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I'm looking to buy a new laptop for my brother's birthday. Currently my brother is carrying around his huge gaming laptop (for debate) that has no battery life. He needs a laptop that is fairly lightweight, very durable, with a decent battery life.

It will be used for schoolwork, so a big gpu isnt very important (he has his gaming pc for that).

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What is your maximum budget?
$1500 (less the better)

What will be the uses of this laptop?
mainly schoolwork, word documents, web browsing, needs to be lightweight and durable

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?
No brand loyalty but needs to be durable, thinking lenovo may be good

What screen size do you require?
13-15"

What screen resolution do you require?
Higher the better

Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay?
NEW

How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet)
pretty long battery life, thinking at least 4-6 hours

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings?
dont need to be able to game, but would still like a decent amount of power

What operating system do you need? (if any)
windows 7

Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.)
no certain style as long as its lightweight and durable

How much hard drive space do you need?
At least 250GB I think
Thanks for any help (Rep will be distributed)
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I hate macs... but they do have a very nice battery life, they aren't bad when it comes to working on them. Im sure other people can suggest cheaper Windows based products though.
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i oredered myself a msi GX 660 Blur Ray and 8 Gb Version Non R Version pretty awsome if u ask me and reviws for the R version is great so cant be less for the GX 660 Non R
    
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OP: From the sounds of it I can't see why you would need something beyond a netbook especially a Fusion based one.

It becomes difficult to find good battery life and still be "light" past the netbook range. Is 12 inches at 1366x768 too small for you?
     
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Originally Posted by Rookie1337 View Post
OP: From the sounds of it I can't see why you would need something beyond a netbook especially a Fusion based one.

It becomes difficult to find good battery life and still be "light" past the netbook range. Is 12 inches at 1366x768 too small for you?
Netbook will not work for what he is intending to use it for. Maybe I was a little generous on the battery life, it doesn't have to be incredible but it at least needs two hours and must be windows based.

Weight wise it doesn't have to be incredible light, just something that isn't ridiculously heavy... no desktop replacements. As for the screen size, 12 inches is too small. He wants somewhere in the 13-15" range.

Thanks for the help so far!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by yomama9388 View Post
Netbook will not work for what he is intending to use it for. Maybe I was a little generous on the battery life, it doesn't have to be incredible but it at least needs two hours and must be windows based.

Weight wise it doesn't have to be incredible light, just something that isn't ridiculously heavy... no desktop replacements. As for the screen size, 12 inches is too small. He wants somewhere in the 13-15" range.

Thanks for the help so far!
OK. I'm confused. What work is he intending to use it for?
     
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Samsung ZX310.
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Originally Posted by Rookie1337 View Post
OK. I'm confused. What work is he intending to use it for?
My brother is big into debate so he has a bunch of specific software he uses. He also travels to tournaments so needs something lightweight with good battery life.

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Samsung ZX310.
I like this suggestion, I'll look into this one.

Thanks for the help guys
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M14x. Stock model is $1200 and the upgraded screen, 1600x900, is only another $75. Best deal on the market for a 14" machine and it fits your budget with room to spare.
     
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M14x. Stock model is $1200 and the upgraded screen, 1600x900, is only another $75. Best deal on the market for a 14" machine and it fits your budget with room to spare.
As awesome as that machine is, it's too heavy for what he needs. He already has a powerful gaming laptop. Thanks for the suggestions guys, I ordered a laptop for him yesterday
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