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Topic # 83645 19-May-2011 17:42
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I'm a university student looking for a new laptop. I'm a computer science student, if that makes any difference.

Must be 13 - 14", and around 2kg, preferably lower.

Primary uses will be taking notes, programming and possibly some gaming. I definitely don't expect to have maxed out settings, although low on native resolution would be nice. I'll mainly be playing Call of Duty, L4D2 and Minecraft.

I have a few choices in mind, but due to lack of reviews, I'm not sure what to get.

Asus U31SD - i5-2410M 2.3GHz, Nvidia 520M, ~$1500
Concerns - Build quality - apparently its predecessor had flex.

Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E420 - i5-2540M 2.6Ghz, Ati 6630M, ~$1500
Concerns - Battery life, might be too heavy to lug around all day?

Sony Vaio S - i5-2410M 2.3 GHz, Ati 6470M, ~$2100
Concerns -  This one's a bit over my budget, but if it's good, I don't mind considering it.

Help will be greatly appreciated. :)

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  Reply # 471227 19-May-2011 17:54
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I would say the Sony Vaio S is a very good laptop overall. Good size and power.

Or I would go with the Asus - definitely value for money.

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  Reply # 471228 19-May-2011 17:56
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The new dell XPS 15 seems a good deal: http://www.dell.com/nz/p/xps-l502x/pd

i also like how much you can customise it.

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