buying a new laptop/notebook

  • Hunter9

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    May 18, 2008 10:14 PM GMT
    im in the market for a new laptop. im not a techie at all, so looking for any advice

    all i need is a decent speed internet and capable to use Microsoft Office efficiently for work. what are some suggestions for cheap options that still maintain a certain level of quality and durability (somewhere between 600-900)

    not looking for an Mac.
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    May 18, 2008 10:30 PM GMT
    Ubuntu
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    May 18, 2008 10:33 PM GMT
    Dell is good, they have some real cheap notebooks too.

    Toshiba is good, they too have some cheap ones.

    Personally I'd stay away from HP, but, thats me, I've heard others have had good times with them, I never have.

    Lenovo (ps?) notebooks are pretty damn good but ugly as sin.

    you couldn't get a mac for that price

    Personally I've never had much experience with the lower cost notebooks but the ones I've mentioned I've heard many good things about them
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    May 18, 2008 11:06 PM GMT
    I had a toshiba that was absolute crap, although it was real purty.
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    May 19, 2008 1:57 AM GMT
    It has been just over a year since I bought a Dell Inspiron 1501. It was very reasonably priced--less than $1000. (I think about $750.) My real dissatisfaction is with Microsoft Vista. It's all over the news already, but in case you have been living under a rock, be careful with this operating system. It may work great if you have a desktop with 2 GB of memory, but most laptops have a lot less than that. Vista seems to be a memory hog. My computer takes a long time (nearly ten minutes) to start up and shut down, and it will often stop working for a few minutes to "think," and then I have to cool my heels while it catches up. Running multiple software programs simultaneously challenges it--and my patience.
  • CSPYNY

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    May 19, 2008 2:12 AM GMT
    One of the best laptops for your dollar is the Dell Vostro 1500. It's not anything flashy or fancy, but it's got good speed and can be had for cheap as Dell will be introducing the new models soon.
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    May 19, 2008 2:36 AM GMT
    I've heard good things about the Vostro as well. I recently purchased a Sony Viao from MicroCenter only because it was on sale (600-700). I've been absolutely delighted with it -- with the exception that it came with Windows Vista. But really that's not the computer's fault. ;)
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    May 19, 2008 4:07 AM GMT
    Only line of PC laptops I'll touch are the Thinkpads. Don't know if the quality's dropped off since the Lenovo acquisition but they always seemed to be heads above the build quality of most other brands. Apple is, of course, the best. So much better that it's worth considering buying a Macbook even if you end up running Windows on it. Night and day.
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    May 19, 2008 4:17 AM GMT
    I myself am about to buy a new laptop, and having evaluated the options, after having been a PC user pretty much exclusively since 1981 (the year the first IBM PC came out), I have decided to purchase a Macbook Pro. It is time.
  • inuman

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    May 19, 2008 5:15 AM GMT
    Hunter9 saidim in the market for a new laptop. im not a techie at all, so looking for any advice

    all i need is a decent speed internet and capable to use Microsoft Office efficiently for work. what are some suggestions for cheap options that still maintain a certain level of quality and durability (somewhere between 600-900)

    not looking for an Mac.



    I know you don't want a Mac but at least consider it, I mean it does everything that a PC does but it also does a whole hell of a lot more. You can also convert your Mac to PC but why would you?

    Although if you really want a PC I would suggest avoiding a desktop unless you plan on doing all computer things in one place, a laptop or notebook can go anywhere, literally, I've used one in the middle of nowhere to upload my pictures for more picture room on my digi cam. Oh and I would suggest buying one with the Vista because we'll we all know a lot of people don't like Vista and like people who don't like change, it's going to happen and when it does the old gets trashed. Like Windows 98 or 2000, they will soon not have any updates to keep you current.

    That's my two cents.

    Also Ebay and Amazon are usually better at getting things for a fair value then other online stores.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    May 19, 2008 5:59 AM GMT
    I loves me my Mac...hate me my PC.

    Once you go Mac, you will never go back.
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    May 19, 2008 7:25 AM GMT
    I have both Mac and a desktop PC.

    Mac for work, PC for gaming, movies, etc.

    If you're opting to buy a laptop, HP has some good ones that recently came out. I gifted one to a friend icon_smile.gif
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    May 19, 2008 8:10 AM GMT
    hobronto> Only line of PC laptops I'll touch are the Thinkpads. Don't know if the quality's dropped off since the Lenovo acquisition

    They were always supplied by Lenovo to IBM... and if I remember correctly Lenovo has them manufactured by another OEM (Quanta).


    My company sells notebooks which are specified by Intel but built by the same OEMs who produce units for the big boys. These are not bargain basement units, but are of good quality (2 year warranty standard, upgradeable to 3 years with free 2-day shipping to and from the repair center should you ever have a hardware problem).

    http://www.stratcom.com/Intel_Notebook_Pricing.pdf

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  • inuman

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    May 19, 2008 8:19 AM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle saidMacs are good if you want them to do graphics or use their software. But they're not as good for surfing the net. PCs still rule in this area.


