Help Me, LAPTOP: Looking For The Perfect Notebook

Perfection is a quality many strive for but few achieve. In fact, some would say that perfection doesn’t exist, that there will always be flaws. Though it is possible to get very close. Reader Davood is looking for perfection in his next laptop:

I want to buy a laptop between $2,000 to $3,000. I want to do gaming, video editing, programming, everything with it and I want it to be perfect. Please tell me which brand and model is the best.

Lucky for Davood we recently reviewed a notebook that fits most of his qualifications and gave it 5 Stars to boot: the Alienware M17x. This machine isn’t perfect, but it’s very, very close. The AMD Radeon HD 6970M GPU and 2GB of DDR5 memory means it can handle gaming and video editing without even breaking a sweat. And the workhorse 2.3-GHz Intel Core i7-2820QM quad-core Sandy Bridge  processor inside will easily handle everything else.

At 17 inches and 9.6 pounds it’s not the most portable thing around, but that’s the price you pay for raw power. The only qualification it misses is the price point: $3,300 is a bit above Davood’s range, but luckily he can configure the system to his liking on to bring the price down. Right now the M17x isn’t yet available, but expect to see it on the site in around two weeks.

Click here to read our full review of the Alienware M17x and let us know if it’s the perfect laptop (for you).

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  1. Davood Says:

    Thanks for your perfect advice,
    and about the price range,
    Do you think it is essential to get a 2GBs Video Card?I’ve heard we won’t get the most out of a Video Card of such a capacity.
    How much RAM do you suggest for “Core i7 3.2″?
    Best Regards.

  2. chet spalsky Says:

    AMD radeon GPU? don’t you mean ATi?

  3. Notebook Guide Says:

    The ASUS N71JQ-XT1 Laptop Computer is an extremely powerful graphics and multimedia monster equipped with the latest components, graphics and display technology, and more. Powered by an Intel Core i7-740QM 1.73GHz processor and 4 gigs of DDR3 memory, the ASUS N71JQ-XT1 Laptop Computer is ready for anything you throw at it!!!!!

  4. K. T. Bradford Says:

    Nope, we mean AMD. The company recently decided to rebrand their graphics chips with the AMD name. So recently that you might still see ATI in some specs, but soon it will all be AMD.

  5. GT Says:

    I’m also in the market for such a pc, but I hear terrible things about Alienware quality… Might have to get a MSI gt680r instead… :/

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