Posted 04 March 2012 - 08:16 PM
Do you have a size or brand preference? Looking for marathon batteries, or just the typical 2-3 hours? On a whim I would say the Lenovo Z575 would be the way to go. See if you can talk them into giving up the A6 in your price range. The A4 will do, but the A6 video card will be a tad bit faster. The AMD A6 and A8 processors will likely be your best value in a laptop. They will handle light gaming, and are fairly power friendly. The Z575 for example, hits about 5 hours (assuming you turn down the brightness, use power saver mode, etc). Expect about 3-4 hours surfing the internet, or if you kill wifi, you should be able to get to 5.5 or possibly even 6 hours reading.
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