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Hey guys! My current laptop's 1 and 2 button are broken (metal pads damaged) so it's in need of a keyboard replacement. I could only find one keyboard for this laptop (Packard Bell TR83) on Ebay, but can't be bothered paying $70 for it. I figured out I'll give the laptop to my sister, even though the damaged buttons bothers me a lot. Good thing you can use the num-pad though. Other than that it's fully functioning and in excellent condition.

Anyway, so I decided to go for a new laptop. I've mainly been looking at the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge models. I can get the 13.3" pretty cheap right now, but it comes with a Core i3-380UM 1.33Ghz which might be a little too weak for my liking. I'll be using it mostly for browsing, watching movies and videos, travelling (so it can't be too heavy) and some very light gaming. WoW on low settings at least.

Sorry for the Norwegian by the way, but it's where I'll be buying from so I thought it'd be fine if I linked from there. You can read the specs anyway.

Here's a link to the 13.3" model which in my opinion is a steal right now, but won't be able to run WoW I think: http://www.komplett.no/k/ki.aspx?sku=622119#extra

The 14" is a little too expensive in my opinion, but it's overall the best candidate: http://www.komplett.no/k/ki.aspx?sku=634088

15.6" which is the most bang for the buck, but it's a little on the heavy side and looks bulkier than the smaller models: http://www.komplett.no/k/ki.aspx?sku=649734

I've also been looking at the new Acer Aspire S3-951 which is perfectly priced http://www.komplett.no/k/ki.aspx?sku=648055, but I'd have to give up on durability. Right now the 13.3" ThinkPad looks so tempting because of the price, but I'm not sure. Any pointers? Feel free to provide other recommendations.
Edited by Stefy - 11/6/11 at 3:00am
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http://www.komplett.no/k/ki.aspx?sku=649444

Thats the one I would get.

IMO Toshiba laptops are great all rounders they have good quality feel, are easy to clean out and they have really good batteries on them
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http://www.komplett.no/k/ki.aspx?sku=649444

Thats the one I would get.

IMO Toshiba laptops are great all rounders they have good quality feel, are easy to clean out and they have really good batteries on them
Unless you get a Qosimo or whatever they are called. The Satellite series has had a bad history with me.
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That's a nice looking laptop, but I can't justify the extra price tag. It costs nearly the double compared to the Lenovo 13.3" and the only difference I notice by a quick look is the i5 in the Toshiba. And I'm pretty sure the Lenovo would be more durable.
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Depends on wht your willing to spend. /Ultrabooks/air have my vote. I don't understand why any other type of laptop should compete. If you want power then use a desktop...
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Depends on wht your willing to spend. Ultrabooks/air have my vote. I don't understand why any other type of laptop should compete. If you want power then use a desktop...
In case you didn't notice the title of the thread: light and solid, there's no doubt the ThinkPad can take more of a beating than the Acer S3. That's kind of where I'm at right now, but the S3 definitely is a good choice.
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You should consider this Edge E320 if you want something with a bit more power. http://www.komplett.no/k/ki.aspx?sku=649710 Battery life should be about the same on both(I'd imagine 4-5 hours). The Edge 13 is also a solid choice.

This Asus U31 is a good choice if you want more battery life. http://www.komplett.no/k/ki.aspx?sku=638186 . Asus is a solid choice.

Acer isn't terrible although I've used a couple cheaper Acers and they don't even compare to Lenovo Ideapads. The TimeLineX models are nice, though I haven't tried their keyboards. http://www.komplett.no/k/ki.aspx?sku=639420

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In case you didn't notice the title of the thread: light and solid, there's no doubt the ThinkPad can take more of a beating than the Acer S3. That's kind of where I'm at right now, but the S3 definitely is a good choice.
this. Thinkpad cooling is superb, as are the keyboards. Typing on an Edge 14 keyboard atm and it trumps those 2009 Macbook keyboards. Can't speak on MBP 13 but I'd imagine they're all the same.

I'd ignore those Apple guys really, if they haven't used a Thinkpad they wouldn't understand some people value ergonomics, performance and build quality over aesthetics.
 
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Seems like I'll be going for the ThinkPad 13 and use the rest of the money to invest in a big SSD + faster RAM. Seems like the best deal right now. Unless anyone can convince me otherwise. Also got a nice offer from an OCN member.

Thanks for all your help guys, really appreciate it!
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Do guys think the CPU is upgradable on the ThinkPad 13? In that case I can get an i5 for it and still save some money.
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The Lenovo thinkpad is the best one you linked in my opinion, especially if your going to be playing WoW.
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