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I'm going to college in the fall. Because of this I am going to be looking for a laptop in the coming months. I want to start considering my options. Here's what I'm looking for:

1920x1080p
Best mobile CPU (I'm thinking this is an Intel i7 but since I don't know much about mobile computing I'll leave that up to you guys to decide)
Must have a good graphics capabilities (something around a 560M)
Overall good performance (for a laptop anyways)
No less than 8GB RAM

These are not necessary, but would be nice to have:

Large capacity HDD
Longest battery life I can get
Largest screen size I can get
Bluray Drive

See what you guys can find me. I'm looking at laptops on the egg so if you guys could point me towards one over there that would be very much appreciated. biggrin.gif

EDIT: My budget may be able to go a little higher. I not sure at this point and I am just estimating a budget for right now.
Edited by Tman5293 - 1/12/12 at 11:02pm
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post #2 of 11
http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np8130-clevo-p151hm1-p-2973.html ($1000)

http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np8150-clevo-p150hm-p-2972.html ($1200)

Sager is definitely one of the better gaming laptop companies. Look around Xoticpc.com to see what your options are.

A side note, battery life is very difficult to achieve on a "gaming" laptop. Usually the solution is to have two batteries :/
     
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http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np5165-clevo-w150hr-p-3063.html

The Sager with the 555m which has optimus so you can get up to 5 hours battery life. That can play any game out right now. Lenovo just showed the Y580 at CES. It has a 1080p screen and a 660m which I bet will have Optimus...might want to wait for that one.

But that Sager NP8130 w/ 560M is definitely my $1000 laptop of choice.
Edited by Wildcard36qs - 1/13/12 at 10:03am
   
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If the budget can go this high:

http://www.xoticpc.com/force-16f2012-msi-16f2-p-3376.html

$1189/$1153 "cash price"

FORCE 16F2-012 / MSI 16F2
- FREE Copy of Battlefield 3 with any MSI Laptop w/ nVIDIA GeForce GTX
- 15.6” FHD 16:9 LED Backlit Wide screen (1920x1080) Super Clear Matte Type Screen (SKU - X1R354)
- Contact us about our Significant Savings on our 30-Day No Dead Pixel Warranty. Heavily Discounted!
- 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-2630QM, 2.0-2.8GHz, (32nm, 6MB L3 cache) (SKU - X2R205)
- Stock OEM Thermal Compound ( IC Diamond Thermal Compound - CPU + GPU Provided FREE with Processor Upgrade!)
- nVidia GeForce GTX 570M 1,536MB PCI-Express GDDR5 DX11 (SKU - X3R454)
- 8GB DDR3 1333MHz Dual Channel Memory (2x4GB SODIMMS) (SKU - X4N281)
- 500GB 7200RPM 16MB Cache Buffer (Serial-ATA II 3GB/s) - Default (SKU - X5R205)
- No Second Hard Drive (SKU - X6R953)
- Combo Dual Layer SuperMulti DVDRW/CDRW Drive w/ Software (SKU - X7R451)
- No Extra Optical Bay Hard Drive Caddy
- Internal 7-in-1 Card Reader (MS/MS Pro/MS Duo/MS Pro Duo/SD/Mini-SD/MMC/RS)
- Internal Bluetooth + EDR
- Built-in 802.11 Wireless B/G/N - Stock Wireless Card (SKU - X8R001)
- Integrated Digital Video Camera
- Sound Blaster Compatible 3D Audio - Included
- Smart Li-ion Battery (9-Cell)
- Windows 7 Home Premium - 64-Bit
- 1 Year Complete Care Warranty - 1 Year Parts with Ground Shipping, 24/7 Telephone Tech Support & Lifetime Labor Warranty (SKU - X9R000)
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http://www.sagernotebook.com/

Just customize one out as you see fit in your price range.
Edited by OwnedINC - 1/13/12 at 9:13am
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LOL...sorry OP but newegg doesn't often compete with xoticpc, malibal, or other clevo resellers if you want a good laptop. Plus you can get many of the same models from newegg on xoticpc and customize them so there's really no point to sticking with newegg unless you have some kind of gift card or discount you haven't mentioned.
     
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Originally Posted by OwnedINC View Post

http://www.sagernotebook.com/
Just customize one out as you see fit in your price range.

Never buy directly from Sager. Use one of the resellers Rookie mentioned above and you will save $ and get much better service if you ever need to excercise your warranty.
Edited by wsoul1 - 1/13/12 at 3:05pm
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The m11x from Alienware.
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The m11x from Alienware.

The best laptop under $1000. Not the worst laptop over $1000.
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LOL @ m11x. The trolls never stop. There are faster, lighter 13" laptops (read: Acer 3830TG) with the same graphics, for less money!
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If the budget can go this high:
http://www.xoticpc.com/force-16f2012-msi-16f2-p-3376.html
$1189/$1153 "cash price"
FORCE 16F2-012 / MSI 16F2

This.

Anyways OP, Ivy Bridge quads are going to bring ~400mhz clockspeed bump, and Nvidia *hopefully* will have high-end 28nm GPUs by then. By waiting for Kepler, you'll either be able to get GTX 560M performance or better, and Optimus graphics (currently there aren't any laptops under ~$1500 with Optimus and 560M or faster). Or, you could get 580M performance or better for 570M pricing, or cheaper. Tl;dr CPU and GPU die shrinks are coming, just wait.
 
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