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Old 07-09-2012, 02:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Buying my first laptop, got a long requirement list...

Whats going on guys,

I am getting a little older and more mobile, and i would like to be able to take a computer with me where ever i go... this behemoth of a gaming computer sitting next to me just cant quite go with me everywhere lol... so its time for me to get laptop... At the same time my brother is going to be replacing his 2 year old laptop, so we have come up with a list of requirements that a laptop has to have together, being that we are probably both going to get the same laptop... here is what we came up with:

-13.3" - 14" size
-LED screen
-3rd gen i5 processor
-SSD + HDD
-discreet + dedicated graphics (intel HD + Nvidia 6 series )
-back-lit keyboard
-under 1" thick
-USB 3.0
-10+ hour battery life

and all that for around $800 ( read, under $1000 )

thanks for any help...
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Default Re: Buying my first laptop, got a long requirement list...

Hey Sean! Been awhile.

Most backlit keyboard laptops are over 1k.

But I can recommend this: Newegg.com - Acer Aspire TimelineU M5-481TG-6814 Ultrabook Intel Core i5 3317U(1.70GHz) 14" 4GB Memory 500GB HDD + 20GB SSD HDD 5400rpm DVD Super Multi NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE
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Old 07-09-2012, 01:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: Buying my first laptop, got a long requirement list...

i know man! been a while since i posted, i still log on everyday tho... looks as tho ive been replaced here, roark and a few other new people are doing a fine job helping people...


i saw that laptop on new egg, seems like almost everything im looking for, except the switchable graphics? it says it has a Nvidia 640M, but does it have a different GPU that kicks in when you dont need GPU horse power to save battery life?
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Yeah, Roark has been absent lately, though. Well at least in the upgrade section. I don't mess in the system builds anymore.

Well, all the 3rd gen i3/i5/i7 systems have the Intel graphics on the CPU. So it might be switchable on the fly. But you can't do it manually. IIRC
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I think Optimus allows you to manually switch between the two gpus if you want but automatic switching is the default.
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Optimus is riddled with problems. Sometimes it will switch to integrated in game, and on occasion switch to integrated permanently.
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Would you like to have look at this one,
[h=1]Acer Aspire S3-951-2464G24iss 13.3" LED Ultrabook - Intel Core i5 i5-2467M 1.60 GHz - 1366 x 768 WXGA Display - 4 GB RAM - 240 GB SSD - Intel HD 3000 Graphics Card - Bluetooth - Webcam - Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium - HDMI[/h]
I guess it preety cool. I am going to have one soon.
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