So I've narrowed my laptop shopping down to two models:
NCIX.com - Buy MSI GX640-260US Intel Core i5 450M 4GB 500GB 15.4IN WSXGA+ Radeon HD5850 Windows 7 Premium Notebook - GX640-260US In Canada.
NCIX.com - Buy ASUS N61JQ-A1 Core i7 720 Quad Core Radeon 5730 1GB 500GB 4GB 16IN HD LED WIN7 Home Premium Notebook - N61JQ-A1 In Canada.
MSI is about an extra $150.00
i've read a few threads on them but I'm still undecided so I figured I'd let you guys weigh in with your votes. I do plan to use this as an everything laptop from every day word processing to some gaming. However, my gaming will pretty much be limited to SC2, LoL, HofN, and Diablo 3 when it finaly comes out. A couple of games a week essentially. Most of the time it will be for portable access around the house and the back yard.
From what I can gather the MSI is the better gamer (5850vs5730), the ASUS is the better all around (i7vsi5), more balanced laptop.
What concerns me is that there is no where locally I can see the MSI in person at, the ASUS I've tried in person and although the looks doesn't blow me over it is comfortable. I'm a bit worried that if I order the MSI I may not like the "feel" of it. Anyone have any first hand experience with this line of laptops?
So essentially, is the DDR5 of the 5850 worth the slightly smaller screen, lack of USB3 and extra weight?
I am leaning towards the MSI right now because of the vid card but I have a hard time buying a laptop I have not been able to try in person. It has me hesitating to pull the trigger.
Purchase has to be done by end of June to avoide a tax hike.