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Brand: ACER
Model: Aspire 5741G
Guarantee: 1 year
Purchased from: It was my BIRTHDAY PRESSY, although it goes for around 450~550 euros mark today (costed 100 euros more on July 2010)
OS: Windows 7 Premium x64
CPU: Intel Core i3 330M 2.13Ghz 3Mb L3 cache with Hyper-Threading technology
GPU: Geforce GT 320M/1Gb with CUDA & TurboCache technology
HDD: 320Gb
AUDIO: Realtek High Definition audio
Battery: 6 cell Li-ion
Screen: High definition 1366x768 15.6" LED technology FULL 1080p
Memory RAM: 4Gb DDR3 Epilson 1066Mhz
Connections/interfaces: multi memory card reader built-in, 1 x VGA, 3 x USB ports, 1 LAN Giga ethernet port, 1 x Kensington lock, 1 x HDMI port, Wi-Fi built in and a 1.3Mp web cam

Usage: Business purpose, general office applications, programming, CAD, even gaming, although not "extreme" gaming, Internet in general.

Its Core i3 32nm processor works very well for heavy duty calculations including video & audio compression, and with still alot of headroom to do other tasks simultaneously with virtually no sweat!

Its powerful nVidia Geforce GT320M does the job pretty well with sharp picture & graphics quality and reasonable DirectX 10 hardware acceleration with no problems at all for full DVD & Blu-Ray playback!

I'm pretty happy with this particular laptop, an all-in-one solution for any novice or professional. Why spend more on "top notch" laptops today?

Pros: Very good, affordable sturdy laptop with all you need for today's computing and multimedia in general
Cons: Only 1 year guarantee

Rating: 8/10


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My current laptop is a toshiba satellite (POS, but still works) I got from a best buy BF sale 4yrs ago for $220 (giving it to my father-in-law) with a 'free' printer, then I got an asus eeepc a year ago (a $250 mistake). I've been out of grad school for 3+ yrs so I am getting an HP Envy 17 for portable gaming (real) and writing scientific papers (excuse):
-Brand: HP
-Model: ENVY17
-Bought From/Price: HP/$1482 (inc. tax after upgrades)
-OS: Win 7 HP
-CPU: i7-2630QM
-GPU: HD6850 1gb ddr5
-Resolution: 1920 x 1080, 17.3"
-RAM: upgraded to 8gb
-Usage (Gaming, Internet, Office Apps, etc…): gaming, office apps, video playback/editing, internet, movies.
-Real World Battery Life (in your estimation): advertised/expected 2/1hr, but then again you don't run these dtr's purely off of battery power.
-Your Rating (out of 10): 9.0
WEI scores:
CPU: 7.4
RAM: 7.6
Graphics/Gaming: 7.1/7.1
Primary drive: 7.9 :)

For $1168 (after discounts and before tax), this is an incredible machine. I replaced a 750gb seagate HDD 7200rpm with a m4 128gb SSD as the boot drive (the hdd goes back into the laptop once the drive caddy arrives) and a 2gb dimm with a 4gb that was on sale at newegg for $7 (after mir). It was ok before the upgrades, but now its friggin amazing. Loading applications and internet usage is on par with my gaming desktop. The sound is incredible for a pc, much less than a laptop, but then again I'm not much of an audiophile and never had a subwoofer on a laptop. Video playback/editing has not yet been attempted, but will soon. The lighted keyboard (full with number pad) is very nice and the feel of the slate keys has a very solid feel to it. The options on the keyboard make this laptop very user friendly. With upgrades the total for this laptop is $1380.

Now for the negatives (decreasing order). First and foremost, the obvious: the underpowered gpu- the 6850M. no choice here when it comes to the envy17 series, which makes me glad I didn't get the 3d upgrade, lest I'd be set up for a huge disappointment in 3d gaming (6850 with ddr5 not ddr3). I guess there's no flexibility in power as the 6870/6950M TDP is 50W as opposed to the 39W of the 6850M. Compared to the 5850M of the previous generation: same TDP, with about a 10% or more decrease in core/memory clocks, memory bw, and processing power (gflops). CCC was installed, but there was no option to oc the gpu. Now I'm stuck with the equivalent of a mediocre relative of a 5750 at 1080p. I would have gladly paid the premium for the option (within reason of course). For now, major gaming is done on the i5-2500k/6950 cf'd setup.
The second is the glare on the screen. Can be of annoyance, but manageable. Didn't think it was worth the $150 option and still don't. $50 maybe.
The third negative may depend on your luck. It was pretty difficult for me to remove the first cover (hdd) without yanking the cover after removing the two screws, which made the upgrading somewhat difficult. A youtube video showed the guy removing it with relative ease. So it maybe up to your particular envy17.

I will edit this review if anything new comes up.
 

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Brand: MSI
Model: GT627-218US
Bought From/Price: Newegg - $1299.99
OS: Win Vista - Upgraded to Windows 7 Professional
CPU: Core 2 Duo P8600 @ 2.4Ghz
GPU: Geforce 9800M GS 1GB DDR3
Resolution: 15.4 @ 1680x1050
RAM: 4 GB (2x2GB)
Usage (Gaming, Internet, Office Apps, etc…): Gaming, School work, Programming
Real World Battery Life (in your estimation): 4 hours of gaming enjoyment, 6-8 hours of typing/light network usage
Your Rating (out of 10): 8.8

This is one of the older ones with the bright red trim and gray/black brushed aluminum lid. For the most part it took whatever game I throw at it, though after a few problems I have went to just playing Civilization and such on it.

