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Budget: $1000

Country: Canada

What will be the uses of this laptop? I will use it for everyday use in a professional environment with gaming on the side. If it was able to fold >10kppd that would be nice but not a priority.

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you? I like Asus, Sager and Samsung, but I am open to new brands.

What screen size do you require? I would like a 17" but I will go as low as 14"

What screen resolution do you require? I would like 1080 but 900 is okay

Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay? Refurbished or recertified is okay

How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet) The battery should allow me 3 or more hours of typing and pdf browsing

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings? I'd like to be able to play dead island (or other fps types) at max. My Asus G72 can do it at 40-100fps, avg 50fps

What operating system do you need? (if any) Doesn't matter

Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.) Metallic! I love the look of the new Asus UX31, if I could get that in a 17 model with a real cpu (No puny dual core 1.5GHz stuff) that would be great. I also like flat black. I don't mind a glossy fingerprint magnet of a laptop, but I hope to avoid that.

How much hard drive space do you need? Upgradeable hard drives would be nice, otherwise 500Gb is fine

Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.) I would like USB 3.0 and a webcam

Is there anything else we need to know? I would like to upgrade from my sig rig by selling it and putting in as little money as possible. I'm currently writing my thesis and was hoping I could go a year without gaming. I first started looking at non gaming laptops that fit the above description, but after not having dead island on this laptop for a few days, I find myself going through old games, I'm probably going to install Borderlands again after this post. What I'm trying to say is that a non gaming laptop would also be acceptable because I would end up focusing more on research rather than zombies.

My Priorities
  1. Portability (Weight and Battery life)
  2. Style
  3. Performance
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The main con with current gen gaming on laptops on-the-go is the battery life. If you're not hooked up to the charger, it'll die within a few hours.
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Ok, so would you happen to have any non gaming suggestions? I don't mean to make my thread confusing, it's just that my studious side is trying to overpower my gamer side.
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Macbook air. Ultra portable, sleak looking, professional, ~7 hours battery life, can't do much gaming on it but could if you want.
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I have alot of expeience with various models of HP's business class laptops. I like them because they don't fall apart. Dell Latitudes are also good.
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Originally Posted by van13330gg View Post
Macbook air. Ultra portable, sleak looking, professional, ~7 hours battery life, can't do much gaming on it but could if you want.
Facepalm. MBA is terrible for gaming, Intel IGP and 17W cpu is a bad mix.



OP, you can't really do much better than a Sager NP5165. http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np5165-...wconfigure=yes

Beyond that, you'd have to refine your criteria a bit. You can get something weaker and shinier for about the same, either an HP or a Dell XPS. Not really better though. Also, don't bother with a 17" if you want something portable. I'd imagine it feels terrible in a backpack(15.6 vs 14" was bad enough for me to switch away from 15" even).
 
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OP, it sounds like you are looking for my laptop.

http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np5175-...hr-p-3000.html

I get a solid 3.5 hours with the screen on max brightness. And the GT555M surprised me with its gaming power. It has no trouble maxing batman AA at 1080p with physx.

I upgraded to the 2630QM, so the i5 will probably get better battery life.
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Thanks! I'm really liking the sager np5165. Half the weight of my current laptop with a higher res screen. How would the gt555m compare to a gtx 260m?
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Originally Posted by johny24 View Post
Thanks! I'm really liking the sager np5165. Half the weight of my current laptop with a higher res screen. How would the gt555m compare to a gtx 260m?

They are very similar in performance, especially with an OC on the gt555m. The only game I couldn't play at 1920x1080 was The Witcher 2. It was close, but not quite playable.

Even Metro 2033 runs beautifully at DX11 normal at 1920x1080.

I've also played hours of Dawn of War II at medium-high settings.


Basically, almost any game will be easily playable at medium or medium high at 1080. You probably won't be using AA, but on such a tiny, high resolution screen, you really don't need it.

Don't pay extra to upgrade the thermal paste. Do that yourself. It doesn't void the warranty, and only requires your to remove 4 screws to access the cpu heatsink.

Everyone who sees mine comments on it. It is completely plain, matte black, with a tiny logo, but it looks very ominous. I really prefer the 5175 because it has a brushed aluminum lid, as opposed to a glossy fingerprint magnet on the 5165. Or at least that is what the picture makes it look like.
Edited by TEntel - 10/17/11 at 7:42pm
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Oh very good point about the lid materials! I like the brushed aluminum but I'm leaning towards the np8130 now which has a matte black lid which is also very appealing. I'm leaning towards the 8130 because it has the gtx560m and actually ends up being cheaper than the 5165 configured the same, except with a gt555m.
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