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So I'm in the market for a used M11x laptop. I have the option of grabbing an M11x R2 for $600 or M11x R3 for $750. Question is the m11x R3 worth the extra $150 to upgrade?

Please help me decide what the pros/cons are and what realistic gains performance/gaming wise am I looking at. BTW the R3 has an i5 2467 and the R2 comes with an i7 640um.
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What do you plan on using it for?
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Well I'm an Electrical engineering student so programing for sure, some gaming ofcourse such as Diablo 3, Starcraft 2, Crysis , SWTOR . Web surfing. I want to be able to run any game I want. Doesn't have to be at "optimal" settings, well graphics wise.
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If it has to be one of them, the R3, not a hard choice. Personally I'd go with an Acer 3830TG, gets about 8 hours of battery, Nvidia 540M, standard voltage i3/i5 (~ 20% faster than the ULV junk). 3830TG vs M11x - 3830TG weighs less, it's faster, thinner, not 100% sure which wins on battery, Alienware has backlit keyboard and negligibly smaller footprint in it's favor.
 
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Sandy Bridge will outperform the 1st gen i7 by a pretty large margin. I'd do the R3 as everything you listed is pretty cpu intensive. I do agree with Jbroad though, the Acer 3830TG is a better machine all-around, particularly since the bezel on the m11x makes it pretty much a 13 incher.
Edited by un1b4ll - 4/10/12 at 7:23am
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Although the Acer might be a bit more "solid" I cant stand the look of it. The R3 just looks and feels way better.For the specs i'm getting I think its a pretty good deal. I'll update with what I end up with. Thanks

Oh and any more input is appreciated.
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I would love to give my opinion but am afraid of flame due to me owning a "Alienware system"
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Meh, I can't stand the bezel on the M11x - you have to look at a picture for a little while as they have part of it glossy and part of it matte to make it "look smaller". The M11x has that gamer look but I don't understand how thick heavy plastic feels better than aluminum? Not to mention the 3830TG is about 0.3" thinner. The M11x R3 should be fine but I don't understand the logic of getting something slower, thicker, heavier, and with a smaller screen for the same price. If I was doing real work I'd at least want a 13" so everything is larger, regardless of lower pixel density. I might be biased since I have a 13" laptop, but I had an 11.6" laptop before, screen is pretty enough but if you're using it for hours at a time it's just plain small without scaling (and with scaling, it's effectively lower-resolution).
 
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