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Need help finding a laptop

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I need help finding a laptop with roughly these specs:

 

i7 CPU of at least 2.4Ghz

Decent dedicated GPU (Geforce 650m or better)

15" screen

At least 1600x1200 resolution

At least 8gb ram

Weight about 5lbs or less

$1,000 or less

 

Does something like that even exist? I have looked all over the internet and can't find anything. Well I found a Dell XPS that had horrible reviews everywhere I looked. ;)

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My Asus has those specs, but it's like 15lbs due to the beefy cooling. Terrible for carrying it around, but great for the backyard. I doubt you'll find anything like that below 5lbs, maybe 8-10lbs.

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I suppose that graphics resolution is the main issue.

However if FHD is not enough then I would prefer look for QHD screen than UXGA.

Unfortunately QHD displays are just coming up and its really hard to find them but they are coming,

eg Samsung is launhing this new screen res to the markets and here are the first models http://www.samsung.c.../NP980Q3G-K01US

 

edit: btw I love this Asus Zenbook series but these are still with FHD screens https://www.asus.com/Notebooks_Ultrabooks/

Edited by Feertti

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Here I send some variants ... Lenovo is a high quality manufacturer of laptops.

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E531 Black 6885-7AG

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E431 Black 6277-48G

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E530 Black 6272-4QG

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Buy two, send me one tongue.png

 

LMAO, I don`t think so not yet anyway, he he.

 

John what is this laptop going to be used for??. If rendering and compilation I would go for a second hand MSI but fully checked first.

 

Also some newer ones . Spec.

GE40 2OC-008USWindows 8

Recommend upgrade to Windows 8 Pro • Intel® Core™ i7-4702MQ Processor • 14" HD+ Anti-Reflective Display (16:9; 1600 x 900) • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 760M 2GB GDDR5 • Chiclet Keyboard • 750GB HDD (7200RPM) • 8GB DDR3 1600MHz System Memory • Giga 10/100/1000 LAN 802.11 b/g/n WLAN • USB 3.0 x 2, USB 2.0 x 1 • VGA, HDMI • Built-in 720p HD webcam • Audio Boost Technology

 

 

Has good GPU and CPU and fast drives dual drive system.

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Thanks for the input guys. I settled on this Toshiba but will swap the drive out for a 1TB 7200rpm one when I get it.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834216542

 

FullHD (1080p) is fine for me on a 15" screen and this model had everything I needed. It's used for a government contract I have and will be used during travel to run some MilSim level training applications as well as light 3ds Max work if needed.

 

Sorry Kris, but this is on someone else's budget. You know I am broke. :)

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Question:

 

On a modern laptop, why not go for a SSD drive? SSDs offer fantastic performance, better battery life, better resistance to the rigours of travel, and well.. did I mention the fantastic performance? The best part is that SSD prices are quickly dropping whilst capacity and stability are only getting better. For laptops a number of combi-drives exist which pack a SSD quick load cache and a regular HDD for storage. Combi-drives will dynamically put frequently loaded software into the quick load cache, which means you can expect improved performance over time.

 

For pure SSDs; I guess an argument could be made for the lack of storage space, but even a minimum of 128GB will be sufficient for most applications. Not only that, but as long as you are travelling in the developed world-- WiFi networks are ubiquitous. The only argument I can see against SSDs is if you are carrying very sensitive information-- in which case I would go for one of the aforementioned combi drives.

 

In my own experience the SSD upgrade on my desktop was significant. Were I to purchase a new laptop, I would take a long and hard look at my current laptop disk usage. I store practically everything with the NSA google drive-- aside from my STEAM folder, there is little eating into space and with a little discipline, I could see even a small SSD work out fine.

 

Ken

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Hell yeah they exist!

 

http://slickdeals.net/permadeal/98294/lenovo-lenovo-ideapad-y410p-laptop-core-i7-4700mq-2.4ghz-8gb-ddr3-1tb-hdd-24gb-ssd-14-1600x900-led-2gb-geforce-gt750m-windows-8

 

Personally I can't recommend Lenovo enough. The only downside I've ever had to any of them that I've dealt with are that most models use a 2 hinge setup instead of a solid bar all the way across and that the screens aren't as high of quality. I haven't had any noticeable problems with Toshibas either. Both are pretty high quality for such a low price. Once we swapped our company laptops over from the crappy Acers and Gateways to the current usage of Lenovos and Toshibas, I've had far fewer technical issues, and considering I'm the only IT guy in the entire company of 120, it's been a freaking Godsend.