It's a sturdy build, and I am relatively rough on machines. In august I had, what I guess is a common problem for MSI laptops, the hinges stick on me while closing my lid, which in turn tore the red plastic mold screwed to the hingeplate to rip away from the aluminum frame. Other than that, from the numerous drops, and bumps from the many anime and gaming conventions, trips to work, trips across state on a bus, the other damage to it was the plastic around the grill covering the cpu heat sink chipped away.

I loved this machine. but with the damage to the frame it's no longer able to do what it was intended to do, which is be my portable gaming / student laptop. But I still haven't been able to find a laptop I am willing to replace it with. (Any suggestions would be welcome)
 

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Hi all, here goes :-0

-Brand: HP Pavilion DV6 Notebook PC
-Model: 6001ea ( white limited edition model??? )
-Bought From/Price: local Currys £429
-OS: Windows 7 64bit home Premium
-CPU: AMD Phenom 11 P960 Quad @ 1.8Ghz
-GPU: AMD HD 6470M and HD 4250 onboard
-Resolution: 1366x768 @ 60hz
-RAM: 4Gb Elpida DDR3 10600
-Usage (Gaming, Internet, Office Apps, etc…):
-Real World Battery Life (in your estimation): 1.5 - 2Hrs MAX!!!
-Your Rating (out of 10): 9 out of 10

Bought this as had not had a pc for well over a year; lost the will to live building my own gaming rigs so had an extended break.

In use this laptop is excellent; use for net, movies, odd document, some gaming and music.
The keyboard is excellent in use and being silver shines at night when only laptop for illumination ( mater stroke!!! ).
The display is excellently bright when using hi-performance gpu ( their blurb not mine :), and not too dim ( but nice) when using on-board gpu.
Most days i have the tv dongle on News24 all day, the internet dongle on most times, listening to some tunes if tv is muted ( automatically displays subtitles, i love you Media Centre! ) while browsing the net; not really had any serious problems, a couple of freezes with browsers ( who does'nt? ) and the previously noted problem when taking power cord out and going onto battery.

The battery life is pretty average i suppose for this class of laptop with dedicated gpu, but still feels inefficient sometimes, especially if you have not charged before you leave the house, and no convient plug to charge when out. The only really frustrating thing is if you are watching a video or tv ( have dongle wich works well with bothe original software and Media Centre ) and you unplug power source then the switch to onboard graphics can cause app to crash, both Media Centre and Total Media do so. The switch from dedicated gpu to onboard involves a few black screens and a dimming of overall brightness, very quaint and feels totally retro now so no longer bugs me out :)

The laptop feeds hdmi to tv without issues, the dvd-rw works as advertised, 4 usb2 ports, 2 either side, vga for you old scholl peeps, lan and front facing sd/mmc card reader.

One thing i am reall happy about is the Altec lansing sound system, obviously no real bass, but the presence is their if you know what i mean, but the overall sound is excellent, if a little bit tinny, though this will depend on the quality of source material as always.

Can not say enough good things about htis laptop, except for the ridiculous prices both Currys and HP want you to pay for their extended warrentys.

Being unemployed ( not going to tell you what occured so i could but this laptop :) ), their prices are rubbish, £200 + for HP 2yrs and £269+ for 5yrs Currys. Either way, no bank account, so no joy!!! just does not work does it.

That aside, for light gaming ( currently playing HL2 and LPlanet again, as well as and then it moves, (( awesome game )) ), general internet use, productivity etc, this lapto is Perfect..... I must be mad!!!

Stayed away from laptops for ever,
 

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COME ON TOMS, I CAN EDIT MY OWN POST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Hi all, here goes :-0

-Brand: HP Pavilion DV6 Notebook PC
-Model: 6001ea ( white limited edition model??? )
-Bought From/Price: local Currys £429
-OS: Windows 7 64bit home Premium
-CPU: AMD Phenom 11 P960 Quad @ 1.8Ghz
-GPU: AMD HD 6470M and HD 4250 onboard
-Resolution: 1366x768 @ 60hz
-RAM: 4Gb Elpida DDR3 10600
-Usage (Gaming, Internet, Office Apps, etc…):
-Real World Battery Life (in your estimation): 1.5 - 2Hrs MAX!!!
-Your Rating (out of 10): 9 out of 10

Bought this as had not had a pc for well over a year; lost the will to live building my own gaming rigs so had an extended break.

In use this laptop is excellent; use for net, movies, odd document, some gaming and music.
The keyboard is excellent in use and being silver shines at night when only laptop for illumination ( master stroke!!! ).

The display is excellently bright when using hi-performance gpu ( their blurb not mine :), and not too dim ( but nice) when using on-board gpu.

Most days i have the tv dongle on News24 all day, the internet dongle on most times, listening to some tunes if tv is muted ( automatically displays subtitles, i love you Media Centre! ) while browsing the net; not really had any serious problems, a couple of freezes with browsers ( who does'nt? ) and the previously noted problem when taking power cord out and going onto battery.

The battery life is pretty average i suppose for this class of laptop with dedicated gpu, but still feels inefficient sometimes, especially if you have not charged before you leave the house, and no convient plug to charge when out.

