Help deciding what laptop to buy!


Feb 10, 2011
Hi Guys,

Looking for some advice for a new Multimedia laptop.

Open to other options, but looking to purchase soon within the next 2 weeks. Never owed anything but a Asus, Dell, and Lenveno (work).

  • Budget range: $800-$1000 CDN after taxes (can go a little higher, but would like not to)

    Purpose (netbook, ultraportable, mainstream, gaming, desktop replacement, etc.): Multimedia

    Screen size preference: 15-17'', open to smaller size

    OS preference (Windows/Mac/Linux): Windows

    Gaming requirements (list example games and desired fps/settings): Very light

    Other performance requirements (video editing, CAD, etc.): Photoshop, music production

    Portability requirements (constantly carried, frequently moved, mostly stationary, etc.): None

    Brand preferences and reasons (already owned accessories, familiarity, business compatibility): None

    Long battery life -vs- Low weight -vs- High performance: High performance

    Build quality is a top priority, something that can physically last for the next 5+ years.

    My current laptop is a ASUS N53SV, I like almost everything about it, though battery life was not the greatest. AC jack has broken 3x now most recently 2 weeks ago. Now using tablet to get by.

    Looking for a easy SDD swamp, extra hard-drive would be a absolute plus for more storage 750GB +.
    Full numerical back-lit keyboard a must
    Build quality is a very big factor, ideally would like to purchase something that would physically hold up and easily upgrade-able components in the near future.
    Able to handle heavy multiple applications at once (Photoshop, 20-30 browsing tabs, 3-4 1080p sports streams; yes I will look into a 2nd monitor in the near future.
    Good speakers
    Dedicated graphics

Two that I am currently looking at are below; but willing to consider anything



What would you guys suggest?