    I'm sorry but I have no problems surfing the net using a Mac, I multi surf, chat on msn & yahoo, chatrooms, edit videos, music, photos, word files and that's just on a light day using a Mac.

    I have very little lag when I play online games with this as well and stream movies, etc. So the is really nothing bad about a Mac.
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    May 19, 2008 2:11 PM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle saidMacs are...not as good for surfing the net. PCs still rule in this area.


    Don't want to start another stupid Mac vs. PC argument, but I would actually say the opposite. All Windows brings to the table is embarrassingly bad wireless network management, a train wreck of a web browser, and the world's largest collection of invasive malware. Those things wreck the online experience, IMHO.

    Besides, the odds are pretty high that most of the websites you're visiting were written on a Mac. icon_smile.gif

  • May 19, 2008 3:05 PM GMT
    I'd avoid Toshiba like the plague... I've owned two and they were both shit. The first one had it's fan shut down on me, and several of the external components were cheaply attached and broke off easily.

    The second one had no fan at all, and would get so damned hot that even one of those cooling pads could not keep it from randomly shutting down on me. Also, I went away on a week's trip, and when I got back, the computer wouldn't turn on. It wasn't a power surge, because the laptop wasn't plugged in while I was away.

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    May 19, 2008 3:18 PM GMT
    I would go for Dell's. You can find all you need for a pretty low price. depending on your needs you might go for an older model. AMd processors are a little cheaper right now, but I like Intel.
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    May 19, 2008 3:22 PM GMT
    I love my TOSH' its better than my Tush!
  • BLDGbloc

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    May 20, 2008 5:52 AM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle saidMacs are good if you want them to do graphics or use their software. But they're not as good for surfing the net. PCs still rule in this area.

    Since one of your concerns is using the internet I'd stick with a PC.


    Actually Apple's Safari web browser is faster than Internet Explorer and Firefox, and you'll never have to worry about viruses with a Mac. Every Mac comes with a built in webcam too, so you can do video chatting anywhere without any extra equipment. And of course you can get Microsoft Office for the Mac too, or use iWork which is still compatible with Office but tends to look a lot nicer, especially if you use the templates it comes with. You can even get One2One personal training at any Apple store to help you get the most out of your new Mac and learn to use all the new software.

    Oh, and you can get an Apple Certified refurbished Macbook online for $949

    ...or just go with the Dell that you can't take to a physical store if you ever have a problem or question... plus a webcam, and virus software that doesn't work anyway (probably a yearly subscription).
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    May 31, 2008 3:13 PM GMT
    Although I complained about my new laptop from Dell with Microsoft Vista already loaded on it, I just downloaded the new Vista Service Pack 1 and it is running much faster right away.
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    May 31, 2008 3:33 PM GMT
    I just bought this Toshiba last week at Fry's on sale for $499. Best deal I could find (normally $699). Just need to look around and be patient. Best Buy had a Comqaq (HP company now) also for $499, was going to buy that but thought this one was a little better. I'm a computer geek but really just wanted something inexpensive to use with the Internet and some light word processing/spreadsheet work at home. Check out the ads. Make sure it has at least 2GB memory and a decent size HD (this is 160GB), both of these are upgradeable usually. Vista needs at least 2GB memory, I'll probably upgrade it to 4. Other than that, just how it looks and feels for you. Good luck, let us know what you get.
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    May 31, 2008 3:36 PM GMT
    Personally, I think you're limiting yourself to shitty computers in general by excluding Macs from your search. icon_twisted.gif Macs are pretty great. Take one for a test ride before you out and out say no.
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    May 31, 2008 3:40 PM GMT
    HotToddy saidPersonally, I think you're limiting yourself to shitty computers in general by excluding Macs from your search. icon_twisted.gif Macs are pretty great. Take one for a test ride before you out and out say no.

    I think you're right but I didn't buy a Mac only because of the price and what I wanted it for. I paid a third of the price for something I could use primarily for accessing RJ from home. If I really needed it for processing, definitely would be money well spent. Macs are nice, use one at work.
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    May 31, 2008 3:41 PM GMT
    HobrontoAll Windows brings to the table is embarrassingly bad wireless network management, a train wreck of a web browser, and the world's largest collection of invasive malware.

    Ditto, especially about the wireless management. I was amazed when I switched to Mac at the improvement in this.

    Also, ditto what Cougar said. My Toshiba laptop, a 17-incher, was a beautiful piece of crap. (Reminded me of my last partner.) Stuff broke off it and then, in less than 2 years, major internal stuff started failing.

    I've also had horrible experience with Compaq/HP.

    The best PC laptop I had, by far, was from Dell. I know their service declined precipitously at some point, but my understanding is that they've improved it dramatically.

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    May 31, 2008 3:48 PM GMT
    obscenewish said My Toshiba laptop, a 17-incher, was a beautiful piece of crap. (Reminded me of my last partner.)

    Oh great, now I'm stuck with your last partner! Damn, I should have checked here first, what was I thinking? I hate sloppy seconds! LOL