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Old 08-23-2013, 11:49 PM
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Alright, I need some help here guys. I've been meaning to make this thread weeks before but I procrastinated.

My current laptop (and only computer) is a Dell M1210 which I have used basically every day since January of 2007. It's basically at the end of it's life with lots of problems and I think it is time for something new. With school starting next week and 3 online hybrid classes (hate them but no choice), I am looking to buy immediately.

I am pretty behind technology and don't keep up with trends. I do however seem to use my electronics for the full extent of it's life so I'm looking for something good as I will be probably stuck with it for at least the next few years to come.

My budget is around $500-600. I am constantly on my laptop on and off daily so I need something with good usability.

Here are the requirements that I can think of so far:

- My current laptop has a 12" screen and I have determined that it is just too small. I am looking for a 14" preferably, MAYBE A 15.6" but that is a bit on the large size.

- I don't want a number pad on the right side.

- Something with good multimedia aspects (integrated webcam/mic, decent speakers, several earphone jacks, good screen, etc).

- I mainly using it for Youtubing, web browsing, Microsoft Office applications.

- I don't really play PC games but I wouldn't mind something with a respectable graphics card so I can play some non-demanding FPS games.

Again I am for the most part on my computer A LOT...so I need something that is very usable for essentially all day.

Any suggestions?


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Old 08-24-2013, 12:15 AM
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save some money and buy a Mac Book Pro
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Thanks but I don't like Mac's....way too expensive too. I'd like to stick to Windows.
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Old 08-24-2013, 12:52 AM
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Ibm y series. Pick the screen and your ram. Bam!

If you wanna go a lil cheaper, a ideapad w series with i5 4gb ram should only run in the 5-700 range.

Their 3 year warranty Is only $99. Best deals I have found as of late.
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Is IBM the same as Lenovo? Cause I couldn't find the IBM Y series but found the Lenovo Y series and it starts off in the $770 range. I'm looking to spend a bit less.

Anyone got any ideas?
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Does it have to be Windows?

If you took your old notebook, installed Pear Linux on it, you'd have a Mac-like Interface, at ZERO-price, but WAY more stable than Windows.

If you NEED Windows, and have to get one with Win8, then at least TRY Linux on the old rig (Pear seems to work with more hardware than *buntu does).
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Old 08-26-2013, 9:24 AM
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Is IBM the same as Lenovo? Cause I couldn't find the IBM Y series but found the Lenovo Y series and it starts off in the $770 range. I'm looking to spend a bit less.

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My mistake, they are now just Lenovo, used to be IBM ha ha ha

I will be completely honest, I would not trust most laptop makers these days, I have had problems lately with HP, Toshiba and dell.

The thinkpad edge E431 is an I3 (2.6ghz) 4gb of ram and 500GB hard drive (7200rpm) runs about $560.

My recommendation though would be adding 50 dollars for the 24GB microSSD. This will allow you to install windows to an SSD and then use the 500GB drive for storing user files. This means when you reinstall windows there are no worries about your data.

Also, Lenovo offers a 3 year depot warranty (mail into depot for repairs) for $99.

No I don't work for them, yes I think they are the best built laptop these days, not so much in the looks department, but they are rugged and are very sexy in a vintage way. When seeing one they look to be from the era of Celerons and Pentium 4s, then you see the I7 sticker and Nvidia Quadro sticker and be like "damn!"
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used macbook pro, and dont look back to windows
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slickdeals.net & bensbargains.net
read reviews on newegg.com & amazon.com
There's usually an A6 or A8 on sale every other week for around $350-450

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I have had good luck with Dell. I'm running a older Inspiron with XP and a newer one bought last year running Windows 7. I'm taking a class at the local college and get a Student discount.
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dell outlet, add accident protection, and wait for a 20% coupon code.