The only really frustrating thing is if you are watching a video or tv ( have dongle which works well with both the original software and Media Centre ) and you unplug power source then the switch to onboard graphics can cause app to crash, both Media Centre and Total Media do so. The switch from dedicated gpu to onboard involves a few black screens and a dimming of overall brightness, very quaint and feels totally retro now so no longer bugs me out :)

The laptop feeds hdmi to tv without issues, the dvd-rw works as advertised, 4 usb2 ports, 2 either side, vga for you old school peeps, lan and front facing sd/mmc card reader.

One thing i am reall happy about is the Altec lansing sound system, obviously no real bass, but the presence is their if you know what i mean, but the overall sound is excellent, ( if source material is tinny it will sound a little bit tinny, though this will depend on the quality of source material as always) and goes quite loud.

Can not say enough good things about this laptop, except for the ridiculous prices both Currys and HP want you to pay for their extended warrentys.

Being unemployed ( not going to tell you what occured so i could buy this laptop :) ), their prices are rubbish, £200 + for HP 2yrs and £269+ for 5yrs Currys. Either way, no bank account, so no joy!!! just does not work does it.

That aside, for light gaming ( currently playing HL2 and LPlanet again, as well as And Then it Moves, (( awesome game )) ), general internet use, productivity etc, this laptop is Perfect..... I must be mad!!!

Stayed away from laptops for ever, being a hardcore overclocker, budget parts permitting :); never liked or have really enjoyed supporting laptops ( IT support for ever! ), i have resolutely stayed away. I accept the usual CAVEATS, IF IT FAILS ( laptop or pc ) IT FAILS. Prices are now not to dissimilar to desktop parts so need not mortgage life to purchase replacement hdd!!!

One other thing, this mother is heavy ( 2.9Kg officially ), so really a desktop replacement, although if your like me, such a thing is not really a consideration, would carry to work if really wanted to, putting ALL THE NETTOP LITTLE GIRLS AND BOYS TO SHAME, you understand.

Excellent laptop, really happy with my purchase ( selling of soul ) and would definitely recommend to those who want a little reasonable gaming performance not constrained by on-board gpu. All other functions are excellent, especially the sound, makes such a difference.
 

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-Brand: Lenovo ThinkPad x121e
-Model: 3045
-Bought From/Price: local Currys 3500 nis ~= 950$
-OS: Windows 7 64bit home Premium
-CPU:Intel Core i3-2357M Processor (1.3GHz, 3MB L3, 1333MHz DDR3)
-GPU: intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge) onboard
-Resolution: 11.6" W HD (1366 x 768)LED, Anti-Glare.
-RAM: 4 GB DDR3 - 1333MHz (2 DIMM)
-Usage (Gaming, Internet, Office Apps, etc…): CAD, 3D, Graphics, Facebook/multimedia/email.
-Real World Battery Life (in your estimation): 5-6 hours
-Your Rating (out of 10): 9 out of 10
Windows Experience Index 4.9 (Highest gaming 6.1 lowest processor 4.9 other values around 5.5)


IMPORTANT: I was looking for a small "cheap" lightweight but powerfull notebook. I didn't need it for direct work - just for showing my work done at home, on a laptop / projector in class.

I needed it to load medium complexity Sketchup models and CAD plans. I also wanted it to work with Revit and 3DS max that I want to learn in the future. Autodesk and Sketchup's site specificly stated that intel graphics are NOT recomended but since I need a cheap notebook and I wasn't planning on working on it - just viewing (And some facebook of course :D ) I decided to take the risk.

First hands the x121e is simply Ugly. there is a nice smooth cover on top and the screen opens out in a wide beautiful and functional angel (but might not leave room for a large battery). On the coolness factor this one comes last, oh well it least it has both HDMI & VGA out are avilable - just what I needed.
The x121e is light weight and comfortably small in size, but extreamly fast with a good batter life (6 cell bat & I worked it hard for almost 6 hours strait without plugin it in with wifi on and connected). The keyboard layout is excelent & the keys are spread apart but easy to type. the tuchpad is awful! and uncomfortable at all (plus no sliding detection on the right side) but I'm pretty coordinated so I got used to it. after insalling all the above software (some are trials or the small light versions) it still takes the x121e about 1 minute from clicking the restart button to go thourgh boot and back to work again - FAST.

For the main course, The 3d applications:
sketchup & 3ds max - works o.k. loads complex files and rotates the model (rotating forces wireframe but redraws details back fast) - I loaded with foliage but hidden it for the rotating but even my friends more powerful laptops have trouble rotating models with foliage.
CAD & Revit - loads great! works smothly and redraws on rotate without too much issues.

in conclusion - although integrated graphics aren't recommended for 3d applications for the sake of viewing and rotating the model they are still o.k. I think even working on cad and revit is possible but didn't seriously try it yet.

I have been playing with it for a week now & I'm really satisfied with the x121e for now, I hope I will feel the same in a year or so.


I deducted just 1 point due to the really crappy small annoying tuchpad - I used better. I usually use the tuchpad and not a mouse so this is important but live-able.
 

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Brand: Samsung
Model: Rf-711 S02
Price: 800$
OS: Windows 7 64bit home Premium
CPU: i7 2630QM
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GT 540
Resolution 1600 x 900
Ram: 4gb
Usage: Multimedia, Gaming
Real world battery life: 1h load, 4-5 text writing
your rating: 2

The laptop was good when i first got it but after a 4 monds the problems came:

-dirt in the screen, some small brown spots.
-problems with the battery
-when i enable hyperthreading the laptop shut show me 8 threads, but instead it shows me four and sais this is a dualcore!
-when i burn a disk the disk won't play some of the song till the end.
The left speaker gives a lot less sound than the right one.

