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Hi

I've been searching for a laptop for a while now, but I can't seem to find one perfect for my needs. So I think I need some help.

I don't need a whole lot of GPU power, as the most intensive game I'll play on it is Starcraft 2 on the lowest settings, and the sandy bridge GPU ran it without any issue.

My main concern is battery life. I need to be able to go most of a day unplugged. I don't think I would like an extended battery that sticks out from the laptop. I'd like to keep the weight low, also. Don't need a DVD drive, either.

I don't mind if it gets warm, but I won't deal with something that gets over 90C. This thing has got to last at LEAST 2 years.

TLDR:

Budget: $900, may go over if it's worth it
Used for: School, maximum portability
Brand preference: I won't buy a HP notebook.
Screen size: 13.3
Resolution: 1366x768 +
Battery life: Highest possible.
GPU: Sandy bridge equivalent GPU power is all I need, so something like a 310M (or sandy bridge GPU )
Style: Prefer some sort of metal finish, trying to avoid glossy plastic, and plastic in general

Thanks a lot!
Edited by Jyr - 4/11/11 at 6:22am
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Micro center had the MacBook pro base model for 999.99, I'd highly recommend that for your needs, it meets them all perfectly except price by only 100$
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Unfortunately I don't have a microcenter remotely close.
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Maybe just get an extra battery and change out at the end of a class. If your just taking notes, 4-5 hours would be typical for SB, just change out at lunch. Get the 13 inch you want, get the extra battery at a discount on checkout. If you game during the day with a discrete card, your going to kill any laptop that claims 8 hours, including Timeline and the Asus ULV models which only have about 6 real world hours. Otherwise, you could keep waiting for refreshes, but some seem a little pricey like the upcoming Acers.

http://asia.cnet.com/crave/acer-pump...x-62208190.htm

Also, keep a look out for Dell ultra-thin to replace the failed Adamo. Depending on price and your needs, it may work. It is an MB Air competitor. Also, maybe the Vostro line although when I tried I could not get the new i5 configured, only had the i3 with lesser graphic chip.
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Calm down, and wait till school season.
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wow really? the only laptop with sandy bridge cpus with 7+ hours is macbook pro.... For a PC, you will have to go with an extended battery, it's not a very big inconvenience for me though. I'm also in college and using an extended battery
    
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