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Hello fellow OC'ers!

When it comes to desktops I can easily determine which video card I need and how they stack up with benchmarks etc, but I'm not too sure about the mobile market.

I'm looking to get a laptop which, for anybody who might actually play, can handle running FFXIV on Standard settings @ 720p/60 FPS while in windowed mode. I'm pretty sure if it can handle that, it will be able to handle anything else I would throw at it on a regular basis.

Here are some specific features/tradeoffs I'm looking for:
13in-15.xin, LED, Wireless N, Bluetooth, Lightweight and doesn't get too hot. I was hoping for 3D but right now it doesn't seem like there are any solid/high rated 3D laptops on the market except for the HP Envy series which is pretty heavy from what I read. Also, for a mid-tier gaming laptop I know I can't really expect much on battery life. I remember reading that the nVidia optimus series was supposed to be great with battery life but this is from before it actually went into production so I'm not sure how that turned out.

Several of these features can only be determined from personal use which is why I'm asking for help instead of just looking at internal parts. Any advice is appreciated, and if anybody could post up a link which lists the hierarchy of mobile video cards that would also help me a ton. Thank you!

Also- Price range: Under 2k
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834131115

http://www.samsung.com/us/computer/l...S02US-features

Fits all of your criteria. Add another 4GiB DIMM and you'd be all set.

GPU performance isn't incredible, but it's not bad, and should run most games pretty well at the native res. They have higher res versions, but they are 17.3".
Edited by Blameless - 8/12/11 at 1:21pm
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834230111

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Genuine Windows® 7 Professional, 64bit, English
2nd generation Intel® Core™ i7-2720QM processor 2.20 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3.30 GHz
Microsoft® Office Starter: reduced-functionality Word & Excel w/ ads. No PowerPoint or Outlook
2 Year In-Home Service after Remote Diagnosis
NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 540M 2GB graphics with Optimus and TV Tuner
8GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3 Memory
750GB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive
McAfee SecurityCenter, 15-Months
15.6 FHD B+RGLED TL (1920x1080) and Skype-Certified 2.0MP HD Webcam
Tray Load Blu-ray Disc BD-Combo (Reads BD and Writes to DVD/CD)
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 1000
90 WHr 9-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
JBL 2.1 Speakers with Waves Maxx Audio 3
My Software & Accessories
Elemental Silver Aluminum
Standard Keyboard - English
No Mobile Broad Band Selected
My Accessories
DataSafe 2.0 Online Backup 2GB for 1 year
Also Includes
XPS 15
Integrated 10/100/1000 Network Card
Adobe® Acrobat® Reader

$1400
http://configure.us.dell.com/dellsto...MyZURtUUFBQUVi
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Alienware m17xr3 6 hours Idle time with IGP used(6990m disabled) Stays relativly cool while running @ max load they get to body warmth, Relativly quiet, it fits all but one of your requirements, it might be a medium weight and its screens a little large. still under 2k however. ALSO the 6990m is equal to roughly a GTX 470 for desktop give/take
$1,799



Or go for the cheaper m14x which is a 15inch screen but you lose gpu power, Gain Battery life however.

(This is a GT555m 3gb + optimus)
$1,319.00 with bluetooth + Wireless N + core i7 2630qm
Edited by Rayleyne - 8/12/11 at 1:32pm
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