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Is there any computer that meets these specifications?

by amnesia124 / November 12, 2012 1:08 AM PST

I want to know if there is any computer like this:

Core i5 or i7 processor
720p or 1080p
14" to 17" display
Under $800
It needs to last me AT LEAST 4 years

I would like it to have:
Backlit keyboard
6+ hours battery life
Fingerprint reader

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Not one. Easy to answer. Why?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 12, 2012 1:24 AM PST

Because if we look at a common part of laptops you find 300 to maybe 1200 cycle batteries and this means a major component did not make it to 4 years.

About the i7. While I love 'em, have you read the following?
"Our tests demonstrate fairly little difference between a $225 LGA 1155 Core i5-2500K and a $1000 LGA 2011 Core i7-3960X, even when three-way graphics card configurations are involved. It turns out that memory bandwidth and PCIe throughput don't hold back the performance of existing Sandy Bridge-based machines. "
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-review-overclock,3106-4.html

This means a lot for many folk. Pull back to the often cooler i5 (heat reduces life span) and consider paying half that for a 2 year laptop. I picked up a Samsung rv515 for 399 and from the looks of it, it may be something I'll recommend for some folk.
Bob

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You might have to
by orlbuckeye / November 13, 2012 8:52 PM PST

modify the specs to get under 800. With computers you get what you pay for except with Apple you pay even more. Also computers are sort of like cars and will last longer then better they are taken care of. Plus you also have components that may be made by 10 different comapnaies inside the computer. Example maxtor or Seagate HD, ATI or Nvidia graphics cars, Asus motherboard with AMD or Intel Processor, realtek or sounblaster sound card and maybe an instel wireless card. Basically nothing inside the computer is made by the name on the outside and the computer is even manufactured by a name different then the name on the outside (unless it's Asus or MSI).

Most of the laptops with backlit keyboard are gaming machines and gaming machines tend to have the power hungry components that lead to lower battery life.

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Re: specifications
by Kees_B Forum moderator / November 13, 2012 9:26 PM PST

The price of a laptop varies per day and per outlet, not even mentioning countries (US dollars, Canadian dollars, Australian dollars).

And unless you pay for a 4-year warranty you don't know in advance that it will last for 4 years. For a laptop, a 4-year warranty will be rather expensive.

It seems to me that the 6++ hours battery life make it an 'ultrabook'. Most of those will be more expensive, I'm afraid. What candidates did you fiind already?

Kees

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