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by dwobith / February 1, 2009 2:08 AM PST

Alright, so I am looking to get a laptop for college. Here's the jist of things:
1. My budget is around $1800
2. I need something portable: under 5 lbs and preferably a 13 in. screen
3. I will be an engineering major, so I need something that is powerful. I'm thinking core 2 duo, somewhere in the 9500 range (2.5 ghz) with 4gb of ram.
4. I looked at a few models, and I noticed that many laptops this size have really crappy integrated video cards... not for me. I will be doing some gaming, video, etc..

I've researched some of the dell models (which seem to be the best for the money, but correct me if I'm wrong), particularly the XPS m1330 and the XPS studio 13. I know that the m1330's are dropping like flies from hardware failures, but I haven't seen many reviews of the studio 13 (which seems to fit my needs, as far as graphics and speed go). If anyone has any suggestions, they would be greatly appreciated.

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Why won't an GMA or such card do?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 1, 2009 3:23 AM PST
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Let's hope you are not looking for a gamer's laptop as these rarely make it past year 2 without 10 minute batteries and scorch marks.
Bob

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Ok
by dwobith / February 5, 2009 10:55 AM PST

I am not looking to buy a gaming laptop. Typically, gaming laptops are significantly heavier, bigger, and more costly. I am not hardcore into gaming, I would just like something with a good balance between performance and portability.

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Lots of nice choices today
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 5, 2009 11:04 AM PST
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And in the sub 1K bracket. For example I'm doing some work using Visual Studio 2008 (what a big thing) on a 599 buck dv6910us. Your budget is 3 times that!
Bob

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Lenovo
by Renegade Knight / February 2, 2009 3:33 AM PST
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The Lenovo ThinkPad T400 may fit the bill. It hits your budget and your concerns.

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Thanks
by dwobith / February 5, 2009 10:51 AM PST
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Hey, thanks man. I looked at some of its specs and they are pretty stellar. Performance-wise, it seems actually what I am looking for. It is minimally larger than the 1330m, but 1 in. and .6 lbs shouldn't be too bad. I will definitely consider this one.

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It's harder to find laptops at retail outlets with
by orlbuckeye / February 6, 2009 4:58 AM PST
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discrete graphics cards. You may find more by looking at the laptop companies websites online.

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video cards
by dwobith / February 6, 2009 6:20 AM PST
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Does anyone know how the lenovo's t400 video card (ATI Mobility Radeon 3470 with 256MB) compares to the m1330's (128MB NVIDIA

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The 8400m is NO SALE.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 6, 2009 6:34 AM PST
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Thinkpad
by billli726 / March 24, 2009 4:04 AM PDT
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These two cards are about the same. T400 has two video cards. If you don't mind switching between the two, which can be done in vista os without rebooting, you should go will T400. the integrated intel 4500HD on the T400 is much more energy efficient than the integrated M8400 on the Dell. Both are about the same in terms of performance. Thinkpad comes with a better service and support and faster memory. I got the thinkpad and has been enjoying it. In addition, the Lenovo comes with extra battery pack that can be used instead of the DVD drive, further increase the battery life from 5 1/2 hours to nearly 10 hours on normal usage. I think thinkpad W500 is also good for you. it come with two graphic cards, a workstation graphic card and very high res display.

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