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Hey guys, I need to make up my mind on which laptop to buy. Keep in mind that this going to be for my fiance, and I know for a fact that she would want it to be small and light.
On top of that I would like it to at least be able to do light to medium gaming.

Thus, for my budget of around 900 bucks, I narrowed it down to 2 options;
1) M11X R2
i7-640U, Nvidia 335M, 11.6" Glossy, around 4.5 pounds.
2) Sony Vaio S Series
i5-2410M, Radeon HD 6470M,13.3" LED, around 4.2 pounds.

Now even though the Vaio is a 13.3 inch, it is technically lighter and slimmer.
They are both 1366x768.

The M11x has a better card (ballpark at around 25% better performance?) but whereas the S has a better CPU (around 50% or more better?).
My fiance loves the Alienware case that I have for my computer and she was the one who actually showed the M11x to me the first time it came out, but at the same time I feel like she likes the look for 'me' not per se for her to carry around and bust out. I somehow think that she would like the look of the Vaio better, even though I am also dying to get my hands on the M11x. (but from what I hear, it is pretty bulky).

With discounts on the M11x R2, I can get it for 800 dollars pre-tax, whereas the S series is 860 dollars pre-tax.

Any thoughts?

Thanks a bunch guys!
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I have an M14x and I've had a decent amount of exposure to the m11x as well. I don't know much about the Sony series but the M11x is really nice as far as the build quality and the hardware you can get. If you aren't opposed to refurbs, you can get M11x R3's at under 800$ from the Dell outlet that have an i7,nvidia 540m, etc, by just watching the twitter.com/delloutlet for their coupons and hawking over the dell outlet when it updates. I got my M14x from the outlet with a 20% off coupon for 950$ pretax (i7, 6GB ram, 3.0gb GT 555M, 1600x900, 500gb HD). You should be able to catch a good 20% off coupon at some point and also find a refurb that would get you amazing value.
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I have an M14x and I've had a decent amount of exposure to the m11x as well. I don't know much about the Sony series but the M11x is really nice as far as the build quality and the hardware you can get. If you aren't opposed to refurbs, you can get M11x R3's at under 800$ from the Dell outlet that have an i7,nvidia 540m, etc, by just watching the twitter.com/delloutlet for their coupons and hawking over the dell outlet when it updates. I got my M14x from the outlet with a 20% off coupon for 950$ pretax (i7, 6GB ram, 3.0gb GT 555M, 1600x900, 500gb HD). You should be able to catch a good 20% off coupon at some point and also find a refurb that would get you amazing value.
hmm, thats a sound idea but I need to make this purchase within the next few days, since this is a birthday present and the date is coming by
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lol, I had both!

The SC and the m11xR2


As for the weight, it's actually 3.8lbs - it reaches 4.2 if you install the slice battery (seperate purchase for most people).

In CPU limited games, like Starcraft 2, the SC performs better. In about any other game, the m11xR2 is faster.

The display of the SC is better, and the thinner frame combined with lighter weight make the SC more portable, IMO. I never realized how heavy my m11xR2 was until I got my SC.

Both get about even battery life - 5 hours, and a wee bit more. Switchable GPU ease is a definate win for the m11xR2. Heat dissapation is another M11xR2 win.

As an actual laptop, both kind of suck, the m11xR2 for it's double glossy display, the SC for it's warm running right side. Saving grace of both? They both have backlit KB. Now I am aware the SB specs are now identical to the SC for all intents and purposes (before the SA, the SB used to have the HD6630m, now only HD6470m), which is why I'm brining this up.

Are they both good for the price? Probably. Do I like either one? Not particularly. However, the R3 seems to strike an okay balance of battery life and performance, so maybe that one will do, but after the R1 and R2 (both I had), I gave up.

If forced to choose for normal useage and portability, I'd get the Sony. If for gaming, then the R2/R3.

Just IMO. I probably am not too cohesive in my post, I'm sorry

For reference, I now have a Vaio SA, just got a price drop to 980usd on Amazon, 1600x900 13.3", HD6630m (roughtly twice as fast as the HD6470m - in the S series, Sony OC'd the HD6470m to 800MHz core), since I wasn't happy with either my m11xR2 or SC. I would of gotten the R3 if I didn't feel the screen was too cramped, and the system too large for what it was. Maybe the m14x idea is better than it seems...

EDIT: the SC fan is loud, too. The SA fan seems better. m11xR2 is very similar to SA fan. Always on, but only loud during gaming.
Edited by ablearcher - 10/14/11 at 9:20pm
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Thanks a ton ablearcher, that was very helpful!
I ended up getting the Sony Vaio S and I think it was the right choice
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No problem. I hope she enjoys it
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The Processor in the latter of the two choices is vastly more powerful. Not only in architecture but in just raw clock speed too.

The machine you got in the end was the better option anyhow.
     
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I can't speak about the Sony but I have the m11x r2 i5 version and its a nice solid build. I think it really comes down to what you are going to do with it.
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