I think it's obvious that this is one problem machine.
Do not by this, if you look at the specifications you'd say that it's a lot for not that much money but you really don't wanna buy this one.
Go for something stronger and durabler than this ***.
 

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Two laptops here:
Sony Viao SA
Where: Sony Style Store
OS: Win 7 64bit Pro
CPU: i7 2620
GPU: AMD 6630
Resolution: 1366x768
RAM: 8GB Samsung. 4GB soldered, 4gb sodimm
Usage: Gaming, internet, ultraportable
Real World Battery Life (in your estimation): 5 hours internal (internet only), 10 hours with slice
Your Rating (out of 10): 8

I was looking for a machine that was about MBP 13 in size and weight, found this beauty at the Sony Style store. It was a great machine while it lasted.

The i7 2620 performed as expected. The turbo mode was quite aggressive on this machine, keeping it between 3.0 and 3.1Ghz during Prime 95 testing. GPU switching was completely automatic, as it should be, though there was a switch to force the dedicated card if you needed it. GPU performance was equally as impressive. Easily tackling Fallout 3, WoW, and Portal 2 at the native resolution and high quality settings. When connected to an external monitor though, it wasn't quite up to par with 1080P displays.

Heat was also elegantly taken care of, by exhausting out the back of the machine. With the added slice, the machine could easily take in fresh air on any surface as well.

The screen was mediocre, but the anti-glare display was welcome.

The trackpad tracked very nicely, and was wonderfully smooth.

Sound was nothing special, I have heard better from laptops, but I have also heard much worse.

The best part about this machine was the complete lack of junkware. The only software installed was Windows, drivers, a tool bar and necessary software for the dvd burner and webcam. Nothing more.

The bad part: That machine lasted about a month. Then the CPU fan died. Upon taking back in for service, they took a month "waiting on parts". In this case, they decided to replace the entire motherboard. Eventually, they opted to give me my money back rather than send a new machine. That was well over a month after sending it in for service.
 

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Now the second machine:
The Lenovo W520
Where: Direct from Lenovo
OS: Win 7 64bit Home Prem
CPU: i7 2620
GPU: Nvidia Quadro 1000m
Resolution: 1920x1080
RAM: 6GB (1x4GB, 1x2GB)
Usage: Gaming, internet, movies
Real World Battery Life (in your estimation): 4.5 hours internal
Your Rating (out of 10): 9

This was bought as a replacement to the above Sony. I couldn't find comparable, light performance machines.

The machine is solidly built, and carries an excellent feel to it. The keyboard is as expected from Lenovo, the best I have used on a laptop to date. The i7 2620 also performs as expected, easily making its way through any task I throw at it. Though the Turbo Boost does not seem to be as aggressive as I have seen elsewhere. The Quadro 1000m will overclock easily on this machine, though the only part that really needs it, is the vram. Bumped up about 75Mhz, the vram opens the card up nicely.

The display on this is amazing! Sitting next to my Samsung flat panel, and Acer panels, I can tell you up front, it is worth the extra money. The difference is astounding.

This machine can tackle most games at medium quality with no trouble, even at 1080P. I currently use it as my primary gaming machine for Skyrim, and for the most part it does extremely well. There are occasional hiccups that I cannot explain, but they appear to be related to the limited vram throughput. Overclocking the vram cleared this up significantly. Fallout 3 + NV run well under similar quality settings. Older games like half life 2 run well in high detail modes, at 1080P. No, it isn't setting performance records, but it won't do poorly either.

The touchpad tracks well enough, but has a slightly abrasive textured surface. Multi-touch gestures work well.

Movies look well on this machine, namely due to the impressive display, but sound is tiny. The little speakers just can't do the job.

The fan is a very nice, quality fan that makes little noise. Even at 4900RPM (using software to force it higher than rated), it stays manageable. Yes, you can hear it at 4900, no this isn't like the ThermalTake noisemakers of old. After replacing all the thermal paste with AS 5, the machine actually spends most of its time with the fan turned off completely, and sitting about 56C.

Overall, this is a great machine, I would recommend it to anyone. Buy direct though, and you can negotiate on the price a bit. Lenovo customer service has been terrific.
 

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-Brand: Medion
-Model: MD42100 (MIM2040)
-Released: 2005
-Bought From/Price: £429 new (Got mine as a hand-me-down)
-OS: Microsoft Windows XP
-CPU: 1.5GHz Intel Pentium M 1.5 "Banias" ("Upgraded" mine to a Pentium M 705 "Dothan")
-GPU: Intel Extreme Graphics 82852/82855 GM/GME
-Resolution: 1024x768
-RAM: 256mb (upgradeable to 2GB)
-Usage (Gaming, Internet, Office Apps, etc…): General browsing, programming
-Real World Battery Life (in your estimation): ~2-4
-Your Rating (out of 10): 9

When I was fist handed this laptop, I had no idea what it was. It wasn't a Dell or an HP laptop rather it was this odd brand known as "Medion". Now, when given an unknown brand for a laptop, I had no idea what to expect, the power management was fried, the hard drive crashed, the processor was so out of date that it came from an era where dual core was an idea on someone's page at Intel or AMD. However, this little laptop kept on surprising me, it's almost indestructibility and flexibility keep making me want to do anything but let it go.

