Seeking new 13-14" laptop

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I need a new laptop, and I've decided I want a 13-14 inch one.

I'd prefer:
Chiclet-style keyboard
Comfortable multi-touch trackpad (two finger scrolling, etc.).
No DVD drive
Excellent battery life
Good performance (though I don't need a dedicated graphics cards)
Price = under a grand (FYI, I'm in the U.S)

I'm not opposed to a Macbook Pro (I realize they have DVD drives), but the way I see it, I could get a nice Windows 7 machine AND an iPad for the price of a Macbook Pro.

Any great experiences with laptops of this size? Please tell me about it!

Edit: Oh yeah, when I say "new," I'm not opposed to refurb. I really liked refurbished products because I feel like they've been thoroughly tested before they put them back out.
  • Profile picture of the author wtc
    Well... I'm not able to recommend any one laptop like this but I can tell you where NOT to look if those specs are what you're looking for. Don't go for any ASUS (battery not as good and overperformance) or Acer (performance issue).

    Now, any reason why you'd want a chiclet-style keyboard? That requirement is going to kill your choices by quite a bit.. Unless you're referring to the keyboards that *look* like chiclets but aren't? In which case, I'd suggest a nice Sony laptop. Sony laptops that my friends and I've used are some of the best in battery life. The Sony Vaio Y looks to be in the correct price range.
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    • Profile picture of the author Freeman77
      Originally Posted by wtc View Post

      Well... I'm not able to recommend any one laptop like this but I can tell you where NOT to look if those specs are what you're looking for. Don't go for any ASUS (battery not as good and overperformance) or Acer (performance issue).
      Thanks for your reply. I've not been a fan of Vaio's because I don't like paying for style (or if I do, I want a Macbook).

      I've seen some reviews of Asus that say the battery life is good. I was actually kinda leaning towards Asus.

      I just assumed that anything that looks like a chiclet-style keyboard IS a chiclet keyboard. Can you tell me the difference?
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  • Profile picture of the author Ernie Lo
    Don't get Acer either, my friend got one and its noisy as, makes some irritating noise that rings your ears.

    Dell and even MSI are a good choice. Sorry not sure what specific machine is best for you though.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gravc
    a freind of mine spent £1300 on an Acer and it lasted just over a year before the motherboard died!!!!

    Definately stay away from acer
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  • Profile picture of the author Lawrh
    It's kind of difficult to avoid Acer. They are the number two producer of laptops in the world. Acer is behind many different brand names.
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