I'm seeing i7 machines that spew so much heat that I doubt they will last 4 years. Or rather my bet is they will need maintenance at some point before 4 years.
We know that outside that Apple with the i7 and that rare dual core i7 that battery time rarely goes past one hour which coupled with the above means DISASTER LOOMS for a college student.
I strongly suggest you re-evaluate your i7 search and look at i5 machines with switchable graphics like this one:
At 1/2 the price you get your 1GB dedicated video and save 750 bucks for replacement if disaster strikes in year 2.
Looking to purchase a new laptop that'll last me through at least most of my college years.
-Cannot be Toshiba or Dell
-i7 Intel Processor, obviously
-15.6" screen or better
-4GB+ RAM minimum. Prefer 6-8 GB.
-Very high quality display (will be doing CAD and graphics work)
-Graphics card quality (must be able to play graphic intensive games such as SC2)
-Preferably under 1500 (was able to customize a decent dv7t with most of the above for 1200 with coupons, but iffy on actually getting that laptop).
I've been looking at the HP Envy 14-7, HP dv7t, and some Lenovo brands, although I'm much more familiar with HP. I'm open to any suggestions that meet the above requirements.