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Thinking of Buying a Laptop and Got a Few Questions


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#1 cgrim29588

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Posted 18 December 2010 - 11:01 PM

I'm thinking of buying a laptop and got a few questions and they are:

1) Was is a good brand of computer to buy?
2) What is a good price to spend on a laptop?
3) How long will a laptop last me?
4) How long will a laptop battery last?

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Posted 19 December 2010 - 12:37 AM

1: there are several, I usually recomend HP, Toshiba, or ASUS (in that order)

2: It all depends on your budget, and how much of a laptop you want. Personal preference is really in there, and watching your deals, etc. A really good price for say, a HP envy is going to be a lot different then a high end Toshiba.

3: Again, a lot depends on the quality of the laptop and what your using it for. I have a HP DV8000 series laptop that I bought refurbished like 4 1/2 years ago that I still use. Its slow and wont run a lot of the ultra new programs, but since I only use it to surf the web and watch movies on the road, I don't need it for much more, if I need more power on the road my wife has a much newer compaq, and at home I have my quad core desktop.

4: Depends on the laptop, how much power it uses (dependant on what hardware it has) and what kind of battery it has. For example, if you have 2 HP laptops, one with a 15 inch screen the other with a 17 inch screen, with that being the only difference, the 17 inch screen will have a shorter battery life because the larger screen takes more power, but if that 17 in. screen has a better battery it may last longer-a lot of variables there. Anywhere between 2-6 hours on average I would say.

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Posted 19 December 2010 - 01:51 AM

1)You don't like Dell?
2)I'm looking at a budget of $500
3) Okay thanks for the info

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Posted 19 December 2010 - 02:05 AM

Depends on the year, some years they come out with good computers, many years they dont, and lately I havent seen anything from them that Ive been to impressed with personally, and their customer service is lacking, to put it nicely. In the 500 dollar range, I think I would look at something like this or this

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Posted 19 December 2010 - 11:09 AM

I think Patriot's suggestions are very good for what you are looking for, I might suggest replacing the HDD with an SSD a slightly higher cost but better ROI.
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Posted 19 December 2010 - 12:08 PM

What is wrong with a HDD? What makes SSD better?

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Posted 19 December 2010 - 12:17 PM

HDD is fine if taken care of, but its mechanical so its subject to damage, SSD is not mechanical so its more durable to drops/bumps and such.
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Posted 19 December 2010 - 02:35 PM

Ok and the links patriot posted go to newegg.com and I prefer to buy right from the manufacturer.

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Posted 19 December 2010 - 07:25 PM

Which one have you chosen to buy the HP or Toshiba?

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Posted 19 December 2010 - 07:46 PM

I'm not sure which one I'm going to buy!

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Posted 19 December 2010 - 07:56 PM

You might as well buy the HP because the graphics card is better, it has a bigger hard drive, the ram speed is faster, it has windows 7 professional 32bit installed and it is cheaper.

Edited by killerx525, 19 December 2010 - 07:58 PM.

>Michael 
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Posted 19 December 2010 - 08:18 PM

Okay can you give me some links to some laptops you think I should buy?

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Posted 19 December 2010 - 08:25 PM

I agree with patriot's chosen laptops but i would prefer the Toshiba but since it is out of those two laptops, i would buy the HP because there are certain areas which beat the Toshiba in performance.

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Posted 19 December 2010 - 08:28 PM

Ok and the links patriot posted go to newegg.com and I prefer to buy right from the manufacturer.


The only problem with that is they tend to be a little pricier straight from the manufacturer. They are cheaper from newegg, they are the same computer and still have the same warranty plus neweggs 30 day return policy, and I have purchased many items from newegg and never had a problem with them, so theres no real reason to pay more to get the same computer from the manufacturer. For the price range you quoted, unless you can find a refurbished one, performance wise thats what your going to find in that price area-Toshiba is about what you will get with a intel based laptop, and HP is a good representative of what you will find AMD wise, as far as performance is concerned. Those are just the 2 best that I would recomend, HP because of both quality and customer service, Toshiba mainly quality-I have never dealt with their customer service.

Edited by the_patriot09, 19 December 2010 - 08:31 PM.

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Posted 19 December 2010 - 08:46 PM

Okay I didn't know you still get a same warranty plus neweggs 30 day return policy and do you have any suggestions on good laptops besides the ones you link me to earlier or are those the ones you would recommend.




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