Edited by Sierraguy - 8/21/11 at 3:39am
Decent futureproof cpu with horsepower to spare with decent GPU that will handle an occasional DVD or HD quality video or mabe run at Adobe Premiere essentials.... Without overburdening the battery.
An i5 with the NVidia GT 525M 1G... The NVidia wouldn't tax the battery more than the integrated HD 3000 graphics? I mean the CPUs shouldn't differ much in power draw (10w diff)...
I'm concerned about the GPU sucking battery. I would love to go with an OPtimus chip but can't spend $1000.
I'm asking because my desktop replacement has an i7-820qm with a 1gb NVidia and battery life sucks, down to 2+ hours...
The i5 setup should be the more efficient setup even with the dedicated GPU?
If you had to buy one of the above looking for 4+ hour battery life, you go with the i5 setup?
The ratings show the i% with integrated HD 3000 graphics will go 4+ hours.... But I'm not shopping at bestbuy.
I bought the Asus U46E and couldn't be happier. The configuration is awesome for the price. Fast, light (by my measures), LONG battery life (I've gotten 8 hours), and the GPU is more than enough for the "advanced-average" user. I got the 8gb model so I have memory to spare for the integrated HD 3000 graphics. I believe it's set to run up to 1.7gb so with 8gb it doesn't begin to tap into RAM allocated for general processing.
I would recommend this machine to ANYONE. Well, except the serious gamer.
HOWEVER, note that in comparison to Dell, Toshiba and Samsung, the ASUS support SUCKS. I wouldn't suggest anyone without above average technical skills buy anything ASUS. And I did say Dell as my other laptop is an XPS 16 and I've had nothing but superior support. Granted I purchased the 3 year accidental coverage and with that, Dell jumps through for XPS owners. Needed a replacement Windows 7 disk (that doesn't normally come with the machine) and Dell had it to me in 2 days. ASUS told me to suck eggs.