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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by findanthony, Sep 20, 2012.

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  1. findanthony

    findanthony Thread Starter

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    I'm currently using the 14" Asus bamboo style laptop, but it looks like I'll need to buy a new one soon. I was wondering if I could get a bit of help deciding on where to buy the laptop and what kind to buy.

    Things I need:
    Laptop under $650 that has good specs (I mostly multitask on the internet & watch music videos. I also once in a while do online gaming).
    Good battery life
    15” + screen

    I would, ideally, like to have a CD player in the laptop so I can do school work on it. Possibly even have Microsoft Office for the same reason. But it's not an absolute need.

    Also, I'd like to either buy from a store or a site that has a good basic warranty (I don't want to have to put out additional money for it). The stores in my area are Staples, Best Buy, Office Max, Walmart, and I believe that's about it.

    I just want a laptop that will last me a few years (I use my laptop several hours a day) as long as I take care of it.

    Thank you so much.
     
  2. gberger

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    I've been buying Dell laptops for years and have had nothing but good experiences with them. There is a site called edealinfo.com that has a good line on what offers Dell (among others) is running.

    Something like this for example, 630.00 with coupon code '4J4XPNDZ1PKR2B':

    http://configure.us.dell.com/dellst...=CJ&cid=24471&lid=566643&acd=10550055-600263-

    Core I5, 6GB of ram, 750GB HD, Dual 512MB graphics cards, etc. If you are going to be gaming, graphics cards are a plus, even lower-end ones which these likely are, but with this budget I would consider this a good deal. This has a 720P screen, if 1080P is important to you then that may rule this out. But again, budget may limit your options somewhat.
    There are lots of other offers in your price range, some less expensive than this one. One option is to go with a slightly lower configuration (I3 for example) and spend the extra money on software such as MS Office or get a bigger screen. If it was me I'd stick with an Intel I3 or I5. There are lots of options, I'm just a big fan of Dell laptops and I've found that many on this forum feel that same way.
     
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    findanthony Thread Starter

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    I actually like the first one -- But what's the battery life like? I actually looked it up and it looks like it doesn't last long. Considering I'll probably be bringing my laptop to college and to other places and I don't want to be connected to a power outlet all the time.

    But of course, I could just invest in a second battery to just switch them whenever the first one dies, haha.

    If you could show me other choices, that'd be great. But this was a stellar choice to show me first.
    By the way, the second link doesn't work for me.

    To be honest, I'd prefer to buy the laptop at one of the stores in the area (so I can bring it right to them whenever there's any problems), although it's not absolutely needed.

    I've done lots of research myself, but I just hate making the wrong cpu decision. Going with a 14" screen that also isn't that durable was one of the worst investments I made, even though the cpu is pretty good spec-wise.
     
  5. gberger

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    For a CPU, stay with the I5 or I3 and you'll be fine. If you can get an I7, even better. 6GB of ram seems to be the standard now on all but the cheapest machines and should do you just fine. I wouldn't worry about HD size unless you are doing video or something with similar space requirements. Other than that just decide what screen size/resolution you want and how much of a factor the extra weight of a 17" monitor would be.
    Staples has good deals now and then on Dell and other laptops. Keep an eye on their circulars. More than once I've seen excellent deals there. There is nothing going on at the moment, but wait for this weekend's flyer. I'm NOT a fan of Best Buy, and not that familiar with OfficeMax or Walmart when it comes to computers. BTW, bringing it in to one of these stores in case of problems is not something I'd count on, unless it was right after the purchase and they swapped it for another one ( not sure how likely that would be anyway). Their most likely response would be to deal with the manufacturer if it was still under warranty. And I've found that Dell support is actually pretty good.

    Ah, battery life....I recently bought a Dell 17R SE and to be honest the battery life....sucks. But I don't spend a lot of time away from outlets so it isn't a factor for me. Google laptop battery life to get an idea, I can't advise you on this.

    Another thought: Call Dell and speak to one of their reps, see what they suggest.
     
  6. gberger

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    For that second link, go to edealinfo.com, select Dell, laptops, Inspiron, Core I3 processor, 17" display and it will be the first choice. For some reason the link pops it right into your shopping cart, which is why you can't see it but I can. I've never seen that before, usually it just takes you to the product page.
     
  7. findanthony

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    I checked it out, it looks good as well. I've been doing further research and I found out that Lenovo has several spectacular laptops. Tell me what you think between these choices (If possible, break it down for me). As I said in the original post, thank you so much.

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Lenovo+...Id=5855633&st=lenovo thinkpad e4300&cp=1&lp=9
    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Lenovo+...Id=5599302&st=lenovo thinkpad e4300&cp=2&lp=3
    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Lenovo+...d=5855624&st=lenovo thinkpad e4300&cp=1&lp=12
    http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/...9BDD25&tabname=Features&truechoice=1195156749
     
  8. gberger

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    All three of those look ok. The first is an I7 which is nice but they give you less RAM (4GB vs 6GB on the other two) and a smaller HD (500GB vs. 750 on the other two). The second one seems to have an older version of onboard graphics, 3000 vs. 4000 on the first and third machines. None of the three have discrete graphics cards as does the first one I suggested, and I don't see any information about battery life.
    So it's up to you...
    - Do you really need the graphics cards? I'm not a gamer so can't help you there. Aside from that unless you are doing heavy video I'd say the answer is no.
    - Can you live with 4gb of ram and 500GB HD? Most people can unless they are running RAM intensive software or need to store lots of video files. Upgrading RAM is pretty easy if you need to do it, HD can also be upgraded if it ever becomes necessary but is more involved of course.
    - what size screen do you want, keeping in mind the weight?
    The fact is that if you have no special requirements any of these laptops would work well. If you think you have special requirements then talk to others who are doing the same thing.
    If 15.6" is ok, and you don't need the graphics cards or a lot of HD space, then I would go for the first one on your list. You can always upgrade ram if you find that you need to and it's nice to have that speedy I7.
     
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    Without a discrete GPU you won't do much gaming. More power and more performance means shorter battery life. Aside from that, Lenovo makes one of the best laptops. Asus and Toshiba are good to. I am a fanatic against Dell and HP, but that is me.
     
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    Here's a nice HP on sale until tomorrow at Staples, but again no video card (but I have no experience with HP and black-wolf doesn't seem to like them):

    http://www.staples.com/HP-Pavilion-g7-2022us-173-Laptop/product_933520&cmArea=CIRCULAR

    If you really think you need the video cards, go with my first recommendation. Again, I'm sure they are low-end cards, but better than nothing and with this budget you have to be realistic about what you can get in terms of a gaming laptop.
     
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    I have an HP laptop right now and I don't mind it, though if I could go back I would go with an ASUS laptop.

    They seem to be taking over the market with laptops where HP and Dell used to.
     
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    Buying it from a local store doesn't mean you can take it back to them and get it fixed. Stores like Staples and Walmart don't have a fleet of techs hiding in the back. You would walk it into the store, and they'd put it in a box and ship it to the manufacturer for repair. You can do that yourself with any computer.

    Your options are going to be very limited shopping at a local store. The selection will be limited to cheap consumer models with average battery life and mediocre specs.

    All warranties are basic. You get one year parts and labor. That's it. And that's only for things that break or fail on their own. If you drop it, get it wet, spill something on it, etc, you'll have to pay to get it fixed. Rarely worth it for something under $650.
     
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