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    (Original post by BSc.Pro.Logic)
    Well I was thinking of getting the laptop mid June to late July. I doubt the laptops will vanish off the face of the earth by August so I might indeed wait until that time since I'll be needing it for Uni and not right now. I'm guessing the laptop prices won't change dramatically? So I'll probably be comparing the Ivybridges to this Lenovo and Custom Vaio come August.

    Yeah that's what I was thinking...I have no idea how well the card performs. So I will probably follow Jam12's advice and try test it in-store (hopefully they have some decent games to test it with LOL).
    I doubt they have games running in-store - well at least they don't have at my local Sony Centre . I suggested having a look so you'd get a feel of the durability, keyboard and screen quality.

    A lot more Ivy Bridge laptops will be released in June and it's expected that Sandy Bridge will drop a lot in price. By August, most laptops should house the newer CPUs. Worth noting that Ivy Bridge is by no means a real step up in performance from Sandy Bridge. The considerable improvements are in battery life and better integrated graphics.


    (Original post by Holyfrell)
    Try http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/ you can build laptops and pc towers to your own specs and they aren't super expensive. (You can get a really decent one for around £680).

    Reliable site and the laptops they build are great! My younger brother bought one from them tailored to his specs and I'm currently saving up to get one from them for my Media course :P
    PCSpecialist is a UK reseller of Clevo laptops (LINKY). Clevo are known to manufacture hardcore gaming laptops in the US.
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    (Original post by Iqbal007)
    As your not starting uni yet, definitely hold out because you might as well get a better spec laptop with the latest tech and the price would depend on where you get it from. And also the arrival of the 6xx gtx series for laptop will also see some improvement for your gaming.

    The 555 performs very well even on high settings and you can also check out some youtube videos of the performance of the graphics card just by typing it in.
    Solid advice. Will definitely wait till at least mid August then before I pick one up.

    (Original post by audi_turbo)
    I've got a Lenovo Z570 (not the same one you'd get, but a different variant) and I can tell you that it works very well.
    Good to hear!
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    I bought my laptop a year ago and it has the Geforce GT 540M.

    You can't even play Diablo 3 on lowest setting without fps lag.
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    (Original post by jam12)
    I doubt they have games running in-store - well at least they don't have at my local Sony Centre . I suggested having a look so you'd get a feel of the durability, keyboard and screen quality.

    A lot more Ivy Bridge laptops will be released in June and it's expected that Sandy Bridge will drop a lot in price. By August, most laptops should house the newer CPUs. Worth noting that Ivy Bridge is by no means a real step up in performance from Sandy Bridge. The considerable improvements are in battery life and better integrated graphics.

    That's a shame Although you think they would have, since non-integrated mobile graphics normally relates to gaming...

    Anyways, battery life isn't too big an issue for me, neither is integrated graphics as I won't be using that. So hopefully I'll be able to take advantage of the price drop of the Sandy Bridges, unless of course I see a good deal with an Ivy.


    (Original post by danny111)
    I bought my laptop a year ago and it has the Geforce GT 540M.

    You can't even play Diablo 3 on lowest setting without fps lag.
    :confused: you sure it's not something to do your with processor? Or some other limitation/fault? Most videos show that the 540M is a capable graphics processor.
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    (Original post by BSc.Pro.Logic)
    Solid advice. Will definitely wait till at least mid August then before I pick one up.



    Good to hear!
    The new Ivybridges are slowly coming out and should filter through, just back on tsr again when the time comes
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    (Original post by BSc.Pro.Logic)



    :confused: you sure it's not something to do your with processor? Or some other limitation/fault? Most videos show that the 540M is a capable graphics processor.
    I don't know. I have a i-5 2.410M and 4gb ram.
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    (Original post by danny111)
    I don't know. I have a i-5 2.410M and 4gb ram.


    Somethings wrong with your laptop......update your drivers
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    (Original post by Iqbal007)


    Somethings wrong with your laptop......update your drivers
    Good idea.
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    It looks good, but I wouldn't touch 15.6" 1366x768 displays with a barge pole.

    How have we still not moved on from that size and res?
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    (Original post by BSc.Pro.Logic)
    http://www.ebuyer.com/290627-lenovo-...laptop-m556cuk

    That's the Laptop I'm thinking of getting for Uni. I plan on doing a Computer Science course and it looks like it'll last for my course duration (4 years) minimum, since I hear Lenovo has very good build quality/reliability. Also I'm a gamer and I don't want to take my PC with me, so the mobile GPU in this one seems good (can run BF3 at 30+ fps on Medium ).

    If someone could find something better for the same (720) or slightly higher (800 max) that would be great! Also any comments on the laptop itself are appreciated.

    Also is this better? http://www.ebuyer.com/291789-acer-as...p-lx-rv402-018 I think the Lenovo is slightly better... not sure if the improvements are worth the £120 increase in price though, but right now I'm swaying towards the Lenovo because of the Blu-Ray, Extra 2GB ram and HDD space. Oh and it has bluetooth as well..
    Go here:

    http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/c...9D&action=init

    Pick the left option, upgrade to 630m, 750GB HDD and upgrade the battery and wireless card (to Intel Centrino) - you can get the fingerprint scanner if you'd like extra security too (only like £3 extra).

    Comes to £610 after the EDGE50OFF discount code. It has less RAM than the Ideapad in your OP but you can buy a stick for like £20 here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CMSX.../dp/B006EWUP4Y - Lenovo are charging a pretty extortionate amount for an extra 4GB stick on their website (probably how they get away with selling top quality laptops so cheap because some idiots will pay £120 for 4GB more RAM).


    You can buy the 1600*900 version for £780 but that's a fair bit more than you're paying.
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    (Original post by Nick Longjohnson)
    It looks good, but I wouldn't touch 15.6" 1366x768 displays with a barge pole.

    How have we still not moved on from that size and res?
    What's wrong with it? It's about 100DPI. Almost EXACTLY the same as my 1080p 22" monitor (and most people I know with a 1080p monitor have 24 inch) and my monitor seems extremely clear and detailed. Okay so you'll be missing some detail if photo editing or gaming but other than that there's little difference quality-wise.

    If however you're just talking about how much easier it is to use a PC with a larger resolution then I'd agree - one of the reasons I prefer desktops.
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    (Original post by hassi94)
    What's wrong with it? It's about 100DPI. Almost EXACTLY the same as my 1080p 22" monitor (and most people I know with a 1080p monitor have 24 inch) and my monitor seems extremely clear and detailed. Okay so you'll be missing some detail if photo editing or gaming but other than that there's little difference quality-wise.

    If however you're just talking about how much easier it is to use a PC with a larger resolution then I'd agree - one of the reasons I prefer desktops.
    You sit closer to a laptop than you do at a desktop.

    And I just find it unacceptable to have the same TN panel today that my mid range consumer grade laptop has when I bought it 3-4 years ago.
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    (Original post by Nick Longjohnson)
    You sit closer to a laptop than you do at a desktop.

    And I just find it unacceptable to have the same TN panel today that my mid range consumer grade laptop has when I bought it 3-4 years ago.
    Yeah you do but not that much further. Fair enough I guess, but resolution is something that will just take a while to gain speed. 1440p and 1600p monitors are still very expensive on the whole and not being adopted yet by many.
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    If the OP wants a Blu-ray drive then I see it pointless getting anything other than a 1080p display.

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