I copy and pasted this post from a thread I made in another forum. You could probably skip the "my thoughts" part. A poster from the other forum (XKCD forum) recommended that I look into the http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834146513", as a smaller laptop is better for college. I am not a hardcore gamer, but I want a laptop that can handle anything an undergraduate would likely encounter (besides something like Crysis 3), along with movies and such. I will NOT get a desktop along with a laptop, although many say it's the best option. (Other laptop recommendations are welcome, these are just the "best" ones I've found) I am going off to college this fall, and I definitely need a new laptop. I'm currently using a very old Asus laptop (40GB hard drive and 256 MB RAM), and am currently looking at these three laptops (well, 4 really): MSI GT627-218US http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834220483" http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834220513" (Kind of): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834220510" As I'll be carrying it around with me, I don't want a very heavy desktop replacement laptop. Other than that, I don't really have a hard upper limit in terms of expense, but my computing needs would likely not warrant a laptop that's over $2000. These particular laptops were the "best" that I've found on Newegg that are not too heavy. I have not paid attention to computer specifications in a few years now, so my knowledge is out of date concerning whether a processor is good or not. However, while I don't want a very heavy laptop (6.5 lb is pushing it), I also want a laptop that has a screensize that's bigger than 12 inches. I think my computing needs would not be very different from a typical undergrad's. I'm going into the hard sciences and engineering, and I would like to keep the laptop for all 4-5 years of undergrad if possible. I'll also likely do a lot of research, so I want a computer that can handle all undergraduate and some graduate level research needs. My thoughts on the MSI and the Asus G50VT-X6: They seem very similar to me. The Asus seems to have a slightly faster processor, but is bigger, heavier, has 512 MB less video memory (how much of a difference does that make?) and has a 6-cell battery while the MSI has a 9-cell battery. How big of a difference does the Asus's faster CPU make? I'm wondering whether the extra speed makes up for the bigger bulk and the lower battery life. Also, would the faster CPU drain the battery faster, further exasperating the difference between the 6-cell and the 9-cell battery? My thoughts on the Asus G50Vt-B1: It seems to me to be an upgrade of the G50CT-X6. It has a faster processor, twice the harddrive size and weighs the same. I think those are the only significant changes, but I am really behind on computer specs. The same weight and actually slightly smaller size makes me lean towards this rather than the other Asus, but I'm wondering whether the upgrades are worth the extra $400. What upgrades is worth $400 would be different for each person, but any opinions and advice are welcome. The battery life, once again, troubles me. One of the three reviews on Newegg states that the reviewer could only get about 60 minutes out of the battery. That would probably be very troublesome at college. My thoughts on the Asus N81: It seems to be the "best" one I've found that's not over $2000. It's lighter and slightly smaller than the other laptops, but its CPU and other hardware seem to be as good as the other laptops'. Thank you for your time.