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    Need help buying a laptop ASAP

    On the evening of Thursday, October 14 (one week from today) I am getting on a plane and moving to Rome, Italy. I don't have a laptop yet, and need to find one that I can get before I leave. Help me, please!

    I'll be using this as my primary computer, carrying it around on my travels, and with me to work every day. I mostly do internet, Office work, Hulu, some movies, some music, and some Skype. Having the ability to play Starcraft II would be good, but I'll probably never have time.

    What I'm looking for (more or less):
    *13" or 14" LED screen
    *At least 320 GB HDD (no SSD; they're too expensive)
    *At least 6-cell battery; 4-6 hours of normal internet/Office work (minimum)
    *Optical drive
    *Built-in webcam/micophone (2.0MP would be nice, but whatever)
    *Built-in Bluetooth (2.0+EDR, minimum)
    *Wi-Fi b/g/n
    *Built-in SD card reader
    *Backlit keyboard
    *Very good speakers would be nice, but aren't (totally) necessary
    *Instant-on functionality would be nice, but isn't necessary
    *HDMI and/or eSATA would be nice, but aren't necessary

    What I don't have answers to yet:
    *What processor?
    *Integrated graphics (what are the limitations?) or a graphics card (how much will it drop battery life)?
    *What chipset?

    What I don't care about:
    *What version of Windows is installed (I have a W7 Pro upgrade disc)
    *What kind of RAM it uses, or how much is installed (4GB DDR3 would be nice, but whatever)


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    I also remember a game with Kansas when Cy (wore a huge suit then) went out to center field, squatted, and "pooped" a couple of chickens that had been dyed blue then chased them around.
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    God I hope so, even if it's not the right thing to do, KF needs to do it.
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    Re: Need help buying a laptop ASAP

    Dell Outlet has Studio XPS 13s for around $850-900 which I think would fit your needs pretty well.

    Dell Studio XPS 13 Laptop Details | Dell




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    Re: Need help buying a laptop ASAP

    What are you looking to spend?



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    Re: Need help buying a laptop ASAP

    Quote Originally Posted by alarson View Post
    What are you looking to spend?
    I don't have an exact price range. $1200 would feel expensive to me, but I'd be willing to spend it if I thought the product was worth that. I'm going to have it for a while, so I'm willing to spend a little extra to make sure I get something that will meet my needs for at least 3-4 years.


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    I also remember a game with Kansas when Cy (wore a huge suit then) went out to center field, squatted, and "pooped" a couple of chickens that had been dyed blue then chased them around.
    Quote Originally Posted by DJK15

    God I hope so, even if it's not the right thing to do, KF needs to do it.
    Victory before honor.

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    Re: Need help buying a laptop ASAP

    Asus has a couple of really good options in that 13" and 14" range. Their 13" one, the u35jc doesnt have an optical drive, the 14", u45jc does.

    Amazon.com: ASUS U45JC-A1 14-Inch Thin and Light Laptop - Up to 10 Hours of Battery Life: Computer & Accessories
    *13" or 14" LED screen 14"
    *At least 320 GB HD 500GB
    *At least 6-cell battery; 8 cell, up to 10 hrs
    *Optical drive yes
    *Built-in webcam/micophone .3 megapixel webcam
    *Built-in Bluetooth (2.0+EDR, minimum) not that i can see
    *Wi-Fi b/g/n yes
    *Built-in SD card reader yes
    *Backlit keyboard no
    *Very good speakers would be nice, but aren't (totally) necessaryaltec lansing speakers
    *Instant-on functionality would be nice, but isn't necessary quick boot based on my experience, asus's also have expressgate, which lets you boot into an instant on linux based OS for basic tasks
    *HDMI and/or eSATA would be nice, but aren't necessaryhdmi out

    What I don't have answers to yet:
    *What processor? Intel Core i3-370M Processor (2.4 GHz)
    *Integrated graphics-Nvidia G310M Graphics Engine with 1GB DDR3 Dedicated VRAM and Optimus Technology + Intel HD Graphics- offers autoswitching between the two to give performance when you need it, and battery when you dont.
    *What chipset?
    Other..
    4GB of DDR3 1066MHz DRAM (2GB x 2 slots), 8GB Max; Intel Wireless 802.11 b/g/n
    Size (LWH): 13.5 inches, 9.6 inches, 1.1 inches
    Weight: 4.62 pound



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