Was about to drop $1500 on a top tier laptop, checked the outlet center and found one... added 1 year accident protection, a coupon code, and paid about $990 shipped w/ tax.
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ASUS at costco....your best bet. gotta love the mac nuts though, too much money, not enough brains.

if you dont have them at your local store, check this one out on ebay.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ASUS-Noteboo...epn=5337259887

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I used to be a die hard windows guy too. But I was converted. I'll never go back.
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ASUS at costco....your best bet. gotta love the mac nuts though, too much money, not enough brains.
That's like telling someone to buy Walmarts own brand wrenches instead of Snap On or they have too much money, not enough brains.

You use the tool for the job, for a student it's generally what they can afford.

Apple have student pricing, that may help:

http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/findyourschool
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No.... advising people to buy macs is like saying snap on tools are dumb you should buy gold plated tools because they look cooler.

If you enjoy the interface fine, but for people needing to get work done pcs are the only bet. I manage a network of 3000 computers on my own, about 200 macs and the only reason they are around is elitist blowhards with more budget than brains.

Ever since adobe took over with photoshop, dreamweaver, and lightroom there is NO reason to pay for a mac.

Unless of course you like the interface then more power to you... the truth about macs is people who switched did it in the era of ****ty laptop designs like toshiba, vaio, and of course windows me and xp. The old days are gone and its high time people start looking objectively at the facts instead of clutching to "what works for them".

Fyi, I'm a linux guy at heart. But as much fun as it is to tweak on things you need your rig to just work.
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If you enjoy the interface fine, but for people needing to get work done pcs are the only bet. I manage a network of 3000 computers on my own, about 200 macs and the only reason they are around is elitist blowhards with more budget than brains.

Ever since adobe took over with photoshop, dreamweaver, and lightroom there is NO reason to pay for a mac.
If I ran a network of 3000 computers, I would use a Windows machine. But I don't, and neither does the OP. If I ran an office with a bunch of computers for administrating a business, I would buy a Windows machines. But I don't, and neither does the OP.

If I was a video editor and built and ran a bunch of websites, I would use a Mac... and I do. But the OP doesn't.

I also don't use a single Adobe piece of software because they suffer the same problems that put me off Windows - bloat and suck.

If I was to recommend a computer for anyone who just wanted a computer for the house, email, media etc... I would recommend a Mac because I don't want to become their personal techs getting phone calls every other day because this is happening or the can't do or find this, or some piece of software is telling them they have a virus or it's running slow.

If I was to recommend a computer for student on a budget I would recommend they see if they can get a Mac, if not then go find a deal on one of the windows computer makers with a reputation for hardware that doesn't suck.


It's tools for jobs. The elitism of Windows geeks is as tired as the elitism of Apple nerds is as tired as Glock fanbois or H&K snob.

You want to call me an elitist blowhard and insult me for purchasing/recommending a brand of computer? Go right ahead guy on the internet.



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If I ran a network of 3000 computers, I would use a Windows machine. But I don't, and neither does the OP. If I ran an office with a bunch of computers for administrating a business, I would buy a Windows machines. But I don't, and neither does the OP.

If I was a video editor and built and ran a bunch of websites, I would use a Mac... and I do. But the OP doesn't.

I also don't use a single Adobe piece of software because they suffer the same problems that put me off Windows - bloat and suck.

If I was to recommend a computer for anyone who just wanted a computer for the house, email, media etc... I would recommend a Mac because I don't want to become their personal techs getting phone calls every other day because this is happening or the can't do or find this, or some piece of software is telling them they have a virus or it's running slow.

If I was to recommend a computer for student on a budget I would recommend they see if they can get a Mac, if not then go find a deal on one of the windows computer makers with a reputation for hardware that doesn't suck.


It's tools for jobs. The elitism of Windows geeks is as tired as the elitism of Apple nerds is as tired as Glock fanbois or H&K snob.

You want to call me an elitist blowhard and insult me for purchasing/recommending a brand of computer? Go right ahead guy on the internet.



