0.html
Thanks for the info. I don't know much about laptops at all. 6 hours seemed like a normal amount to me! guess I was wrong
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