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Going on somewhere around system 40 in the last 20 months, and hopefully going to actually keep this one. I've managed to liquidate just about all of my computer hardware (in the process of doing so no...check out my sale thread!), and as a result am finally going to purchase a laptop for the long run.

I've decided that I'm sticking with my PS3 and not going to worry about any games (otherwise I'd keep the Sager I have now).

I'm very torn between many of the 14" Asus bamboo series laptops (would love to find an older one with the lighter color) and most Sony notebooks.

See below for some quick notes on what I'm looking for.

I'm looking for:
  • ability to run multiple windows fluidly (Firefox, IE9, Office, etc.)
  • video playback; looking for a 14" screen or smaller, so doesn't need to handle 1080p, just DVD rips fluidly
  • better audio is plus, but not necessary
  • battery life...3.5+ hours required
  • stylish and/or unique. does not need to be both. i.e. MBP is very stylish, but you see 20 of them when you walk into Starbuck's, even if there's only 18 people there. Asus Bamboo series for example, most Sonys, etc.
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Going on somewhere around system 40 in the last 20 months, and hopefully going to actually keep this one. I've managed to liquidate just about all of my computer hardware (in the process of doing so no...check out my sale thread!), and as a result am finally going to purchase a laptop for the long run.

I've decided that I'm sticking with my PS3 and not going to worry about any games (otherwise I'd keep the Sager I have now).

I'm very torn between many of the 14" Asus bamboo series laptops (would love to find an older one with the lighter color) and most Sony notebooks.

See below for some quick notes on what I'm looking for.

I'm looking for:
  • ability to run multiple windows fluidly (Firefox, IE9, Office, etc.)
  • video playback; looking for a 14" screen or smaller, so doesn't need to handle 1080p, just DVD rips fluidly
  • better audio is plus, but not necessary
  • battery life...3.5+ hours required
  • stylish and/or unique. does not need to be both. i.e. MBP is very stylish, but you see 20 of them when you walk into Starbuck's, even if there's only 18 people there. Asus Bamboo series for example, most Sonys, etc.
Budget? I could say get a netbook and throw a Linux distro on there and you'd be set for the most part except for the whole "style points" unless you get the red Clevo.

There's a somewhat expensive 13inch Clevo (stylish I think) that I've been looking at but I'd need to know the budget before since it's about 800 without windows.
     
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Fanless Win10 Home x64 Kubuntu 16.04 (requires Linux kernel 4.5/4.6) 13.3 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, AU Optronics A... 
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160GB LGLHDLBDRE32X Bodhi Linux Fedora LXDE 
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Should have clarified for those that don't know me; budget is pretty much unlimited, but I'm old enough now to realize that "could" doesn't mean "should." I.E. no I'm not interested in a $2300 Lenovo or HP Workbook.
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I'd go for a configured Vaio:
http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/...52921644772003

White is a free color right now if that's what you were looking for, and you can even throw a 5650 in it

I'd leave everything stock besides the 5650 which should result in great battery life.

If you're not hurting for power, you could even step down to the 5470 which should be plenty if your main concern is multimedia functionality and should save some battery life.

Edit: Also noticed an extended battery that can be purchased for $200(Crooks)
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Extend the life of your battery 1.5x longer than the Standard Capacity Battery.
http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/...atalogId=10551
Edited by ColdRush - 3/30/11 at 12:31pm
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acer 4820tg

can be had for $800 it has the 6550m i get around 5hours with an ssd with just the normal hdd ppl say they get a ittle over 4hr its light. A few things ppl dont like is the keyboard love/hate. I dont mind it. The speakers are decent for it. IT has a nine cell but as of right now I cant find a seller in the US.
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