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I didn't call you an elitist blowhard, but thanks for assuming that I was talking about you... must be hard living on this planet thinking everything anyone says is directed at you... OH and Those people are elitist blowhards that "must" have the latest and greatest mac to do their job, and guess what, YOUR tax dollars are paying for it. Just wasted another 250,000 of your tax dollars buying up Ipads and chromebooks too. Which are next to useless... LOL

I have a mac for testing websites on, don't see the allure, but as I said if you like the interface more power to you.

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System76 FTW if you need Widows Apps slap a virtual machine in there and run your windows apps...

https://www.system76.com/laptops/model/panp9
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No.... advising people to buy macs is like saying snap on tools are dumb you should buy gold plated tools because they look cooler.

If you enjoy the interface fine, but for people needing to get work done pcs are the only bet. I manage a network of 3000 computers on my own, about 200 macs and the only reason they are around is elitist blowhards with more budget than brains.

Ever since adobe took over with photoshop, dreamweaver, and lightroom there is NO reason to pay for a mac.

Unless of course you like the interface then more power to you... the truth about macs is people who switched did it in the era of ****ty laptop designs like toshiba, vaio, and of course windows me and xp. The old days are gone and its high time people start looking objectively at the facts instead of clutching to "what works for them".

Fyi, I'm a linux guy at heart. But as much fun as it is to tweak on things you need your rig to just work.

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Alright, I need some help here guys. I've been meaning to make this thread weeks before but I procrastinated.

My current laptop (and only computer) is a Dell M1210 which I have used basically every day since January of 2007. It's basically at the end of it's life with lots of problems and I think it is time for something new. With school starting next week and 3 online hybrid classes (hate them but no choice), I am looking to buy immediately.

I am pretty behind technology and don't keep up with trends. I do however seem to use my electronics for the full extent of it's life so I'm looking for something good as I will be probably stuck with it for at least the next few years to come.

My budget is around $500-600. I am constantly on my laptop on and off daily so I need something with good usability.

Here are the requirements that I can think of so far:

- My current laptop has a 12" screen and I have determined that it is just too small. I am looking for a 14" preferably, MAYBE A 15.6" but that is a bit on the large size.

- I don't want a number pad on the right side.

- Something with good multimedia aspects (integrated webcam/mic, decent speakers, several earphone jacks, good screen, etc).

- I mainly using it for Youtubing, web browsing, Microsoft Office applications.

- I don't really play PC games but I wouldn't mind something with a respectable graphics card so I can play some non-demanding FPS games.

Again I am for the most part on my computer A LOT...so I need something that is very usable for essentially all day.

Any suggestions?


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OH and Those people are elitist blowhards that "must" have the latest and greatest mac to do their job, and guess what, YOUR tax dollars are paying for it. Just wasted another 250,000 of your tax dollars buying up Ipads and chromebooks too. Which are next to useless... LOL
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labor day coming up.. goto best buy and find whatever is on sale.. i7 or i5 processor, and at least 6-12gb of memory.. other specs dont matter as much as that.. and i7 will last longer, because its faster
Don't forget RAM is relatively inexpensive nowadays. Processor... definitely got to get the one that will be relevant the longest. The OP mentioned games, so graphics card would be the other.
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Thanks for all the responses. I know some of you really recommend a Mac. I've used them before and to be honest i'd just rather have a windows PC. I looked at some of the links you guys posted and I really want to stick with a screen size or around 14" and not have a number bad on the right side. It kinda seems like i7 is the way to go but those are usually reserved for bigger screen computers??
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Thanks for all the responses. I know some of you really recommend a Mac. I've used them before and to be honest i'd just rather have a windows PC. I looked at some of the links you guys posted and I really want to stick with a screen size or around 14" and not have a number bad on the right side. It kinda seems like i7 is the way to go but those are usually reserved for bigger screen computers??
http://www.amazon.com/Dell-Inspiron-...812625&sr=1-10

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Nope - I have a 15.6" system which came with an i7, four cores, and hyper threads.

