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Any new ones up coming with Sandy Bridge and GPU switching (like Nvidia Optimus)?

I was looking at the Sager NP5160 but not sure if the GT 540m is a capable solution for gaming. Personally I probably won't be gaming unless I plug in the charger but the point is that I want to be able to carry it around and use it at leisure but also stop and game when I want.
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Any new ones up coming with Sandy Bridge and GPU switching (like Nvidia Optimus)?

I was looking at the Sager NP5160 but not sure if the GT 540m is a capable solution for gaming. Personally I probably won't be gaming unless I plug in the charger but the point is that I want to be able to carry it around and use it at leisure but also stop and game when I want.
http://www.overclock.net/hardware-ne...e-new-t-l.html

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Uh the GPU for the T420 is the quadro 4200m? Not sure if that's right
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Sandy Bridge is not that cheap,and 800 for gaming laptop is not so good
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Asking for a good gaming laptop with sandy bridge for $800 will not get you good results, you might as well get a first gen intel with a good gaming graphics card.
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Well then, in any case, disregarding budget, what would you recommend? I suppose I'm not looking for a "Gaming laptop" in itself, just one that handles games very well.
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Assuming (all Sandy Bridge models are repaired). I would take a look at at two of these.

SAGER NP8150
MSI GT680R

Since nobody has suggested the G73 yet, I will just tell you right now that model has a lot of defects, and a high rate of return (compared to most other models). Lots of people who have it working love it, but just know that you may have to warranty it early on.

In addition the ones I have suggested both offer easy upgrading, so you can get away with getting the worst specs for CPU, RAM, and HDD, and upgrade it at your leisure when you get more money.
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Not a great video card, nor a Sandy Bridge processor.
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Assuming (all Sandy Bridge models are repaired). I would take a look at at two of these.

SAGER NP8150
MSI GT680R

Since nobody has suggested the G73 yet, I will just tell you right now that model has a lot of defects, and a high rate of return (compared to most other models). Lots of people who have it working love it, but just know that you may have to warranty it early on.

In addition the ones I have suggested both offer easy upgrading, so you can get away with getting the worst specs for CPU, RAM, and HDD, and upgrade it at your leisure when you get more money.
The NP8150 is like $100 more, and the only differences are the power supply is bigger for the 8150, the 8130 has a matte screen while the 8150 has a glossy (the matte is better), and the 8150 has a rubberized texture, which is good, until you find out that they applied it to the trackpad which everyone has complained about.

I dont think a gpu upgrade is needed. the 8130 has the 460m which is a good card, and the only advantage to the 8150 is being able to upgrade the gpu to a higher TDP one (which all of them will currently far exceed his price range).

I'm getting a 8130 when they come out with the SB fix, so I've already judged the pros and cons of the 5160,8130,and 8150 myself. Your choice though.
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