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Hey guys I am looking to buy a laptop for college and needed some different opinions. I am mainly looking into ASUS laptops along with MACs and was comparing specs and prices. Here are the two I was looking at and I am torn between which to get. I am fully aware the ASUS has way better specs but the 17 inch screen is a killer. I would appreciate any tips you guys can give me! My budget is up to 3,000 dollars. I already have a desktop in which I will game on for the most part, but it wouldn't hurt to be able to game on my lap top as well. Help me out!

ASUS laptop: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834231090
---ASUS Laptop $1,900
MAC laptop: http://store.apple.com/us-hed/configure/ME665LL/A?=
---MAC Laptop upgraded to 2.8 ghz processing speed = $2,800

I am also worried about battery longevity for it is huge when chargers aren't available in the classroom. I am not sure if it is worth $900 to get the mac or not. Let me know!

If you have a different laptop in mind that could work for me feel free to post it!
Edited by Tkassas - 8/17/13 at 11:05am
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I haven't looked into them very much, but I've seen lots of people recommending Sager laptops. http://www.xoticpc.com/custom-gaming-laptops-notebooks-clevo-sager-notebooks-ct-95_51_162.html

Without upgrades, there are 15.6inch versions with a 4700MQ and 770M that are $1200-1300 which isn't that bad compared to the Asus you linked.

Not sure how the battery life is exactly, though it has an 8cell battery and Optimus which can't be too bad.
    
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I would consider looking into a MSI Laptop. http://www.amazon.com/MSI-Series-GT60-2OC-022US-15-6-Inch/dp/B00CU9GKZ8 this one has a TB of space, and should work really nicely for half the price of the MB pro and the screen is 15.6 inches. the only downside might be the battery life and it is 7.7 pounds. :S
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I've heard of sager laptops and they seem like a suitable choice. However I've heard the faults in MSI laptops which tends to drive me against it. Any other options?
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If you're looking to do much gaming at all, mac is not the way to go. Sure games are starting to come out with mac versions, but they're still not mainstream. Trust me, I joined the Apple bandwagon and regret it.

As for a suggestion, my vote goes to a Sager. Asus isn't bad, but Sager is a great manufacturer with solidly built systems. Plus, you can typically get them fully customized to match what you want/need. They don't look like anything special, but everything under the hood is prime stuff.

Oh, and another argument against the mac from a non-gaming standpoint is that a lot of statistics, engineering, etc. programs don't work on iOS so you'll end up needing to install windows...basically, my macbook has been more of an expensive hassle than anything.

Just one opinion though.
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As a Sager owner, Sager fits almost everyones "gaming/college laptop" threads.

1. Solid build quality, maybe not Lenovo or Macs, but damned good enough.
2. You can't beat the price
3. Not ugly/childish looking like some gaming laptops (We're looking at you, MSI)
4. Great storage options; 2 hard drive slots AND a mSATA in a 15"? Hell yeah!
5. Large batteries.
6. Can come with no OS. College kids can usually get Windows for 50% off. Sagers also come with absolutely no bloatware.

So assuming you want a 15", look at the NP7352 or the NP8235, depending on how much GPU you want. Either of these Sagers should last over 4 hours on normal use, I've gotten almost 4:30 on my NP7370 (17" version of the NP7352), so I'd expect a little better from a 15".

If you really want something slim or better looking, then look at the Asus N550. Its a good Macbook copycat for half the price with an IPS touchscreen and GT750M (and great audio!)
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I just bought an ASUS G46VW, Upgraded it the CPU to a i7-3740QM. It's a 14" Gaming Laptop with a GTX660M that runs pretty much all my games at the highest setting with ease. The cooling is great and it's fast as hell. I also got a MSATA installed (128GB) for the OS.

http://www.hidevolution.com/asus-g46vw-bsi5n06-2gb-nvidia-gtx-660m-14.html

It's really sleek, the build quality is amazing, I don't think this thing will ever break. The keyboard is really great and its really quiet (I hate noisy keys)
It has a 1600x900 screen, but it's pretty good, I guess that's the only downside, but at 14", the resolution is great.

Also, with a $3000 you could get a ton of great upgrades and still have money left over for accessories and whatever other school needs you might have.
I start first year September 3rd, and I'm really happy with this laptop!
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Sorry to jack the thread but I was wondering if you had an idea of what kind of mSATA SSD would be compatible with the g46vw
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I just bought an ASUS G46VW, Upgraded it the CPU to a i7-3740QM. It's a 14" Gaming Laptop with a GTX660M that runs pretty much all my games at the highest setting with ease. The cooling is great and it's fast as hell. I also got a MSATA installed (128GB) for the OS.

http://www.hidevolution.com/asus-g46vw-bsi5n06-2gb-nvidia-gtx-660m-14.html

It's really sleek, the build quality is amazing, I don't think this thing will ever break. The keyboard is really great and its really quiet (I hate noisy keys)
It has a 1600x900 screen, but it's pretty good, I guess that's the only downside, but at 14", the resolution is great.

Also, with a $3000 you could get a ton of great upgrades and still have money left over for accessories and whatever other school needs you might have.
I start first year September 3rd, and I'm really happy with this laptop!
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