The i7 doesn't have graphics on the same chip which means it doesn't go into systems where the parts budget can't cover separate hardware.

I'm at 15.6" because that's what it took to get 1920x1080 graphics which allows for 3 parallel 80 character wide text windows or two ones that work for older eyes plus extra. The last one was 14" which seems to be where you get enough space for typing. The new one weighs a couple ounces more than the although that isn't enough to be noticeable and it still fits into a very small back pack.

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Thanks for all the responses. I know some of you really recommend a Mac. I've used them before and to be honest i'd just rather have a windows PC. I looked at some of the links you guys posted and I really want to stick with a screen size or around 14" and not have a number bad on the right side. It kinda seems like i7 is the way to go but those are usually reserved for bigger screen computers??
i7 comes in many form factors but not usually budget machines. I would advise only the dual core i7 for what you listed. Unless you like cutting video or running really intensive applications you wont need the quad core.

Also don't overlook the i3 and i5, they are all fantastic and I haven't met a 3rd or 4th generation intel chip I didn't like.
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This one looks pretty sweet....kinda exactly what I am looking for but a bit more than what I want to spend. Well I would be comfortable in the $600 range maybe $650 max. God it's so overwhelming to look for laptops when you are behind on technology and all the jargon lol.
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lmao, of course your job is a video editor....absolutely no technical knowledge but recommending technology. if you did have some sort of technical knowledge, you would know that the internals of mac book pros mirror internals from pc laptops a year ago. you would also know that the only screen to suffer more problems on laptops from 2 years ago or current model mac books are the ultra amazing, piece of sht "retina" displays.

i am honestly surprised you even know what snap on is let alone that they make tools.

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If I ran a network of 3000 computers, I would use a Windows machine. But I don't, and neither does the OP. If I ran an office with a bunch of computers for administrating a business, I would buy a Windows machines. But I don't, and neither does the OP.

If I was a video editor and built and ran a bunch of websites, I would use a Mac... and I do. But the OP doesn't.

I also don't use a single Adobe piece of software because they suffer the same problems that put me off Windows - bloat and suck.

If I was to recommend a computer for anyone who just wanted a computer for the house, email, media etc... I would recommend a Mac because I don't want to become their personal techs getting phone calls every other day because this is happening or the can't do or find this, or some piece of software is telling them they have a virus or it's running slow.

If I was to recommend a computer for student on a budget I would recommend they see if they can get a Mac, if not then go find a deal on one of the windows computer makers with a reputation for hardware that doesn't suck.


It's tools for jobs. The elitism of Windows geeks is as tired as the elitism of Apple nerds is as tired as Glock fanbois or H&K snob.

You want to call me an elitist blowhard and insult me for purchasing/recommending a brand of computer? Go right ahead guy on the internet.



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WINNNER!!!! Get a MacBook Pro wort every penny and will outlast any PC Laptop by 5 years. My wife still use here MacBook that we purchased 6 years ago it's the ones that came in black. Also last year I purchased a 15" MacBook Pro Retina Display and it's out of this world. They retail for $1800 I think and I purchased an open box from Best Buy for $1300 and they gavee an extended warranty. Like I said its wort every penny and the UI is simple to use and it's very clean and the best part NO Anti Viris programs needed because there aren't any virisus for OSX. Go to an Apple store and jus use one for 30min and I guarantee you that you will fall in love with it. The 13" MacBooks start at $1200 and it all depends on what you want in it.
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I used to be a die hard windows guy too. But I was converted. I'll never go back.
Me too! My dad got himself a Sony Laptop with Win8 on it OMG what a pice of crap whoever designed it was probably high on acid. It's so stupid and so confusing and all the laptops are just crap. For $600 you can get a nicely used 2011/2012 MacBook Pro 13" with 500GB HD 4GB Memory 2.3Ghz Intel Celeron and it will outlast and me PC any time any day.
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If you do happen to waste your money on a Mac Book, please invest in some real antivirus software. They are not immune, and as they gain market share they have been under attack more and more.

