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Thread: Force 16F2 vs Asus G53SW

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    Default Force 16F2 vs Asus G53SW

    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?
    ~1500

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?

    c. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen

    3) What country are you buying this in?
    USA

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    None

    5) What tasks will you be performing with the notebook?
    Development
    Virtualization
    Daily Use

    6) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places or leaving it on your desk?
    Mostly on my lap

    7) Will you be playing games on it; if so, which games?

    Not really

    8) How many hours of battery life do you need?

    1.5-2 is fine

    9) Do you mind buying online without seeing the notebook in person?

    Not at all

    10) What OS do you prefer? (more details below)

    Ubuntu

    Screen Specifics

    11) From the choices below, what screen resolutions would you prefer? (more details below)
    Widescreen
    f. WUXGA - 1920x1200; Wider viewing version of UXGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.

    12) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non glossy screen?
    Don't care

    Build Quality and Design

    13) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?

    No

    14) When are you buying this laptop and how long do you want this laptop to last?

    3-4 years

    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you want; 80GB, 160GB, 250GB, 320GB, 500GB, 1TB, or 1.5TB?

    1 TB (2 Hybrid drives)

    16) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a CDRW/DVD-ROM, CD/DVD Burner or Blu-Ray drive?

    Yes, DVD-RW

    17) What speed CPU/Processor would you like? Dual core or Quad Core CPU?

    2nd Gen i7

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    Basically all I want is a 2nd Gen i7, Nvidia graphics card w/o Optimus for Linux compatibility, 2 HDDs, FHD/WUXGA screen resolution. The only one of those specs that is optional is the w/o Optimus one (still has to be Nvidia).

    From what I have seen it basically limits me to the Asus G53 series and the MSI 16F2. I have ordered the Force 16F2, however seeing that the G53SW-XR1 is available, I am tempted. The Asus is a little more expensive and I am not sure what I am gaining for that, besides a 1 year complete care warranty.

    Thoughts?
    Last edited by Amorget; 05-30-2011 at 03:43 PM. Reason: Wrong laptop in Title
    Force 16F2
    Phase 1 - 5/23/11
    Phase 2 - 5/24/11
    Phase 4 - 6/2/11 (yay!!)

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    No input?
    Force 16F2
    Phase 1 - 5/23/11
    Phase 2 - 5/24/11
    Phase 4 - 6/2/11 (yay!!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amorget View Post
    No input?
    you get more for your money out of the Force.

    FORCE 16F2 / MSI 16F2
    - 15.6” FHD 16:9 LED Backlit Wide screen (1920x1080) Super Clear Glare Type Screen
    - Standard Dead Pixel Policy
    - 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-2630QM, 2.0-2.8GHz, (32nm, 6MB L3 cache) - Standard (Does not support DDR3 1600MHz Ram)-
    - IC Diamond Thermal Compound - CPU + GPU (Cools better than all Compounds)
    - nVidia GeForce GTX 460M 1,536MB PCI-Express GDDR5 DX11-
    - No Video Adapter
    - 8,192MB (8GB) DDR3 1333MHz Dual Channel Memory (2GBx4)
    - Standard Finish
    - - 500GB (w/ 4GB SSD Memory) Seagate XT 7200RPM NCQ Hybrid 32MB Cache (Serial-ATA II 3GB/s)
    - - 500GB (w/ 4GB SSD Memory) Seagate XT 7200RPM NCQ Hybrid 32MB Cache (Serial-ATA II 3GB/s) --
    - HDD Raid Settings - OFF
    - 4X Blu-Ray Reader + 8X DVDRW/CDRW Super Multi Combo Drive
    - No Extra Optical Bay Hard Drive Caddy
    - No Back Up Hard Drive
    - NO External USB Optical Drive
    - No Floppy Drive
    - Internal 7-in-1 Card Reader (MS/MS Pro/MS Duo/MS Pro Duo/SD/Mini-SD/MMC/RS)
    - No Back Up Software
    - Internal Bluetooth + EDR
    - Intel® Advanced-N 6205 - 802.11A/B/G/N Wireless LAN Module
    - No Network Accessory
    - Integrated Digital Video Camera
    - No TV Tuner
    - Sound Blaster Compatible 3D Audio - Included
    - No Carrying Case
    - Smart Li-ion Battery (9-Cell)
    - No Car Adapter
    - None Standard*
    - No Dock/Hub/Adapter
    - No Fingerprint Reader
    - No External Keyboard or Mouse
    - No Notebook Cooler
    - Windows 7 Home Premium - 64-Bit
    - No Office Software
    - No Software Bundle
    - 3 Year Complete Care Warranty - 3 Year Parts with Ground Shipping, 24/7 Telephone Tech Support & Lifetime Labor Warranty
    - No Xotic PC Gear

    -1601 (1555 cash price)

    a similarly equipped asus G53SW-XR1 (warranty and all) is over 1800 dollars. If you drop to a 2 year on the Asus it is about 1675.
    Last edited by Maverick494; 06-01-2011 at 01:04 PM.

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    The price is even lower if you get rid of the "Windows 7 Home Premium - 64-Bit" since you are putting Ubuntu on it anyways.

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    Yeah, mine was actually even a little cheaper then that because I didn't upgrade the RAM through Xotic and no BluRay. I guess I'll get it, "beat it" for a week and see if I like it or not... nice thing about Xotics return policy.
    Force 16F2
    Phase 1 - 5/23/11
    Phase 2 - 5/24/11
    Phase 4 - 6/2/11 (yay!!)

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