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#1 Barefoot2

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 09:00 PM

I am looking for a replacement laptop. My Gateway m151 is still working, but it makes groaning or grinding noises, which seem ominous. Combined with the weight and short battery life, I started looking at the possibility of getting something new. I really can't afford to be without it due to 3 online classes, and needing portability.

I use the laptop to access the online class forum, some streaming of video content (nothing usually high tech, but rather documentary style), internet surfing (mainly google searches and such) and word processing. I do not do any gaming. ETA - I am looking for an especially durable model because I sometimes take the bus in to campus, and next global studies class, I would like to take it along (not to mention the klutz factor described below).

I read some PC mag reviews that gave the Lenovo x120e a really good rating based on the battery life (7+ hours), weight, and durability. If I understood correctly, the unit includes some form of impact 'resistance', and was marketed for young students (but would be good for me, since I fell on the ice with my current one).

The x130e appears to be the replacement for the x120 that was reviewed, and is being phased out (?) because it is no longer available on the lenovo website. I can find it on amazon with a variety of specs.

The range includes Core i3 i3-2367M 1.4GHz for $638.xx, Dual-Core Fusion E-450 1.65GHz 320GB HDD 4GB DDR3 for 501.xx, and AMD Dual-Core 320GB Notebook for 475.xx. (I know that those specs aren't covering everything.)

So basically, I am wondering if any of you have advice on the lenovo in general, ...any suggestion between these, or recommendations for alternative units.

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#2 killerx525

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 01:01 AM

The Lenovo Thinkpad are basically IBM laptops and the Thinkpad are well known for their durability. The laptop should be able to withstand anything you throw at it.

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Posted 15 August 2012 - 03:18 PM

One other consideration is that Lenovo has a network of local Authorized service providers all over the country.

They also sell extended warranties. As well as Accidental damage warranties. The accidental warranty covers any accidental damage. Only buy extended warranties from the maker of the laptop.

I know that Toshiba as well as those types of warranties used to sell a priority repair warranty add-on.

Accidental or priority are expensive however.

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 08:03 PM

Thanks! I did end up buying the Lenovo.




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