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I'm looking for a 14in laptop with decent CPU power, acceptable graphics (better than Intel 4500HD, and 5 hours battery life. Budget is less than $1k.

Currently, I'm looking at this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834220687

with this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227550

Need to have by the end of April. Suggestions?
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Scratch that, it's heavy and won't get 5 hours. That asus isn't as powerful, but gets much better life.
Edited by CreepyDan - 3/13/11 at 2:42pm
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I'm looking for a 14in laptop with decent CPU power, acceptable graphics (better than Intel 4500HD, and 5 hours battery life. Budget is less than $1k.

Currently, I'm looking at this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834220687

with this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227550

Need to have by the end of April. Suggestions?
Take a look at the Acer 4820TG
    
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Take a look at the Acer 4820TG
I'm not seeing that in stock anywhere for a price comparison. Also, I'm not a fan of shiny things. They get finger prints and scratch easily.

Doesn't anyone know how the laptops with dedicated and onboard graphics work with linux distros? Do the power savings features work?
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Originally Posted by mortimersnerd View Post
I'm not seeing that in stock anywhere for a price comparison. Also, I'm not a fan of shiny things. They get finger prints and scratch easily.

Doesn't anyone know how the laptops with dedicated and onboard graphics work with linux distros? Do the power savings features work?
There is no official support of optimus on linux, you can sorta make it work but it requires some work and is kinda sketchy. If you want linux and optimus, you need to consider dual booting..

Also: http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np5160-...er-p-2999.html

I believe there is a clevo reseller that supports a linux distro (supports, as in they only sell it with the distro and provides full support) I cant remember their name though cause no one usually requests linux with optimus.
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Does it have to be 14"? You could take a look at the HP DM4s, those have pretty good battery life (with the SSD, it would be even better), and have i5s. Only thing is graphics. They come standard with the Intel HD graphics (which is a lot better than the 4500MHD, but still not good compared to discrete). I'm pretty sure there's an option for dedicated though.
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There is no official support of optimus on linux, you can sorta make it work but it requires some work and is kinda sketchy. If you want linux and optimus, you need to consider dual booting..

Also: http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np5160-...er-p-2999.html

I believe there is a clevo reseller that supports a linux distro (supports, as in they only sell it with the distro and provides full support) I cant remember their name though cause no one usually requests linux with optimus.
Oooo, I was looking at the Clevo's and they look sweet. Prices aren't listed on their site.... probably because they aren't cheap.

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Yeah, looking at the first Asus there with the 10-11hr battery life.
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Does it have to be 14"? You could take a look at the HP DM4s, those have pretty good battery life (with the SSD, it would be even better), and have i5s. Only thing is graphics. They come standard with the Intel HD graphics (which is a lot better than the 4500MHD, but still not good compared to discrete). I'm pretty sure there's an option for dedicated though.
I'd go with a 13in but a 15in is too bulky for caring around everywhere.
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Originally Posted by mortimersnerd View Post
I'm not seeing that in stock anywhere for a price comparison. Also, I'm not a fan of shiny things. They get finger prints and scratch easily.

Doesn't anyone know how the laptops with dedicated and onboard graphics work with linux distros? Do the power savings features work?
the notebook body is mostly matte finished.
only the lcd and bezel around the screen is glossy/shiny.

you can find the Acer 4820TG at Microcenter
Edited by cozmo5050 - 3/14/11 at 7:07pm
    
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Consider this guy:
http://configure.us.dell.com/dellsto...id=vostro-3300
i5, 4gb ram, gt 310m, 8 cell battery, aluminum case, and it's 13''

Here's a nice review:
http://www.studentbuyingguide.com/20...o-3300-review/
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