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Hey guys and girls,

I'm looking for a laptop that will be used throughout university/college.
(4 yrs+)

Notes: *Avoiding Apple & Dell*
Budget: $600-800
Preferable screen: 13'-15'
Purpose/intentions: Internet/Docs/Video editing/Maybe light gaming


I'm currently looking at the Asus U31Jg-A1 and Asus U41JF-A1
It's ridiculous how confusing the names of their laptops are.

P.S. Does anyone know when new Sandy bridge CPUs will be incorporated into such laptops fitting my description?

Thanks a lot and I appreciate your time.
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How long do you need it to run on battery life?
Because the np5160 http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np5160-...er-p-2999.html
Is a much better buy, but will have slightly less run time even with optimus. I would look into it especially since you listed video editing which will throw the laptops you listed for a loop.
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How long do you need it to run on battery life?
Because the np5160 http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np5160-...er-p-2999.html
Is a much better buy, but will have slightly less run time even with optimus. I would look into it especially since you listed video editing which will throw the laptops you listed for a loop.
6-8 hours would be more than enough I think (and I don't mind carrying the brick).
Wow that's a bargain for those specs, but I've never heard of the company so I am a bit tentative. I'll continue my research and thank you for the great link.

Edit: Also, what's the benefit of having a Sager versus that of a known company like Asus?
(Build quality, reliability, etc.)
Edited by Aznlotus161 - 3/22/11 at 11:26am
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Sager has better build quality and cooling then asus. You're allowed to open up your system and change out the cpu/gpu/tim/etc without voiding the warranty either. The reason you dont hear about sager is because they custom build laptops, and their isnt a huge market for $800+ custom laptops, hence you wont hear about them unless you know a laptop enthusiast or something.
(you cant upgrade the gpu on the 5160 though, its soldered in)
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Sager has better build quality and cooling then asus. You're allowed to open up your system and change out the cpu/gpu/tim/etc without voiding the warranty either. The reason you dont hear about sager is because they custom build laptops, and their isnt a huge market for $800+ custom laptops, hence you wont hear about them unless you know a laptop enthusiast or something.
(you cant upgrade the gpu on the 5160 though, its soldered in)
It's not soldered in on the 5170 too?
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It's not soldered in on the 5170 too?
It is soldered on that too. But considering he wants the most battery life he can get, and isnt looking at 17" models, I didnt think it was relevant.
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It is soldered on that too. But considering he wants the most battery life he can get, and isnt looking at 17" models, I didnt think it was relevant.
Oh woops, no I was looking for me too just reading over other threads that you post in as you seem to suggest Sager alot. I didn't see it was a 17", after seeing that it was not upgradeable I was looking to see how much I would have to spend to get one that is.
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Oh woops, no I was looking for me too just reading over other threads that you post in as you seem to suggest Sager alot. I didn't see it was a 17", after seeing that it was not upgradeable I was looking to see how much I would have to spend to get one that is.
The np8130 is technically possible to upgrade the gpu, but it has a smaller power brick so unless amd/nvidia start releasing lower power cards, its stuck around its current gpu power (think you may be able to put a 470m in it, but thats just a guess)

The np8150 is the laptop you want if you plan on putting any new mobile gpu's in it, aka the most powerful ones, like the 485m nvidia's most powerful single mobile card, or the 6970 amd's new card.

the 8170 will upgrade too, but its usually out of the price range for most people.
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The np8130 is technically possible to upgrade the gpu, but it has a smaller power brick so unless amd/nvidia start releasing lower power cards, its stuck around its current gpu power (think you may be able to put a 470m in it, but thats just a guess)

The np8150 is the laptop you want if you plan on putting any new mobile gpu's in it, aka the most powerful ones, like the 485m nvidia's most powerful single mobile card, or the 6970 amd's new card.

the 8170 will upgrade too, but its usually out of the price range for most people.
disregard this post, I found the answer.
Edited by Lysdexik - 3/22/11 at 8:14pm
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I am definitely considering the np5160.
I've heard stories that Sager's power bricks are ridiculously large. Would that be an issue for an environment such as in an university?
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