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I'm looking for a new laptop, here's what I'm looking at:


*15.6inches or smaller
-15.6 seems a bit large...perhaps 13inches is the sweet spot between too small and too large?

*At least 3 hours battery life
-My old netbooks got 11hours, so it's going to be hard to adjust...anything less than 3 hours to me is ridiculous.

*Decent keyboard
-I've seen some HPs with really nice looking, but horrible to use keyboards...

*Can play HD video
-My old netbooks couldn't handle 720p...I'd like to be able to play 10gb movie files without any stutter.


Right now I'm looking at these two:

Acer i5 with Intel Graphics ($600)

Acer i5 with GT540 ($700)



There's also an Acer i5 with GT420m for $750...isn't 540 better?

Any suggestions?
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May I suggest checking out Xotic PC? Here You can configure it to exactly what you are looking for, reasonable prices from nice companies imo. Asus keyboards on lappys are nice used one of my friends.
    
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Lenovo X120e.

It's cheap and performs well. Maybe a bit smaller than what you want, but IMO it's perfect for a college laptop. Replace the HDD with an SSD (as the laptop is only $450-$500) and you have a great machine.

Battery Life:
~6.5 hours

Keyboard:
It's well known that Lenovo laptops have some of the best keyboards.

CPU/GPU:
It has a Fusion APU, which are pretty nice. I'm getting 30FPS on Minecraft. You should have no problem playing HD video.
Edited by thisischuck01 - 4/14/11 at 4:42pm
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May I suggest checking out Xotic PC? Here You can configure it to exactly what you are looking for, reasonable prices from nice companies imo. Asus keyboards on lappys are nice used one of my friends.
Wayyy too expensive.

Here's an easier question:

Should I get a $600 laptop with Intel HD graphics, or is an extra $100 worth getting a GPU?

Will that gpu make the battery suck?

Will it overheat the laptop?

I think I'll just get this: HP 17inch...

It's large, but it's only $730, has i5, GPU, 6GB, and is 17inches.
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I'm going to suggest the best bang/buck laptop I can find for college. HP probook 4530, 15.6", i5-2310m, 4gB ddr3, 320GB 7200rpm hdd and 6 hours battery life. Its aluminum and has an island style keyboard. It's only $520, $580 if you want the same specs in a 14" model.
Link: http://h71016.www7.hp.com/dstore/Mid...D=19701&SBLID=

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Wayyy too expensive.

Here's an easier question:

Should I get a $600 laptop with Intel HD graphics, or is an extra $100 worth getting a GPU?

Will that gpu make the battery suck?

Will it overheat the laptop?
edit: If its just for college and wont be used for any serious gaming I would stick with intel graphics as long as you get a sandy bridge cpu. The intel integrated 3000 seems to be able to hold its own with older games and not very demanding games at low settings.

edit 2: fixed link
Edited by the.FBI - 4/14/11 at 4:34pm
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I'm going to suggest the best bang/buck laptop I can find for college. HP probook 4530, 15.6", i5-2310m, 4gB ddr3, 320GB 7200rpm hdd and 6 hours battery life. Its aluminum and has an island style keyboard. It's only $520, $580 if you want the same specs in a 14" model.
Link: http://h71016.www7.hp.com/dstore/Mid...D=19701&SBLID=



edit: If its just for college and wont be used for any serious gaming I would stick with intel graphics as long as you get a sandy bridge cpu. The intel integrated 3000 seems to be able to hold its own with older games and not very demanding games at low settings.

edit 2: fixed link

That link is an i3
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I have a 15.6" laptop, and I have to tell you, it's a hassle to carry around. I suggest a 15" laptop or smaller.
    
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Acer Aspire TimelineX 3820TG-7360
Intel Core i3-370 @ 2.4GHz, 3MB cache
ATI Mobility HD 5650 1GB
13.3" LED
4GB DDR3
500GB HDD
6-Cell Battery

I'm selling mine. Just read the comments from other members on my sale page if you want an idea on gaming and battery life
    
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Acer Aspire TimelineX 3820TG-7360
Intel Core i3-370 @ 2.4GHz, 3MB cache
ATI Mobility HD 5650 1GB
13.3" LED
4GB DDR3
500GB HDD
6-Cell Battery

I'm selling mine. Just read the comments from other members on my sale page if you want an idea on gaming and battery life
I've been looking at the For Sale section and saw yours already. I like the size, but I feel like it's expensive for being only an i3.

New i5s on Newegg sell for around $600-$700, and you're selling your i3 for 600CAD, which is actually $630 USD.

If it was $575 or something, I'd consider it. But everyone tells me that i5 is worth the extra money, so if I'm going to selling for a lesser processor, it's going to have to be because it's cheaper, not the same price as an i5.
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I've been looking at the For Sale section and saw yours already. I like the size, but I feel like it's expensive for being only an i3.

New i5s on Newegg sell for around $600-$700, and you're selling your i3 for 600CAD, which is actually $630 USD.

If it was $575 or something, I'd consider it. But everyone tells me that i5 is worth the extra money, so if I'm going to selling for a lesser processor, it's going to have to be because it's cheaper, not the same price as an i5.
Respect your opinion but the difference is the GPU. This Acer has a 5650 with 1GB of dedicated memory. Thats a MAJOR increase from the other $600 laptops with integrated. What's crucial with the Acer is it's 13" size and its dual exhaust. It's a really portable powerhouse that blows the $600 i5's with integrated outta the water if you want to game while on the move. If you don't itch to game at ALL while on the go then integrated graphics should be fine for you.
    
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