Laptop suggestions?

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  1. unrealii

    unrealii professor of plant biology

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    Looking for something thin and light. I dont care about gaming, but I like some power since I like to open a bazillion programs at once.

    I purchased the display model at my local store for $1300:
    http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Sony...34808/catOid/-12963/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do
    I also get the $150 mail in rebate on top of that.

    I was originally looking towards an HP DV1420US, but this sony appealed to me because it had a better processor and slightly higher resolution display.

    A few things I discovered later after buying it:
    :) SATA, 5400 rpm hd
    :) DDR2 Ram
    :) Ram is a single 512mb chip, not 2 256 modules

    This should come out to $1250 w/tax and after MIR. Just wondering if I could have done better. This is an open box model, so I can return it within 14 days and not be charged restocking.
     
  2. DSMTuning

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    bring that back... you could buy a dell for cheaper... if weight isnt really that much of an issue for that price you couldve got one with a 17" screen 4hr battery and more ram from dell
     
  3. unrealii

    unrealii professor of plant biology

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    Weight is an issue. I pretty much settled on the 5.3lb/14" catagory because those were the lightest while offering the features I need that I could afford.
     
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    just remember that some stuff is easy to upgrade and cheaper elsewhere like the ram and maybe even the hard drive...
     
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    extra battery and all i think i might actually buy one of these too lol... QZKLVJV?HMCS1F is the coupon code
     
  8. RyanL

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    yeah, dont take back the sony for the dell, unless that is you want a computer full of problems... sony makes higher end laptops, dell makes shit for laptops...
     
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    x2 on the 700M. We have a couple here at work and they are great. Might take a little getting used to with the smaller keyboard.
     
  11. unrealii

    unrealii professor of plant biology

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    Thanks for the suggestions. I'll try to build that dell tonight and see what I can do. I also get 12% off through my company if I purchase a dell warranty on the laptop. I tried to configure one, but it still came out to too much. Will try again later.

    I'm still leaning towards keeping the sony. We'll see.
     
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    seriously dells have a 24% failure rate on their laptops, thats 1 out of 4 will have a problem. not really worth it to save a few bucks imo...
     
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    Has ayone looked at one of the Asus barebones systems? You install CPU, RAM and HDD, and possibly optical drive, but it sounds like you could get a helluva system without spending a small fortune.
     
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    unrealii professor of plant biology

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    I think I'll stick with the sony and see how it goes. I just realized that the dell 700m has a 90% keyboard. I used to use the x300 at work and that would sometimes be a problem for me.
     
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    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    I know a couple guys with Asus laptops (not barebones ones though). They seem very high quality, nice fit and finish. Pretty thin and sleek.
     
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    i love my asus notebook, its the first company i recommend to people
     
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    unrealii professor of plant biology

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    I am considering the asus z63a. Just wondering how you would consider the build quality on it? It would cost me about $1400ish + tax for the following config:
    -Pent M 2.0ghz 760
    -1gb ddr2 memory
    -dvdrw drive
    -60-80gb
     
  18. 01000101

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    thats the laptop i have. the build quality is fucking awesome. it feels solid, it doesnt bend or flex. it looks good, it doesnt scratch or get damaged easily. it doesnt rattle, it doesnt feel flimsy. i got my from www.proportable.com and theyre probably the best company ive ever dealt with
     

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