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Looking for $700ish.

Ideally 14" screen.

Major "needs" are 4ish hours or more of battery life with a comfortable brightness on screen.

Durability is a required..

Can handle not being ultra light but, something a girl about 5'6" could put comfortably in a back knowing there may also be medical textbooks.

DVD read/write highly preferred.

Price is somewhat negotiable up or down. Looking to buy by Friday probably.

I've already checked google and found several different results but, I'm having trouble finding a "balance" as a lot of the models will seem ideal in specs and get slammed in reviews.
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Looking for $700ish.

Ideally 14" screen.

Major "needs" are 4ish hours or more of battery life with a comfortable brightness on screen.

Durability is a required..

Can handle not being ultra light but, something a girl about 5'6" could put comfortably in a back knowing there may also be medical textbooks.

DVD read/write highly preferred.

Price is somewhat negotiable up or down. Looking to buy by Friday probably.

I've already checked google and found several different results but, I'm having trouble finding a "balance" as a lot of the models will seem ideal in specs and get slammed in reviews.

Do you know what tasks you'll be doing with your laptop?

I can recommend you a Lenovo ThinkPad.

http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/LenovoPortal/en_US/catalog.workflow:category.details?current-catalog-id=12F0696583E04D86B9B79B0FEC01C087&current-category-id=FC448E05D12BD000069CA73F6D0D1FA8

$702.05 without customization and etc for your needs.

With customization it is under 800 dollar without including taxing and shipping.
Lenovo is IBM, so they are really reliable in term of qualities and performance.
It is a recommend to grab it for your needs.

Customize the laptop, and I'll tell you a steps for it.

Change the Processor from Intel Core i3-3120M Processor (3M Cache, 2.50 GHz) to Intel Core i5-3230M Processor (3.20GHz, 3MB Cache, 1600MHz) with Intel HD Graphics 4000.

- It's better to have extra CPU power not to mention the specs itself to customize is on-sale, so it is a win-win situation to grab it.

Click Display Type, and change from 14.0" HD (1366 x 768) LED Backlit AntiGlare Display, Mobile Broadband Ready to 14.0" HD+ (1600 x 900) LED Backlit AntiGlare Display, Mobile Broadband Ready.

- Having higher-resolution might help you doing medical stuff.

Move your mouse cursor to the right arrow until you see "Battery"

Change the Battery from 6 Cell Li-Ion TWL 70+ to 9 Cell Li-Ion TWL 70++

- It's optional for you to want more battery life than usual. Sure, it depend on how long you use, but it doesn't hurt to spend extra 40 bucks for better battery life. Like I said, these are WITHOUT including taxing and shipping, so it's up to you.

Once you go past this line, you'll be paying more than usual however it might be a good benefits for you IMO. That is if you want to spend over 800 dollar otherwise stop right here.

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Optional:

Go to "Total Memory" section, then change from "4 GB DDR3 - 1600MHz (1 DIMM)" to "8 GB DDR3 - 1600MHz (2 DIMM)."

- Well, 4GB is already enough for basic use however for me, I would definitely prefer you grabbing 8GB RAM just to have an ability to open more programs at the same time.

That's up to you.

Micro Hard Drive (mSATA)

Add a 16GB mSATA Solid State Cache Drive just for your cache I think.

- It'll allow you to speed up programs faster I think.

Operating System

Change from Window 7 Home Premium (64 bit) to Windows 8 Pro 64.

- A lot of people might not like Windows 8 however it's a lot faster, reduce heat, give slightly more battery life and perform better than Windows 7.
     
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I had actually been considering the Thinkpad line. Lenovo laptops are the first thing that comes to mind when I think of "solid."

As to what will be done, I should probably point out that it's not for me.

As backwards as this may sound, my girlfriend's sister has never owned a computer of her own in her life. Now that she is heading off to college and possibly moving out of her mom's house, her dad is going to give her a laptop as a graduation gift.

As to the upgrades, I'll recommend the higher resolution screen/battery. I don't know that anything she is doing will require higher resolution honestly but, what you recommended makes for a great enough laptop.
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Originally Posted by Snow_Fox View Post

I had actually been considering the Thinkpad line. Lenovo laptops are the first thing that comes to mind when I think of "solid."

As to what will be done, I should probably point out that it's not for me.

As backwards as this may sound, my girlfriend's sister has never owned a computer of her own in her life. Now that she is heading off to college and possibly moving out of her mom's house, her dad is going to give her a laptop as a graduation gift.

As to the upgrades, I'll recommend the higher resolution screen/battery. I don't know that anything she is doing will require higher resolution honestly but, what you recommended makes for a great enough laptop.

Ehh, be sure to throw in better CPU in it.
If you have the higher resolution, bigger battery life and better CPU, it is still in 700 dollarish however that is without including taxing and shipping.

If she is patient, tell her to wait for Intel Haswell CPU that is coming out soon.
It might make the laptop perform better than Ivy Bridge CPU or in fact able to grab an Ivy Bridge's laptop a lot cheaper than usual because of Intel Haswell replacing it.
Not to mention, there'll be a Summer sales, so tell her dad to wait.

If he doesn't then might as well grab ThinkPad.
     
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