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For that price point, there is no reason not to be looking at i3/i5 models.

Here's an i5 with a dedicated GPU that's pretty decent... IIRC these are supposed to be rated for 8 hours runtime:
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/HP+-+ENV...&skuId=1805696

The 210m/310m isn't going to be much faster than intel HD graphics. I wouldn't bother with it. The 5650 on the other hand, is a pretty decent little card. (in that envy)

You should also pick up a little 2.5" external HD enclosure so that you can put the drive you're going to swap out to good use.

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Edited by mdocod - 3/13/11 at 7:47pm
     
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I would take this over the overpriced Envy 14".
http://www.xoticpc.com/asus-k42jya1-p-3025.html
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Originally Posted by CreepyDan View Post
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/
That looks like it may be a good option. I'll have to check what discount I can get through my Dell business account.
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Originally Posted by mdocod View Post
For that price point, there is no reason not to be looking at i3/i5 models.

Here's an i5 with a dedicated GPU that's pretty decent... IIRC these are supposed to be rated for 8 hours runtime:
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/HP+-+ENV...&skuId=1805696

The 210m/310m isn't going to be much faster than intel HD graphics. I wouldn't bother with it. The 5650 on the other hand, is a pretty decent little card. (in that envy)

You should also pick up a little 2.5" external HD enclosure so that you can put the drive you're going to swap out to good use.

Eric
I currently have a Dell Latitude with i5 and 8 cell battery and I struggle to get 5 hours out of it with decent use and Wifi - part of the reason I was going to go with a lower wattage processor. This laptop won't be used for anything extensive, mostly running an IDE, standard text processing and the occasional use of Lightroom. I also found that Asus makes a 13in model of the laptop I listed in the first post: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834220766
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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.


Yeah, looking at the first Asus there with the 10-11hr battery life.


I'd go with a 13in but a 15in is too bulky for caring around everywhere.
They are listed. top right for the base price, or click customize (which you should) and it will show you the options and prices.

Money for performance and quality, sager wins pretty much every time, only real exception is if another laptop is on sale/recert/used or something.
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lol, I already linked him to that <_<
post #17 of 28
I have to disagree with the xoticpc on this... the 6470 isn't really worth the space and power it takes up in comparison to integrated graphics.

Envy 14 gets my vote, 750GB hard drive and a 5650m solidify it for me.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834157661

Edit:
scratch that... the np5160 takes the case. The envy wins vs the k42jya1 for sure though.
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post #18 of 28
You might wanna try bestbuy, the actually store has some pretty good ones for the price. You can also try bestbuy.com. I like buying HP because their customer service is very nice. I probably got my laptop's cpu fan and heat sink replaced 3 times in 2 years for free. Nothing was wrong with it, I just wanted to see better temps with a new cpu fan.
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Originally Posted by mortimersnerd View Post
I currently have a Dell Latitude with i5 and 8 cell battery and I struggle to get 5 hours out of it...
The number of cells is only relevant if comparing laptops which utilize cells of the same size and capacity.

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...with decent use and Wifi - part of the reason I was going to go with a lower wattage processor.
The TDP rating of the core2duo is for a CPU only. The i3/i5 series TDP rating should include the power consumption of the on-chip GPU. Keep that in mind when comparing TDP ratings (you have to account for the power consumption of the GPU on the core2duo system).

Maximizing the available use of your battery life is a balancing act of having enough CPU power to accomplish your tasks without being slowed down and waiting for the machine to catch up, which wastes power by having the rest of the machine still running (monitor/mobo/hd), while you accomplish nothing waiting on the nice efficient CPU.

The i3-380UM has a maximum TDP rating of 18W, has the ability to clock down it's GPU to save power, and performs roughly on par with the older SL series (~1.8-2GHZ low power core2duos) which were rated 17W TDP (without the on-chip GPU). The on-chip intel HD graphics are supposed to be faster than previous generation GMA4500 chips. This i3 also supports hyper-threading, which can be beneficial in modern computing environments.

The Core i5-4XXUM/5XXUM series CPUs are very similar to the i3-3XXUM as far as maximum TDP and capabilities, (including hyperthreading), however, it has turbo-boost, which can hit speeds on a single core in the ~1.7-2.2GHZ range (depending on specific model), which would make a considerable difference in less heavily threaded operations, which would actually make better use of your available battery life by helping you get things done faster with the basically the same power consumption.

If I were in the market for a power-consumption friendly laptop, I would be looking at the i5UM series CPUs. The Core2Duo is dated by comparison.

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This laptop won't be used for anything extensive, mostly running an IDE, standard text processing and the occasional use of Lightroom. I also found that Asus makes a 13in model of the laptop I listed in the first post: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834220766
With this in mind, and considering your demand for better runtime, I don't see a reason for a dedicated GPU. The GPU in the "i" series should be a slight step up from the previous generation GMA4500 type stuff anyways, and should provide adequate performance for everyday tasks.

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Not sure if you are interested in an even smaller screen size...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834215017

Only 3LBS and rated for 8 hours runtime.

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