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What is the best Laptop for under $1000

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#1 cap2587


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Posted 02 December 2010 - 10:10 AM

I a looking for the best laptop for under $1000. Things I am looking for:

15" Screen, I-5 or I-7 CPU, 9 Cell battery, 500 GB HD, 6GB of DDR3 RAM, 1GB dedicated GPU.

One's I am considering are the Dell Studio XPS 15, HP Pavilion DV6t series.

I recently used a friends HP Pavilion DV6-3050US AMD Phenom II Quad-Core N930(2.0GHz) 15.6" 4GB Memory 640GB HDD ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 NoteBook. I did like this laptop, but the trackpad was absolutely horrible. it really scared me and makes me very hesitant to buy HP until they can sort out this debacle. My mouse was jumping all over the place and forget about right clicking.

Would appreciate any tips on the trackpad issue or people's suggestions on a good laptop to buy. Thanks

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Posted 02 December 2010 - 08:02 PM

I am personally, a lover of HP-use them all the time. Personally, I hate touch pads on any brand laptop, thats why I have a USB travel mouse. Solves that problem right there.



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Posted 03 December 2010 - 12:53 AM


Edited by killerx525, 03 December 2010 - 12:53 AM.

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Posted 03 December 2010 - 03:16 PM

Thanks for the tips! I hate the new touchpad on the HP pavilions and this might keep me from purchasing them in the near future until they fix the problem. I do not want to use a mouse to make up for HP's shortcomings. Maybe there is a way in the settings to make it all work. The Toshiba Laptop looks like good value, but I think it is missing a few things. It does not have 10/100/1000 Gigabit LAN port, it also needs 7200 RPM for the hard drive speed and am hoping to get a 9 cell battery. Besides this it looks like a good buy for the $800 price tag. Any other recommendations would be appreciated.

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Posted 03 December 2010 - 03:18 PM


Intel Core i7-740QM Quad-Core Processor 1.73GHz with turbo boost up to 2.93GHz
4GB of DDR3 1066MHz SDRAM, 2 slots, 8GB Max; ATI HD5730 graphics with 1GB DDR3 VRAM
500GB Hard Drive (7200 RPM); Super Multi Optical Disk Drive; Wi-Fi 802.11 bgn
HDMI Port; USB 3.0 port; Bluetooth; 2.0MP Webcam
16-Inch HD (1366x768) LED Display; Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit) Operating System

I just bought one of these for Christmas, but can't open it until Christmas >_>

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Posted 05 December 2010 - 08:26 AM

Ended up going with a HP Pavilion DV6T series. I hope I can make the touchpad work properly. Total Cost $889. Would have been nice to get an I-7 CPU, but then the price would have gone up and maybe the 6GB would pick up the slack. Thanks for the suggestions.

HP Pavilion dv6t Select Edition Entertai
• Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
• Intel® Core™ i5-460M Dual Core Processor (2.53 GHz, 3MB L3 Cache) with Turbo Boost up to 2.8GHz
• 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5650 switchable graphics [HDMI, VGA] - For Dual Core Processors
• FREE Upgrade to 6GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
• 640GB 7200RPM Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection
• No Additional Office Software
• No additional security software
• 9 Cell Lithium Ion Battery (over-sized)
• 15.6" diagonal High Definition LED HP Brightview Widescreen Display (1366x768)
• TouchScreen with HP TouchSmart's intuitive multi-touch applications (includes HP TrueVision Webcam)
• SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support
• Intel Wireless-N Card
• Standard Keyboard
• HP Home & Home Office Store in-box envelope

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