Need Help Buying A New Laptop Need some choices
Posted 18 May 2012 - 02:54 PM
This post has been edited by LiveBrianD: 18 May 2012 - 02:57 PM
Posted 18 May 2012 - 03:33 PM
Battery runtime can be a really important thing for a portable that you carry around with you. Being able to run for six to eight hours can be critical.
Weight becomes a problem if you lug it around a lot. Bigger notebooks (above 15") will tend to be heavyweights, and power hungry, and so you have to drag around their power 'brick', too. Not to mention getting something to drag it around with.
The display can be a problem for 'serious' things, but most of them will have an adequate display for what you describe.
The smallest ones tend to be a bit under-powered for gaming, unless you start shoveling in the 'upgrades' in the configurator.
But then again, if you're going to sit with it and use it almost exclusively in one spot at home, a desktop + monitor + UPS might serve you far better for the price.
Posted 18 May 2012 - 08:47 PM
For a long life with a gaming video card, you are somewhat limited in choices.
The Lenovo W520 can do it, but you aren't picking one of those up for $1,000 (not with any sort of decent configuration).
The Edge 525 certainly has the battery life, but the gaming performance is relatively poor. Better than Intel IGP, for sure, but still not on par with dedicated cards.
The machines Brian mentioned have a 4 hour battery on a good day. Expect 3.5 hours out of them though.
If you can buy it through a 3rd party (with 3rd party repair service), then the Sony 'S' is a great alternative. It is extremely powerful, small, light, and has a quality feel to it. My machine died early though (bad fan), and Sony finally opted to send me a check rather than a new machine after they had it in their repair shop longer than I owned it. Had their customer service skills not been as bad as they were, I would still be recommending it highly. When buying an S series though, look for the models with the AMD 6630 graphics. AKA the "SA". The 6630 will not disappoint.
Right now, that is all I have...
This post has been edited by waldojim: 18 May 2012 - 08:47 PM
Posted 18 May 2012 - 10:15 PM
After a couple of searches, here's a nice site comparing 2012 gaming laptops. The battery run times are kind of... ick. But on 'next 10' it shows Alienware m11x, and actually a 'Macbook Pro 15', for some reason, but both have battery runtimes in your range.
It seems to be in the price range.
Of course, Dell ate 'em, but Dell's big enough to support it, anyway. But Dell can be hit or miss with the quality.
My worthless $0.02: I like small & light. If you're going to carry this somewhere to play, your back won't be sore from doing it. Skip over the 'customizations' when checking out. That's where you get into serious trouble with the price you intended.
I'm too lazy to really chase this down much further than that.
BTW, M$ is doing the XBOX 360 promo again...
Posted 19 May 2012 - 11:08 AM
Posted 19 May 2012 - 11:25 AM
Leave your credit cards at home, and lay hands on some.
If you see one you like, DO NOT buy it on the spot. Go home, have nice sip of your favorite beverage in front of the computer, and do more shopping with a search engine.
If it's still the best you could get for the money, go back and buy it. It will still be there.
Posted 19 May 2012 - 11:53 AM
Posted 21 June 2012 - 07:55 AM
What I use it for.
Everyday flight planning and email
This post has been edited by kmjinx: 21 June 2012 - 07:57 AM