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Laptop Suggestions, Please!


#1 jr233270   Esquire CAGiversary!   2690 Posts   Joined 7.4 Years Ago  

Posted 01 April 2012 - 10:07 PM

Hey,

I'm graduating from law school in May and I am getting a new laptop as part of my graduation present (to myself). I don't know much other than I don't want a Mac - I used to have a MacBook Pro, and while I was very happy with it, I'm not willing to spend that much money for specs that aren't that great compared to their PC brethren. With that said, I am willing to spend up to $1,500 but I'd prefer to keep the price closer to $1,000.

I will use this laptop for work and gaming but I don't want it to look like a gaming laptop - must be respectable and not "showy" so I can bring it to court in the fall. I play everything from Civilization V to Skyrim and I plan on picking up Diablo III when it releases. Basically, I want this laptop to play all new release games on at least medium settings but I would prefer to play them on high-ultra settings, if possible. I'd prefer to have a 15 inch screen to a 17 inch one to cut down on the weight of carrying it to and from court.

Any suggestions that you guys, or gals, have are appreciated. Let me know if you need any other suggestions. Look forward to hearing from you!

Thanks,

Jon

Edited by jr233270, 01 April 2012 - 10:43 PM.


#2 jr233270   Esquire CAGiversary!   2690 Posts   Joined 7.4 Years Ago  

Posted 01 April 2012 - 10:43 PM

Any opinion on these?

http://reviews.cnet....7-35003063.html

http://www.amazon.co...33319701&sr=8-1

#3 shrike4242   Not My Job Anymore, Go Bother Someone Else. CAGiversary!   42114 Posts   Joined 10.8 Years Ago  

Posted 02 April 2012 - 04:41 AM

Wait until the end of the month when Ivy Bridge releases.

#4 BigSpoonyBard   Aaaaauuugghh! CAGiversary!   10476 Posts   Joined 10.9 Years Ago  

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 04:49 AM

Those two look pretty solid. When shopping around for laptops with gaming capabilities, check the performance of the graphics card on notebookcheck You'll be able to see how each card does on several games, new and old.

One other option to consider that I can personally recommend: Lenovo's Y570 line For a bit less money, you can get power equal to those you've already looked at. I've got last year's model (Y560), and I love it. They have specials all the time, and there's a powerpacked one for $789 right now (everything but blu-ray).

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#5 jr233270   Esquire CAGiversary!   2690 Posts   Joined 7.4 Years Ago  

Posted 02 April 2012 - 04:40 PM

Those two look pretty solid. When shopping around for laptops with gaming capabilities, check the performance of the graphics card on notebookcheck You'll be able to see how each card does on several games, new and old.

One other option to consider that I can personally recommend: Lenovo's Y570 line For a bit less money, you can get power equal to those you've already looked at. I've got last year's model (Y560), and I love it. They have specials all the time, and there's a powerpacked one for $789 right now (everything but blu-ray).



Thanks for the tip about "notebookcheck", I hadn't heard about that site before. With regards to the Lenovo, I don't really like how they look cosmetically. I know that is a very minor thing in the grand scheme of things, but I want to buy a laptop that I like looking at, too. With that said, if I can get a Lenovo for half the price of the HP Envy then I will consider it. About the Lenovo, is there any way to upgrade the screen to a 1900x1200? They all seem to be sub-HD.

#6 shrike4242   Not My Job Anymore, Go Bother Someone Else. CAGiversary!   42114 Posts   Joined 10.8 Years Ago  

Posted 03 April 2012 - 06:51 PM

Might be worth looking into a current-generation HP DV6TQE Quad Edition if you need a 1920 x 1080 screen (closest match to your wish of 1900 x 1200, which is a 1080p screen):

http://www.shopping....4700&aoid=35252

5.78bs; 15.6" 1920x1080 LED; Intel Core i7-2670QM 2.2GHz Quad-Core Sandy Bridge; 8GB RAM; 750GB HDD; Blu-Ray; 802.11n; Windows 7 Home Premium; ATI Radeon HD7470M 1GB; webcam; fingerprint; 6-cell battery; 1yr warranty

$1299.99 - $425 off code: "NBT3286" = $874.99 Free Ship

For a 17" version, the DV7TQE Quad Edition:

http://www.shopping....4712&aoid=35252

6.72bs; 17.3" 1920x1080 LED; Intel Core i7-2670QM 2.2GHz Quad-Core Sandy Bridge; 8GB RAM; 750GB HDD; Blu-Ray reader; 802.11n; Windows 7 Home Premium; ATI Radeon HD7470M 1GB; HD webcam; fingerprint; 6-cell battery; 2yr warranty

$1399.99 - $450 off Code: "NBG6428" = $949.99 Free Ship