After Looking over a number of great recommendations (thanks Al), I finally pulled the trigger on a Dell XPS 15 laptop. The main reason for this is price. When I got home from my last trip, there was a Dell catalog sitting on my door step with a 1 week %25 discount code on XPS 15. After looking through their site, I stumbled across a Core i7-2720QM with 8GB of ram, a NVIDIA GeForce GT540M 2GB graphics card, 640GB 7200rpm hard drive, and a 1080p High res screen. All of this in a 15 inch laptop with a 92 WHr 9-cell Battery. Before the discount code $1599 (with shipping and tax), after the discount code $1200. So my new laptop should be here by the end of the month.

There where a number of great laptops recommended, including the MSI Gaming GX660R gaming laptop, the Lenovo Ideapad Y560d, and the Sager NP8130. The MSI gaming laptop is designed to run hot and heavy since it’s a gaming laptop, but the dell won me over in price. The Lenovo Ideapad has a Radeon HD 5730 graphics card which probably wouldn’t have been that big of a deal but the price was the same as the dell. The Sager has a great price, everything I want, and extra cooling but the turn around time is at 3 month due to their popularity.

Right after I placed my order the Lenovo dropped another $200, and a week later dell announced an even lower price on a slightly lower model XPS 15. With computers, something better always comes out right after you drop the cash. Thankfully the turnaround on cameras is a little slower.

Now I just need to find something to do with all these old laptops I have laying around the house.

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