I've yet to find power and long battery times in laptops. While I'm enjoying the lenovo y510p i7 haswell here it still, in my opinion needs a cooling pad. It's nice, powerful and they offer a many year warranty. The price is right too.
The office only supplied it a few months ago so the troubles have been next to zero. Those that can't transition to 8 may be lost but we added Classic Shell and made the system repair/recovery memory stick (quite the change from recovery media days!)
Also, durable is a miss too. Websters writes "able to withstand wear, pressure, or damage; hard-wearing." I would not try to wear, apply pressure or damage it. I'm sure you meant another word or as it was in a famous movie line ->
"You Keep Using That Word, I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means".
In spite of that the keyboard letters are holding up very well. A rather cheap laptop the office supplied had the keyboard letters worn off in just 2 months!
I have an HP Probook 430 for 2 years and have been having a bunch of problems. The most annoying problem is that it keeps overheating due to the cooling system. I have repaired the fan twice and decided to give it up now. However I have no idea what kind of laptop I have to buy next.
I am an engineering student. I usually run a bunch of programs like statistic, programming software, simulation software etc sometimes more than one at the same time. I have to run those stuffs during the day in campus for my studies so PC is absolutely not an option. I am also a light gamer. Graphic is not really a big problem, but I like it to run smoothly. Besides that, I just use my laptop for office programs and entertainment like movies. I would like to have bigger storage (mine is 500 GB now) but it is not really a pressing matter.
So the specification I am looking for is:
1. Fast and stable system
2. Good cooling system (system hibernating in the middle of simulation is really annoying)
3. Desktop replacement (since PC is not an option)
4. Long time battery if possible
5. Durable (I need it to be able to use for at least another 2 or 3 years)
Some of the specification can be overlooked as long as it's not the total opposite. Thank you for everyone who are willing to help!!