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Need a new durable laptop

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#1 dyjodapa


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Posted 30 July 2015 - 10:50 PM

Laptop or Desktop?
My budget for the new computer is: 
Under $700
What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)? 
Photo and video editing and multitasking.
What software do you intend on using on the computer? 
Picasa, Windows Movie Maker, and Google Chrome
Do you play games? If so, what type of games? 
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? 
Alot of programs at the same time.
Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer?
Will you be overclocking?
Location for online shopping/shipment/prices?
United States
How many monitors are you planning to use?

Do you need peripherals? OS?
15.6 inch 1080p screen on the laptop. Any Windows OS.
Any particular reason why you are upgrading?

Other Laptop broke.


I am currently looking at a Lenovo Z51 with these specifications: Processor: 5th Generation Intel Core i7-5500U Processor (2.40GHz 1600MHz 4MB) Operating system: Windows 8.1 64 Display: 15.6" FHD LED Anti-Glare (1920x1080) Graphics: AMD Radeon R9 M375 2GB Memory: 8.0GB PC3-12800 DDR3L 1600 MHz Hard Drive: Hybrid 1TB 5400 RPM+8GB SSHD Optical Drive: DVD Recordable. 
I am also looking at an HP Envy 15t with the following specifications: 15.6-inch diagonal Full HD WLED-backlit Display (1920x1080), Intel 802.11ac WLAN and Bluetooth® [1x1], 1TB 5400 rpm Hybrid Hard Drive, SuperMulti DVD burner, Backlit Keyboard, HP TrueVision HD Webcam with Dual Digital Microphone,Fingerprint Reader, 3-cell 55.5WHr Lithium-ion Battery, HP Laptop, Security Software Trial, 5th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-5500U Dual Core Processor +NVIDIA GeForce 940M 2GB Discrete Graphics, Windows 8.1 64, No Additional Office Software, HP ENVY - 15t Laptop, and 8GB DDR3L - 1 DIMM.
I feel more comfortable with HP because I have dealt with there technical support before and it was great. The reason I have not bought the HP yet is because it is $150 more then the Lenovo ($699). I have tried to negotiate with HP all afternoon and all I get is "the computer is on sale, all I can give you is $20 off", so I was wondering if anyone had tips on dealing with them? Also, I was wondering if this is overkill for what I am doing with my laptop. Thanks.


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Posted 30 July 2015 - 11:15 PM

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With so many options available, picking the right laptop can prove difficult. How do you know you’ll end up with a reliable model, or one that will last you at least three years without feeling outdated? While you can’t predict the future, you can use information from the past to figure out your best bet before you make your purchase.



I am posting this on a Toshiba Laptop that is 6 years old.

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Posted 31 July 2015 - 08:34 PM

Try a Lenovo Thinkpad. Those are pretty much tanks and can be found for somewhat cheap.



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Posted 03 August 2015 - 02:08 PM

Try a Lenovo Thinkpad. Those are pretty much tanks and can be found for somewhat cheap.



+1 for Lenovo Thinkpads!

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Posted 03 August 2015 - 08:41 PM


Try a Lenovo Thinkpad. Those are pretty much tanks and can be found for somewhat cheap.



+1 for Lenovo Thinkpads!




They were/are made with professional use as the target demographic. The idea that the people who are using can not have it fail ever at the loss of access to their extremely important data. The tech support for them is just as good from what I hear to keep those professional buyers happy, and keep buying them of course.


Actually, fun fact, Think Pads are the only laptops to have ever been approved as sturdy enough for use on the international space station.  

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Posted 04 August 2015 - 12:43 AM

When it comes to laptops my recommendation to clients is always the same one word answer... ASUS

Pick a model you like & see if it falls w/in your budget.  There will be, @ least, one.

Look @ the 15s http://www.asus.com/ca-en/Notebooks_Ultrabooks/Everyday_Computing_Products/

Or the 15s here http://www.asus.com/ca-en/Notebooks_Ultrabooks/Everyday_Computing_Products/

These come in 15s, as well http://www.asus.com/ca-en/Notebooks_Ultrabooks/Thin_Light_Products/

Find one of these ASUS machines @ a price w/in your $700.  Always deals & sales.  But, do yourself a favour & buy an ASUS.


Edited by Drew1903, 04 August 2015 - 12:45 AM.

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