So my short list has been narrowed down to the
Asus U46E-BAL5 (not sure that the RAL5 model is)
Toshiba P745 - 54217
I dropped the Lenovo V570 - I needed more compact unit and the 10 key was a waste! Only bummer is I can buy Lenovo direct with good pricing on what seems to be good
Any input? Own one of these? Experience with one of these? Servicing them? Support by mfgr? I'm buying before the weekend is over. Hopefully I can find elsewhere other than BBuy.
Extended warranty recommendations? ASUS has their own that they offer but no pricing online. Its for grad school so an extended warranty is needed...
Generic Specs: i5-2410M
640-750gb IDE HDD (5400 rpm) --> not happy about slow drive speed
USB 2.0 and 3.0
Specs are very similar except
running an extra 2gb RAM (8gb)
But runs Intel HD 3000 graphics
8 cell L-Ion battery - rated at 6+ hours
Samsung - $749
has the NVidia N12p-GV (GeForce GTG 520M?) at 512mb (Optimus based at Bestbuy)
AND Intel 3000 graphics
But only 6gb
Lithium-polymer battery -
not removable without opening case.
Makes me weary of battery life.
Rated 8+ hours
Funky touch pad w/o buttons. Can right click anywhere to right of pad... Takes getting used to and only thing really rated as a Con on most reviews.
Toshiba - $699
6gb and Intel HD 3000 graphics
only 6 cell L-ion battery rated 5+ hours, my experience with 6 cell is 3-4 hours max.
BluRay drive which I will never use
All are at Bestbuy which I'd rather not shop at but you have to go where the product is.
Any feedback would be appreciated.