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Looking for thinnest/lightest 15"/16" laptop

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by chambo622, Nov 29, 2008.

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  1. chambo622

    chambo622 Notebook Enthusiast

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    I'm looking for the thinnest/lightest 15 or 16" notebook I can get. I don't have a problem with any brands, but I do not want a MacBook Pro (even though I can run windows, I can't fathom spending $2000 to walk around with a picture of a fruit).

    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?

    Under $2000 preferably

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?

    d. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen


    3) Where will you buying this notebook? You can select the flag of your country as an indicator.

    US

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?

    Nope, just don't want a MacBook Pro.

    5) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?

    Office tasks, web browsing, photo editing, video creation

    6) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?

    Lots of travel to and from school (high school) so want it nice and light/thin.

    7) Will you be playing games on it; if so, which games or types of games?

    Not to many games, but still would prefer discrete graphics.

    8) How many hours of battery life do you need?

    Not a huge issue, as I'll be able to plug in.

    9) Would you prefer to see the notebooks you're considering before purchasing it or buying a notebook on-line without seeing it is OK?

    On-line is okay.

    10) What OS do you prefer? Windows (XP or Vista), Mac OS, Linux, etc.

    Vista is best, but if it has XP i can install Vista. So anything Windows.

    Screen Specifics


    11) From the choices below, what screen resolutions would you prefer?

    No real preference, but the higher the better.

    12) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen?

    No preferance.

    Build Quality and Design

    13) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?

    Yes, image is important.

    14) When are you buying this laptop and how long do you want this laptop to last?

    About 3 years

    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you want; 80GB to 500GB? Do you want a SSD drive?

    at leats 160

    16) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a CDRW/DVD-ROM, DVD Burner or Blu-Ray drive?

    Need DVD burner, Blu-Ray reader or burner would be nice but not neccessary.


    So far I've looked at the Sony NS and FW I believe it is, they seem okay but the 16" is a little chunky and I don't care too much for the rounded screen on the NS. Asus has so many models I can't figure out what I want.

    Basically, thinnest and lightest are the highest priority.

    Thanks for your help!
     
  2. jjgoo

    jjgoo Notebook Deity

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    take a look at the sony's they offer some nice thin notebooks.
     
  3. chambo622

    chambo622 Notebook Enthusiast

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    I looked at the sony NS, which appears to be their only 15" lineup, and they just seemed a bit cheap and I didn't care for the rounded screen.

    The 16" FW is very nice, but its a bit thick and I was hoping for something thinner and lighter.
     
  4. Xirurg

    Xirurg ORLY???

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    Dell 4400 fits in.
     
  5. chambo622

    chambo622 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Dell 4400? Not familiar with that one...

    A quick google search results in a rather large desktop from about 2002 :)
     
  6. chambo622

    chambo622 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Just figured out you must mean the Precision M4400. Looks alright, pretty thin for a Workstation.

    The bumpy screen back is definitely unique...
     
  7. Xirurg

    Xirurg ORLY???

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    yeah,I just forgot to add first part of the name :p
     
  8. cumbaya19

    cumbaya19 Notebook Evangelist

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    why do you want such a big screen. I would go down to 13-14 inches if weight is an issue
     
  9. chambo622

    chambo622 Notebook Enthusiast

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    I find that the smaller size is a bit cramped, but 14 might be okay. What is my thinnest/lightest choice in that area?
     
  10. clairesprius

    clairesprius Newbie

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    Im having the same problem; I never realized how difficult it would be to find a nice thin laptop that's not a MAC. I am leaning toward the Sony VAIO's but they do seem so heavy. 13" is way too small for me, but maybe you could get away with 14" or 15" - the only great thing about Sony's is they have a Mac style but PC platform.
    - Amy (novice)
     
  11. chambo622

    chambo622 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Anyone know much about the sony BZ series? It's a 15" laptop, and it appears to be just 1.18" thick. Its a business notebook and I can't find to many good pictures. Seems well equipped for the price though.
     
  12. Red_Dragon

    Red_Dragon Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    look at the new MSI EX625 as it will be the lightest 16" notebook :D i have a topic about it on the MSI forum you may want to check that out.
     
  13. chambo622

    chambo622 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Doesn't seem to be available anywhere that I saw. Do you know of any stores that carry it?
     
  14. Tinselworm

    Tinselworm Notebook Deity

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    if you dont want a macbook pro then get a macbook air.
     
  15. Red_Dragon

    Red_Dragon Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    actually it hasnt come out yet :D but im saying in advanced that will be the lightest :D
     
  16. chambo622

    chambo622 Notebook Enthusiast

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    I'm looking for something larger than 13." The MacBook Pro is apple's only 15/16" offering, and I'm not interested in the Mac platform.
     
  17. RefinedPower

    RefinedPower Notebook Deity

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    The Lenovo T series has some notebooks that might be worth looking into, they are not the most stylish but might be worth a look anyhow. Also the HP workstations are pretty decent as well.
     
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