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What is your maximum budget?
My max budget is $1250.

What country are you in?
Canada.

What will be the uses of this laptop?
I am a university student, so naturally I will be spending most of my time researching/writing papers. However, I intend for this laptop to be my main computer, so I will be using it for light gaming, downloading files, etc. (Starcraft II during my summer)

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?
No, not really. You folks know more about which brands are better. I do like ASUS and Samsung though...

What screen size do you require?
Cannot go larger than 14".

What screen resolution do you require?
1600 x 900, I suppose. Forgive my ignorance, but I do not know much about the pros and cons of different screen resolutions. I need a 14" monitor because I can't have the laptop beings overly cumbersome to carry around to my classes.

Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay?
I would prefer new.

How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet)
I see no reason why I wouldn't be near a power outlet - seeing as I will be spending most of my time with it at a university. Battery life is not a majour concern.

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings?
TF2, SC2, ideally on max.

What operating system do you need? (if any)
Windows 8.

Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.)
I would prefer it to look sexy. Socially, a sexy laptop is advantageous.

How much hard drive space do you need?
Not much - I keep my hard drive space clean and I don't download an excessive amount of files. 750GB is more than enough. I would MUCH prefer SSD over HDD, though. However, 128GB SSD would NOT cut it.

Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.)
No.

Is there anything else we need to know?
TL;DR: I am a university student and need it for research and writing papers. Additionally, I am looking for a quick, responsive, 'agile' computer that doesn't take up much physical space (carrying around a 7lb, 17" monitor laptop is NOT fun). During my summer I plan to use it to play SC2.
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I think msi ge 40 fulfills all your requirements. check this out

http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=84511&vpn=9S7-149242-010&manufacture=MSI&promoid=1300
Edited by apocalypse77 - 8/13/13 at 10:01pm
post #3 of 6
+1 on the GE40, looks like a great match.
The GTX 760m is going to do you well in most games.
Good find apocalypse77.
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Well Im not sure how shipping to Canada works with taxes and all that but check out the Sager NP7330. It has the most power for any laptop this size, and theres a big circlejerk for it on notebookreview forums so it must be good. With IC Diamond and Windows 8 it comes to US$1184. A mSATA SSD is gonna put you over budget, but I'd still recommend it.

Your only other options are the MSI GE40 and the Alienware 14. Both have weaker GPUs, worse screens, and are more expensive.

EDIT: Found a Canadian website that has Sagers: http://www.reflexnotebook.ca
Edited by Lombax - 8/15/13 at 7:56am
    
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Well Im not sure how shipping to Canada works with taxes and all that but check out the Sager NP7330. It has the most power for any laptop this size, and theres a big circlejerk for it on notebookreview forums so it must be good. With IC Diamond and Windows 8 it comes to US$1184. A mSATA SSD is gonna put you over budget, but I'd still recommend it.

Your only other options are the MSI GE40 and the Alienware 14. Both have weaker GPUs, worse screens, and are more expensive.

EDIT: Found a Canadian website that has Sagers: http://www.reflexnotebook.ca
Good find! I just ordered my laptop from there. Thank for you for the awesome find!
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Oh good... glad you got the 7330 instead of that GE40. The MSI laptop is terrible. Overheats and is unpleasant to handle. You made a good choice with the Sager.
     
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