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#1 Ziva

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Posted 28 November 2011 - 10:34 PM

Hi,

I've been waffling back and forth trying to make up my mind on which laptop I'd like to get. I've finally narrowed it down to 2 choices. But the professional reviews from Cnet & PCWorld don't sound all that promising. I'm hoping someone here could give me their opinion on my choices. I want a laptop with a large screen. At least 3 USB ports. One that runs cool and feels study and well built. I don't like trackpads so I use a usb mouse.

The 2 that I'm deciding between are on Best Buy's website:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/HP+-+Pavilion+Laptop+/+Intel%26%23174%3B+Core%26%23153%3B+i5+Processor+/+17.3%22+Display+/+8GB+Memory+/+750GB+Hard+Drive+-+Dark+Umber/3440705.p?id=1218402885328&skuId=3440705

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Toshiba+-+Satellite+Laptop+/+Intel%26%23174%3B+Core%26%23153%3B+i7+Processor+/+17.3%22+Display+/+6GB+Memory+/+750GB+Hard+Drive+-+Platinum/3438847.p?id=1218402131159&skuId=3438847



My budget for the new computer is: $900-1000 us. Willing to spend more if need be.

What are the primary uses for this computer: Everything. Well most everything. Email. Browsing. Shopping.


What software do you intend on using on the computer? Word - starter version. Paint Shop Pro XI. Incredimail. Animation Shop 3. As well as the usual security software. Then I also use Firefox and Chrome.

Do you play games? If so, what type of games? I'm not a hard core gamer. But I do like to play casio games. Board games. Some of the simpler arcade stuff you find online.

Do you tend to have a lot of programs running at the same time, or do you close every program when you are done using it? I close the programs when done.

Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer? No music. But graphics and several plug-ins and filters used from Paint Shop Pro.


I've been going back and forth so much trying to decide that I'm about ready to just flip a coin.

Thanks for reading.

Ziva

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#2 killerx525

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 12:23 AM

I would get the Toshiba because they manufacture quality laptops compared to HP. Also the Toshiba has a faster processor which will suit for the tasks you are doing.

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 12:31 AM

Thank you, Michael.

I've been leaning towards the Toshiba. But I guess I'm blindly brand loyal to HP and keep going back to it.

Thank you for your time,

Ziva

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Posted 29 November 2011 - 03:29 AM

The only issue i have with HP is the durability of the laptops and the quality of the laptops itself.

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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
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Posted 29 November 2011 - 04:06 PM

The only issue i have with HP is the durability of the laptops and the quality of the laptops itself.



I agree with your statement.
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Posted 29 November 2011 - 11:43 PM

To add on to my statement, HP/Compaq laptops are a lot more complicated to repair then other brand laptops such as Acer, Toshiba, IBM/Lenovo, Asus etc.

>Michael 
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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