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Slick, well rounded laptop on budget.

post #1 of 5
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Hi there,

I am looking a well rounded portable PC for under $1000. The cheaper the better. Requirements:

1. Slick, well built, reasonably thin and light case.
2. With an internal optical drive
3. Chiclet keyboard
4. Intel i5 or better.
5. Screen: not sure yet, I am thinking of 13-14 inch screen unless I can pick up a 15 inch model that's very light..
6. Graphics. This is not a gaming machine, so Intel graphics is fine although I would view NVIDIA or ASUS graphics as a nice bonus..


I am looking right now at two models:

Samsung QX411 and ASUS U36, both sold by Best Buy.
Links:
ASUS: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+-+U36JC-B1+13.3%22+LED+Notebook+-+Intel+Core+i5+i5-480M+2.66+GHz+-+Black/3710339.p?id=1218428682458&skuId=3710339
Samsung: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Samsung+-+Laptop+/+Intel%26%23174%3B+Core%26%23153%3B+i5+Processor+/+14%26%2334%3B+Display+/+6GB+Memory+-+Silver/3473175.p?id=1218406259238&skuId=3473175

I really liked both of these when I was shopping for a new portable a year ago. Back then I ended up picking up a Sony VAIO from newegg though as these two did not have larger screens, but for current applications they look great.

Is there anything else comparable or better? Any issues with any of these laptops? Thanks
Edited by ZAKOH - 11/6/11 at 6:51pm
post #2 of 5
First off, don't fret about getting an i5 or i7. Gaming is about the most CPU-intensive thing you ever do, but take a look at this.
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-Sandy-Bridge-Processors-Gaming-Performance-Part-II.57170.0.html

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And this is all with a very decent laptop GPU. In other words, you won't notice a big difference between an i3 and i5 in most cases, although the i3 consumes slightly less power.


But as for those laptops, I've heard very good things about the U36.


The HP Envys are pretty good, but much bigger than the U36. Dell also has the XPS 14z, you might look into that, and the HP dm4x is a great machine for a reasonable price. If you want high end stuff, look into Samsung Series 7 14" or the Asus n45sf. Both aren't in stores yet, but are pretty good.
Edited by brucethemoose - 11/6/11 at 7:25pm
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post #3 of 5
I would recommend the Sager NP8130 as it comes stock with these features for under a grand:

15.6" screen @ 1600x900
Sandy Bridge Core i5
GTX 560m
320G HDD
8GB RAM
etc...
     
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-6300HQ Dell Proprietary 4GB Nvidia GTX 960M Samsung 12GB (1x8GB 1x4GB) DDR3L 1600 MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
256GB SanDisk M.2 SSD 1TB HGST 7.2k HDD Custom Cooling by Dell Solutions Windows 10 Home 64-Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerMouse
15.6" 1920x1080 IPS Screen Dell 130w PSU Logitech G602 Wireless 
Mouse Pad
Xtrac 'Ripper' Mouse Pad 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-2760QM Toshiba Qosmio X775 Nvidia 1.5GB GTX 560M 8GB DDR3 1333 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
120GB Samsung 830 SSD + 1TB HGST 7200RPM HDD CD/DVD-RW Stock Windows 10 Home 64-Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerMouse
17.3" - 1600x900 Standard backlit 180w Power Adapter Logitech G500s 
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Harmon/Kardon Onboard 
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Intel Core i5-6300HQ Dell Proprietary 4GB Nvidia GTX 960M Samsung 12GB (1x8GB 1x4GB) DDR3L 1600 MHz 
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256GB SanDisk M.2 SSD 1TB HGST 7.2k HDD Custom Cooling by Dell Solutions Windows 10 Home 64-Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerMouse
15.6" 1920x1080 IPS Screen Dell 130w PSU Logitech G602 Wireless 
Mouse Pad
Xtrac 'Ripper' Mouse Pad 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-2760QM Toshiba Qosmio X775 Nvidia 1.5GB GTX 560M 8GB DDR3 1333 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
120GB Samsung 830 SSD + 1TB HGST 7200RPM HDD CD/DVD-RW Stock Windows 10 Home 64-Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerMouse
17.3" - 1600x900 Standard backlit 180w Power Adapter Logitech G500s 
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Harmon/Kardon Onboard 
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post #4 of 5
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^^

Thanks for suggestions. I see your point on i3 vs i5..
All in all, I think the design of the case, slickness, battery lifetime, and ruggedness to mobility hazards are a priority here. I am definitely not interested in a machine that feels bulky and cheaply made, even if it had i7 and costs only $500. Apple is out of question because we need Windows.
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Originally Posted by Imglidinhere;15600069 
I would recommend the Sager NP8130 as it comes stock with these features for under a grand:

15.6" screen @ 1600x900
Sandy Bridge Core i5
GTX 560m
320G HDD
8GB RAM
etc...

Interesting. This looks nice though I never heard of this company before.
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