■ Budget: less than $1000
■ Size: 15.6"
■ Resolution: 1080p (1920x1080). Touch screen optional - I don't prefer them but I wouldn't mind it.
■ Portable. Less than 6lbs.
■ Battery: Five hours battery life would be nice
■ Games: Sure. I don't have any specifically in mind, but the option would be great. Medium setting would be fine.
■ Tasks: Everything. Photo editing. MS Office. Basic computing stuff.
■ Storage: At least 750 GB. 7200 RPM would be nice. I'd settle for 5400 rpm with a 1TB drive.
■ Specifics: Considering this bad boy here - http/www.amazon.com/dp/B009M2X8OW/
However I would actually like others in the N56 series, but I can't really find them anymore. I would like prefer Windows 7 to Win 8, but I'll take Win 8 Pro.
■ Longevity: I've had my current laptop 6+ years, so... Put it this way - until the hinge breaks on the monitor.
■ Optical drive: BluRay player would be nice, but not a deal-breaker
■ Brands: I like Asus because the build quality seems great. Lenovo is nice too but I prefer an aluminum case. Not a big fan of HP but no real reason why, never used them to be honest.
■ Country: USA
■ Additional info: Number keys! Because why not?
3rd Gen Intel Core i5 or i7; 6-8GB RAM; >/= 750GB HDD; 15.6 1920x1080; Win7; dedicated GPU; aluminum chassis; +/-BluRay; Bluetooth; WiFi; HDMI; WiDi would be cool.
I'd consider an AMD processor if someone convinced me it were comparable.
seriousgamer: Thanks for the rec. That's a beast of a laptop. Definitely has everything specs-wise I mentioned. However at 6.4lbs, I'm looking for something a little slimmer, more on the ultrabook-side.