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Lenovo Ideapad Z565. hands down the best bang for buck college laptop that i found during my shopping.


Guys you have to understand this is a COLLEGE LAPTOP not a zomg graphics laptop. the OP needs battery life over anything else, since he's not going to be sitting by a power outlet all the time.

my Z565 gets like 4 hours life with moderate browsing.
 
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the OP needs battery life over anything else, since he's not going to be sitting by a power outlet all the time.

my Z565 gets like 4 hours life with moderate browsing.
pretty sure the Acer beats your Z565

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EDIT: or roughly the same (im not trying to start a fight)
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That link is an i3
my apologies, it is an i3 model, its at 2.1GHz with no hyperthreading, though I don't see how that would help you web surf and take notes and the such. Still a fantastic deal.
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13 inches is way too small for college.
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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.
Ok that makes sense. I really don't know much about mobile GPUs. To be honest, I don't really need to game. But I am considering this laptop being a desktop replacement as well as my college laptop.

So I'm looking for something cheap, small, but powerful.

I saw someone say that your laptop gets 8 hours? That's insane. If you really do have such a powerful GPU, how can you get 8hours while other, lower end GPU laptops struggle to get 3?

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Lenovo Ideapad Z565. hands down the best bang for buck college laptop that i found during my shopping.


Guys you have to understand this is a COLLEGE LAPTOP not a zomg graphics laptop. the OP needs battery life over anything else, since he's not going to be sitting by a power outlet all the time.

my Z565 gets like 4 hours life with moderate browsing.
That's what I'm struggling with. Do I want to save a hundred bucks and just get a laptop without a GPU, or should I get it? My friend bought an HP i3 with Intel HD, but he only gets a few hours of battery. If I'm going to sacrifice having a good GPU, I better get a decent 5 hours.


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my apologies, it is an i3 model, its at 2.1GHz with no hyperthreading, though I don't see how that would help you web surf and take notes and the such. Still a fantastic deal.
If it were an i5, then for $520 it would be a deal. But an i3, it's nothing special. I see i3 laptops go on sale for $500 consistently. The only thing I see that sets your link apart is the good battery life.

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13 inches is way too small for college.
I'm not so sure. All my friends have monster laptops with i5s, i3s, i7s, macbooks, etc. And they're all 15.6inches, and what I've noticed is that they rarely take them out of their rooms. As Speedma11229 said, 15.6" a hassle to carry around.

I use to have a 10.1inch netbook, so I know how to deal with a small screen. And I'll probably use this laptop to connect to a large LCD when I'm in my dorm anyway.
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If it were an i5, then for $520 it would be a deal. But an i3, it's nothing special. I see i3 laptops go on sale for $500 consistently. The only thing I see that sets your link apart is the good battery life.


The thing that sets this laptop apart is that it is $500, has a sandy bridge processor, which is a significant step up from the arrandale cpus before, the new integrated graphics is about twice as good. It has the perfect amount of ram, its aluminum, has a 7200rpm drive, has an island style keyboard and has a removable battery that can be replaced with a 9-cell battery that costs $130 to give the laptop ~9-10 hours of battery life.
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Ok that makes sense. I really don't know much about mobile GPUs. To be honest, I don't really need to game. But I am considering this laptop being a desktop replacement as well as my college laptop.

So I'm looking for something cheap, small, but powerful.

I saw someone say that your laptop gets 8 hours? That's insane. If you really do have such a powerful GPU, how can you get 8hours while other, lower end GPU laptops struggle to get 3?
Basically the OC member "subliminally incorrect" broke it down the best here.

The Acer has switchable graphics meaning it has both integrated graphics and a discrete mobile GPU. You can literally turn off the GPU and use integrated graphics for day to day use or class to class use. So you use integrated all day and when you get back to your dorm room for the night you can plug it in, turn the GPU on, then game for a little if you want

The people getting 8 hours have the the screen brightness turned down, the discrete GPU turned off and keep the Wi-Fi off until they need it; flip it on, then turn it off again. They get 8 hours easily.
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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?

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

It's large, but it's only $730, has i5, GPU, 6GB, and is 17inches.
The Acer with the GT 540M has switchable graphics because of NVIDIA Optimus, so when you switch to the IGP you'll have the exact same battery life as with no dedicated GPU. If you do use the GPU, it'll lower battery life by about an hour or so.

Also, I do not recommend HP Consumer laptops. If you're going HP and want a reliable machine, you need to get an Envy or a ProBook.

If you want the maximum performance for the price, I recommend you get the Acer with the Core i5 480M and GT 540M. It should deliver 4 hours of battery life with the IGP, which isn't bad. The performance you get, though, is simply unseen at that price range. The 480M is a VERY fast mobile CPU and the GT 540M should allow you to play most games at medium or high settings. I'd say it's one of the best bang-for-bucks I've ever seen at that price.
    
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Asus UL80JT, 14" with nvidia optimus gt310, and up to 9 hours of battery life. $600

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