"Ultimate" Laptop Request - lightweight, dedicated graphics, SSD, more
In this case, I am trying to find a laptop that affords me a lot of flexibility in its use, as the exact cost (deal) is less of an issue for me right now. I intend its use to be primarily general web and word processing use, although I want the ability to play some games at a reasonably level (something the Intel 3000 chipset is not really sufficient for).
I am hoping the community can help me find a laptop that meets this criteria, regardless of the actual dollar amount. Spending $2,000+ is not a concern for me as much as making the right overall purchase. I've been bouncing between review sites the last few days and am hoping targeted feedback on my ideal may help fine-tune this a bit.
My requested criteria:
- Modern processing power (i5/i7, preferred to be second gen)
- At least 4GB of ram with the ability to upgrade to 8+ (obviously I can do the upgrade myself)
- Dedicated video card for 'moderate' gaming. I want to be able to play MMOs, Diablo 3, and other reasonable intensive games, although not on the highest settings. My desktop is where I would "really" play, but want the flexibility in this area in the laptop. I very much like some of the modern laptops that come with a dedicated card plus an Intel card and allow you to use/control the card to manage power consumption.
- Lightweight - I would prefer it be 5lbs or lower for simple ease of portability. [UPDATE: I'm willing to extend this to "under 6 pounds" as there seems to be a huge change in available performance from ~5 to ~6 lbs.]
- SSD - I want SSD as it reduces load times across the board. I don't need massive storage space as my desktop or external drives will contain large volumes of files. I can do easily with only 128GB SSD. I know not all SSD is created equally so would want a reasonably effective one.
- Size - 13-15"; I could go with an exceptional 12" but do not like laptops that are too small or too large (I had a first-gen 17" Dell XPS back in the day, hated the size).
- Heat - I don't want a laptop that runs too hot. Between intelligently placed heat exhausts (back or sides, not bottom), SSD vs Hard Disk, and the ability to enable a generic Intel video card at times instead of the dedicated one, this should be feasible.
- Screen - I am somewhat flexible; I don't mid glossy or matte. I don't need an ultra-high definition screen either as again from a graphics perspective I would expect the best experience for me to be on my desktop.
- Keyboard - Flexible here
- Touchpad - Flexible
- Battery Life - 4+ hours preferably, although I know this depends on utilization (games vs. word processing, etc)
The most recent Macbook Pro 15" and Samsung Series 7 seem like decent candidates but I'm having a hard time finding other potential laptops that would match this criteria well.
Any suggestions/recommendations from the community are greatly appreciated, especially any specific pros and cons (or links to such).