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New laptop for around $1000

So it's that time of year again, my current laptop is running into some issues and I am hoping to get a replacement. Below are the specs which are most important to me when looking for my laptop:

- 15.6" or 14" screen (1080p preferably) 

- Thin & Light

- Intel Core i5 Processor (don't need an i7 but if it's in the price range I will take it into consideration) 

- SSD/SSHD if possible

- Good keyboard layout (number pad is not critical)

- Decent aesthetics (not too much glossy plastic etc.)

- Windows 7/8 doesn't matter really 

- GPU doesn't matter because I've sort of given up on mobile gaming 


I was thinking of the Lenovo x1 Carbon Core, it's on sale at NCIX for $1099 right now but it's keyboard is a bit off.


The MSI GP60 Leopard is also an option becuase of it's lower price and better keyboard layout. 


I was also hoping to buy the laptop on boxing day in all likelihood.  


Thanks in advance for all suggestions! -Canadian

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  • Corsair 750D
  • Swiftech H320
  • MSI Z97s SLI
  • 7950 Vapor-X
  • 16GB Corsair Vengance  Blue LP 1600Mhz 
  • 120GB Samsung 840
  • 2TB Seagate Barracuda
  • Corsair HX750
  • ​Peripherals
  • Logitech G700s
  • Bitfenix, Corsair, and Darkside cable extensions
  • Das Professional with Cherry MX Brown's & Custom Keycaps
  • 3x ASUS VS238H-P w/ Triple monitor mount in PLP
  • AudioTechnica ATH-M50's 
  • Blue Yeti Microphone
  • TurtleBeach PX3 Wireless
  • Logitech C920 Webcam 
  • Precision Audio Bookshelf Speakers 
  • AudioSource AMP-100
  • Logitech G27 Racing setup
  • Laptop - Acer 7750G-9855
  • i7 2630QM
  • AMD 6650M GPU
  • 120GB Samsung 840 EVO
  • 8GB RAM
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 
  • Blu-ray Drive
  • Netbook - HP Pavillion DM1
  • AMD E-450 APU
  • 4GB RAM
  • 500gb HDD
  • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
  • Cell Phone - OnePlus One 
  • 5.5-inch 1080p Screen
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor @2.5Ghz
  • 13 Megapixel rear camera
  • 5 megapixel wide angle front facing camera
  • 3100 mAh non-removal battery
  • AC wifi
  • Cell Phone #2 - Nexus 5
  • 5 Inch 1080p Screen
  • Snapdragon 800
  • 8 megapixel rear camera
  • 1.3 megapixel front camera
  • 2300 mAh non-removable battery
  • AC wifi
  • Upgrades for 2014
  • GTX 970
  • i7 4690k
  • 16gb RAM 
  • 1x 1440 or 1600p Monitor 
  • Das Mechanical Keyboard


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