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So needless to say the screen on my 7 year old A8JS died on me. So now I am in the market for a new laptop. I am not really looking for a gaming laptop because i bought that in the A8JS and then almost never played a single game on it. So stand alone graphics card isn't a requirement. It would be nice but I don't need it as I have a nice desktop for gaming. I am looking to buy in a like 2 week window as I will only be able to tolerate this old dell laptop for so long.

What I do want is for the laptop to be in the 12-14" range, 6-8gb of memory would be preferred or 4gb single stick so I can upgrade to 8, and a 500gb 7200 rpm drive or larger. SSD would be nice but I am kind of leaning towards the greater storage capacity of a traditional drive. I am looking to keep the price under $1100-1200.

If it hasn't happened already, when (if at all) are the OEM's switching over to sandybridge platforms? That would be the only reason I'd wait a little longer to order, but I'm not waiting if they are like 2 months off.

I plan to use it for everything from web surfing, to media streaming (either on the machine or to a tv), to light video editing/Photoshop.

I really like the look and feel of the HP Envy 14, however I've noticed that they don't offer the higher resolution screen anymore, just the 1366x768. So other than the metal case & backlit keyboard what makes this laptop worth the $200 premium over a similarly equipped DM4T. I get a company discount with HP so that means I could get a fully loaded dm4t with the i7-640, 8gb ram, 500gb/7200rpm drive for around $950 versus the Envy with an i5-580, 6gb ram & same drive for almost $1100

The Samsung series 9 is really nice, but I don't really want to pony the extra $400 on top of my budget for it. How are their other laptops? The QX410 seems interesting, do they allow custom configurations? I want more processor than the 460M, I've been eying the 560 or 580 but would settle for a 480 if I had to.

Any other suggestions? The more portable the better while still maintaining a decent power level. I will likely use this machine for another 5-6 years before I replace it.
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I think you could get something you're looking for for a lot less than $1100. Look at OCZ's Diy Laptop kit, if you want something to work on . Also, if all you're doing is web surfing, to media streaming, light video editing/Photoshop, then you definentaly don't need anything close to a 460m. My Dad has a cheap Toshiba Satelite, and he does a little bit of photoshop on it, and some media streaming to our 1080p tv with no problem. I would look at asus's laptop line: http://www.asus.com/Notebooks/ Maybe a laptop like this: http://www.asus.com/Notebooks/
    
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I think you could get something you're looking for for a lot less than $1100. Look at OCZ's Diy Laptop kit, if you want something to work on . Also, if all you're doing is web surfing, to media streaming, light video editing/Photoshop, then you definentaly don't need anything close to a 460m. My Dad has a cheap Toshiba Satelite, and he does a little bit of photoshop on it, and some media streaming to our 1080p tv with no problem. I would look at asus's laptop line: http://www.asus.com/Notebooks/ Maybe a laptop like this: http://www.asus.com/Notebooks/
Well I know the processing power is overkill for some of that stuff, however I would rather buy a machine that has more power than I think I want now, than one that will make me sorry in 6 months if I should decide to do more with it. Plus I plan to use the machine for a long time, so I'd like something that won't feel completely slow in a couple of years.
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What about Asus laptop? They are solidly built and long lasting battery life. They also have dual gpu for gaming/battery.
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I liked the look of the K43sv, but it doesn't appear to be released yet and there is no pricing that I can find.

The U36JC-B1 isn't a bad looking machine either and the smaller 13.3" size is appealing. My only complaint with the old asus laptop is the screen brightness wasn't as good as I'd like. I wonder if their newer machines are any better.
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I've heard that Asus is really taking their laptops up a notch.
    
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