Nothing like allowing a key logger to sit dormant on your mac and yelling proudly you don't need AV!
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$600 you can get a nicely used 2011/2012 MacBook Pro 13" with 500GB HD 4GB Memory 2.3Ghz Intel Celeron and it will outlast and me PC any time any day.
Dude I am sorry, but I have never actually met a real died in the blue mac fan boy such as yourself. Interesting seeing into the mind of someone so completely brainwashed.

A 2.3Ghz Celeron, my chrome book has one of those and it was $250... and it has 4gb of memory too.

For $600 you are in quad core I5 territory on a pc. That mac may outlast any pc any day any time. But its gonna be slower than dog **** just like the day you bought it ha ha ha

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Old 09-10-2013, 8:33 PM
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Had several laptops over the years and all have been good, except Acer.

The most durable was a Lenovo, though.

I have had Dell, HP, Toshiba, Asus and Acer, but my old Lenovo had the fewest issues.
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Old 09-10-2013, 8:38 PM
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Thanks for the input guys. I'm still looking....and reading everyone's posts lol.

I was at Fry's this other day and the guy was kinda pushing the Lenovo G500. They didn't have one out but he showed my buddy and I the specs on the box. I think it was around $525 and was a 15.6" model.
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I can say a few certain things:

1) You want a Intel "Haswell"-based laptop. The battery life gains from going with SOME models containing Haswell processors are HUGE. 7hrs to as much as 12hrs in SOME cases (2013 Macbook Air). Unfortunately, many of the good Haswell laptops worth waiting for aren't out yet--they have been announced and reviewed but just aren't shipping yet. Most will ship next month (October) just in time for the holidays.

2) NO brand of laptop is trustworthy any more, not even Apple. I love Macs both to use and support, but I've seen a few too many Macs fail in the last five years to trust Apple any more.

So it's mainly down to carefully reviewing specific models and waiting for other users to start *****ing about their problems. If the *****ing about a given model is minor, then go for it!

The models I currently trust the most based on hands-on support experience are ASUS UX series and the Lenovo Thinkpad X and T series.

I wouldn't touch any model of HP, Samsung, Acer, Toshiba, or Dell at this time. Some Sony models are okay--avoid the VAIO Pro for now, which currently has Wifi range problems.

I personally plan on buying a Microsoft Surface 2 Pro in the next few months (a 10" tablet/convertible). Screen's too small for you, but it's one of the few models that passes all my scrutiny and meets all my needs (greater than 6hr battery life, 1080p or higher, LINUX-capable).

I currently run a 2012 13" Macbook Air with LINUX and Windows running in virtual machines, so I have all three OSes on this one machine. Would I recommend it? Yes, especially the 2013 13" Macbook Air, but you would have to deal with dual-boot via Boot Camp or virtual machines to get Windows on it. I'm not sure you want to deal with the hassle of installing Windows yourself. It is possible to get a Mac to boot straight into Windows every time, without ever having to use Mac OS X.

3) If at all possible, get Windows 7 Pro 64-bit. Avoid this Windows 8/8.1 crap like the plague. Yes, the Surface 2 Pro I'm getting has Windows 8.1. No, I am not happy about the prospect of dealing with it, even with 8.1's improvements. Also, if you are going with a Mac and Boot Camp, this rule goes double.

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Old 09-29-2013, 11:24 AM
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1.) Buy a Dell or IBM Laptop

2.) Get a Intel CPU in a i5 or i7 for light gaming, no AMD because they Wi-Fi slower in performance.

3.) All you Mac Lovers fail to tell people how stupidly expensive the hardware and the software on the upfront cost.
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I got a refurb ultrabook feom lenovo 15.6" 1tb hdd 24gbssd 6gig ram for $429..core i5 3337u

They are out there. I look fir a month to get it
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