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Old 04-20-2008, 04:56 PM   #1
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Default Anyone have recommendations for a laptop?

Hi there! I hope this is in the right place.

So, I've been in the process of tracking down a decent laptop for a fairly affordable price. I am looking for something that is in the $600-850 price range. I was just wondering if anyone can help me out in deciding what I should get.

Here's what I am after:

Now, I am not a gamer, so I don't need anything with a good graphics card. I am looking for something that has a large amount of space, and has at least 2 GB of RAM. I am an avid user of the internet, so I like speed. I also watch DVDs and such. I am also into filmmaking, so I am looking for something that is good to upload footage. Wireless is cool, too.

Here are some things I've been looking at:


http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1204332255236
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1205245968396
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1205537513049
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....#productdetail
http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Toshi...oductDetail.do


Are any of these decent? I mean, I like quality, but I know that I am limited by my price range (it's all I can afford). I would be grateful if someone would be cool enough to help me out and lend some advice on purchasing a laptop.

Thanks!
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Old 04-20-2008, 05:16 PM   #2
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I just bought a dell vostro 1700 costing me 360pound, its a wicked machine at the price its dual core duo 2 1.4ghz and 2ghz memory with 120gsata hdd and the graphics is ingrated but still good maybe upgrade a little and get better but still its a good build big screen nice keybored with water proof, and its battery life is wow wow wow, also the newest wireless N, great performance wicked speeds, the layout is cool the smooth ness on the front of the laptop stops it from getting sctrached, its got a sd memory card unput and s-video port pluss the sound and muc and ethernet, umm o and the buttons at the front of the laptop, so good if you watch/listen to films or music then its a good toggle mute and next buttons and stop pause volume.

great buy 5 stars

o and the touchpad is great because its more to the left so you have more arm space, and the sound is great, i thought it would be lower but man its aswome for the price.

if you get a upgrade well, your doing evden better

also if you but anything over 300pound on dell its free delivery and mine came 3days lator
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Old 04-20-2008, 05:20 PM   #3
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Just at a glance, in terms of price vs. performance the Toshiba one and the Dell Inspiron w/ Core2 are about the same. I wouldn't go with AMD when it comes to mobile processors, it's never been their forte. Really nowadays, companies are being really competitive in the notebook arena so you'll find that the majority of the companies all sell at comparable prices.

You could check out HP for some decent deals, I just configured a notebook that is better than the Dell Inspiron that I mentioned for 888.
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Old 04-20-2008, 05:23 PM   #4
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and you gotta think about the layouts aswell in laptops because ive had a few and its about the layout aswell so look and research good man, am just giving tips
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Old 04-20-2008, 05:29 PM   #5
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Default Re: Anyone have recommendations for a laptop?

Hey, thanks guys! Trust me, I am doing all the research I can. I just though it wouldn't hurt if I asked around on message boards. Especially since I've gotten some great help in picking out RAM from users on this forum.

Oh, the main reason I am looking for at least 2GB of RAM, is because of some of the software I use. I don't know if that info would really change anything, but I figured it wouldn't hurt to give out as much as I can.
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Old 04-20-2008, 05:35 PM   #6
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well if your using adoba and sony vegas then its great for that
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Old 04-20-2008, 05:37 PM   #7
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I use Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Sony Vegas.

I've been doing quite a bit of research, and am actually in the process of compiling a list of stuff. I will post what I have narrowed my selections down to later.

Has anybody else got anything to chime in? I'd still appreciate some thought from other users. Thanks!
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Old 04-21-2008, 08:50 AM   #8
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I think you'll need more then 2gb ram then with all them because your using .gif pics right? then this requires hugh ram
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Well 2GB would suffice if he's not using all of those apps at the same time, I'm running on 1GB of RAM and Photoshop CS2 runs fine with Illustrator CS2.