First things first, this Laptop is German. Given the German's engineering expertise and history, I expected it to be overly complicated and frustrating to deal with. Lo' and behold, that wasn't the case at all. Access panels dot the other side of this laptop, easily identifying and marking exactly where everything is and providing exceptional experience with any sort of hardware tinkering. I have managed to replace almost every part of the laptop with minimal effort on my part. Even the mother board was changed in a matter of minutes with only two screws connecting the motherboard to the actual base of the laptop (The rest seal the motherboard to the palm rest. Believe me, I had to replace the motherboard for this thing after I realized the number my aunt did to the poor thing, well worth the $60 on eBay though.

The experience is typical Windows XP, nothing really new there except the Pentium M is a very powerful processor and deceptively so even for today. Good processor selection on their part, at the time and given it's price, 256MB of RAM was suitable for most users at the time. The laptop goes up to 2 GB which is absolutely perfect for what I do on it. The real downside to this laptop is the graphics. The Intel Integrated Graphics absolutely suck, bare bones 3D support and no chance of ever expanding that leaving it as a poor choice for those that game. Expected for an entry level laptop.

As shown in the photo, the experience working with the inputs is good but not memorable. It's good for what it does, and the European design gives it a fresh look. The keyboard is slightly off center than most laptops, leading me to type "S" when I meant "A" though a mild complaint. Fan noise is low and infrequent thanks to that Pentium M and the DVD drive is nice and zippy even if it does lack a DVD burner. The speakers are loud but cheesy, one of the few things I ding this for.

Given Medion's focus in the European market, support is lacking here in the 'States. The drivers are available online though for no cost, making a re-install a not so hellish process. In addition, a boot disk provided by Medion will re-install all of your drivers for you, a very nice innovative solution. Given this laptop's relative rarity, I was frustrated at the lacks of knowledge on the 'Net about it. This left me to blindly stumble around on support. Yet, it has proven itself to be a tough, reliable and flexible machine. You may want to put Medion on your list of computer companies to buy from, they build fantastic machines.
 

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I recently bought a new laptop. Here's the info:

Brand: Acer
Model: Aspire 5560-Sb401
Bought From: Tiger Direct
Price: $499CAD
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium x64
CPU: AMD A8-3500M
GPU: ATi Mobility Radeon HD 6620G
Resolution: 1366x768
RAM: 4GB DDR3-1333
Usage: Web browsing, Gaming, Music, Video (Movies)
Real World Battery Life: 4 hours
Rating: 10 out of 10
http://www.acer.ca/ac/en/CA/content/model/LX.RNW02.028
My first impression was how great the blue colour looked and I was just blown away by how fast this thing is and the fact that a $500 laptop can play Skyrim! This is the perfect all-around laptop and I couldn't be happier with it. It has more than enough CPU power so everything loads instantly. The Graphics on it are amazing (for a laptop) and I haven't discovered anything about it that I don't like. Battery life is great and it never gets hot! The display is phenomenal and the speakers are LOUD. For my purposes, it is more than perfect and far better than I expected or could have even hoped for for $500. :sol:

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-Brand: HP
-Model: dv6 6c35dx
-Bought From/Price: BestBuy $549.00
-OS: Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 8 Consumer Preview (Dual boot)
-CPU: AMD A8-3520m
-GPU: AMD Radeon 6620G
-Resolution: 1366x768
-RAM: 6gb DDR3 1333mhz
-Usage (Gaming, Internet, Office Apps, etc…): Mostly office work and some casual gaming
-Real World Battery Life (in your estimation): 4-5 hours web browsing, 2 hours watching or streaming video, less then a hour gaming.
-Your Rating (out of 10): 8/10 Rating

I initially purchased it for $579, but the weekend after their website had it listed for $549. BestBuy refunded me the $30 simply handing them the receipt. Hard drive is kind of slow and clunky at times, I intend to replace mine with one of them Seagate Hybrid drives some time in the next few weeks. Otherwise the laptop has treated me well, boot time is still pretty quick even with the weak hard disk installed. Wanted to adjust the amount of RAM dedicated to the 6620G, how ever it seems it automatically adapts as needed. I've seen it bump up to as much as 1.2gb playing Civilization V, not sure what the cap is though. I do find that in any video games I play the first thing I have to turn down is shadow effects. If you're considering an AMD APU for gaming, I suggest finding something with dual graphics and an mx APU. The four speaker Beats Audio isn't half bad, sounds a lot better on head phones. (Shocker there, right?) The second audio out was surprising to me, but does come in handy.
 

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-Brand:Asus
-Model:K55 VM
-Bought From/Price: Flipkart.com/RS 54k or about a 1000$
-OS:WINDOWS 7 64 BIT SP 1
-CPU: I 7 3610QM AT 2.3GHZ
-GPU:GT 630M 2GB VRAM DDR3
-Resolution: 1366*768
-RAM: Gb
-Usage (Gaming, Internet, Office Apps, etc…): GAMING AT MEDIUM SETTINGS,SURFING
-Real World Battery Life (in your estimation): NORMAL VIDEO PLAY AT MEDIUM BRIGHTNESS -4hrs
-Your Rating (out of 10): 7


I have a 5400rpm hard disk and it has a write capability of 100MB/s.That renders the USB 3 port mute because it can never ever achieve it's max transfer rate, that is rather stupid.Performs well on most games ,gpu and cpu temp go upto 90 degrees under 100% load.Vram is never fully utilized ,in bf3 it used 510Mb. I must same the computer is rather powerful and packs a punch in the cpu department


