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Old 05-13-2013, 05:20 PM   #11
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BK - My experiences with HP are hit or miss - having HP repair certification I've seen the crap they try to pass off as working on their business units. That said, if there's one with good reviews I'm not going to say no to it.
My experience with HP/Compaq have been up and down, Had a laptop with a broke screen, Sent it off to be repaired and they sent it back with the wrong cover without the eye for the webcam.
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Old 05-13-2013, 11:37 PM   #12
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What do you guys think of this one?

Newegg.com - SONY VAIO E Series SVE1513RCXB Notebook Intel Core i5 3230M(2.60GHz) 15.5" 4GB Memory 500GB HDD 5400rpm DVD±R/RW AMD Radeon HD 7650M
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Old 05-13-2013, 11:54 PM   #13
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Found a cheaper Acer with an i7 Acer Aspire V3-571-9890 Notebook Intel Core i7 3632QM(2.20GHz) 15.6" 6GB Memory 750GB HDD 5400rpm DVD Super Multi Intel HD Graphics 4000 - Newegg.com
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Maybe check out some Lenovo's too. They are a good brand as well.
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Price range?
Up to $700.
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Up to $700.
You caught me. I had posted that, scanned his OP and saw it in there, and changed my post.
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BK, that is a nice one as well.

As for price, as you can see by what I linked it's not a hard set line
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Does this help? Or just confusing things even more:
http://reviews.cnet.com/laptop-revie..._500035_128072

Or better yet, with 15" selected as well:
http://reviews.cnet.com/laptop-revie..._500035_128072
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I'll have to dive into those links after work tonight.

Found out today that one of my co-workers has a viao that's similar to the one I linked to and he likes it. If I can get him to bring it in we'll see what I think of it.
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Just to update this - JM I looked at what they had, but nothing jumped out at me there.

I did end up buying one similar to what I linked to. I was able to build something similar on Sony's site (upgraded to pro for media center and got a larger battery) for the same price.

Picked up an 8GB kit of RAM (I'd rather have a matched pair than just trust two single 4-GB sticks) and a 250GB Samsung 840 Pro SSD and an optical drive adapter so now it's just a waiting game.

On the plus side, if this works well for m, I'll be able to convince my work to let me buy something similar (larger HDD & SDD space and battery would be needed) for work in a few months when I'm out of the start-period probation and can choose a better computer.
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