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Postby Rory » Mon Aug 27, 2012 10:57 pm

432521 wrote:For the things that he needs to do and his want to keep the price on the low side I don't think he would need to shell out 1.2k for a macbook pro


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Postby sakhalin » Tue Aug 28, 2012 5:21 am

What is your desired price range? I would stay away from laptops that are in the $300 - $500 range; those are cheap for a reason. If you want something reliable yet affordable, I can recommend some laptops in the $700 range. Some may call me a hater, but for reliability, choose a laptop with either intel i5 or i7 processor. Does the laptop have an AMD processor in it? Don't even think about it. Intel, but NOT i5 or i7 (i3 is acceptable) -- don't even think about it.

Here is a nice laptop for $699 from Newegg.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834131303

i5 processor @ 2.5 GHz
6GB RAM
750 GB Hard Drive

With these specs, you will definitely be able to surf the web, play online poker, and store lots of pictures without it freezing or slowing down.

As for brand names to stay away from, any low-end product of any brand (< $500 laptops). In terms of reliability and satisfaction, that is. Unless you're looking for a netbook but that's different. But I will say this: I'm not a fan of Acer or Dell (unless its one of their super high end models).

Yeah and as other people have said, Macbooks are extremely overpriced for their specifications (but they are reliable, but you can get a reliable laptop for 1/4 price with its specs).
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Postby hematino » Tue Aug 28, 2012 11:25 am

I bought a Gateway ID58 last Black Friday (online of course, not crazy enough to go shopping that day), it was originally $600 something and I got it for just over $300. I've been really happy with it so far, think I got it on newegg.com also but I can't remember...
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Postby SWADE23 » Tue Aug 28, 2012 12:41 pm

Hey I dont know if you are still looking but... I just bought this for basic surfing, writing papers, and real basic photoshop stuff...

this particular laptop has an A6 AMD chip (I like AMD) which ranks petty good among the other laptops in this price point(AMD or Intel I checked benchmarks). Windows 7 64bit and you can upgrade the ram later on to 8gig if you see fit.
For 400 bucks you cant go wrong...


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Postby FutureBillionaire » Tue Aug 28, 2012 1:57 pm

SWADE23 wrote:Hey I dont know if you are still looking but... I just bought this for basic surfing, writing papers, and real basic photoshop stuff...

this particular laptop has an A6 AMD chip (I like AMD) which ranks petty good among the other laptops in this price point(AMD or Intel I checked benchmarks). Windows 7 64bit and you can upgrade the ram later on to 8gig if you see fit.
For 400 bucks you cant go wrong...

HP - 15.6" Pavilion Laptop - 4GB Memory - 500GB Hard Drive - Pewter - g6-1d11dx


I'm still looking. Thanks for the info!
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Postby 432521 » Wed Aug 29, 2012 12:25 pm

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Postby FutureBillionaire » Wed Aug 29, 2012 12:57 pm

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Postby 432521 » Wed Aug 29, 2012 2:33 pm

FutureBillionaire wrote:I'm thinking of going with this one...

Amazon.com: HP Pavilion g7-2010nr 17.3-Inch Laptop (Black): Computers & Accessories


I actually have the older version of that very laptop and I am not a fan.
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Postby FutureBillionaire » Wed Aug 29, 2012 4:23 pm

432521 wrote:I actually have the older version of that very laptop and I am not a fan.


Whoa! What was wrong with it?
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Postby FutureBillionaire » Wed Aug 29, 2012 4:25 pm

sakhalin wrote:What is your desired price range? I would stay away from laptops that are in the $300 - $500 range; those are cheap for a reason. If you want something reliable yet affordable, I can recommend some laptops in the $700 range. Some may call me a hater, but for reliability, choose a laptop with either intel i5 or i7 processor. Does the laptop have an AMD processor in it? Don't even think about it. Intel, but NOT i5 or i7 (i3 is acceptable) -- don't even think about it.

Here is a nice laptop for $699 from Newegg.

Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Series 3 NP300E5C-A02US Notebook Intel Core i5 3210M(2.50GHz) 15.6" 6GB Memory DDR3 1333 750GB HDD 5400rpm DVD Super Multi Intel HD Graphics 4000

i5 processor @ 2.5 GHz
6GB RAM
750 GB Hard Drive

With these specs, you will definitely be able to surf the web, play online poker, and store lots of pictures without it freezing or slowing down.

As for brand names to stay away from, any low-end product of any brand (< $500 laptops). In terms of reliability and satisfaction, that is. Unless you're looking for a netbook but that's different. But I will say this: I'm not a fan of Acer or Dell (unless its one of their super high end models).

Yeah and as other people have said, Macbooks are extremely overpriced for their specifications (but they are reliable, but you can get a reliable laptop for 1/4 price with its specs).


I would like to get something $500 or less. $550 max.
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