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Need thin and light laptop for school...

Poll Results: Help me chose a laptop!

 
  • 9% (1)
    Base Envy 13
  • 9% (1)
    Maxed out Envy 13
  • 27% (3)
    Lenovo X301
  • 54% (6)
    Other/You are being an idiot, wait till the end of CES
11 Total Votes  
post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Hey all,

I'm a college student, and I need to find a laptop. I've got my rig, so the focus for the laptop is less on graphics power, and more on weight, size, durability, and the screen. I've found a couple deals at my local microcenter and across the internet, and I'm just trying to make a decision.

Option 1: HP Envy 13 at my microcenter: $538, open box, on clearance. Sadly it is the base model, with a crappy SU9600 processor and base 768x1368 screen, but it does come with all of the extras (Extra slice battery that attaches to the bottom, external DVD drive, and a couple other things). Both Envys have switchable graphics (a meh Radeon 4330), which means some gaming on the go. And its really cheap.

Option 2: HP Envy 13 on teh internet: $1100ish, factory referbed, being sold sealed in box from a relatively reputable dealer. The big negative is the price, but everything else is maxed out: 160 GB SSD, much faster clocked proc (SL9600, 2.13ghz), 5 gigs of ram, really really really really nice 900x1600 screen. Oh, and it has switchable graphics. No extras.

Option 3: Thinkpad X301 from my microcenter: $700ish, open box, on clearance. Includes 3 year warrantee. Its got the same slow processor that the Envy has, but it has a higher res, matte screen (900x1440), the useful Thinkvantage suit, and a 128 gig SSD. It uses onboard graphics, unlike the Envys, so gaming is a no go. But it is cheap, really durable, and would be around for a long time.

Others that might be options:
Alienware M11x (Avaliable with the ULV i5s referbed from $799, which is a pretty great deal. I'm not sure I'm comfortable rocking the aliens on my computer though...)

Macbook Air 13 (Expensive, but really thin...)

Help!
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post #2 of 14
Toshiba Portege R700 or R705 if you were to buy right now. Otherwise I say wait till Sandy Bridge.
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post #3 of 14
Wow, thats a great price for the X301 with SSD!

With a rig like yours it is good to keep your priorities straight and get a laptop without worrying about gaming on it. Too many folks don't do that and end up with a barely mobile 17" laptop that lasts 20 minutes on batteries.

Post CES there will be laptops with Sandy bridge, and they will be quick; but the nearest laptop to that x301 would be a $1,000 X201, and that isn't as thin and light.
Edited by trueg50 - 1/4/11 at 1:29pm
    
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post #4 of 14
I'm Planning Myself on buying the Lenovo Thinkpad x120e with the future AMD APU.
post #5 of 14
out of those, I would get the thinkpad. If you are getting an Envy, upgrade to the 14 or 15.
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post #6 of 14
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Quote:
Originally Posted by trueg50 View Post
Wow, thats a great price for the X301 with SSD!

With a rig like yours it is good to keep your priorities straight and get a laptop without worrying about gaming on it. Too many folks don't do that and end up with a barely mobile 17" laptop that lasts 20 minutes on batteries.

Post CES there will be laptops with Sandy bridge, and they will be quick; but the nearest laptop to that x301 would be a $1,000 X201, and that isn't as thin and light.
Yeah, and lenovo is pretty bad about actually releasing products that they show at CES (see the T410s, which they had at CES last year, and only ended up getting released really in March, and then finally got the promised switchable graphics in May or so. Meh)
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post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by Mmansueto View Post
out of those, I would get the thinkpad. If you are getting an Envy, upgrade to the 14 or 15.
Heheheh you just want me to take yours off your hands...
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post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by aislepathlight View Post
Heheheh you just want me to take yours off your hands...
Not necessarily. I want you to buy the best you can. Someone will buy it, so I am not concerned with that. I would not spend what you are looking to spend on a machine not running a i5 or i7, that is all. 1100 for a 13" Core 2 Duo machine just seems a little excessive to me. I know you want that size, but even a 14" envy would suit you better in the long run than the 13" Envy. For the price you listed, the thinkpad is the best deal. They are always rock solid machines.
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post #9 of 14
I suggest just getting a netbook for college work/note taking and then buying a beast of a laptop for gaming. Thats what I plan on doing anyway. Asus G53 ftw.
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post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by KrisBKreeme View Post
I suggest just getting a netbook for college work/note taking and then buying a beast of a laptop for gaming. Thats what I plan on doing anyway. Asus G53 ftw.
I had a crappy experience with an Asus Eee PC 1201n that was RMA hell, so I lucked out, amazon accepted the return after a bunch of months, and now I'm in the market for something more sturdy and reliable. And the Envy 13 that I posted as option number 1 is really reasonable, and its just a little more than a top of the line netbook (Which I had, and was a pain in the butt)
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