laptop with good battery life and dedicated card


Aug 2, 2013
1. What is your budget?
1000 and under, would prefer to spend less, i am not looking for a gaming machine
2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
14" and smaller, must be portable for school, thickness doesn't matter however
3. What screen resolution do you want?
doesn't matter
4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
5. How much battery life do you need?
5 hours or more, the more the better (hours based on web browsing)
6. Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)? few games, nothing heavy

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.)
photo editing and word processing
8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?
128GB or more, ssd or hdd doesn't matter
9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.
doesn't matter
10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?
3 years, doesn't have to keep up to date for technology for 3 years, but i want to use it for school for at least 3 years
11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
doesn't matter
12. Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons.
Asus, Lenovo, Dell, no real preference, not acer though
13. What country do you live in?
United States
14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.

I am willing to buy used/refurbished older technology, also laptop must be able to upgrade/replace ram/hdd and replace battery, nothing glued or soldered

also i am eligible for student discounts


Oct 18, 2009
check out lenovos business line of laptops. The t430 and the t430s(slim) are really powerful and rugged laptops. You can get ~15hours battery life with a 9cell battery and you can even add a slice battery to get a total of 30hours. I believe the standard battery gives about 7 hrs. This is impressive considering they are not weak ultra books and feature i5/i7 cpus