IT Show 2012: Best entry level entertainment laptop for travel

Hi Travel Buddies,

IT Show 2012 is next week, we hope we can get a good entry level entertainment laptop for travel, able to do photo/video editing and watch movie online on-the-go.

Ultrabooks are getting popular for travel but we think that now may not be the right time to consider yet because most ultrabooks sacrifice performance (for thin, light weight, no DVD drive and long battery life) and are expensive (because Solid State Drive (SSD) remains expensive).  So we will live with our netbook for the time being as we expect more models would be announced by later part of 2012 and price may go lower.

So we went on to research the mainstream laptops and note down our initial requirements as follows:

* Screen size: at least 14″ (adequate to work without straining our eyes.)
* Hard Disk Drive (HDD): As large as possible, 750GB is good
* RAM: As fast as possible, 8GB is good
* Graphic card: preferred
* Built in DVD drive: good to have
* Processor: i7 and Quad Core (for multi-tasking) are preferred
* Battery life: As long as possible

Well, we found that these models below have met our requirements:
Acer:  Aspire 4755G-2674G75Mi (i7) and Aspire 5755G-2674G64Mi (i7)
Asus:  K43SA (i7) and N45SF (i7)
Dell:  Inspiron 15R, XPS 14Z and XPS 15Z
HP:  Pavilion dv6 series
Lenovo:  Z470 (i7) and Y570 (i7)

Samsung: 300V5A, RF411, RF511 and 700Z7A
Toshiba: Satellite P755-1002X

After much research and careful consideration, we further define our requirements to what we thought a good entertainment and travel laptop must have:

– Light Weight: at most 2.2kg (for mobility during travel)
– Affordable Budget: less than S$1,300 (has to save up for our next dream holidays)

– Good Reliability: preferably two-year warranty

Can you guess what is our best choice?  You will know it soon. 😛

Happy shopping in IT Show 2012. 😉

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