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VAIO, HP, or Neither? Seeking Advice

Hey Guys,

I'm looking to get a laptop for law school this fall. I need one primarily for basic document work but also for simple programming and design, something that can handle basic XHTML and CSS work. I'd like it to handle movies, streaming, and skype well too. I'm not concerned about battery life.

I have a good budget, $1100 to $1400, and want to get the most bang for my buck. No real preference on the brand.

I scoped it out and found these options among others:
1) Sony ? VAIO VPCF126FM/B Laptop $1350
Intel

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Advice

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All suggestions are welcome.
Thank you.

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Since the core i3 is

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Apparently able to do what you listed my only concern is that i7 based machine tends to be warm and is more a desktop than a laptop.
Bob

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Do you have any Suggestions?

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Thank you for the reply.
I like the idea of the i7 as a desktop replacement: an i7 laptop with a battery life of 2-3 hours is something I'm willing to get. Does an i7 processor really drain the battery?

I scanned cnet, best buy, microsoft etc. but can't seem to find many user reviews on laptops between the $1100 and 1400 range.
Do you have any suggestions on sites to visit?

Thank you.

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The hours

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Are under ideal conditions. If you do anything other that edit a document you should see about half that number.

It's not the i7 alone here but many of these have a 3D graphics solution which means the unit runs a bit hot. Not a lap laptop. But a desktop replacement. My wife is the HP with the i7 and it's very nice but I hesitate to call it a laptop.
Bob

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re: law school

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as someone who just graduated law school, I would recommend NOT buying something as big as the first two on your list, screen wise. You generally don't have a ton of desk space in class, and you need to be able to fit the laptop and probably at least one book in the limited space you have. Plus, you will be carrying it around quite a bit, and a 17 inch monster is probably going to be pretty heavy.

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