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#1 trashcan7

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 01:56 PM

I'm going to college next year, so I need a new laptop that is both portable and moderately powerful. I'm not too sure on how portable I would need it, but I'm considering a 14-15" screen and less than 6 lbs. I don't have a strict budget, but it would be good to keep it low, say, less than $1000. I'm planning on doing some light programming and light gaming (I want to run Starcraft II pretty well on low settings). Hard drive space isn't too important to me, as I'm currently using slightly over 100GB on my desktop.

A side note, I found this interesting deal, but it's not too important for me: http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/windowsexperience/archive/2011/05/12/students-we-ve-got-you-covered.aspx

So what are your suggestions?

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 06:26 PM

Lenovo IdeaPad Y560p

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 02:12 AM

Thank you for the reply.

Can you explain why you chose this particular laptop over others? I've heard this suggested several times. Also, I'd prefer to keep the screen size 15" or under (although I can do 15.6" if the laptop is really better).

For example, other suggestions I've heard are HP Envy 14 Beats, like this one, HP Pavilion dv6t, Dell Latitude, and tons of other stuff. Basically, I'm wondering if there's any difference between these huge amount of choices, and what makes the laptop stand out.

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 02:44 AM

Mainly because it the new Sandy Bridge processor with a i7 and the graphics card is newer.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 23 May 2011 - 11:36 PM

Thank you.
Still, I'm wondering if Lenovo laptops in general have an advantage over others - I heard they are very durable, but don't have that great battery life. I've also heard suggestions such as Asus, and this one seems to have similar specs. Could you offer insight into brandnames and such?

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Posted 24 May 2011 - 01:30 AM

That Asus laptop you linked is very nice, i have personally tried a similar Asus N53 model and the sound is AWESOME and good looking design. Toshiba is solid and quality brand based on my experience and other people's experience. I currently i own one myself and it's been more then 2 years and it is still running strong. Lenovo is good, my dad has one which i bought for him late last year and it has given no trouble.

Edited by killerx525, 24 May 2011 - 01:31 AM.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png





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