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Should I buy a new laptop?

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Currently own an HP dv9700 with an intel T9300 and 3gb ddr2 ram running Win7 32bit, just installed a 64gb ssd as boot and kept the 320gb hdd for storage, battery only last about 1.5 hours after full charge, mainly used for web, videos, music, office and productivity software, occasional photo/video editing, multitasking but no gaming, current issues I'm having is weight, battery life and heat. Budget is around $500-$700, looking at Lenovo Z570 with i7 and i5, Lenovo X220 i5 and Asus U56E-RBL7 i5 or should I just get a $300-$499 dual core unit and install an ssd? or just keep what I have? Any input would be appreciated.
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Kingston 64gb ssd + 2.75tb hdd lg-bh10ls30, asus bd-rom Windows 7 64bit Acer X203h 
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Microsoft Ergo Corsair HX-850 CM HAF 932 Logitech trackball 
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I can't give you a clear cut advice, but regarding the problems you're having with your current laptop:
1.What battery size do you have? You could buy a high capacity battery from ebay (did that for a friend and went from 80mn to 4hours)
2.Heat - it's really a result of the TDP of the processor and graphics card. If you want less heat you should get a processor with lower TDP and with a graphics card that can be shut down in 2D Mode (Optimus Nvidia or AMD equivalent). Chassis design matters to remove heat, but it can only make a small difference. When using a 45W Core i7 it can't be cool. I'd advice to top at 35W Llano or 35W Core i5 to have a chance of a cool laptop.
3.Weight: screen size = weight; +quality usually = weight; fast CPU/GPU = weight (for cooling)
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