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I went on canada computers, ncix, newegg, best buy, staples, future shop, and found no laptops that was suited for me. Maybe you guys can help.
I only have a budget of $700.

Ill need something with:
- standard US keyboard layout (a MUST). keypad optional.
- 15.6" or smaller
- intel cpu
- decent ati or nvidia gfx
- optional SSD. i'll pick one up myself if it's not included.
- 6cell+ battery
- USB 3, Sata 3
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An SSD at that price point is out of the question without throwing around some serious compromises.

Also, if you go with an Intel CPU, no matter whether it's SB or IB based, you're going to get either integrated graphics or a really crappy video card that isn't much more powerful than the integrated.

Here's my suggestion: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834214872

It's an A10-4600m based laptop, so it's AMD. However, the graphics are superior to any other graphics at that price point, the battery life is stellar, it comes with a Blu-ray drive, and it's within your budget. It ticks every check-box except for the "Intel CPU" part.

EDIT: found one.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834214870

Intel CPU, dedicated graphics, decent specs. The CPU isn't cutting edge, but it works.
Edited by Mad Pistol - 8/24/12 at 12:49am
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thanks for the suggestions. they look pretty nice.

im just wondering if there are any laptops with a 6 key cluster instead of the numpad. it would help a lot since ill be using it for programming
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thanks for the suggestions. they look pretty nice.
im just wondering if there are any laptops with a 6 key cluster instead of the numpad. it would help a lot since ill be using it for programming

What do you mean by a 6 key cluster? If you need a numpad and the laptop doesn't have it or you don't like it you can buy a wireless USB numbad biggrin.gif
 
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im referring to the home/end ins/del pg up/down keys. i use those keys all the time whereas the numpad i dont touch at all.
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im referring to the home/end ins/del pg up/down keys. i use those keys all the time whereas the numpad i dont touch at all.

Hmm, you could get some form of gamepad and assign macros? I'm sure you'd be able to find a program to allow custom macros to the numpad thumb.gif
 
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Originally Posted by Mad Pistol View Post

An SSD at that price point is out of the question without throwing around some serious compromises.
Also, if you go with an Intel CPU, no matter whether it's SB or IB based, you're going to get either integrated graphics or a really crappy video card that isn't much more powerful than the integrated.
Here's my suggestion: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834214872
It's an A10-4600m based laptop, so it's AMD. However, the graphics are superior to any other graphics at that price point, the battery life is stellar, it comes with a Blu-ray drive, and it's within your budget. It ticks every check-box except for the "Intel CPU" part.
EDIT: found one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834214870
Intel CPU, dedicated graphics, decent specs. The CPU isn't cutting edge, but it works.

What? It definitely isn't cutting edge but still superior compared to the A10.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/a10-4600m-trinity-piledriver,3202-14.html
 
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Dude check out the Acer Aspire V3-571G-9435

http://us-store.acer.com/product/acerproduct.aspx?prodid=213

Its $699 from the Acer store directly, HUGE bang for your buck considering what you get

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Originally Posted by Mad Pistol View Post

An SSD at that price point is out of the question without throwing around some serious compromises.
Also, if you go with an Intel CPU, no matter whether it's SB or IB based, you're going to get either integrated graphics or a really crappy video card that isn't much more powerful than the integrated.
Here's my suggestion: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834214872
It's an A10-4600m based laptop, so it's AMD. However, the graphics are superior to any other graphics at that price point, the battery life is stellar, it comes with a Blu-ray drive, and it's within your budget. It ticks every check-box except for the "Intel CPU" part.
EDIT: found one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834214870
Intel CPU, dedicated graphics, decent specs. The CPU isn't cutting edge, but it works.

Personally, I would never go with AMD with anything over $600. At $700, you can get a decent CPU and GPU that smokes AMD's pathetic underperforming CPUs. Granted, AMD's integrated GPU is loads better than Intel.
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Originally Posted by Piegoodman View Post

Personally, I would never go with AMD with anything over $600. At $700, you can get a decent CPU and GPU that smokes AMD's pathetic underperforming CPUs. Granted, AMD's integrated GPU is loads better than Intel.

Despite the fanboy being a fanboy at the moment, he's right. tongue.gif

The second Toshiba listed there would be far superior to the first choice with the APU. Granted you COULD massively boost the performance of the APU with some DDR3 1866 RAM... devil.gif
     
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