Here is a link to good video review
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ibYG3k4OmA
 

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-Brand: Sager/Clever
-Model: NP6110 (W110er)
-Size: 11.6"
-Bought From/Price: $999 flat
-OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
-CPU: Intel i7-3610QM (2.3 Ghz)
-GPU: nVidia GeForce GT 650M
-HDD: 500GB 7200 RPM
-Resolution: 1366 x 768 (720P)
-RAM: 8 GB DDR3 1600 (Can upgrade to 16 GB total)
-Usage (Gaming, Internet, Office Apps, etc…): Gaming, business use, internet
-Real World Battery Life (in your estimation): 1.5 to 2 hours gaming, 3 to 4 hours basic use
-Your Rating (out of 10): 9 out of 10

I've always been a huge fan of small laptops. Well, at least ever since I bought a massive 17" laptop back in 2004. Their portability was nice, but the winning factor was when people would see it and say to themselves "wow, that is a cool little laptop". One of the biggest problems with small laptops of the day, was cost and the lack of gaming power. Over the past several years, that has changed. Yet the real game changer, to me, is the introduction of the Sager NP6110 (AKA, the Clevo W110er).

At 11.6" and coming in at just under 4 pounds, this is THE little laptop that could. Powered by a quad-core monster and paired with a GeForce GT 650m, there isn't much this thing can't do. So begins the review.

Pros: Small and light, which is great for someone like me who likes to take a laptop on the go. Gaming is superb, as I can play Skyrim at Ultra resolution with the high-res texture pack with all options completely maxed out at smooth frames. For productivity, the laptop plows through all tasks I have thrown at it. The responsiveness of programs opening nearly twice as fast as my Intel E8400 @ 4 GHz all but wowed me. After all, I thought my desktop was more than fast enough at opening things. The ruberized texture on the lid and the mouse pad adds a nice look and a cool feel. The keyboard is comfortable to type on (I have small hands, so I'm a little biased there), as a chicklet keyboard. Each key as a nice tactile feel to it.

The screen, while small, is easy enough to look out without getting eye-strain. Speaking of the screen, its LED back lit, which is standard these days. But it is also very bright. At about 30% brightness, it beats my old laptop at 100% brightness. Needless to say, I keep it 40% brightness at most, and 25% for normal battery use. The laptop comes with two USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0, as well as a HDMI and VGA connectors and a all in one card reader. Laptop has limited upgradeability, but can take up to 16 GB of DDR3 RAM. The panel underneath the laptop can come off, giving 100% freedom to accessing all her internal organs. The sound comes across very nice (though I'm no audiophile) and clear.

Cons: This is a small, compact machine, and as such there is no optical drive. Not problem, as I bought a external one - but so far I have yet to of needed it. The laptop also gets very, very warm. It in no way comes close to being dangerously warm, but it is something that one should very seriously consider a cooling pad. The fan can get very loud when playing a game (like Skyrim) on max graphics. Eventually the fan bleeds over the sound of the game (though gaming with headphones helps). The screen has limited viewing angles, but they also seem to be a bit better than my old laptop. In a market when laptop battery life dominates at 6+ hours, this guy is a battery eater. In gaming, battery lasts little over 1.5 to 2 hours. In normal use, I get between 3 and 4 hours. Keep in mind the power of this thing. Its a Geometro with a Ferrari engine, so of course it's "gas life" is going to be paltry.

Nitpicks: The track-pad can get a little picky. If you hit it wrong, it will assume you are trying to scroll... even if you are toward the center of the pad. The standard Wi-Fi card seems to lose signal now and then, but I cannot confirm this as a fact as the router in the house I was in was downstairs in an office. The track-pad also has the rubberized coating on it. There is one very small area where the coating wasn't smoothed out like the rest, so it feels like my finger is running across a grain of sand. The webcam looks like it came out of a 2004 laptop, but it gets the job done well enough. The power brick is pretty large, but considering the hardware, it makes sense. No back-lit keyboard makes typing at night a bit more difficult, though luckily for me I can still type adequately in the dark. Finally, there is no cable management for the power unit after you pack it up. So the cord gets pretty messy quickly.

Conclusion: If you want a small and portable gaming laptop, the NP6110 is the one and only. Many times more powerful than the Alienware M11x (though not as cool looking I suppose), this little guy can power through any modern game at high to ultra settings. Battery life could have been better, but I'm not complaining, especially when I see how fast tasks are accomplished or how nice games look. This is the laptop I've been waiting for since 2004.

Edit: Double-Pro: There is not one piece of bloatware I could find on the laptop. At first I thought there were a few, but they all turned out to be part of the drivers for the sound and the webcam.

Edit 2: To the question about the battery, its pretty simple. Do not let your battery die all the way, charge it when it is half dead. Do not continue charging it after it is fully charged. This will extend the life of the battery. However, it is typical for batteries to die after a year or two, so its still nothing to worry about.
 

