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This September I will be going to Sweden to study (indefinitely). So, soon I will be in need of a new lappy (I'm already fantisizing about it). I know that Asus offers a 2 year international warranty coverage (and theres a repair center in Sweden ). I could just buy a laptop once I'm over there, but you know the prices of computers over in Europe!

Any recommendations? Anything better than Asus' policy?

My budget is around $1000, and I definitely DO NOT want INTEGRATED GRAPHICS! So far I like this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834220156
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i say go with the asus, im not shure if you can get better for that price
    
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i say go with the asus, im not shure if you can get better for that price
Hmm... It seems Dell might be able to transfer the warranty overseas...so that could mean 4 years of warranty With a Dell, it will be put to good use!
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Not sure about your request. But if you're getting a laptop, a Core 2 Duo beats the Turion X2 in everyway. Specifically things like performance and battery life, which are very important.
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there are coupons to get $300 off laptops configured at 999 or above

and $500 off laptops configured over 1500

so i would make a 1500 laptop and use the coupon

im looking for link now
    
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Hmm... It seems Dell might be able to transfer the warranty overseas...so that could mean 4 years of warranty With a Dell, it will be put to good use!

Actually, just so we're clear, Dell makes some of the highest quality laptops available for the money.

The problem is that there are about 20x more Dell laptops out there than Asus laptops, so naturally, even if the lappys were the same, you'd hear about 20x the complaints about Dells. Additionally, back in 2002 and then again in 2005 Dell released a couple lines of laptops with defective mobos. Other than those, Dell makes a VERY solid laptop. The only better lappies available are uber-expensive and come from the likes of Lenovo or Sony.

Otherwise, though, I can tell you that both with my personal laptops along wiht about 40 other Dell laptops at various jobs I've had, all have been near-flawless. There is nothing to worry about.

Anyway, is $1000 a hard limit? Because if you could stretch to $1500 or so, Dell makes what is (in my opinion), the coolest laptop of all-time. It is the Dell XPS M1210. It is a compact 12" notebook, but it fully supports the entire line of merom Core 2 Duo procs, and has an optional Go 7400 Nvidia dedicated card (basically an overclocked 7300GT - will play most any modern game at decent settings). I'm telling you, if you will be overseas and walking alot (and trust me you will be alot in Stockholm - I've been there), you'll want something small and uber-portable. The M1210 is perfect. And, it has a near-full-sized keyboard so you can type easily on it. Let's review:

1) Small, DURABLE, compact case with integrated webcam and optional cellular broadband
2) Core 2 Duo Proc
3) Go 7400 = Decent, if not very good gaming
4) Big enough screen to easily see, small enough to make the laptop super small
5) Optional 5+ hour battery



http://www.dell.com/content/products...en&s=dhs&cs=19


The only downside, of course, is the price. However, if you want something you will enjoy and never regret in the future, I'm telling you, stretch a little and get the M1210.
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The M1210 is perfect. And, it has a near-full-sized keyboard so you can type easily on it. Let's review:

1) Small, DURABLE, compact case with integrated webcam and optional cellular broadband
2) Core 2 Duo Proc
3) Go 7400 = Decent, if not very good gaming
4) Big enough screen to easily see, small enough to make the laptop super small
5) Optional 5+ hour battery



http://www.dell.com/content/products...en&s=dhs&cs=19


The only downside, of course, is the price. However, if you want something you will enjoy and never regret in the future, I'm telling you, stretch a little and get the M1210.
Thanks for the response! (every1 else too )

I would probably be in Lund/Uppsala, but even so, you may be right. But do you really think a 12" notebook is large enough for lots of typing, some gaming?
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Thanks for the response! (every1 else too )

I would probably be in Lund/Uppsala, but even so, you may be right. But do you really think a 12" notebook is large enough for lots of typing, some gaming?

If you are seriously interested, I'll elaborate here.

I'm currently going to law school and getting my MBA at the same time (JD/MBA). I currently own the M1210's precursor, the Dell 700M.

It has the same screen, the same keyboard, etc..., just not the cool shock-absorbent case and no dedicated video card.

I can tell you that when my semesters are in full-swing (and I put in about 80-hour weeks), I type, on average, 10 - 15 single-spaced pages per day, 6 - 7 days per week (more when finals are coming). My hands have never once had any problem with keyboard, and my eyes are just fine withe screen. Because it's wide-screen, you can increase the page size in MS office to be the width of the screen. THough you lose a little vertical view, the text-size is very comparable to a 15-inch standard 3:4 laptop screen. In other words, the screen is fine!

Before the 700M, I briefly had a crappy Averatec with a 10" screen. Even that was tolerable, but it got to be a little too small. Trust me, the 12" is just right. It's also light weight and slips into my backback with ease.

As for gaming, I can honestly say I've never gamed on my 700M (I have a separate gaming computer).

HOWEVER, I have seen a couple reviews for the M1210 that say it runs Half-life 2 with full settings but no anti-aliasing very smoothly. I personally think a 12" screen is sufficient (but obviously not optimal) for gaming. Remember that people tend to sit closer to laptops than they do desktops, so a 12" screen on a laptop will seem larger than it would on a desktop.

Also bear in mind that 19" widescreen LCD monitors currently sell for as low as $170. IN a year or two who knows how low they'll go. If the gaming really becomes an issue, you could always buy an external monitor in the future.

Hope this helps!

Oh, and let me also say that at the beginning of law school MANY people had bought brand new HUGE 17" and 15.4" lappies. Within 6-months many of them went out and dumped a ton of money on a smaller 12" Dell or Toshiba, 11" Sony, or 10" Averatec. You simply won't believe how much easier a smaller laptop is to carry around as a student.
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One more thing:

If you are concerned about the money, there are 2 ways to get Dells cheaper (this is how I buy all my laptops):

The first is the Dell Outlet, found here: http://outlet.us.dell.com/ARBOnlineS...=22&l=en&s=dfh

Basically, Dell updates this list hourly. Currently, all the models shown have integrated graphics, but occassionally one or two with a go 7400 pop up. When they do they are usually $200 - $300 off retail. Some are refurbished, some are brand new but scratched, but all carry Dell's fully warranty.

The other way is on Ebay. There are numerous authorized Dell resellers that sell brand new or refurbished Dells at huge discounts with the full Dell Warranty. This is how I bought my 700M, and when I broke my CDRW drive (my fault), Dell covered it under their warranty just fine.

Here is an example: http://cgi.ebay.com/Dell-XPS-M1210-l...QQcmdZViewItem

You can't beat that price with a stick. But keep looking. One time I saw some vender with 40, yes 40 brand new M1210's with Go7400's for $1,129 buy it now. I would have bought one if my 700M weren't still kicking.

And a third option is to scour the internet for discount coupons. These are harder to find for XPS lappies, but they do exist.

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