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Hey everyone, I don't work with laptops very much (actually never) but as a graduation present for my little brother, I want to buy him a computer. He's attending a commuter college, and he really thinks a laptop will be the best thing for him instead of a desktop. So this will be used for light gaming, web surfing, Microsoft Office products, and media (movies and music). I am not looking at spending over 1200 USD, and I've no particular brand loyalty. I love Lenovo, but am not in a position to purchase one of their laptops unfotunately, so it doesn't really matter the brand. The other requirement is that the laptop have a really good battery life (possibly 5+ hours?) if that's possible? He sent me this link to something he thought would be good, and apart from not having an SSD, I can't see anything wrong with this laptop for what he would be using it for. But I want to make sure it's a good choice for him, so I thought I'd ask the forum and see what opinions you had and if there were any recommendations for better laptops around this price range?
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post #2 of 7
Much better. That is an old core i5 laptop you linked. Get a newer Sandy Bridge i7 2630qm laptop. Those are all around $800-$1200 easy with good graphics and battery. I am a Lenovo fan myself and I would suggest checking them out first. You have to buy it physically, or can you order one online?
   
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post #3 of 7
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I completely forgot about Sandy Bridge actually, definitely a good catch there, thanks for that...I was looking through Lenovo, but they're still killing me budget-wise, that's why I was hoping to find some other manufacturer's that people have had good experiences with. I've only bought two laptops in my entire life, both through Lenovo, so I've no real experience with any other company.

On a side conversation, is it really worth the extra drain to grab the i7 over the 2nd generation i5, or even i3? There's really not going to be CPU-intensive tasks going on, so it seems that extra power would just be wasted in a laptop like this, which is why I was thinking an i5 would be a better idea then going with the i7. i5 is faster clock speed, and since there really aren't many (that i'm aware of) programs that can take advantage of quad-core tech, it seems i5 would be a better option...?
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I am saying the i7 for future proofing. If you use less cores, the CPU can turbo boost to 2.9GHz on the core. So it is very effective. Also, the power savings of sandy bridge over the older i7 is much better.
   
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post #5 of 7
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How do MSI's laptops rate? I've heard a few good things about them, but it's only a small sample size of people I know that have ever used/had one before...The specs all seem to be there, for about 1k or so...

MSI Laptop

One of the ones I found on the egg...
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post #6 of 7

MSI actually has pretty good quality. My issue with them is they usually are very flashy and plastic-y. That one however doesn't look too bad and it will be plenty powerful.

is a comparable ASUS, but with only 4GB Ram and 500GB HDD.
Edited by Wildcard36qs - 4/22/11 at 3:15pm
   
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Originally Posted by behickma View Post
How do MSI's laptops rate? I've heard a few good things about them, but it's only a small sample size of people I know that have ever used/had one before...The specs all seem to be there, for about 1k or so...

MSI Laptop

One of the ones I found on the egg...
Good, but you can do better. For example, the Sager NP5160 can be had for a lower price and it has a longer warranty and better build quality. A configuration with a Core i7 2630QM, GT 540M, 500GB 7200RPM HDD, and all the other goodies will cost $900. Link.

Also, 8GB of RAM is useless unless he's doing 3D rendering or editing 1920x1080 videos.
    
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