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I need help on finding the right laptop.


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#1 nbtseven

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Posted 22 January 2011 - 05:45 PM

My eyes are crossing and my head is spinning. There are so many options, brands and ways to configure them. I just cannot pinpoint what one is the best.

I will be using it for a little of everything. From doc (reading, editing, creating), ebooks,web browsing, emailing, messaging, music, photos, some simple games (mainly kids), and occasionally a movie. I would like a nice amount of memory 4GB+, nice size hard drive 500GB+, speed and great graphics. Bluray would be nice, but not a must. I have to be able to read and write cd/dvd's. I would like a nice size screen with a high res. the better quality the picture the happier I am. Also it has to have a separate number pad on the side, just personal preference. Bluetooth is a must. Also I need something that will last a while. I don't want to have to keep buying a new laptop often.

Now I say I want x amount of memory, but really how much do you really need to have? I am not sure on that one. I know I have a cheap desktop right now that only has 512mb memory with a 120GB 7200 rpm with 8mb cache. I know I want more than that for sure.

I am planning on buying an external memory of some sort to store most of my important items. Not too sure on what to get. Any suggestions would be great.

I have looked into and asked about HP. I keep getting mixed reviews. Mainly the biggest complaint with the new models I have heard is the touchpad is not very responsive. Is that true? Then I hear from others do not buy HP you will only have problems. Yet CNET has them on the top rated all the time. Now the HP ProtectSmart for their hard drives really caught my eye. That is if it is not a marketing scam of some sort.

Then off I looked at Sony VAIO. I love the actual looks and sleekness of these laptops. Now my problem here is that I cannot really find anyone who actually can give me a decent review on them. I have many Sony items already, cell phones and game systems and have always been impressed with their quality. Do they carry this over with their computers?

I briefly at Dell and decided I have heard way too many bad things to continue looking. I don't want to get sucked into an endless circle of trips to the repair shop.

I want name brand and quality.

Any suggestions?

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Posted 22 January 2011 - 06:20 PM

You don't mention a budget so I'll make the following suggestions based on my extensive research for a laptop for my wife that I got her for Christmas.

1. Lenovo T Series. Their Edge models or more mid-range but it is a solid build. Due to budget limitations I went with 4 gigs and the slower 5400 harddrive. However, it is perfect for her. The higher end T Series allows you to configure even more.

2. Asus has been getting very good reviews. Their K and F series are more of their lower range so you'll want to look into their other offerings such as N and U models. Since Asus doesn't help in their myriad of offerings to make it any easier I suggest going to Notebookreview.com and read there. I say this without any malice: The forum members are elitists in a lot of ways but the reviews you get are very helpful.

* I wouldn't settle for anything less in a build than 7200 rpm harddrive, at least 4 gigs of RAM, and Windows 7 64-bit OS.

Edited by Sunharrow, 22 January 2011 - 06:21 PM.


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Posted 22 January 2011 - 06:29 PM

Yeah, not sure on what I want to spend yet. All I know is a I want a really good laptop.

Now the 7200 rpm hard drive, that will speed things up right? I agree nothing less than 4GB and windows 7 64bit.

Thank you for the suggestions, I will go check them out.

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Posted 22 January 2011 - 10:28 PM

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