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Need a laptop for Christmas, and don't know what to get! Things I'm looking for:

-Portability. I'm thinking 13"-14.5". I don't want a 15.6" or 17" monstrosity: that's what desktops and consoles are for.
-Performance. Pretty much anything with an Nvidia/AMD GPU and a standard voltage Intel SB, and 4gb of RAM or more.
-Media capability. I really want good speakers. A BR drive and a nice screen would be a big plus.
-Battery life. An optional sheet battery would be ideal.
-Build quaility and decent looks. I don't want a laptop that looks like a UFO, but want something nicely designed and reliable. Backlit keyboards are a plus, and I'll be typing and travelling alot.
-I'll be sticking an SSD in it, so I could care less about the hard drive.
-Budget is pretty high (I'd say under $1200). I'm keeping this thing for awhile.

I've ruled out the 13" Macbook Pro. It's nice, but I don't want to pay $1300 for no GPU. I also don't want to sell my car, so no 15".

There have only been a few that have caught my eye:

The Asus n45sf. Gorgeous design, awesome speakers, good hardware. The only potential problem I see is battery life... there aren't any aftermarket batteries are there? Also, I don't know where to buy this thing.
http://www.asus.com/Notebooks/Multim...ainment/N45SF/



14" Samsung Series 7. Seems very well built, very sleek, with a good screen and keyboard. The speakers seem kinda meh though, and again, I don't know where to buy it.
http://www.samsung.com/us/computer/l...NP700Z3A-S01US



HP Envy 14. Perfect specs, good battery, good speakers. It's almost perfect, but it has a fugly back lid, and they've done away with the great display. Why, HP, why?
http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/se...computer_store




Others I've seen:
Dell XPS 14z. Looks OK... but I don't trust Dell. Seems shady to me.
Sony VAIO S series, the 13.3" ones. They seem great, but they're pretty expensive for what they are, and Sony bloatware is awful.
HP dm4x: Seems very good for the price, but doesn't have a backlit keyboard, and it's limited to a 6470M.




Any brands, models, or really good buys I'm overlooking? What do you recommend? Also, is it worth waiting till AMD 7000, Trinity and/or Ivy Bridge comes out?
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I have no idea about speakers whatsoever, but have you looked into ultrabooks? If portability is important I'd take that over speakers any day.

The Asus looks good though, and I'm 99% sure you can get an extra battery for it.

EDIT: Can't seem to find the Asus on any of the major websites.
Edited by Stefy - 11/6/11 at 2:59pm
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I have no idea about speakers whatsoever, but have you looked into ultrabooks? If portability is important I'd take that over speakers any day.

The Asus looks though, and I'm 99% sure you can get an extra battery for it.

EDIT: Can't seem to find the Asus on any of the major websites.
Nah, if I wanted portability, I would just save money get an E-350 netbook. Paying $1000 for a slow CPU/GPU, average battery life, and thinness just doesn't seem very logical to me. Smartphones are better suited to that role IMO.

But I know! I can't find the 14" N series anywhere.
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Nah, if I wanted portability, I would just save money get an E-350 netbook. Paying $1000 for a slow CPU/GPU, average battery life, and thinness just doesn't seem very logical to me. Smartphones are better suited to that role IMO.

But I know! I can't find the 14" N series anywhere.
Seems impossible to find.

About the HP and Dell, I'd take Dell over HP any day. HP has had tons of problems with their laptops through the years, while Dell is pretty durable. My school only has Dell laptops and they are solid.

Sony Vaios are good computers, the bloatware is really a non issue as you can just remove it anyway. Takes a little bit of extra time, but it's no big deal. So if you can afford a Vaio it's definitely a good choice.
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