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What is your maximum budget?

~ $1,000 - $1600 USD

What country are you in?

USA


What will be the uses of this laptop?

College and some gaming (Have a desktop for at-home gaming) Not dorming


Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?

As long as they are known for quality.


What screen size do you require?

Less than or 13 or 14"


What screen resolution do you require?

Atleast 720p


Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay?

New


How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet)

Doesn't matter too much. Several hours?


What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings?

Guild wars 2, medium-low settings. Stuff like that.


What operating system do you need? (if any)

Windows 7


Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.)

Doesn't matter


How much hard drive space do you need?

atleast 500gb

Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.)

Dedicated graphics card. some usb


Is there anything else we need to know?

Needs to be lightweight and would very very very want it to have a dedicated gpu.
post #2 of 6
checkout asus zenbook around and look for i7 3rd generation cpu ending with U which would give you the most amount of battery life with a decent discrete ati or nvidia card. Make sure it is not the intel one only...
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Nvidia 620M in the Zenbook isn't much faster than HD 4000. I'd go with a Vaio S 13", standard-voltage i5, Nvidia 640M LE (Kepler), 1600x900 screen, 3.7 pounds, ~6-7 hours battery life. $1200 and comes with a free PS3 (if you're a student/have a .edu email). http://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/SYCTOProcess?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&LBomId=8198552921666449295&categoryId=8198552921644863998
 
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I recently bought a Vaio SA and it plays games nicely at 1600x900 with the graphics card turned on, I paid just under $800 for it about a month ago. Before that I had a y470 which was plenty powerful enough but I didn't like 1360x768.
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Lenovo y series is good for a budget, but I don't think the quality is top notch.

Dell's vostro series is good. They seem to be good quality, you can get a dedicated gpu, and they aren't crazy expensive. There are 13" and 14" models, but they aren't super slim. That's really the only downside.

If you want good battery life, try to get an nvidia gpu for optimus.
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