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Laptop decision help

Postposted on Sun Feb 06, 2011 7:01 pm

I am looking for a new laptop. I am currently in college so battery life and portability are a must. I like the HP Envy 14 or the HP DM4t. I also like the Lenovo Thinkpad t410. I would prefer 14 inch or less screen with preferably 5+ hour battery which is where the envy lacks. Any suggestions would be appreciated and the budget is 1200. Thanks again
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Re: Laptop decision help

Postposted on Sun Feb 06, 2011 11:17 pm

Do you have any special requirements (on-board optical drive, discrete graphics for gaming, etc)? And how soon will you need to make your purchase? Normally I advise against waiting because there's always "something even better" just around the corner and you end up waiting for a tomorrow that never comes. But between the imminent tide of Brazos (AMD Fusion) machines and the looming tidal wave of mobile Sandy Bridge (now delayed a bit more by its chipset problem), both of which promise significantly better battery life than their predecessors, you're probably best off waiting a couple of months to make your decision (and if you do decide to go with last-gen tech then, it'll probably be on sale).

For example, if the Envy 14 and the t401 appeal to you, then the Lenovo E420s (or the smaller E220s) sounds a fit for your requirements, but it wasn't due until April (and may now be delayed a few weeks more thanks to the chipset issue). Likewise HP (and ASUS and all the others) will have new offerings at that price point, some of which should get 5+ hours of battery life in the real world.
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Re: Laptop decision help

Postposted on Sun Feb 06, 2011 11:28 pm

Laptop: HP Pavilion 17-e016dx. AMD A8-5550M, 4GB RAM, 750GB HDD, AMD Radeon HD 8550G integrated video, 17.3" display, 1600*900 (HD+) resolution, SD card reader, Windows 8.1 (DL Classic Shell)
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Re: Laptop decision help

Postposted on Mon Feb 07, 2011 12:15 am

Um...

yeah try this. I played with this laptop a bit at my local best buy and was absolutely blown away. I currently own an ASUS ul30VT btw and would ditch it in a heartbeat if I had the money.

the laptop is a samsung qx410 and it puts pretty much every other notebook on the market to shame in terms of style to power to cost ratio (macs included)

http://www.engadget.com/2010/12/07/samsung-qx410-review
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Re: Laptop decision help

Postposted on Thu Feb 10, 2011 5:49 pm

sorry for the late reply. i ended up going with the envy 14 because my other laptop was broken and i used it for school. so far so good and if something goes wrong i will return it to hp within then 21 days
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