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I am looking for a notebook with eSATA, i7 sandy bridge quad, GT540M like graphics (moderate gaming), and a decent battery life 3-4 hours of playing 720p movies.

 

I am looking to boot Windows 7 from an external HDD using eSATA. It will work right?

 

I have found XPS 15 to fit my requirements. Please suggest other notebooks to fit my requirement with the price range of USD 1200.

 

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nns

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You cant go wrong with a Sager.

Sager NP5160

Base price is $819

I configured it with the following;

15.6in 1920x1080 (1080p) LED Super glossy screen

1GB GDDR3 Nvidia GeForce GT 540M GPU

i7-2630QM Processor ( 6MB L3 Cache, 2.00GHz) <--Sandy Bridge

4GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz - 2 X 2GB <--if you want more, upgrade through newegg, $35 for 4gb 1333 sticks

500GB 7200rpm SATA 300 Hard Drive

6X Blu-ray Reader/8X DVD±R/2.4X +DL Super-Multi Drive & Software

Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6230 - 802.11A/B/G/N Wireless LAN + Bluetooth Combo Module

 

Total = $1,064

 

My Sager, and my old toshiba (both in sig), have options in the bios to boot from esata port. Dont expect booting from esata to be as fast as booting from the internal HDD.

 

The NP5165 Is basically the same customizable laptop that I priced out above. It starts out at $949. Its main difference is a GT 555m graphics card instead of the 540m. Configured exactly as the same as the one above, expect to pay about $100 more, which is still under, or right at your $1200 budget :)

 

The NP5175 is the same as the NP 5165 with a 17.3 1920x1080 (1080p) screen inch screen. Its base price is $989

 

All of their laptops have esata, and usb 3.0.

 

I hope this helps.

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You cant go wrong with a Sager.

Sager NP5160

Base price is $819

I configured it with the following;

15.6in 1920x1080 (1080p) LED Super glossy screen

1GB GDDR3 Nvidia GeForce GT 540M GPU

i7-2630QM Processor ( 6MB L3 Cache, 2.00GHz) <--Sandy Bridge

4GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz - 2 X 2GB <--if you want more, upgrade through newegg, $35 for 4gb 1333 sticks

500GB 7200rpm SATA 300 Hard Drive

6X Blu-ray Reader/8X DVD±R/2.4X +DL Super-Multi Drive & Software

Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6230 - 802.11A/B/G/N Wireless LAN + Bluetooth Combo Module

 

Total = $1,064

 

My Sager, and my old toshiba (both in sig), have options in the bios to boot from esata port. Dont expect booting from esata to be as fast as booting from the internal HDD.

 

The NP5165 Is basically the same customizable laptop that I priced out above. It starts out at $949. Its main difference is a GT 555m graphics card instead of the 540m. Configured exactly as the same as the one above, expect to pay about $100 more, which is still under, or right at your $1200 budget :)

 

The NP5175 is the same as the NP 5165 with a 17.3 1920x1080 (1080p) screen inch screen. Its base price is $989

 

All of their laptops have esata, and usb 3.0.

 

I hope this helps.

 

Thanks, but I am from India and Sager is not available here. Any other? Lenovo, Sony, ASUS?

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I'd say get one from ASUS. Sony Laptop is overpriced. ASUS have one with GT 540M and i7 but i don't know about e-sata though. Barely any of Lenovo laptop have discreet video card. booting from usb isn't enough?

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I'd say get one from ASUS. Sony Laptop is overpriced. ASUS have one with GT 540M and i7 but i don't know about e-sata though. Barely any of Lenovo laptop have discreet video card. booting from usb isn't enough?

 

I am looking for a Windows 7 boot without modifications.. I am going for Dell XPS 15...

 

Thanks,

nns

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