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I plan to swap the HD to a hybrid or a large SSD if I can afford one. Why not do a SSD now? Because I need at least 350gb storage space and anything that big adds to much $$$. Maybe they will come down in the next few months though. I might also look into offloading a lot of things to a 2.5" USB3 portable drive to. Not sure if USB3 can handle running applications across it or not.

 

I gave the 15" Lenovo IdeaPad a long look. In the end it was a bit bulkier than the Toshiba. That 14" is very nice though! One thing that sucks about laptop shopping is it seems like there is never one that has everything you need. It has this but not that. Getting the exact combination you want is tough. Unless you pay out the !@#$% for it I suppose. :)

 

This actually brings up a good question. What is a decent SSD for under $150?

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How much space do you need? You'll be hard pressed to find anything over 128GB at that range. If you're thinking 128GB then a Crucial M4 is hard to beat:

 

http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-128GB-2-5-Inch-9-5mm-CT128M4SSD2/dp/B004W2JKZI/ref=sr_1_6?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1373574056&sr=1-6

 

Time tested and still pretty speedy compared to newer offerings. If you won't be doing a ton of writes or plan on updating the SSD in 2-3 years, you could also go with a Samsung 840 (non-Pro). You get quite a bit bang for your buck on those, but they use TLC instead of MLC nands, giving them a shorter lifespan. In practice it really shouldn't matter, but it all depends on your usage.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-MZ-7TD250BW-Solid-State-2-5-Inch/dp/B009NHAEXE/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1373574056&sr=1-1

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The Read/Write thing kind of scares me, but only because I'm ignorant of how it all works. I will do a fair amount of things that hit a HD cache so I have no real idea how many read/writes I am dealing with.

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I'd probably grab a M4 instead then. I have the 512GB in my desktop and 128GB in my workstation, although I use a Samsung 840 in my personal laptop because I don't use it as much.

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I'm running a Corsair SSD Force Series on my desktop. It won a few tests back in the day. There has been a large shift in SSD quality, drives produced today are not only faster, but significantly safer than the earlier ones. SSDs wearing out to constant read/write was a childhood disease, supposedly fixed by the latter series of drives. On the other hand I have old HDDs laying about which have survived for 10+ years (I had to extract some old files)-- it is hard to say whether or SSDs will live that long. However, think about it realistically, in one or two years time you will have replaced that laptop. This is the truth of consumer industries.

 

350GB is going to be beyond most mid-range SSDs. I guess uncompressed artwork mixed with software adds up quickly. In which case I would aim for a hybrid, or at the very least a 7200 RPM HDD drive (which I see you've opted for).

 

Share that feeling about laptops! One has gotten so used to being able to customize everything on the desktop, so purchasing packages like these feels like a real step back. I know there is a company in Denmark which custom makes laptops, but I am unsure of what similar options exists across the pond. At your price range there seems to be a gap in laptops with both high end graphics cards, i7 processors, and SSDs. Below you'll find i5s with hybrids, and at higher costs the all inclusive models. Damned if you do, damned if you don't. edit: Nice find by BOTA:49. Lenovo make pretty decent stuff.

 

I haven't played around with Toshibas since.. well. pre 2000. Rather failed to impress me then, but things change. The specs on your model, particularly with a 7200RPM HDD added are very good for its price.

 

Ken

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edit: Nice find by BOTA:49. Lenovo make pretty decent stuff.

 

But their white listing can be a pain. WLAN card went nuts and I got me one specifically that was said to be for Lenovo laptops and the thing still refuses to boot with it installed. :( No idea how to solve this, probably need to hack something. Gotta hit Lenovo forums, but don't expect a solution from them.

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Here I send some variants ... Lenovo is a high quality manufacturer of laptops.

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E531 Black 6885-7AG

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E431 Black 6277-48G

Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E530 Black 6272-4QG

...formally IBM...say no more !

Stick with the Toshiba family ranges...sturdy n reliable with a good after sales support service. I buy i5 Satellite Pros for work.

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There are some great deals on custom gaming laptops here

 

http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/laptop-computers/?gclid=CPHV0ciqob0CFZShtAodrWcAeg

 

UK site though, although I will be in Vegas for 10 days at the beginning of April so I could bring one with me if you order and get it sent to me. This would of course mean that you would have to have a few days in Vegas to recover from your op.

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This is an old thread and I have long since made the purchase. :)

 

Don't need one anymore, but thanks.

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