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The laptop I own right now is a heavyweight (over 8 lbs without the power adapter) and I'm using it more and more to bring around with me, especially to school, to the point where it has become a problem; thus, I am shopping for a new,lighter one, something sub-4.5 lbs. I have a tower PC so for my power needs (multi-tasking, gaming, compiling big stuff) I'm fine, I'm really looking for something on the go that does not need at all to be powerful because I will be using it mostly for programming and writing lab reports. I could even live with 512 MB ram. Ideally it should have XP installed but I guess that Vista is ok, I know it just won't run on 512 MB ram. I'd want at least 60 GB hard drive and I don't really care about the processor, though I've always been more of an Intel person. I'd like a screen size around 13 inch or so, I would seldom use more than one window at a time anyways. Battery life is not important for I am pretty much always plugged in; as long as there is at least 1 hour charge, I'm fine. There needs to be a wireless connection, but I don't need it to be wireless-n compatible or anything. I would like to pay under 800$ for it because I won't be using it that much really, only a few times a week. I had been looking at an Everex (http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=Suggested&Description=34-280) system but I read reviews that said that sometimes it wouldn't boot. My friend recommended a Dell XPS version but that's above my budget. Do you guys have any other suggestions? Ideally, I'd like to be able to have it shipped to Canada, but if there's a great deal that can't, I can have it shipped to the US and pick it up.

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here you go man, its under 800 bucks...but its over the 4.5 pounds...its 5.3 which i find very manageable...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834115391

and it has a gig of ram a 14 inch screen 80gb hard drive. and since you like intel...a core 2 duo processor. edit- oh yeh, and xp pro.

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Seems sweet... but newegg won't ship to Canada and I can't find that model at a canadian e-tailor. Still, I'l keep it in mind if I don't find anything else.

Edit: I found this: http://www.tddirect.ca/products/121931/Acer/LX_TH10Z_018/

The description doesn't state which OS it comes with but I read elsewhere that it was vista buisness. I could give it a try and if it's to slow or doesn't work with some programs, i'l go back to xp. So right now I think that's my best option. Keep sending other deals if you find them though.

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Yay! Boxing day in Canada! I found those two models that seem interesting, but I have to rush because they will be gone tomorrow. The first one seems particularly nice, although it is a bit heavier than the acer one i was previously looking at. Any comments?

http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/proddetail.asp?sku_id=0665000FS10097096&catid=24193&logon=&langid=EN

http://www.bestbuy.ca/catalog/proddetail.asp?sku_id=0926INGFS10096059&catid=20354&logon=&langid=EN

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  Wow,the latter would be my choice!  You know what you need, and what you want, this one surely appears to be suffice.  Let us know what you decide. Doesn't appear as if you can go wrong .

http://www.bestbuy.ca/catalog/proddetail.asp?sku_id=0926INGFS10096059&catid=20354&logon=&langid=EN

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I got the one mudmanc4 recommended after all, mainly because of its longer warranty than the refurbished one and the fact that the refurbished one had pretty low customer ratings too. I know, it's a bad reason, but I was really on the line about this and I had to pick one. The AMD one was also very slightly lighter too.

I also bought a 8800GT today, I don't think I have ever spent so much money in one day! Still, I believe that I got good deals thanks to boxing day.

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