Need help on selecting laptop


Jan 3, 2012
Hey I posted a day ago and got no answers.. Maybe It was too much to read? I'm looking for a laptop with good build quality and long battery life. 5 hours +

1) Budget? 500- 800$

2) Screen size? 13 - 15

3) Where? Canada

4) Brand preferences? Nothing really

5) Refurbished/redistributed? No

6) Primary tasks? School, taking notes, surfing the net and watch HD movies

7) Home or on the road? Home and school

8) Gaming? If so, please state which games or types of games? Light gaming

9) Battery life? 5hours+ surfing the net

10) Would you prefer to see the notebooks you're considering before purchasing it or buying a notebook on-line without seeing it is OK? Online and good, I'd like to see it first

11) OS preference? Windows (XP or Vista or Windows 7), Windows

Screen Specifics

12) Screen resolution? Med-High resolution, 1300 x 700? Can't remember exact specs

13) Glossy/reflective or Matte/non-glossy screen? No preference

Build Quality and Design

14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you? Yep

15) Backlit Keyboard? It would be freaking awesome to have one.

16) When are you buying this laptop? Within the next 5 months

17) How long do you want this laptop to last? It's gotta last for at least 2 years.


ASUS A53 Series A53TA-XN1 Notebook AMD A-Series A4-3300M(1.9GHz) 15.6" 4GB Memory DDR3 1333 500GB HDD 7200rpm DVD Super Multi AMD Radeon HD 6650M

DELL Studio 15-1588 Refurbished Notebook Intel Core i7 1.60GHz 15.6" 6GB Memory 500GB HDD ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470

HP Pavilion DV6-6155CA Notebook Intel Core i5 2410M(2.30GHz) 15.6" 6GB Memory 640GB HDD DVD±R/RW AMD Radeon HD 6490M

Here are a few to look at and all three have dedicated graphics cards so if you were to do some gaming you will be able to play decent games. I believe that with most laptops you have the option of getting a 9 cell battery which will increase the time you can use it. The cost is near the high side of your budget but you have to go up there to get the dedicated card all the less expensie ones use onboard graphics chips. You can look fyrther on Newegg Canada for others if you want.

ASUS A53SV-EH71 Notebook Intel Core i7 2670QM(2.20GHz) 15.6" 6GB Memory DDR3 640GB HDD 5400rpm DL DVD±RW/CD-RW NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M

TOSHIBA Satellite L770-04M Notebook Intel Core i5 2430M(2.40GHz) 17.3" 4GB Memory DDR3 1333 750GB HDD 5400rpm DVD Super Multi NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M

MSI FX420-001US Notebook Intel Core i5 2410M(2.30GHz) 14" 6GB Memory 500GB HDD DVD Super Multi AMD Radeon HD 6470M

These are higher still.


Jan 3, 2012
Hey thanks for the links and laptops, I'm not looking for any refurbished laptops though and the battery life on those aren't that great.
I didn't know about before though and that site opened a lot of door for my selection lol. I would really like a Asus U56 BBL5 but it's refurbished =(

Any more suggestions are welcomed!


I'm not sure about the fact that your being in Canada will make a difference but Dell has a really good outlet store where you can get some really good deals. They have refurbished and scratch and dent and unopened returns. I bought a scratch and dent 17" laptop a few years ago and when I got it I went over it with a magnifying glass to see where the scratch or dent was and couldn't find one so to me it looked brand new and worked flawlessly.
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