Engineering/Light Gaming w/ Back-lit KB + HD Screen ($1300 max)
Hey guys, I'm looking for a good laptop as I move on to college. I will be doing some engineering work on this (specifically I am going into architectural engineering). I will also do some light gaming and programming. An HD screen is a must. I would also really like a back-lit keyboard if possible with my given budget. I've been looking into the Clevo P150EM, but it got pretty pricey when I went and customized one. I need an i7 processor but I'm not sure that I need that good of a graphics card. I've heard many people say you do most your demanding engineering work in labs or computers provided by the university. My laptop I use now doesn't even have a dedicated GPU, and it's bearable to do a little AutoCAD work on it. So that makes me think a 650M will do alright with most the work? What are some of my options?
1) What is your budget?
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.
4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
b. Dislike: Apple
5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
Engineering university work, moderate gaming, programming
7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? If so, please state which games or types of games?
Not too demanding. Nothing like BF3 or Skyrim, I have a PS3 for that.
9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
10) Would you prefer to see the notebooks you're considering before purchasing it or buying a notebook on-line without seeing it is OK?
Without seeing is okay
11) What OS do you prefer? Windows (XP or Vista or Windows 7), Mac OS, Linux, etc.
12) From the choices below, what screen resolution(s) would you prefer?
I would really like a 1080 HD display
13) Do you want a Glossy/reflective screen or a Matte/non-glossy screen?
Build Quality and Design
14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
15) When are you buying this laptop?
Within a month or two
16) How long do you want this laptop to last?
Hopefully all 4 years of college
17) How much hard drive space do you need; 80GB to 640GB? Do you want a SSD drive?
300-500GB is fine. Unsure if I need an SSD or not...
18) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a CDRW/DVD-ROM, DVD Burner or Blu-Ray drive?
Those both look like pretty good options. Although, the Sony might be too big for my needs. I'm not sure if I dig the light on the Lenovo. Does anyone have any experience with a backlit keyboard vs that light on the Lenovo?
Looks like its a pretty good add on. The only thing is with the upgraded i7 and the screen upgraded to 1080, its over my budget.
EDIT: And that video card doesn't look like it has very good benches. I'm thinking a middle class GeForce might be a better fit.
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Last edited by slapshot30; 26th April 2012 at 09:02 PM.