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Requirements: Runs Windows 7, very long battery life, and Wifi that can easily be turned off for battery life (ie ebook).

I got my last laptop late 2009, an Asus UL50 series with claimed 12 hours battery life. I got at most 9.5 hours which is great for one that runs Windows 7 but after more than 2 years and over 5,000 miles it is showing old age. Some screws have popped out and can't be placed back in as the post are cracked inside, the LCD bezel won't stay on, and when I open or close the LCD, the hinge goes snap, crackle, and pop. Plus the battery isn't as good as they used to be, getting tops 6 hours under same condition that used to get me 9 a couple years ago.

I've thought about a new battery but the laptop might not hold together that long so I thought a new laptop is on order. I've been looking around for *unbiased* reviews of good laptop with battery life but they are hard to find because often time article doesn't clearly state the date of the review when I look through Google. One possible laptop is HP Pavilion 6B55DX with 7-8 hours battery life and Intel i5 CPU.

So any suggestion?

EDIT: probably $600 plus whatever I can get from selling my old laptop. eBay shows them averaging 400-500 used in better shape than mine. So assume at most about $900.

Primary use: internet checking email and news. Secondary: ebook, video (AVI and such off HDD, not DVD) Ability to play WoW would be nice but not required.
Edited by wilykat - 1/25/12 at 7:33pm
    
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The single most important things you left out, budget and what are you using it for (specifically)?

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updated the first post with few more information.
    
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There are several 13-14" laptops that get amazing battery life (and a lot of Ultrabooks if you're interested?). First, the Toshiba Portege R835. I pulled off 8.5 hours with 20-30% brightness once, usually it's about 7 hours when I'm multitasking (occasional youtube videos, some music now/then, like 20 tabs). About 8 when I'm actually doing work, like office, internet, etc. If you want to know more feel free, overall I'd strongly recommend it.

Then there's the Toshiba Satellite R845. Gets like 8-9 hours it seems.

Also, Samsung QX411, and Dell XPS 14z, Asus U46, Acer 3830T, Acer 4830T, Asus U30-series (U31 and U36 are the new ones I believe). I have no experience with them but the battery life is also >8 hours.http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2394305,00.asp
 
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the laptop i have is a really good buy its a Acer TimelineX 5830TG
http://www.amazon.com/Acer-TimelineX-AS5830TG-6614-15-6-Inch-Aluminum/dp/B005J2JFIW/ref=sr_1_5?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1327554875&sr=1-5
it has a GT540M + i5-2430M which a great for all the things you want to do and it should play WoW quite good.
if you can get it cheaper than that's even better.
ps i don't know many US sites for Laptops.
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the laptop i have is a really good buy its a Acer TimelineX 5830TG
http://www.amazon.com/Acer-TimelineX-AS5830TG-6614-15-6-Inch-Aluminum/dp/B005J2JFIW/ref=sr_1_5?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1327554875&sr=1-5
it has a GT540M + i5-2430M which a great for all the things you want to do and it should play WoW quite good.
if you can get it cheaper than that's even better.
ps i don't know many US sites for Laptops.

Hmmm... dark blue....

I used Google shopping to check for best price, and best Buy had them the cheapest at 730. It seems someone is selling refurbished laptop for almost $1000.. headscratch.gifthumbsdownsmileyanim.gif
    
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