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#1 bradleyheathhays

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Posted 01 February 2014 - 09:30 AM

Have done a lot of research looking for a new laptop and I'm having problems finding something that doesn't have at least one fatal flaw.  So although I'm not here a lot I'm writing in to see what kind of advice I can get.

Here's what I'm looking for:

- Thinkpad style input (which pretty much limits me to a thinkpad I'm guessing)
- Intel processor
- 500GB HDD
- 15.6" screen
- Wifi
- separate numeric keypad
- Windows 7 (must)
- USB 3.0 (negotiable)
- VGA output (negotiable)
- HDMI output (negotiable)
- around $500 (but not $600)
- rating at high 3 stars or above
- would prefer new but will go w/ a manf refurb if that's what it takes to get everything in this price range
- processor speed in the 2 GHz range if possible
- some kind of warranty

I'm not a gamer so the graphics card isn't that important.  A good screen res would be nice but again not that high on the priority list.  Would like to stay away from a weak case.

So but here's the thing...I can't tell which but either by way of addiction or if simply through my own inability to adapt to something different I've become hooked on the Thinkpad trackpoint input device (the red dot) as well as the two separate dedicated mouse buttons at the top of the touchpad.  I've tried to adapt to newer style touchpads but something about them will always be ambiguous and awkward for me.  I know it's putting a huge limitation on this laptop hunt of mine but I know in the long run if I stick to a thinkpad, or a computer with a similar input button (of which I know none) I'll be overall much happier with the interface.

So there's that.

After a lot of reading I was all set on getting a manf refurbd Lenovo E530 for $509 on ebay until I read reviews that the touchpad itself is 'total junk.'  Big disappointment there because spec wise it was everything I was looking for.

I've checked lots on Amazon, Best Buy, Tiger Direct and the New Egg websites, and after finding nothing more than this last one it seems now that I've exhausted all the resources I'm aware of.  So if anyone has any idea at all on where I should look to make this next computer of mine happen I'm all ears.  Been wondering if there's something maybe like a well known reliable computer builder somewhere, maybe on ebay, who does build to spec orders.

Quick question:  I've seen some machines listed as Win 7 by way of something like a downgrade option from Win 8, or something like that.  I'm guessing that means it arrives appearing as Win 8 but you can do some sort of swap where you probably get online and they shoot you Win 7 whereby you install.  However it works, do all Win 8 machines have the ability to downgrade to Win 7?

Thanks for the help.


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#2 killerx525

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Posted 03 February 2014 - 01:51 AM

Hi, you might want to look at business grade laptops from Toshiba or HP as they designed to be solid and rugged like the Thinkpad laptops although price might be a issue as they can be quite pricey and Windows 8 can be downgraded to Windows 7 assuming you have the appropriate media. I did find a laptop that fits your price but i'm not sure  if you will be satisfied with the touch pad.

 

HP ProBook 450 G1

 

- Thinkpad style input (which pretty much limits me to a thinkpad I'm guessing) No
- Intel processor Yes

- 500GB HDD Yes
- 15.6" screen Yes
- Wifi Yes
- separate numeric keypad Yes
- Windows 7 (must) Yes
- USB 3.0 (negotiable) Yes
- VGA output (negotiable) Yes
- HDMI output (negotiable) Yes
- around $500 (but not $600) Yes
- rating at high 3 stars or above Yes
- would prefer new but will go w/ a manf refurb if that's what it takes to get everything in this price range Yes, New
- processor speed in the 2 GHz range if possible Yes
- some kind of warranty Yes


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Posted 03 February 2014 - 09:27 PM

I think you do quite well spending a little less, you need to do some shopping. 


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Posted 03 February 2014 - 11:47 PM

I think you do quite well spending a little less, you need to do some shopping. 

While looking for the laptop i found, there was one ProBook which was around the lower $500 mark but it had last gen specs so i decided why not get the newer model which is still in the budget :)


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Posted 04 February 2014 - 10:04 AM

Ah case closed enjoy your new toy!

 

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 11:54 PM

You forgot about the Toshiba Tecra; the A50 looks quite good; I mean, I was browsing the Toshiba web site last night, because I'm crazy about Toshiba and del, for that matter, but their business laptops are pretty good from the looks of them.  I've never owned one, though I did have a Portege for years, and I loved that thing


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Posted 06 February 2014 - 12:01 AM

You forgot about the Toshiba Tecra; the A50 looks quite good; I mean, I was browsing the Toshiba web site last night, because I'm crazy about Toshiba and del, for that matter, but their business laptops are pretty good from the looks of them.  I've never owned one, though I did have a Portege for years, and I loved that thing

Yes they are another solid option as i have personally used a Tecra that has lasted for about 5 years without breaking down and still works despite it being replaced but price might be an issue depending on the retailer. 


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Posted 06 February 2014 - 01:44 AM

Where else can you get Toshiba Tecra models other than from Toshiba themselves?  I was looking around for one just for the hell of it, and I certainly didn't find anything.  Not that I was like, going to buy one or anything. 


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Posted 06 February 2014 - 03:15 AM

Where else can you get Toshiba Tecra models other than from Toshiba themselves?  I was looking around for one just for the hell of it, and I certainly didn't find anything.  Not that I was like, going to buy one or anything. 

Well over here in Australia, retailers only sell very few Tecra models but some computer stores do have a wide variety of Tecra models. 


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Posted 06 February 2014 - 12:28 PM

Interesting.  I'll have to look. 


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