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I'm looking for a higher end notebook for law school in the fall with a budget between $2,000-$4000. I'd preferably like something relatively portable with a 14"-15" screen. Battery life isn't that big of a deal since we have plugs at every seat, but I'd like around 4+hours. It has to be able to hold up to heavy daily use since it'll be moved multiple times per day. I've been considering the 15" macbook pro and the soon to be released alienware M14X. Those are really the only ones I know of that seem higher end. Any input will be greatly appreciated.
 
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It would help if You define what You consider as "higher end" and what You would be using it for.

For battery life the Mac's are great, the only other laptop I can think of that would provide that kind of endurance would be a ThinkPad with a 9 cell battery.
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It would help if You define what You consider as "higher end" and what You would be using it for.

For battery life the Mac's are great, the only other laptop I can think of that would provide that kind of endurance would be a ThinkPad with a 9 cell battery.
new generation i7 processor (quad or hexacore, hexacore preferable), 8+gb ram, ssd, 2+gb vram. Mainly used for taking notes daily, presentations, and occasional gaming. The less plastic the better. I hope for this laptop to last around 3 years, 2 is ok though. I'd prefer not to get a mac since I have a last gen macbook pro and it just sucked it up.
 
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new generation i7 processor (quad or hexacore, hexacore preferable), 8+gb ram, ssd, 2+gb vram. Mainly used for taking notes, presentations, and occasional gaming. I'd prefer not to get a mac since I have a last gen macbook pro and it just sucked it up.
Ahh ok then. That narrows it down to a... Sager. Yes definitely a Sager.

I would suggest You check out XoticPC

Although, on battery You'll get 1 to maybe a max of 2 hours on battery. But with Your budget You can get a few extra battery's and swap em out all day long
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Ahh ok then. That narrows it down to a... Sager. Yes definitely a Sager.

I would suggest You check out XoticPC
I agree. Though, it'd be nice to see the specs and looks of the new M14x that's supposed to be out soon.
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Ahh ok then. That narrows it down to a... Sager. Yes definitely a Sager.

I would suggest You check out XoticPC

Although, on battery You'll get 1 to maybe a max of 2 hours on battery. But with Your budget You can get a few extra battery's and swap em out all day long
awesome! +1 I'll check it out. Also just took a look at maingear's page. It's EXL 15 seems to be close to what I want with swappable batteries, but I'm pretty sure it's just a sager.
 
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Yeah the EXL-15 is a Sager NP8150

Edit: Also, most Sager resellers will price match, so depending on where You are in the country you might be able to find a reseller closer to You. I would recommend that You shop around since some may have better warranty coverage than others.

This list is out of date but covers most of the major resellers.

Out of them all I would recommend:

XoticPC, great CS, has reps on NBR forums.

LPC Digital: same as Xotic in terms of CS, has a rep on NBR that regularly posts and answers questions.

Power Notebooks: Haven't heard to much about them in terms of CS but they have a semi-regular rep on NBR.

Mythlogic: Have heard good things about CS and they were awesome along with LPC on NBR's Forums for answering questions about the new SNB notebooks.
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$2000-$4000 O.o that's one hell of a budget. Unfortunately there aren't many hexacore laptops out there, the only two I know of are origin pcs and falcon northwest and the falcon is a little bit on the expensive side. For about $4000 you can get an origin pcs eon 17 with an i7-970 and a gtx 485m, it has room for 3 hdds so you can fit 2 in raid 0 and then a boot ssd. The total comes out to about $3354 leaving you about $650 to find a 2nd hdd and a good ssd.

edit: Don't expect to be carrying the thing around easily though, its 12.1lbs with a battery.
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