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My macbook pro from 2008 is finally unusable. The constant overheating damaged internal components. So I'm looking for a laptop to replace it.

I already have a decent gaming desktop so I just need a laptop that gives a great browsing experience, excellent screen for movies, and preferably less than 4.5 pounds, a processor that's at least better than my macbooks 2.4ghz Core 2 duo, under 14" screen, and around an inch thick like my macbook. I'd like for it to last me at least 3 years.

I'll do like multitasking like browsing the internet while listening to music and downloading files.

I've been reading and looking everywhere and these have caught my attention the most. E420s, X1 but I'm open for more options.

Ideally I'd like to spend less than $1000 and save as much as possible.
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Lenovo Y470p? its less than $1000, it got quad core i7, 8gb ram, 750gb/500gb hard drive, Intel 3000 and HD 7690M switchable graphics.

http://shop.lenovo.com/us/laptops/ideapad/y-series/y470p

if you open the link, i own the one on the right and its just perfect and i do believe it meets your standards. you wont be just browsing and listening to music on that thing, it also plays games pretty well smile.gif
post #3 of 5
Opinion on screen resolution? You could get a Sony Vaio SA with 1600x900 13.3" screen for around $900-1000, or a Vaio SE with an IPS 1080p 15" screen for $1000ish. A note on the SE - it weighs under 4.5 pounds, so if it's the weight and not necessarily footprint that's the main issue, it would be a good choice.

I'd also consider the Toshiba Portege R835. I don't know if it qualifies as a "great" screen (as good as any 13.3" 1366x768 screen I'm sure), but I like it and it's really bright at 100%. I usually use it at 50% without any issues in classroom/office lighting. Only $700 with an i5, weighs just 3.2 pounds, something like 0.8" or 1" thick, magnesium-alloy chassis.

Thinkpad X1 is nice but it's priced more from the "designer" aspect than it is for it's quality (don't get me wrong, it is high-quality, just not a X301 or X220). I would go with the Thinkpad X220 (yes, it's a bit thicker, but still lighter than the X1), as it has an IPS screen option.

Edge E420s is a good choice as well, only downside might be battery life. If you want a lot of battery life, I'd go with the Toshiba Satellite R845 over an E420s, as it has about 9 hours of battery life.
 
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I liked the specs on the Y470p but it's too thick for my liking.

I've read that the R835 doesn't have a good screen for watching videos.

I'm still open for suggestions but I managed to fix my macbook. Turned out the fan's connector pins weren't making full contact. I also used compressed air to get rid of all the accumulated dust. It runs much cooler now. It's like new. So I plan on using it until Christmas at least.
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Those sony's looked really nice. I think I might get one now for when I go to school after summer. Those thinkpads were appealing to me except for not having dedicated graphics.
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