I've been searching for a laptop for a while, but I've had a hard time finding the right one.
-I'd prefer a light ultrabook, for I'm going to college in a couple of years.
-prefer at least an nvidia 650m
-ivy bridge i7 greater than 2 GHz.
-preferably hybrid storage, HDD-SSD. (not a huge deal though)
-Windows 7 or 8.
- around $1,000 if possible.
- 14 - 15.6 inch screen
- Looking to do casual gaming, programming, use unity 3D smoothly, have a quick laptop, and have it be portable for college.
Alright, yeah I was looking into those custom sites as well as the y500. The thing is, a lot of the custom laptop sites make pretty hefty laptops which I wasn't sure would be the best option for college. But on the other hand it's difficult finding a laptop with good specs that's truly considered portable for a cheap price. I'd say the y500 may be what I'm leaning towards at this point.
The RazerBlade is under an inch thick, less than 7 pounds and exceeds your specs. Except for... price(it's $2500). You can get a nice laptop for $1000, but ya... they have some weight. Although they aren't too bad really.
But you may just want to consider a 4th generation mobile i7 and integrated graphics. You'll be able to play older games well and new ones if you lower the settings, provided the title(eg. Crysis 3) isn't too demanding.
Just about every laptop you have same with some company's name on it was in fact not made by the company on the label. The vast majority of laptops on the market (94% in 2011) are manufactured by a small handful of Taiwan-based Original Design Manufacturers (ODM), although their production bases are located mostly in mainland China.
Major relationships include:
Quanta sells to (among others) HP, Lenovo, Apple, Acer, Toshiba, Dell, Sony, Fujitsu and NEC
Compal sells to (among others) Acer, Dell, Toshiba, Lenovo and HP/Compaq
Wistron (former manufacturing & design division of Acer) sells to Dell, Acer, Lenovo and HP
Inventec sells to Toshiba, HP and Lenovo
Pegatron sells to Asus, Toshiba, Apple, Dell and Acer
Foxconn sells to Asus, Dell, HP and Apple
Flextronics (former Arima Computer Corporation notebook division) sells to HP
The "boutique" laptop phenomenon began with Alienware and those were made by Clevo (until Dell bought Alienware) and Clevo still provides the chassis and parts for FalconNorthwestVoodooPC, WindowPC, Sager and many other brands you might recognize.