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I'll try to make this a long story short. I'm a college student (criminal justice/law) so I'll be using my laptop for that. The next big thing that comes into play is that I'm a touring musician. I'll the on the road, in the air, and everywhere a lot throughout in and out of the nation. When I'm at home, I'll be doing recording projects with stuff like ACID pro, Cakewalk, etc. Light video editing with Vegas, etc.

I need some oomph behind my system. Aside from that, I'll be using it for heavy browsing, occasional gaming (Source games, Blacklight, some BF3, payday, dead island, stalker, etc). I'll also be using it for movies, anime, tv shows, and a lot of media stuff in general including photo's and light photoshopping. I don't care if the games have to run at low/med spec, because this is not primarily a gaming machine. Gaming would simply be when I'm bored in a tour bus, an airplane/airport, hotel, etc. I have my gaming rig at home for serious gaming.

Budget: I REALLY don't want to go higher than $950, and if possible I'd love something cheaper.

Things that are important to me:

Thin and light
14"-15.6" screen
Processing power
Decent amount of RAM (6-8GB+), or, upgradeable ram. I have no problem upgrading it myself.
Durability. I won't be dropping my computer, so I don't need anything Mil-Spec... but touring has it's rigors and I want it to be solidly built. Less plastic is better.
Gaming ability (even at low/med spec)


Things that are optional, although I'd highly prefer them:

1080p screen, at least 1600x900.
Good speakers, enough to watch a movie with another person, although I'll normally be using IEM's or headphones anyway.
~1 inch total thickness or less.
Good HDD storage from the get-go. 500GB+... I'd love 1TB.
Decent webcam for video chat away from home on occasion

The laptop I've had my eye on currently is the Sony Vaio SVS151190X Standard customized with these specs:
3rd Gen Core i5 3210m, 15.5" LED 1920x1080p screen, Nvidia GT640m LE 1gb, 500GB HDD, 4GB 1333 DDR3 RAM

Price:
$929 (I also have a $25 discount, making it $904) ... So $904 out the door. Shipping and tax waived.

I would also upgrade the RAM, add a 8GB stick most likely, just given that RAM is so cheap. Down the line I would also probably upgrade the HDD, although 500GB would be fine for now.


Does anyone have any other suggestions? I'm totally open to ideas. The Sony is literally reaching the high end of what I'd like to spend, but I like Sony products and the 1080p screen, form factor, and light weight seem great with the specs it has in it. I was really hoping to score the free Vita or PS3 deal when it was running, but I missed out.

Keep in mind just because I said $950, I'd LOVE to pay less.
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I like this for the price, but its way below your budget. Has a good GPU in it. Also with the cash your saving you could buy a warranty, ssd and more ram if u see fit

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=3443247&sku=S203-156311

There are better options out there, just wanted to throw that deal out there
Edited by dlee7283 - 9/29/12 at 9:52am
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A6-4400M is pretty slow.

I'd go with a Samsung 7/Chronos. They're more like $900 for the current-gen, but $800 for last-gen. 1600x900, 0.94" thick, ~5.2 pounds, high quality battery + long battery life, 6750M performance is decent, similar to 640M LE. http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Series-NP700Z5A-S09US-15-6-Inch-Laptop/dp/B006PAAMA2/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1348962321&sr=8-9&keywords=np700z5c


14" Model - weaker graphics, but it'll play almost anything at low, some at medium; same 1600x900 res: http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-NP700Z3A-S03US-i5-2450M-Processor-Windows/dp/B0088S61WW/ref=sr_1_5?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1348962499&sr=1-5&keywords=np700z3a

Someone is/was selling a Samsung 7 for $650 used on the OCN marketplace.
 
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http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/LenovoPortal/en_US/catalog.workflow:category.details?current-catalog-id=12F0696583E04D86B9B79B0FEC01C087&current-category-id=AC523278A4F13F27A84F5F5622D1AC7A&action=init

Take either the 999$ or the 1099$ the only diffrence between these two is extra 500Gb HDD and 32GB caching SSD but both same i7 3610qm 2.3 6mb cache ,8gb DDR3 1600mhz, GTX660m 2GB, FHD screens 1920x1080
15.6 inch , 6 cells battery with optimus can get you upto 5 hours,Blu-ray ,Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2200BGN blueooth,HD Camera

i think that is the best laptop you can buy for 999-1099

i will recommend going for the 999$ one and add a 100$ Os SSD
     
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I'd just wait till the newer APU's come out and are in the laptops (NOW?) then get that. It'll crush Intel graphics and be dirt cheap compared to most :X
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Originally Posted by jrbroad77 View Post

A6-4400M is pretty slow.
I'd go with a Samsung 7/Chronos. They're more like $900 for the current-gen, but $800 for last-gen. 1600x900, 0.94" thick, ~5.2 pounds, high quality battery + long battery life, 6750M performance is decent, similar to 640M LE. http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Series-NP700Z5A-S09US-15-6-Inch-Laptop/dp/B006PAAMA2/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1348962321&sr=8-9&keywords=np700z5c
14" Model - weaker graphics, but it'll play almost anything at low, some at medium; same 1600x900 res: http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-NP700Z3A-S03US-i5-2450M-Processor-Windows/dp/B0088S61WW/ref=sr_1_5?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1348962499&sr=1-5&keywords=np700z3a
Someone is/was selling a Samsung 7 for $650 used on the OCN marketplace.

Thanks, I've never owned a Samsung laptop nor used one but I do have some Samsung products that work pretty well. I'll look into these although I'd love an Ivy.

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Originally Posted by awsan View Post

http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/LenovoPortal/en_US/catalog.workflow:category.details?current-catalog-id=12F0696583E04D86B9B79B0FEC01C087&current-category-id=AC523278A4F13F27A84F5F5622D1AC7A&action=init
Take either the 999$ or the 1099$ the only diffrence between these two is extra 500Gb HDD and 32GB caching SSD but both same i7 3610qm 2.3 6mb cache ,8gb DDR3 1600mhz, GTX660m 2GB, FHD screens 1920x1080
15.6 inch , 6 cells battery with optimus can get you upto 5 hours,Blu-ray ,Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2200BGN blueooth,HD Camera
i think that is the best laptop you can buy for 999-1099
i will recommend going for the 999$ one and add a 100$ Os SSD

I've looked at this laptop a lot actually. The specs are awesome for the price, although the downsides are the extra weight and height for what I'll be using it for. I know it seems arbitrary, but an extra .3, .4+ inches and an extra 2 pounds makes a difference with all the gear I carry around, which is the only reason I've strayed away from this laptop. That, and correct me if I'm wrong but the casing looks mostly plastic, which I'd like to avoid if possible. It'll get scratched to hell in no time.


Definitely going to look into this... not sure why I forgot about these. I'm a fan of Asus products although I've heard some bad news going around lately. I'd hate to get a bad apple and have trouble RMA'ing it.
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