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Hi, everyone. I don't know if anyone remembers me but I used to post a lot on this forum back in the day, up until I went to college (and got a Macbook). Now graduation looms over the horizon, and I think it's time to get a new computer. I should mention that I sold my (old) Macbook and bought a (new) Mac Mini back in May, but they're nearly identical hardware.

The things I look for in a new computer:
- Reliability (IME my apple stuff has never hiccuped, but all my friends' dells are in bad shape). I am immediately turned off by certain manufacturers (omitted to avoid arguments).
- Quiet! I listen to a lot of music on headphones and I really can't have something loud or else I'll go crazy I very much liked how quiet my Macbook was.
- Fast! Now this is something we can all enjoy...
- Digital Audio Out: through either coaxial or optical SPDIF.
- Nice Screen: I always felt constrained on the Macbook screen (1280x800), and now I'm posting on a (borrowed) 1920x1200 laptop, and it is glorious. I've tried using a secondary screen, but my eyes tend to focus on the screen in front of the keyboard, so the laptop itself really needs a great screen.

Things I'm not so picky about:

- OS: I like both OS X and 7. I dislike having to pay much more for a 1920x1200 mac, though.
- Gaming: I've got years of (older) games to catch up on, and I'd like to be able to run Oblivion, maybe Crysis, but I have a PS3 so it's not a priority.
- The fact that it's a laptop: I am very comfortable with laptops: moving them, sitting on the couch with them, etc. This is why I've posted in the Laptops forum. But I haven't thrown a desktop system out the window just yet.
- Stock memory/hard drive. I'll just upgrade these to 8GB/SSD, anyways.
- Cost: I'm willing to put some money into this. I'd be most comfortable dropping $1400-1800 if it's nice enough (that is, total, including the RAM/HD upgrades and tax). I have a job so I don't have to skimp.
- Bluray: again, PS3.

Things I've looked at (in person):

Sony VAIO F - this stands out IMO, despite poor battery life
Macbook Pros
Some Dells and HPs at Best Buy (not my favorite manufacturers)

Anyhow, feel free to make any suggestions. If you have a 1920x1080 laptop, I want to hear from you! If you think I should get a desktop, I want to hear it! If you have a VAIO F, I really want to hear from you!

And finally, Happy New Years, everyone.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834114905
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Get a Lenovo Thinkpad with Discrete graphics and switch out the hard drive, ram, and stuff. Then reinstall a fresh copy of whatever operating system you want and play games on it.
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Wow, thanks for the quick replies.

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Originally Posted by hermitmaster View Post
Yeah, these Toshibas look very nice. 10lbs might be a bit heavy, but I definitely need to look more into those. I just got my mom a Toshiba Portege, and it is a very nice machine.

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I'm not a big Asus fan, but again those Toshibas are interesting. Unfortunately I don't think the HP Envy 17 has digital audio, unlike the Toshiba.

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Originally Posted by Little Overclocker/Gamer View Post
Get a Lenovo Thinkpad with Discrete graphics and switch out the hard drive, ram, and stuff. Then reinstall a fresh copy of whatever operating system you want and play games on it.
I really like Thinkpads. They are just amazing computers: great keyboards, great reliability. Now that you mention it, it seems there's a $450 savings on the W510: free upgrade to FHD (1080p) resolution screen. Well how about that.

Wow you guys are great help. You've got me in a pondering mood
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So after much deliberation, I went with a Sony. I almost went for the Thinkpad W510 (found a coupon code for 10% off, with the free 1080p multi-touchscreen.. very enticing), but the fact that I'd need to buy one of their docks to get SPDIF audio, the boxy aesthetics and still higher price couldn't win me over. I had it in the shopping cart and was checking out but I just couldn't go through. In fact, I should check I didn't buy both, heh. I hope I don't miss that keyboard and the touchscreen...

You could consider this thread closed, then. Thanks!
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