Lme

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I bough it for $500
Used windows XP SP2
CPU was 1.6
HDD was 40 gig
RAM was 250
Usage - i used it for my projects most of the time

It couldnt browse internet because it was too slow but i loved that laptop to death,until it got stolen.
 

magnus71

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-Brand: ASUS
-Model: K55VM-SX086D
-Bought From/Price: Local vendor, 54000 INR
-OS: came with FreeDOS, now has windows 7 ultimate and ubuntu 12
-CPU: 3rd gen core i7 3610qm
-GPU: nvidia 630m
-Resolution: 1366*768
-RAM: 8 GB @1600 Mhz
-Usage (Gaming, Internet, Office Apps, etc…): Everything!!
-Real World Battery Life (in your estimation): 5 hrs under battery saving and light-weight usage (reading a pdf for example)
-Your Rating (out of 10): 9
 

chad2625

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-Brand: HP
-Model: G7Z-2100 CTO
-Bought From/Price: HP.com $678
-OS: Windows 7 Home Premium
-CPU: A10-4600M
-GPU: ATI 7660G + 7670M
-Resolution: 1600 by 900
-RAM: 4GB as purchased 8GB upgraded
-Usage: General usage Mild Gaming
-Real World Battery Life (in your estimation):With Extended battery 3 to 4 Hours general usage 1 to 2 gaming.
-Your Rating (out of 10): 8.5


The HP G series Laptops are HP’s budget laptops, compared to the DV series they are lacking in the extras the DV’s have. The DVs generally have brushed aluminum finishes, Fingerprint readers, and beats audio. If these things are important to you then move on, if you're looking for computer, and don't care about these things, then the G7z is probably something worth looking at.

The looks:
It’s a pretty snazzy looking finish with the HP logo bottom right hand corner. It will shows the fingerprints, pretty easily. The inside of the computer is pretty nice, also it has a speaker bar, above the keyboard which I think makes a better listening experience. It has a full size keyboard with a number pad.

The HP experience:
Right off the bat, you notice the Bloatware. Just after you get the windows 7 configuration done, HP’s logo.exe program runs, while The HP setup Program loads (and it took a while). I have been working with computer for a long time, Yes I know I did not set up Norton Antivirus, I know my computer could get a virus. For the average user, or the computer clueless this process might be good.

The laptop comes with Dolby advanced sound, which is integrated audio with an decent set of audio drivers, and audio Control panel. The audio is made by IDT, the software control panel is nice. What makes it for me is built in equalizer, and it displays each channel's level when sound is being played. It also has, noise canceling, using the built in microphone for a better listening experience, something that Beatz Audio brags about.

Performance:

The AMD A10-4600M is the the Top end AMD mobile processor. It is equipped with, a 7660G, video card. Like all AMD processors there are more powerful Intel processors, but the A10 can hold its own, especially when you factor in the 7660G. When Gaming you want to balance the processor with graphics, with graphics being more important. The A10 Just does something Intel can’t, and that is Crossfire with the ATI 7670M. I think in this price point you probably won’t find a notebook that performs like this one. It won’t Perform like a top of the line Gaming notebook, but it will get the job done. Benchmarks below, overall for a Sub $700 notebook it plays games pretty well. You should Expect to play games and Medium-High settings. Batman Arkham City played would play well on Medium quality with 2X AA, where Just cause 2 in benchmarks got Playable FPS at High textures and 2X AA with Medium Shadow Detail. Whereas Dexues EX Human Revolution got on default settings got an average FPS 36.56 with a min of 25 and a max of 61, at full settings it got 18.37 average, and a max of 32, Fraps posted a minimum of 0 which I think was an error.

Bottom line:
Great performance for class, Good Audio and software to go with it.

Cons:
Laptop can run hot, the video 7670M runs about 80C while under load.

Other Thoughts:
Lacks some of the extras higher end models have. Performance in games is acceptable maybe even good, but not great. If you're not on a budget and want to game, pass this laptop up for one that has more muscle.


3dmark Vantage results:
Total: P5322
Graphics: 5936
CPU: 4061
http://3dmark.com/3dmv/4223979

3dMark 11 Results:
Total: P2011
Graphics: 2085
Physics: 2070
Combined: 1480
http://3dmark.com/3dm11/4044891

Game Bench Marks

Batman Arkham City
Full Supported settings
Maxium: 28
Average: 15
Very High Texture, High Tessellation, FXAA Medium, No motion blur, No ambient Occlusion
Maxium: 28
Minium: 16
Very High Texture, Normal Tessellation, FXAA Medium, No motion blur, No ambient Occlusion
Maxium: 32
Minium: 17
High Texture, Normal Tessellation, FXAA Low, No motion blur, No ambient Occlusion
Maxium: 32
Minium: 18


Just Cause 2
Texture High, Shadows High, AA 4X, Anisotropic Filtering 16 , Water Detail Very High, Object Detail Very High.
Average FPS: 19.57
Texture High, Shadows Medium, AA 2X, Anisotropic Filtering 8 , Water Detail Very High, Object Detail Very High.
Average FPS 24.25



Review Disclaimer This is a CTO laptop so this review is based off of the following configuration.


• sparkling black
• Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
• AMD Quad-Core A10-4600M Accelerated Processor (3.2GHz/2.3GHz, 4MB L2 Cache)
• 1GB AMD Radeon(TM) HD 7670M Discrete-Class Graphics
• FREE Upgrade to 4GB DDR3 System Memory (1Dimm)
• FREE Upgrade to 500GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
• Microsoft(R) Office Starter: reduced-functionality Word/Excel(R) only, No PowerPoint(R)/Outlook(R)
• No additional security software
• 17.3-inch diagonal HD BrightView LED-backlit Display (1600 x 900)
• SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support
• HP Webcam with Integrated Digital Microphone




















 

ProdigyForce

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-Brand: HP
-Model: Pavillion DV6
-Bought From/Price:PC-World / £549
-OS: Windows 7 Home Premium
-CPU: Intel Core i3-2350m
-GPU: Nvidia Geforce GT630m
-Resolution: 1366 x 768 LED
-RAM: 4GB
-Usage (Gaming, Internet, Office Apps, etc…): Internet, Music. Will do gaming, just need games.
-Real World Battery Life (in your estimation): 7 hours? I don't know but it sure is hell long
-Your Rating (out of 10): 9


This is an amazing laptop. I would recommend it to anyone who cannot afford a high end laptop.

