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I was greatly looking forward to the Surface Pro for a while, mostly as a sort of "toy". The reviews finally came out just recently, and it would seem for the most part that while it's a beautiful device in some respects, there's still a lot to be desired, especially in normal PC functionality, and compatibility with things like Steam. Plus, while the Intel HD Graphics 4000 is relatively impressive, I may want to go for bigger games.

Now, with that out of the way, I'm still thinking I'd like a new laptop to replace my terrible Eee PC. I'll try not to take much of your time; I do already have some options I'm going through, so if you think either of these are fine and I haven't made some massive oversight, you can just say so.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834215615 (Acer Aspire)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834215401 (Acer Timeline)

I play games on my desktop, so if some high-graphics new release comes out I'll play it there. Still, it would be nice to play some of the simpler 3D games I have like TF2 on a mobile computer when visiting family. Heck, I also have a backlog of 2D games I'd like to get to. I'm sure an integrated card would be fine for those, but whatever.

I'm still wondering how much the weight of the computer will affect me. I have a nice travel bag that could hold it nicely, but until now I've kind of liked its low weight with just a spare reusable shopping bag and my Nook in it. I may not carry the new laptop everywhere, but I'm fishing for opinions anyway.

The one thing swinging me to the Acer Timeline (I am fine with Windows 8) is its SSD drive. I do like the idea of booting to a working state in relatively short time, especially if I'm taking it on a train or something.

I'm not likely to use a DVD drive much.

I've considered the idea of developing apps for Windows 8. Thanks to looney developer requirements, Windows 8 is a requirement. Thus, I may lean towards the Aspire.

Any recommendations people would like to offer? I'm not entirely sure how long this discount will last on Newegg, though I might still wait several days.
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Of those two, the Aspire. What is max budget? $700???
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I could probably go higher if I considered it worth it. I just kind of looked for a laptop that had everything I was looking for. Plus, those ones were on sale.

Although I mentioned I'd play games on it, like I said, I probably won't be going for very recent, AAA games - certainly not on full settings. Laptops weren't meant for that anyway. But I'm thinking the 640M will be enough for what I'm intending.
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I think a good fit for you might be the Y480:
http://www.lenovo.com/products/us/laptop/ideapad/y-series/y480/
or the Y580:
http://www.lenovo.com/products/us/laptop/ideapad/y-series/y580/

You might also want to checkout what XoticPC.com has. The great thing about them is that they can customize the laptop to fit your needs:
http://www.xoticpc.com/custom-gaming-laptops-notebooks-gaming-laptops-ct-118_96_98.html
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XoticPC looked pretty cool, but then I saw that the operating system doesn't come included in the price of the laptop. I don't have spare Windows licenses lying around, and I'm not as much of an Ubuntu fan as many people are.
The Y480 seems to be very good. I generally find that incrementing the second numerical digit of an Nvidia card takes you up quite a long way in performance. But it might be weird if this new one ends up outperforming my current desktop.
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