1. Lenovo IdeaPad Y570 with Nvidia GT 555M and Intel Core I5 cpu for Max performace while having a good screen too.
2. Dell XPS L502x laptop with a Nvidia GT 540M, Intel Core I5 cpu, really great screen and very good battery runtime (2 hours in full load vs 1.3 hours in the Y570, almost 5 when surfing vs 3.5 hours in the Y570)
Both feature USB 3.0 ports.
* As for myself – I would take the XPS, because the screen is just great, and battery runtime is really important to me too.
** I cannot recommand the HP dv6 / dv6t series right now because I cannot find good and thorough reviews. Saying that, the GPUs in these Laptops are the Radeon HD 6770M and Radeon HD 7690M which offer significantly higher performance than the GT 540M. So, if you like HP or these particular models, you can go for it.
Laptops in comparison:
|Laptop||GPU||CPU||Highlights||Source||Where to buy|
|HP Pavilion DV6 6770M||AMD Radeon 6770M||Intel Core I7||High performance||http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-HP-Pavilion-dv6-6008eg-Notebook.56672.0.html||Different model Or through HP site|
|HP Pavilion DV6t 7690M||AMD Radeon 7690M||Intel Core I5||High performance||didn’t find a good review. Probably a nice laptop for those of you who like HP. The Radeon 7690M is in the 6770M level, which is quite good.||Through HP site|
|Lenovo IdeaPad Y570||Nvidia GT 555M||Intel Core I5||Nice screen, good perf||http://www.notebookcheck.com/Test-Lenovo-IdeaPad-Y570-086225U-Notebook.68120.0.html||Through Lenovo site (better specs) or Amazon|
|MSI x460dx||Nvidia GT 540M||Intel Core I5||14″, cheap||http://www.laptopmag.com/review/laptops/msi-x460dx.aspx||Amazon|
|ASUS K56sv||Nvidia GT 540M||Intel Core I5||Not that great screen||review||Through Amazon|
|ASUS N53sv||Nvidia GT 555M||Intel Core I7||Not that great screen||review||Through Amazon|
|DELL XPS L502x GT540||Nvidia GT 540M||Intel Core I5||Great screen, Good battery||review||Through DELL site.Look here for a 100$ discount.|
|Samsung 700Z5A||AMD Radeon HD 6750M||Intel Core I5||Nice battery runtime,Good performance||review|
|Acer Aspire AS5755G||Nvidia GT 630M||Intel Core I7||Not that great screen||review|
|Acer Aspire AS5750G||Nvidia GT 540M||Intel Core I7||Not that great screen||review|
|Acer Aspire 7750G||AMD Radeon HD 6850M||Intel Core I7||(-) Not that great screen(+) very high performance (HD 6850M), high value for its price, quite good battery||review||Through B&H|