The Screen is amazing, bright and colors

The Speed is great. I haven't had much time but its bonded.

The webcam can do nice pics and videos.

I like:
The nice keyboard.
The LED screen
The webcam and the software with it.
SimplePass
Setup was so easy

I dislike:
Sometimes the internets slightly slow


Overall, this was the perfect laptop for me, as its not expensive yet has lots of power and is awesome!
 

sugandha

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-Brand: - Apple
-Model: -Apple MacBook Air MD224HN/A
-Bought From/Price: - shopbychoice.com / Rs. 72,900/- (after 2% off)
-OS: - Mac OS
-GPU:- Intel HD Graphics 4000
-Resolution: - 1366 x 768 Pixel
-RAM:- 4GB RAM
-Usage (Gaming, Internet, Office Apps, etc…):- MagSafe 2 power port, SDXC card slot etc
-Real World Battery Life (in your estimation): - 5.0 Hours battery backup
-Your Rating (out of 10):- 8
 

overclockingrocks

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-Brand: Alienware
-Model: M14x
-Bought From/Price: used $900
-OS: Win 7 HP
-CPU: i7 2670qm
-GPU: Nvidia 555m
-Resolution: 1600x900
-RAM: 6GB
-Usage (Gaming, Internet, Office Apps, etc…): gaming,internet,music,photo and video editing and storage
-Real World Battery Life (in your estimation): 4-5 hours with power options turned off and optimus enabled
-Your Rating (out of 10): 9


Bought this laptop used locally still had warranty on it until January and I got the original invoice with it as well showing the original purchase price of $1699 CDN. I paid the guy $900 and walked away happy. Snappy fast responsive system that's absolutely great for gaming and most other uses. Only real gripes are the weight seems high for a 14 incher and the trackpad scroll even with the zone setting being huge is hit or miss. With that in mind with the weight being high it's obvious this is meant to be a replacement for a desktop machine which is what it is for me. I upgraded from a Dell E6510 with a first gen i7 and 8GB of ram and an SSD to this machine. I did give up some things like the SSD and the ram is slightly lower, however with that said the 2nd gen chip and 1.5GB dedicated graphics more than make up for the slower boot times and slightly lower ram.

Getting more into the meat of the review first I'll talk about the screen it's a 1600x900 14.1 inch that seems very similar to a MBP display in taht it obviously has a piece of glass in front of the actual LCD itself which makes for a very nice crisp display without the annoying bezel. I really like this. Colours are wonderfully represented and all my photos and video look amazing not to mention games run beautifully with no ghosting or other effects so the response time is definitely there.

Next of course I'll talk about the keyboard which is one of the hallmarks of Alienware with the AlienFX backlighting. The backlighting is like a carnival ride on steroids very eye catching and it makes typing in not so well lit places an easy task. Backlighting of course also extends to the power button, Alienware logo on the bottom of the screen glass and around the trackpad as well as the front lights. It screams I'm expensive look at me and what I can do.

Now moving away from form and getting into function this thing has function in spades with almost every type of connector I can think of firewire, USB 3.0, BT ,HDMI and VGA, 10/100/1000 NIC it's just features as far as the eye can see on this little wonder.

Gaming performance of course what everyone is wondering is absolutely wonderful. Every game I have thrown at it including Crysis has run at the highest settings with complete fluidity. I couldn't be more pleased with it's performance in this regard. This is also my first experience with what most of you would consider a high end laptop.

To sum it all up for $900 with the warranty still in tact and having looked on ebay I think I scored a pretty good deal and I think this machine will serve me will for at least 2-3 years
 

Yuka

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-Brand: Sager
-Model: NP9150T (15.4")
-Bought From/Price: www.sagernotebook.com / USD$1437 + tax
-OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
-CPU: Intel Core i7 3630QM
-GPU: Nvidia Geforce GT675M
-Resolution: 1920x1080 LED
-RAM: 2x4GB DDR3 1600
-Usage : PC like tasks: gaming, programming and whatever I need to do.
-Real World Battery Life (in your estimation): Not fully tested, but I'd say like 3 to 4 hours.
-Your Rating (out of 10): 9.5

I'd give it a perfect 10 if it not were for the glossy screen as default and tougher panels for the LED screen. They should use the mate one as default.

I ordered this notebook with an HDD bay instead of the ODD (BD ROM by default, I think) plus a second 500GB 7200 RPM slim HDD in it (main unit is the same, you can put an SSD and other cool stuff for the Intel storage thingy). It also came with a LED keyboard (numpad included) as default and with Onkyo speakers (integrated) that sound quite nice. Finger print reader, integrated web cam and regular multi touch mouse pad, plus stickers.

The body work of the notebook is quite nice as well. It's a matte finish across the whole body and doesn't weight a ton, but the power brick is quite big, it-s like 1/3 of the notebooks weight, haha.

The best of the notebook, by far, is that Sager is quite un-beatable in the price / perf ratio.

These are some pictures of it:





EDIT: Some Windows scores



EDIT2: New Windows score after the SSD upgrade:



Cheers!
 

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