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I'm looking to buy a new laptop to replace my desktop. Maximum budget will be around $1100, so I guess you could say Apple is out of the question wink.gif

I will be using the computer for pretty much everything:

Watching HD videos
AutoCAD work
Light video encoding
Gaming ( COD, Amnesia, Starcraft II, all the valve games) ... nothing too intense
Music Production ( Reason, Ableton Live)

I would like to have a good amount of connectivity. USB 3, HDMI, Display port, dual headphone jacks if possible, all that good stuff. I would also like a backlit display but not 100% necessary.

I done some light research and the HP Envy 14 Beats and the Dell XPS 15 seem to be good choices. Anyone have better choices for what I will be using the laptop for? Thanks in advance smile.gif
Edited by baconstrip - 11/7/11 at 3:52pm
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I just recently got an Asus K53SV over the summer and I love the thing. Unfortunately no usb 3 but for me that's not a big deal. (also no dual headphone out)
I'd highly recommend this one as I'm using it just about 24/7 for the same stuff you do (no music production though) It's got pretty good battery life (~6 Hrs) and over all very good machine. I'd recommend it over a dell or an HP any day (in fact i bought it comparing it to the two you mentioned)

Just my two cents,

Argosy

EDIT: Just missed that you wanted a bluray drive XD, i still recommend it though it's got no bluray frown.gif
Edited by Argosy - 11/7/11 at 3:42pm
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I don't want a blu-ray drive, I guess I should of been more specific. I want to watch 720P blu-ray rips tongue.gif, I'll just change it to watching HD video. Thanks for the laptop recommendation too, I'll definitely check it out smile.gif
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These are probably the beefiest (USB 3.0, good GPU/CPU, etc) 15" laptops you can find that don't look like a gaming laptop: Lenovo Ideapad Y570. Only $870 and it has a faster i7-2670QM and Nvidia 555M vs. that Asus. They also have a loaded Y570 for $999, with Blu-ray, 64GB SSD + 750GB HDD. http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/LenovoPortal/en_US/builder.workflow:Enter?mtm-item=%3A000000F3%3A00004BA2%3A
http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/LenovoPortal/en_US/builder.workflow:Enter?mtm-item=%3A000000F3%3A00004BA2%3A

There's also a Lenovo Ideapad Y470 14" laptop with i7-2670QM and Nvidia 550M graphics for about the same price.

Then there's also xoticpc.com if you want something that looks like a gaming laptop. I believe a laptop with Nvidia 560M *might* be in your budget, that's a mean card. Also have lots of 1080p screen laptops if you want something like that.

So how important is styling etc.? And any other features, like screen res etc?
 
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For 1100 it'll be tough to find a laptop with that much power. When you say desktop replacement I think 17''+, but you mentioned 14 and 15 inch models. I personally like the the 15'' widescreen form factor.

I was looking into laptops for a friend, and if you want something smaller than 15 inches with enough power, the alienware m14x is really your only option. If you're willing to go bigger, alienware makes 17'' and 18'' models, but their pricey. A lot of people here have recommended sager, clevo, and asus. I don't have much experience with any of them, but it seems like you get a pretty good bang for your buck.

Also, if you truly mean desktop replacement, for $1100 you could get a much more powerful gaming setup by putting together a desktop.

If you like the xps, you might want to consider going up to the xps 17. It has a gt 550m, which is an improvement over the 6630m and the 540m. If you want to spend a little more cash you can get a 555m.

I'm partial to the hp's, the envy 17 has a 6850m. It starts at 1250, but the 6850m as gddr5, which is big plus. for an extra 100 you can drop in a quad core processor.

The prices I'm listing are from the manufacturers sites, you may be able to get them cheaper and avoid tax and shipping if you buy from a reseller. So do some googling, and good luck =]

[ame="http://www.amazon.com/HP-17-1181NR-17-Inch-Envy-Notebook/dp/B0044XU4IM"]Amazon.com: HP 17-1181NR 17-Inch Envy Notebook PC: Computers & Accessories[/ame]

this is last year's model, but it has a full hd screen, 6gb of ram, and a 5850. The only drawback is the cpu. It is a quad core, but its at 1.6Ghz and it's the older architecture. According to newegg, it also has a blueray drive.

Edit: if you're set on usb 3 I think there are express cards that will give you a usb 3 port. I don't know how that compares to true usb 3 though.
Edited by MME1122 - 11/7/11 at 4:39pm
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Thanks for the the suggestions jrbroad77, very helpful.
Styling is important to me, that's most of the reason I like the HP Envy 14 so much, but not as important as having better components and features. I'd like to have a balance of the two if possible. As for screen res, I definitely want all that 1080p goodness smile.gif ...having used laptops with lower resolution screens in the past, I know I would benefit from having a higher res. Those laptops on xoticpc are shweet, has a ton of options... reminds me a lot of Alienware.
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I know gaming isn't your priority with this but just throwing out another option to look at.

http://www.malibal.com/laptops/

The only bad thing is they don't include Win7 in the charge so you have to keep that in mind. But heck, a sub 1k starting point with 8GBs of RAM isn't bad. Should more than cover your needs.
     
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Originally Posted by Rookie1337;15611726 
I know gaming isn't your priority with this but just throwing out another option to look at.

http://www.malibal.com/laptops/

The only bad thing is they don't include Win7 in the charge so you have to keep that in mind. But heck, a sub 1k starting point with 8GBs of RAM isn't bad. Should more than cover your needs.

Agree with this recommendation 100%. A Sager/Malibal is your best bet.

http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np8130-clevo-p151hm1-p-2973.html

I just bought an 8130 this summer and it ran me $1200. Getting this laptop for $1,000 (or less depending on config) is an absolute steal. It crushes all the games you've mentioned.
    
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