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#1 Ubiq

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Posted 05 December 2010 - 08:51 PM

Hello! I need some advice about which laptop might be best for me. I am hoping to hear from anyone who has owned/used a Toshiba or Sony or Samsung.
I have to buy a laptop for Spring Semester at NCSU and here are their thoughts on specs. I would like to keep this purchase under $1000 if possible.

I think I have narrowed my search to three choices: Toshiba Portege R700, Sony Vaio(I'm not sure which Sony Vaio yet) and the Samsung QX410.

So I have two main concerns that are holding up my decision.
My biggest problem is with my hands and typing is very difficult for me. So difficult. I really need a nice keyboard. So I guess that's my main concern. I just don't know which company has the best stuff.
I tried to go to CompUSA and look at different models but that place is really hectic and distracting and I'm not sure they wanted me playing on their displays. Also, they didn't have the Portege or the QX410 in yet. I am leaning toward the Toshiba because in this video it sounds like I couldn't break it. I have been concerned about having to haul this thing around in my booksack.

Lastly, I've never bought a computer from a store like Best Buy. I've bought one and I ordered direct from Dell and got an extended warranty. So I feel weird about the Samsung because I'm not sure I understand how their warranty and tech support would work(or exist). I would love to hear from anyone who has thoughts on extended warranties especially with regard to these three companies.

Thank you so much for reading this post! :hug:

Machine: Toshiba Portege r705-P41, Dual Boot: MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit; Ubuntu 15.04
CPU: Intel Core i5 460M @ 2.53GHz Arrandale 32nm Technology,
RAM: 4.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 532MHz (7-7-7-20), Motherboard: TOSHIBA Portable PC (rBGA1288 Socket)
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Posted 07 December 2010 - 02:50 AM

I would prefer the Toshiba and i own a Toshiba myself which is running great.

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 08:23 PM

Yeah, I think the Portege is pretty great and so different from the Satellites I've seen. I would love to know if you bought direct from Toshiba and what type of tech support/warranty package you have.
I went to Best Buy today hoping they might have the Portege and the QX410. They did, along with a bewildering variety of Sony Vaios. I really liked the Portege but my friend seemed to prefer the Samsung. He thinks its glass screen will be tougher I guess. The Sony's do have better keyboards so I guess they're still on the table.
I also have to decide whether to buy direct or from Best Buy. The guy who helped me today made a good case for the Best Buy warranty which would be $369 for full three year coverage and a battery replacement. But I don't know whether that's a good deal or not or if Geek Squad is reliable. I guess I'll call Toshiba tomorrow.
This was me at Best Buy today--> :busy:

Machine: Toshiba Portege r705-P41, Dual Boot: MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit; Ubuntu 15.04
CPU: Intel Core i5 460M @ 2.53GHz Arrandale 32nm Technology,
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Posted 07 December 2010 - 10:02 PM

My Toshiba was bought from a computer shop and had 1 year warranty. At the moment i have no problem with the hardware of the laptop.

Reviews: http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/review/notebooks/toshiba/portege_r700/351072
http://www.cnet.com.au/toshiba-portege-r700-339306089.htm

The first review says the keyboard feels good to type on.

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 06:52 PM

Thank you for your help. I think I am going to get the Portege.
However, I called Toshiba today and they quoted a price that was several hundred dollars higher than Best Buy gave me yesterday. I was a little surprised by that but their warranty is at least $100 cheaper. I wish I could be more casual about this but a couple hundred dollars really matters to me. I'm glad I can think about it for a few more weeks.
Do computer prices drop after Christmas or go up?

Machine: Toshiba Portege r705-P41, Dual Boot: MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit; Ubuntu 15.04
CPU: Intel Core i5 460M @ 2.53GHz Arrandale 32nm Technology,
RAM: 4.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 532MHz (7-7-7-20), Motherboard: TOSHIBA Portable PC (rBGA1288 Socket)
Video Card: Intel HD Graphics Revision 2 1720 MBytes

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 07:52 PM

Well i'm pretty sure the prices should drop down in australia but not exactly sure about the U.S.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png





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