That's not to say you shouldn't push for that extra RAM if you could, more RAM in your case is better.
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Old 04-21-2008, 09:32 AM   #10
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yes KCHI55 but when you work with animated gifs then you need some good ram because when you save the gif it can take along time depending on how big the gif is
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Old 04-21-2008, 11:06 AM   #11
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* 5.78lb, Intel Core 2 Duo T5750 (2.0GHz/667Mhz FSB/2MB cache)
* 15.4" Widescreen (1280x800) + Webcam, 4GB, 250GB
* CD/DVD Burner, Fingerprint Reader, 6-cell battery
* 256MB Nvidia 8600M GT Video Card, 2 years warranty
Those specs for 841$ at Dell, not sure when the offer ends, but I do believe it fits your requirements very nicely.

The deal works if you get a 10% coupon from Dell, which you can request here http://eppcoupons.rjk.com/A10/
-edit- ah.. scratch that they're only offering the T8300 now, which makes it closer to 1000 dollars.
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Old 04-21-2008, 11:09 AM   #12
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yer thats the upgrade to mine i think it is anyway
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Default Re: Anyone have recommendations for a laptop?

Hey, thanks guys! Well, I'm not using the laptop as my MAIN computer (I already have one set up). It's just something I need to write, and occasionally edit stuff with. Like I said, 2GB of RAM is good enough. I don't think I'd be doing any major stuff with it.

I appreciate the feedback guys. It's really helping out. I'm actually leaving for a week, so I won't be able to respond back until next weekend. But please, don't let it stop you from giving some info. Thanks a bunch!
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Old 04-26-2008, 11:38 PM   #14
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Hey fellas! I'm back for the time being, and I just thought I'd share that my price range has been lifted to $1000 (tops). So I'm not too limited by my funding. I know that the extra $150 can make a difference in buying a laptop.

So, would anybody else care to make a recommendation that can fit in this price range and meets what I am looking for?
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Look at the Lenovo Thinkpad R61 or the Dell XPS 1530.
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I'd suggest visiting dell.com, hp.com, and possibly sony.com and configuring your own laptop to see how it fits your price range.

Processor- Most will be able to handle your type of work, but I'd suggest getting one that is a bit stronger to make sure editing is a breeze.

RAM- at least 2GB.

Hard Drive- Many options out there...get one with the capacity you'll need/use. If speed is an issue (loading, opening progs/files, etc) opt for a 7200RPM hard drive instead of the normal 5400RPM ones.

Graphics- As you stated, you have no real need for a separate graphics card, so I guess an integrated one will do.

Go to hp.com and configure one of their laptops...they're dirt cheap nowadays, and its unbelievable because you get a lot of features for a truly low price. I just got another HP catalog and i'm shocked to see such a great price/performance ratio on some of their laptops.

You can definitely get one under $1000.

Hope this helps,

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Hey, thanks a bunch! I have a quick question:

So, I'm probably going to customize my own laptop. I would also appreciate some good wireless activity. There are several options when choosing Wireless Network Cards. What I would like to know is, which one would be the best choice? I mean, I am not relying on the wireless, but for certain occasions it would be handy. (Price is not an issue).
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Just make sure the wireless card is 802.11n/a/b/g compatible.
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Hey, thanks a bunch! I have a quick question:

So, I'm probably going to customize my own laptop. I would also appreciate some good wireless activity. There are several options when choosing Wireless Network Cards. What I would like to know is, which one would be the best choice? I mean, I am not relying on the wireless, but for certain occasions it would be handy. (Price is not an issue).

There are many cards you could choose from, but it all depends on what you want. 01001010 stated 802.11 b/g/n cards, and that's a good recommendation. Most wireless networks today run on G, but newer, more advanced networks are using N, and its usage will increase with time. Just make sure you get one that is at LEAST 802.11G, and you should be fine. N is a great bonus.

Also, this shouldn't be a big issue, but some companies will give you an external card if you opt for the 802.11N cards. Make sure its an internal one, since it will be one less thing for you to worry about.
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Wow, thanks guys! That helped out.

While I was doing a little looking, I came across what looks to be a decent buy:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1203815723206

Would this be worthy of looking in upon?
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