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#1 thaddy1978

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Posted 26 March 2009 - 11:28 PM

I know this may be the wrong forum, but I am at such a loss. I stay up too late at night reading reviews and think I have decided on one and then read other reviews and get scared off and take forever actually buying. I was just hoping I could get some help...as I am 'upgrading' to a new laptop. Here's what I need

Not a heavy one
Prefer XP already installed
over 100 gig HD
Good-to-great battery life
fairly good graphics (I don't play much beyond Call of duty--I generally use it -the laptop for work)
1-2 Gig of RAM
Durable, as I take it to work and also have two very little ones at home
Under $750
Good warranty
Comfortable

I have been looking at the Lenovo's --SL300, SL400, T61. Help me!!! What do you all think?

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#2 DJBPace07

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Posted 27 March 2009 - 11:10 PM

Finding XP machines is getting more and more difficult, you may need to compromise there if you want to broaden your choices. Besides, many XP machines are of older models with lower system specifications, such as the ones you have listed. If you're going to be playing games or doing anything that might need a little extra graphical power, the second Acer is a better choice given that it has a dedicated GPU. Or, you can wait a few more months for Windows 7 and get one of those laptops.

Acer Aspire AS5735-6694 NoteBook Intel Core 2 Duo T6400(2.00GHz) - Excellent price for what you get.
HP Pavilion dv6-1030us NoteBook Intel Core 2 Duo T6400(2.00GHz) - Has a larger screen than the Acer, but roughly the same specs with the exception of the amount of RAM you can upgrade to, which is 8GB.
Acer Aspire AS6930-6942 NoteBook Intel Core 2 Duo T6400(2.00GHz) - An upgraded version of the previous Acer that has a dedicated graphics card for increased performance.
SONY VAIO NS Series VGN-NS215N - I think Sony is a little overpriced for what you get hardware wise, but some people like them. This one does have a slightly faster CPU, but less RAM than the others.

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#3 the_patriot11

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 12:11 AM

I would recomend the HP in that list, ACER laptops have cooling issues. They use low quality CPU fans and the ball bearings in them arnt always greased properly which can lead to a major overheat over time.

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Posted 28 March 2009 - 02:55 PM

Not all Acer laptops have this issue, it is largely hit-or-miss.

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