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I've got some specific requirements for a new laptop. And I'm having a real hard time finding anything. So any suggestions you can make would be extremely helpful.
I need it to be small/lightweight with good battery life. In other words, I need it to be mobile. So that means screen size must be LESS than 17". But at the same time, I need it to be productive. Which means my preferred resolution is 1600x900 (or higher, but that's unlikely at that screen size). Processor should be AMD A6 or A8 or better. GPU Radeon 6500 or 6600 (preferred) or better.
Only dealbreakers for me are the screen size and resolution.
Budget is up to $1000
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nothing?
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I'd look into customizable HP dv6 laptops (I'd put links.. but HP Canada site sucks to be honest so I'm not going to look). Possibly Dell XPS 14 or 15, but Dell laptops seem a bit overpriced for what they are. New 14" Vaio E models, with Ivy Bridge i5, 1600x900 screen, and 7670M graphics. Sony Vaio SA or SE would be pushing the $1000 budget.. but you could get the SA with 13" 1600x900 panel, or the SE with 15" 1920x1080 IPS panel.

15", go with the 1GB 640M LE graphics. http://store.sony.ca/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/SYCTOProcess?catalogId=100803&storeId=20153&langId=200&LBomId=8198552921666454156&categoryId=8198552921644771498

13" Vaio, http://store.sony.ca/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/SYCTOProcess?catalogId=100803&storeId=20153&langId=200&LBomId=8198552921666453658&categoryId=8198552921644771498

edit- you can compare graphics benchmarks here: http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-Graphics-Cards-Benchmark-List.844.0.html

and CPUs here: http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-Processors-Benchmarklist.2436.0.html

Ivy Bridge i5-dual is actually faster than the A8 quad in multi-threaded (not that the A8 is slow- far from it.)
Edited by jrbroad77 - 6/29/12 at 3:46pm
 
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I never considered Sony, I've always thought their vaio stuff to be overpriced. but checking their site the 14" E series looks perfect and only slightly over budget. I also never knew there were any 1080p 15" screens, that one is only $60 more, VERY tempting.
before I pull the trigger on one of those, do you know if there are any other 1080p screens in that size range?
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ah here we go. I see why I wasn't finding anything. I was only checking retailers websites. But I see way better stuff shopping directly with the manufacturers. Looks like the Lenovo T series also meets my needs. they are very similar to the Sony's but for less money. must investigate further
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http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/829664-REG/Acer_LX_RNA02_008_Aspire_7750_AS7750_6458_17_3_.html

core i5

hd 6850m graphics

1600x900 screen


price: $579.99

note: this is a trusted site even if maybe you hadnt heard about it mainly sells cameras.
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Thinkpad T-series with discrete graphics adds about $300 to base price - I doubt it's under $1000. Maybe it's still cheaper, but it's not a good value in terms of gaming (it's between 525M and 540M). Toshiba Tecra R940 is the go-to if you don't care about a backlit keyboard. If it's expensive in Canada, you can get it for about $7-800 in the U.S., just pay the tax, no duties. http://www.toshibadirect.com/td/b2c/cdetland.to?poid=2000035728
 
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Originally Posted by jrbroad77 View Post

Thinkpad T-series with discrete graphics adds about $300 to base price - I doubt it's under $1000.
Yeah, I realized after that post that with the options added on, that one actually gets pricey fast.
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