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Discussion in 'Tech Tips and Reviews' started by MichaelAdams1993, Jan 25, 2011.

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  1. MichaelAdams1993

    MichaelAdams1993 Thread Starter

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    I am trying to find a laptop to replace the one I have had for the past 3-4 years. This laptop needs to also get me though college so I've been trying to keep that in mind. I'm looking for something fast, with a larger memory and a large screen.

    The first one is from Toshiba and can be found here: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Toshiba...Gray/1830082.p?skuId=1830082&id=1218296144574

    The second one is an HP and can be found here: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/HP+-+La...otti/1636176.p?skuId=1636176&id=1218275439200

    If anyone has an idea of another great laptop I should look into please let me know, just keep in mind my budget is tight so I'm trying to stay under 500-600 dollars.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Gouthaman

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    The HP Laptop you mentioned looks like the best deal for you. I recommend that you go for it.
     
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    Although I agree that the HP is slightly better it's also significantly more expensive-although still within your budget. So, IMO the Toshiba is the better buy in price/performance terms. In overall performance, I don't really like either of these due to the integrated Intel graphics-but that's a personal dislike & it's hard to find notebooks (particularly large ones) with both a good CPU & good graphics within your budget. So, final answer, I'd probably vote for the Toshiba.
     
  4. MichaelAdams1993

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    Gouthaman: Thanks :)

    calvin-c: What about the better HP makes it "slightly better". I'm looking for details so that I know what I'm getting into, the last thing I want to due is buy a laptop that I'm going to be sorry about for the next decade. You say you don't like the integrated graphics but is that the only reason you voted Toshiba or is there more.

    Everyone: Keep in mind that I'm still open to different suggestions too if anyone has them.
     
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    Mostly the screen size, since you said you preferred a large screen. Larger hard drive too, but either HD should be large enough for the average user so the screen size was really the only factor that makes it slightly better-and that wasn't enough to justify the cost difference, IMO. Both have the same Intel graphics so that had no bearing on choosing between them.

    FYI, I have a personal preference for HP over Toshiba. Not based on reviews, specs, etc. just some good experiences with HP support vs. poor with Toshiba-but support experience is dependent as much on who you talk to as the company itself. I remember calling Sony support & the 1st tech said they didn't support what I was trying to do. So I hung up, called right back & got a tech who said "we don't support that but I've done it at home & this is how it goes". Like I said, it's as much who you wind up talking to as the company, and both Toshiba & HP seem to rate about the same for support in reviews, so I think this is strictly a personal preference & try not to let it bias my decision-so maybe it did, this time, just a little in calling the HP 'slightly better'. I guess that depends on how important the screen size is to you.
     
  6. MichaelAdams1993

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    Thank you, I'll take all of this into consideration. Keep it coming everyone!
     
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