Originally Posted by dizfunction
basically I thought I'd have a lot of time to game in college, but it's turned out that I really don't have much time for that. I'll probably continue to play some light games like League of Legends and Combat Arms, but nothing more serious than that.
I was going to sell my clevo w230st since it's really high powered (graphics wise) and I don't need that power (though a quad-core would definitely be preferred in any laptop I look at), as well as the not-so-great battery life since I spend most of my time outside of the room and so it's not always feasible to have a charger with me since I don't always have a port with me.
I was looking more for a laptop with a really good processor, since it really helps with computer science, 8 gb RAM 1600 mhz, a mid-range graphics card (no preference between AMD and Nvidia, I like both) and at least 250 gb of hard drive space since I have HBO and other movie-watching sources and I don't store pictures on my hard drive, so those are two huge sources of storage need that don't apply to me. I might download a lot of music later (maybe around 15-20 gb worth) but that still won't be a problem for having a 250 gb hard drive.
While form factor really isn't that important to me, I would appreciate thinner than thicker and as long as it's under 5.5 pounds I should be fine, since I don't carry textbooks much.
I'd rather that it's a 14'' or 13.3'' screen, but I'm willing to go for a 15.6'' as long as it's light and thin because it's a bit big in size to carry around comfortably and battery life tends to be not as good on that size of laptops.
Basically, mid-range graphics, battery life should at LEAST be a solid 6 hours while web-browsing and watching videos (720p or 1080p, since I watch lectures online and they're in good quality).
I would also definitely prefer a SSD over a HDD; the speed difference is just sooooooooo noticeable.
My budget is 1250 if I decide to sell my laptop, since that's how much I'd be able to sell it for with the specs it currently has.
Okay, I found an ultrabook that is 15.6" from ASUS. It looks pretty nice because I saw it myself in CompUSA before they decide to close down again. -sigh-
This is a 13" ultrabook from ASUS.
You can grab Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga.
There is one that cost $1,099.00 that has Intel Core i5, W8, 13.3" at 1600x900, 8 GB RAM, 256 SSD and using Intel HD 4000 which i believe Intel HD 4000 is decent for LoL and maybe Combat Arms.
Or you can grab an i7 version, but it won't makes a much a difference because it is only two cores.
Also if you know anything about Yoga Pad, they are pretty good IMO.
Mixed between an ultrabook and a tablet, so you can flip the screen around (tablet mode) and use it to listen to music while carrying it around.
AND you should put all of your musics in Google Music, so it won't take up any room in your hard drive.