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http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/c...abber|439526U&

I can get that for $850 with coupon codes and such. Anything else thats better or I can compare with? I know you guys are going to say go with a custom Sager, but that still is somewhat more expensive.
I'm just iffy about the screen, wanted something with a higher resolution. 8gb of memory does sound nice though. 14" screen is also nice though.

How does the 6570 compare with the 540? Battery life? Build quality?

Y460 $850
• Intel® Core™ i7-2630QM Processor ( 2.00GHz 1333MHz 6MB )
• Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64
• 8 GB PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz
• 14.0" HD Glare with integrated camera 1366x768
• 500GB 7200
• DVD Recordable (Dual Layer)
• ATI Mobility Radeon HD 6550M 1GB
• 6 Cell Lithium-Ion

Sager NP5160 $1050
They ever have discounts?
• Intel® Core™ i7-2630QM Processor ( 2.00GHz 1333MHz 6MB )
• Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64
• 4GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz - 2 X 2GB
• 15.6" Full HD LED-Backlit Display with Super Glossy Surface (1920 x 1080)
• 500GB 7200
• 8X DVD±R/RW/4X +DL Super-Multi Drive & Software
• 1GB GDDR3 Nvidia GeForce GT 540M GPU with Optimus Technology
• Smart Li-ION Battery Pack

Dell XPS 15 $1,099.99
Seems pricey for what you get.
• Intel® Core™ i7-2630QM Processor ( 2.00GHz 1333MHz 6MB )
• Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64
• 6GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3 Memory
• 15.6" Full HD LED-Backlit Display with Super Glossy Surface (1920 x 1080)
• 500GB 7200
• 8X DVD±R/RW/4X +DL Super-Multi Drive & Software
• 1GB GDDR3 Nvidia GeForce GT 525M GPU with Optimus Technology
• Smart Li-ION Battery Pack
Edited by kaivorth - 4/19/11 at 6:58am
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According to notebookcheck, the 6550M and GT 540M pretty much trade blows evenly on Heaven, BC2, Metro, CoD, etc. As far as performance is concerned, I would call them an even match.

As far as power consumption is concerned, the 6550 is supposedly more power thrifty than the 540, and I believe it considering AMD's architecture is less power-hungry than Fermi.

For build-quality, I would go with the Lenovo. I have had nothing but great experiences with Lenovo and formerly IBM.

In addition, the Lenovo is going to be smaller and lighter than the Sager or the XPS, which is going to be greatly advantageous for someone on the go. And I wouldn't worry about the resolution at all. 1366x768 is a pretty good size for a 14" screen and offers comparable desktop space to my 1280x800 Vostro, which suits my needs as a college student.

Also, when gaming on these laptops, having the lower native resolution is going to be choice in keeping those framerates up.

And for $200 less, it's hard to say no.

Just my
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According to notebookcheck, the 6550M and GT 540M pretty much trade blows evenly on Heaven, BC2, Metro, CoD, etc. As far as performance is concerned, I would call them an even match.

As far as power consumption is concerned, the 6550 is supposedly more power thrifty than the 540, and I believe it considering AMD's architecture is less power-hungry than Fermi.

For build-quality, I would go with the Lenovo. I have had nothing but great experiences with Lenovo and formerly IBM.

In addition, the Lenovo is going to be smaller and lighter than the Sager or the XPS, which is going to be greatly advantageous for someone on the go. And I wouldn't worry about the resolution at all. 1366x768 is a pretty good size for a 14" screen and offers comparable desktop space to my 1280x800 Vostro, which suits my needs as a college student.

Also, when gaming on these laptops, having the lower native resolution is going to be choice in keeping those framerates up.

And for $200 less, it's hard to say no.

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Some really good points there...hmmmm. The 14" I thought was the sweet spot for on the go gaming. But I did want the Hi-Res screen for 3D modeling with solidworks.

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Some really good points there...hmmmm. The 14" I thought was the sweet spot for on the go gaming. But I did want the Hi-Res screen for 3D modeling with solidworks.

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Aww dude don't say Rep+ and then not rep

The rep that you intended to give me is the ONE I need to get to 250

You're welcome though... I'd still go with the Lenovo.
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Hahahaha meant to, and got side tracked. Don't worry its there
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Lenovo quality is excellent. I heard those Sagers get a little hot since the CPU + GPU share the same heat pipe I believe. I think you are on the right track though. I think 14" is the sweet spot for me in terms of size.
   
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I was looking at laptops since December after I sold my old one because it could no longer run games to the quality I wanted. I waited for sandy bridge to come out and then was really close to getting an XPS 15 but then I got completely disappointed with the performance of the GT 540M for how much the laptop was going to be. I ended up getting the Alienware M14x and I am very happy with the hardware I am getting, which I will be using for college. I'm used to the weight if anyone has a problem with it weighing 6.45Ibs (I used to carry around a 17" Sony VAIO lol).
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I was looking at laptops since December after I sold my old one because it could no longer run games to the quality I wanted. I waited for sandy bridge to come out and then was really close to getting an XPS 15 but then I got completely disappointed with the performance of the GT 540M for how much the laptop was going to be. I ended up getting the Alienware M14x and I am very happy with the hardware I am getting, which I will be using for college. I'm used to the weight if anyone has a problem with it weighing 6.45Ibs (I used to carry around a 17" Sony VAIO lol).
It looks to flashy and screams nerd to me lol. And the battery life is going to blow. I want best of both worlds
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It looks to flashy and screams nerd to me lol. And the battery life is going to blow. I want best of both worlds
6 hours battery life, it will last 6 times longer than my other laptop lol. What screams nerd to me would be the way the person looks who's using it. I seriously considered getting a Sager but I don't know how their build quality is, they don't have backlit keyboards, and they don't have slot-load optical drives. Plus their $100 guarentee on the monitor having no dead pixels turned me off.
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