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Well I've had enough of my $250 craptop and looking to upgrade within the month. I have a soft budget of around $1200. I'm looking for a 15" or smaller. Mainly going to use it for video editing (picked up one of those awesome little gopro cams a few months back). It would be awesome to have usb 3.0. Must have hdmi out. Low heat soke into my balls is also a plus as i use the pc mostly on my lap/stomach. I'm not a fan of external HD's so something that has a duel would be a plus. SSD's worth it? I'm not particular to a brand/model.


Just looking for pointers in the right direction as i'm just now starting my search for something thats a good bang for the buck.. wonder is that .edu email will come in handy?

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Three rules of laptop buying:

1. Don't

2. Buy

3. Dell


(This INCLUDES Alienware)


I haz a dell e6500 (business class) that has been rocking for over 3 years now. Running strong. Even won a WCU css tourney with it.. of course it can't play anything else more demanding but it doesn't have a dedicated video card.

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aka dice you don't play pc games, you could back off the hardware specs a bit?

That's about what my dad paid for a non-gaming core i5 with a 10 hour battery, a 3 year on site warranty with accidental damage protection, and one of those $100 home/car/airplane power adapters.


Also, why did you pay for the recovery media? You could've PM'd me and I'd hook you up B)


I will say that the Sandy Bridge HPs are really nice laptops. I don't know how well they hold up but their overall performance with Windows7 is stellar.

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found a good deal, but worried about the heat and size. Code for my record (nbdq13114)


As this compares to the above envy:

DV6T: $200 cheaper

same OS

same i7

Graphics (ENVY: DDR3 Radeon 6630 vs DV6T: GDDR5 Radeon 6770M) not sure which is better

same ram

same HD

display same resolution but 14.5" vs 15.6"

DV6T has BluRay (not that i care)


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Got It,

HP ENVY 14 beats


Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

2nd generation Intel® Core™ i5-2410M (2.3 GHz, 3MB L3 Cache) with Turbo Boost up to 2.9 GHz

1GB DDR3 Radeon™ HD 6630 switchable Graphics [HDMI, Mini Display Port]

6GB 1333MHz DDR3 System Memory (2 DIMM)

750GB 7200RPM Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection

No Additional Office Software

8 Cell Lithium Ion Battery

14.5" diagonal High Definition HP BrightView Infinity LED Display (1366x768)

SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support

Skype HD-capable - HP TrueVision HD Webcam

Intel 802.11a/b/g/n WLAN and Bluetooth®

Red Backlit Keyboard

Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 9 & Adobe Premiere® Elements 9

HP Home & Home Office Store in-box envelope



Price after savings: $817.49



Estimated ship date: October 24, 2011



I need me some cheap MS Excel

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