Alright, I have been looking for a laptop for about a month now. Before Christmas, I was actually able to find some that were really close to my criteria. Now I am finding that they are getting harder to come by: not sure if it's because everyone sold out of their stock during/after-Christmas or what. Anyway, I am still looking and I want to get opinions, suggestions, recommendations, etc. on how this laptop will perform, what I can do different, what I can remove that is not "necessary", where I can find a computer that fits this criteria, etc.
- Screen Size: 14-15.6"
- Resolution: Full HD (1920x1080)
- Processor: Intel Core i7-640M
- Motherboard: ???
- RAM: 8GB
- Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M 1.5GB DDR5 VRAM
- HD: 500GB+ 7200RPM
- Optical Drive: Blu-Ray/DVD Player (Blu-Ray burner optional)
- Keyboard: Spaced-out keys
- Battery: I'd prefer to have a high capacity battery that doesn't extend outside of the case.
- OS: Windows 7 Pro (64-bit)
- Other: I want a laptop that looks... "sexy"? Something similar to a Vaio, Macbook Pro... something simple but elegant.
This is essentially what I am looking for. The reason I chose this processor is because it seems to be the fastest I could find (3.46Ghz with turbo) and it's one of the i7-series. I could probably settle with the i5-580M since it is close in speed to the i7-640M, but I just want to get the best possible things. As far as the motherboard, I don't really know what to look for with these, so I am just leaving it up to whatever they decide to put in the computer. Most don't actually allow you to choose anyway. For the video card, I want the NVIDIA but most only offer ATI Mobile Radeon 5650, which I guess I could settle with? Not sure how major the difference is (could someone let me know?) I know CyberPowerPC is one of the only companies offering the NVIDIA card (that I recall). I would love love love a 1TB (7200RPM) drive, but 500GB is definitely fine. I could also settle with Windows 7 Home Premium.
Unfortunately, I can not find a computer that fits all these things. There seems to always be one thing missing each time I try to build one. I've gone through Sony, Lenovo, ASUS, Dell/Alienware, Toshiba, Acer, and HP.
Sony quit making full HD screens. Lenovo seems to mix high-end gear with low-end gear. ASUS doesn't provide a way to customize a laptop. Dells only have 720p screens and Alienware's "futuristic"-looking laptops look dumb, imo. Toshiba doesn't offer everything I need. Acer doesn't provide a customization option. HP was pretty close but in the end it just did not work out either. The closest I got to getting what I wanted was CyberPowerPC, but it seems like everyone used their Christmas money to buy out their stock, plus... most of their laptops are just ugly. I am not even sure if they will have what I want or when they're getting their stock back.
So I am coming to you guys to figure out what I should do? Should I tone down my criteria? Does my criteria match my price range (too high, too low)? Like I said, tips, comments, recommendations, opinions, ANYTHING. Thank you so much!