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Need help finding a high quality laptop for around $1200 for my brother, no rush since Ivy Bridge laptops are beginning to come out

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What is your maximum budget?
$1100 before tax (13%), but it can flex if there's a massive step up in quality for a little more money

What country are you in?
Canada

What will be the uses of this laptop?
School

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?
No, as long as the laptop itself is high quality. I usually stick with Asus for the warranty but I know Sager, Lenovo, Samsung are great too. Basically something of quality

What screen size do you require?
15-16"

What screen resolution do you require?
1920x1080 would be ideal, 1600x900 is fine, 768p or lower isn't acceptable

Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay?
I'd like it to have a decent warranty, so preferably new. If a warranty can be bought with a refurb, then that's fine

How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet)
6 hours with light internet browsing and MS Office use

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings?
He might want to play games from his childhood like CS 1.6 or half life, but he's not into gaming

What operating system do you need? (if any)
Windows 7 or none

Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.)
It needs to feel professional, so either a metal or high quality plastic body with no flex. Solid matte black would work nicely

How much hard drive space do you need?
~500gb 7200rpm, or an ssd with 128gb or more. 2 drive bays would be awesome

Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.)
Just needs a webcam. A backlit keyboard would be useful

Is there anything else we need to know?
It should be pretty light. There's no need for a discrete gpu, so that should help with battery life and weight. It should be sleek and slim. I'm a huge fan of ultrabooks, but he or I wouldn't shell out $1500 for one. No vents on the bottom and a matte screen would be great

Thanks everybody.
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Have a look at the Dell outlet for an XPS 15z. Full factory warranty, really good coupons at times (up to 25% off). The XPS 15z has all of your requirements except for the matte display, but it comes with a low end discrete GPU (GT 525m) for light gaming or rendering. Plus you should come in way under budget.
Edited by hermitmaster - 4/26/12 at 7:53pm
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Hermitmaster, thanks for the suggestion, but Canada doesn't have a great dell outlet
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Anything from XoticPC really. The FORCE 16F2 is a nice pick for under $1,000 and you can spec it a bit further if you wish. Comes stock with an i5 (2nd gen), 570M, 4GB RAM, 500GB drive, Matte 1080p screen, etc...
     
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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 
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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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Hermitmaster, thanks for the suggestion, but Canada doesn't have a great dell outlet

That's too bad. At least you've got maple syrup and snow. I second Xotic PC, they're one of the largest Sager distributors and there should be something in Sager's current lineup that will fit your criteria nicely.
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