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Hey guys,

Long time since I built my rig. Thanks again for the help. My brother wants to purchase a new highly-portable laptop. What 11 or 13 inch laptop (w/optical drive) would be the best models to choose from? Especially the one of greatest value. Also, can these be built like I built my rig?

I tried to convince him to let me build it. My requests weren't adhered to as you can see.

Daniel
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building laptops are hard, expensive and annoying due to models having proprietary components. What does he want to do with the laptop?
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post #3 of 12
You can't really build a laptop. You can order custom laptops, but can't build them yourself.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834146949

this is probably the best notebook you could buy in that screen size. Small laptops are expensive.
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Uncivilised: he'll be using it for mobile business. Lots of work on documents, sending them back and forth, viewing them, etc. No video games. Music and searching the net. From what I know about him, he'd really enjoy the feel of a SSD, if thats at all possible. See below.

thrasherht: The problem is the price. I love that it has i5 and 1gh ram, but my bro is looking more around $1,000. He could probably push to $1300 if it was worth it. But I think above 1350 he won't go for it.

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You can easily swap a 2.5" hdd for a 2.5" ssd if you want.
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For an ultra portable... 1000 seems like an awful waste... and does he REALLY need the cdrom... just show him how to ISO it up...
     
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post #7 of 12
Check out Xoticpc.com.

I've dealt with them in the past and had a great experience. You can also ask around notebookreview.com. It's a community solely devoted to mobile computing.
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post #8 of 12
Toshiba Portege R700 or R705 or the thinkpad mentioned above.
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post #9 of 12
The Thinkpad X201 is all kinds of epic, but is very expensive and probably overkill for the task at hand. Something like the Thinkpad X120e is probably the better choice, but it isn't quite released yet. Will be very soon though. Already reviewed, it's in pre-release distribution phase.

An X120e with the Fusion e-350, 2GB of RAM, and the 6-cell battery will be an amazing configuration and will probably cost less than $600.
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The Thinkpad X201 is all kinds of epic, but is very expensive and probably overkill for the task at hand. Something like the Thinkpad X120e is probably the better choice, but it isn't quite released yet. Will be very soon though. Already reviewed, it's in pre-release distribution phase.

An X120e with the Fusion e-350, 2GB of RAM, and the 6-cell battery will be an amazing configuration and will probably cost less than $600.
this
or the HP DM1Z

or if you prefer an arransdale i5
then the Acer 3820T would be great as well
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