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    Cool - Best Laptop For Your Money -



    Thinking about picking up a badass new laptop in the next month or two.

    Previously I was a major desktop guy because I'd build my own computers, but since then I've loved just plugging my laptop into a desktop workstation and 28" monitor at my desk.

    I know this thread will be littered with Macbook Pro suggestions, which is fine, but I'd love to hear some other interesting options. I've owned a i5 Macbook Pro and it was great, but they are just so damn pricey for the hardware. Love the feel and design, but not sure I can justify the price.

    Really looking for a desktop replacement grade laptop. I game, render/video edit, use photoshop/illustrator, leave about 50 windows open in a browser at a time, etc. I'd say I'm in the moderate to upper end, needs wise.

    I've found a number of options arount $1200 - 1500 cheaper than the best Macbook Pro with far superior hardware. So I am leaning towards PC's but I don't mind shelling out for a top of the line Macbook Pro either.

    Let me hear what you guys are using, or would buy if money weren't really a factor.

    Minimum Specifications:
    Hardware:
    • 15" or bigger
    • High resolution screen
    • CPU: i7, i5 if really good value (2nd generation chips)
    • GPU: >= 1gb
    • 500gb HD
    • 8gb RAM
    • HDMI

    Bonus Ports:
    • eSata
    • USB 3.0

    Bonus points:
    • Long battery life
    • Appearance (prefer less flashy)
    • Portability (lightness/thinness)
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    So far the Asus G73 is looking to be a front runner.

    17.3-inch 1080p (1920x1080) display with LED backlighting
    8GB DDR3 RAM
    500GB Hard Drive @ 7200 RPM
    Intel Core i7 2630QM - 2.0GHz
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M - 1.5GB DDR5 VRAM

    Price: $1400 (CAN)



    No eSata or USB 3.0... Which kinda' sucks. But not a huge deal. Also kinda' wish is was around 1 TB. That being said I have backup drives and could get a dedicated portable hard drive for this. Or get a media center and offload a lot of movies.

    Thing is beastly. I like the flat black and the cooling (I hate running things hot, like my workhorse laptop I'm on right now). But portability takes a major hit @ 17" of screen + 8 lbs of weight. Battery life wouldn't touch a Macbook Pro.

    But strong contender.
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    Newegg.com - ASUS K52 Series K52JT-XV1 Notebook Intel Core i7 740QM(1.73GHz) 15.6" 4GB Memory DDR3 1066 500GB HDD 7200rpm DVD Super Multi AMD Radeon HD 6370M

    Get an ssd drive and put that in.

    I tend not to spend more than 550 -600 dollars per computer. Bought a corei5 for about 550 dollars last year with the same specs(see link) it is doing well.

    If you want the extend battery life then go with macs.

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    Looking into some of the custom computer places out there.

    Currently checking out Sager.

    Any others I should be looking at? Damn these prices can creep up fast!
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    Make sure whatever you get has the second generation I-series intel cor processor. Most will have them new, but it's good to just check.

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    I have a Macbook Pro and I love it. The only problem is a lot of programs I have aren't capatible without downloading a different program so it can convert them

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flyinglakland View Post
    Make sure whatever you get has the second generation I-series intel cor processor. Most will have them new, but it's good to just check.
    Agreed. I've been watching for this.
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    Sony Vaios are rock solid. I have mine for 3 years now and cosmetically its pretty much beaten up but still runs like brand new. I'll keep using it until it burns in flames then get a Macbook air : )
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    Sager's are nice. I have an m17x from alienware that was the tippy top of the line 2 years ago. It has held up alright, it is a bit of a beast to carry around though. Business class Toshibas aren't too bad as well, and there are alot of nice lenovo's out there. As you stated though prices tend to grow alot as you spec it out.
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    I'm using a Toshiba Satellite A505. I bought it 1.5 years ago for 800 and its still good as new. It was relatively top of the line then, and it is still pretty close. I would suggest a new Toshiba because i've got nothing bad to say about it.
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