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I know these just came out on the 22nd but I can't find any benchmarks or reviews which leads me to believe they were just released to make laptop buying even more confusing! Specifically the i3 2130m and the i5 2140m which seem to be commanding a premium compared to last gen even though they are cheap CPUs. Trying to configure any model on Dell or Lenovo with 4gig ram I get to $800 easily which is surprising considering these are supposed to be budget.

notebookcheck.com does not have any tests, just draws inferences from the web. Comparing last gen i5 to current seems that this is just a slight bump for graphics for the same tdp so I can't assume battery life that much better.
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Passmark includes some mobile cpu's

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html
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I know these just came out on the 22nd but I can't find any benchmarks or reviews which leads me to believe they were just released to make laptop buying even more confusing! Specifically the i3 2130m and the i5 2140m which seem to be commanding a premium compared to last gen even though they are cheap CPUs. Trying to configure any model on Dell or Lenovo with 4gig ram I get to $800 easily which is surprising considering these are supposed to be budget.

notebookcheck.com does not have any tests, just draws inferences from the web. Comparing last gen i5 to current seems that this is just a slight bump for graphics for the same tdp so I can't assume battery life that much better.
Not sure, but the 2630qm (cheapest sandy quad) stomps the old i7's. Not sure what specs the laptops you are looking for are, but for $800 you can get a sager np5160 with a 2520 or 2630 and 540m optimus 4 gigs ram and 1920x1080 15.6" screen.
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I do like the idea of Sager but once you add an OS it goes up easily to $1k and I was trying to get a bit lower than that. Also the tdp on that quad is 45 watts so maybe battery life is less than a dual core parts which are 35.

I'm just researching this 2nd gen for a boring business oriented laptop, graphics not important but prioritize decent battery life while running office apps, wi-fi and running database queries. My thought is why get last gen if I can get new gen. Just not finding enough pros and cons out there and many seemingly high prices for a basic 4gig, 7200rpm hdd, windows 7 pro 64 bit, 15.6 " laptop (with built in num pad) even with the lowest i3 at 2.13. So maybe not enough time to shake out the last gen stuff but it would be nice if some sites would test these newer parts.
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I do like the idea of Sager but once you add an OS it goes up easily to $1k and I was trying to get a bit lower than that. Also the tdp on that quad is 45 watts so maybe battery life is less than a dual core parts which are 35.

I'm just researching this 2nd gen for a boring business oriented laptop, graphics not important but prioritize decent battery life while running office apps, wi-fi and running database queries. My thought is why get last gen if I can get new gen. Just not finding enough pros and cons out there and many seemingly high prices for a basic 4gig, 7200rpm hdd, windows 7 pro 64 bit, 15.6 " laptop (with built in num pad) even with the lowest i3 at 2.13. So maybe not enough time to shake out the last gen stuff but it would be nice if some sites would test these newer parts.
Oh. Well with powergating the i7 quadcores dont actually burn through the battery life one would expect, so its not really an issue.
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Ok I did some more research and notice that Dell also has the 2nd gen i3/i5 available in the consumer model Inspiron 15R-Switch which has this gimmick of popping off the lids. Prices are reasonable in that line. The new Lenovo Thinkpad E420 is out now and is reasonably priced although the E520 will have regular num pad and 15.6 inch screen and the option of EE (Fast booting) will be available on their site April 19th. Supposedly starting at $599 and look fairly nice and somewhat improved over previous Edge model, less square. Other than that MSI has a couple out, HP hasn't refreshed their website, and Acer's new Timelines are late April but supposed to be pricey---$800-$1000. So I think I'll wait a bit longer always a good idea I think. I'm only referencing the dual core parts for those who might also be interested.
Edited by P3c4h2 - 3/25/11 at 8:44am
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