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I'm about to pull the trigger on my first laptop.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834157278

This seems like a ton of hardware for a thousand bucks. This will be for on campus gaming & school work. I really want a desktop on-the-go as I hate being limited on what I can do.

Spending a thousand bucks on a laptop makes me feel ill, but I'm more afraid of buyers remorse if I step down to the $700 level. Thanks in advance.
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For laptops I prefer Toshiba, Sony, Sager, Falcon Northwest, Lenovo or in last case, DELL
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I've been reading mixed things on HP build quality. Sometimes its hard to tell if complaints are coming from a vocal minority or if there are legit concerns about the manufacturer.

You can find complaints & horror stories on just about any product. Its enough to scare me into not buying anything at all >< Damn this internet and all its excessive info.
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I have had in my hands many overheating problems on HP laptops, that's the reason for say what I say in my 1st post.
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post #5 of 8
for school work and campus use. 17inch is way too big for my taste, plus the bigger screen do tend to have much worse battery life.
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post #6 of 8
the older Envy lines did get warmer than the newer models like the envy 17" your looking at . The envy your looking at dosent have the I7 so heat wont be as bad the, and the palm rest gets warm.
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post #7 of 8
Wait about a month, at CES HP has already announced it will refresh the Envy 17 w/ Sandybridge, giving you more power and better battery efficiency. They are supposed to start shipping sometime this January. My advice to you would buy a sandybridge 17 or wait until the price drops on the older CPU models.
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Thanks all, I held off on the purchase yesterday. I went to Best Buy just poke around and they had a lot of HP's on the floor. I asked one of the staff about performance on the HP's, and he said they often come back because of overheating issues. So thats multiple sources I've checked all saying the same thing about heat probs on HP. He said the only brand he doesn't see coming back often is Asus (or was it acer? ).

A Toshiba or Lenovo with hardware comparable to this HP Envy (see link on original post) is so much more expensive. Not sure what I'm going to do. But I need to get something ordered in the next couple days.

EDIT ANOTHER THING, a little off topic, but which manufacturers are guilty of this proprietary driver crap? I read stuff about how some models require special video drivers from the manufacturer site (as opposed to getting drivers directly from the chip maker). They're usually tweaked in some way to dial back frequencies. I want to avoid this.
Edited by Dactyl - 1/6/11 at 8:42am
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