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Killiana1a said:

I was seriously considering an Alienware, but settled with a gaming laptop from Gateway. I did my homework beforehand.

Source: http://www.gateway.com/gaming/pseries.php

Gateway laptops are some of the most reliable out there. Toshiba laptops are highly desired, but run hot and break down fairly quickly as noted in the customer reviews at BestBuy.com. Alienware...You are buying the brand name, which has been tarnished ever since they sold out to Dell. As for HP, I could not tell you but they are getting mighty trendy. Sony is nice, but too generic.

Core 2 Duo? Really? There's been three generations of Intel CPUs since then.



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Soleron said:

You should probably wait for Sandy Bridge-based laptops to appear sometime this quarter.

Don't go for a current quad-core i7 because the battery life will be abysmal.

For gaming you need a discrete graphics card, preferably a Mobility 5650 (AMD) or GT 335M (Nvidia) or above, but not too good or battery life will again suffer. Fine balance there.

Now that's just being nice.

As a brand, I can recommend Acer. I have an Acer i7 laptop for almost 4 months now, and it has been very short of perfect (battery life sucks, he's not kidding). 



PullusPardus said:

Whatever you do, avoid Toshiba and MSI laptops.


Dont even get me started on their laptops >_> But there customer service in the UK is alooot better than Dell's (though dell's customer service IS the devil so thats not hard...)



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See this graph on the reliability of laptops per manufacturer: http://lifehacker.com/5524704/laptop reliability-study-highlights-the-most-sturdy-laptop-makers

I am particular to Sony VAIOs, but Toshiba has always been a close contender.

If I were to buy a new laptop right now for general use, I would seriously consider a Sony S series which starts at $874. It is 13.1 inches and weighs 4.4 lbs.



The Lenovo for me has legendary build quality. You can purchase the T510 with Automatic discrete graphics switching with an i5 for about $1000 so should tick all your boxes. Most of the crud they install is actually useful too.



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Killiana1a said:

I was seriously considering an Alienware, but settled with a gaming laptop from Gateway. I did my homework beforehand.

Source: http://www.gateway.com/gaming/pseries.php

Gateway laptops are some of the most reliable out there. Toshiba laptops are highly desired, but run hot and break down fairly quickly as noted in the customer reviews at BestBuy.com. Alienware...You are buying the brand name, which has been tarnished ever since they sold out to Dell. As for HP, I could not tell you but they are getting mighty trendy. Sony is nice, but too generic.

Yea, I'm going to repost this article:

http://blog.squaretrade.com/2009/11/study-finds-one-in-three-laptops-fail-within-three-years.html

It pretty much disproves exactly what you just said about Gateway and Toshiba.  Gateway is behind only HP for highest fail ratio in 3 years for major laptop brands.  Toshiba, on the other hand is in a sweet #2 spot only behind Asus, and is 8% lower than Gateway.

You shouldn't just look at Best Buy comments about laptops.

Also, I surely hope the link you posted isn't still a valid computer...it has Windows Vista.



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butcherknife said:

See this graph on the reliability of laptops per manufacturer: http://lifehacker.com/5524704/laptop reliability-study-highlights-the-most-sturdy-laptop-makers

I am particular to Sony VAIOs, but Toshiba has always been a close contender.

If I were to buy a new laptop right now for general use, I would seriously consider a Sony S series which starts at $874. It is 13.1 inches and weighs 4.4 lbs.

Yea, I actually posted the same thing from a different site a while back, and reposted it for a certain comment, but just because certain people post that a laptop failed on them, people seem to think that means the whole brand sucks, which isn't true at all.

Even though its horridly slow now, my dad's Sony Vaio with a Intel Centrino Duo, Windows XP, and an integrated graphics card is still putting out for us, and works perfect for internet browsing.



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