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Rob S
12-19-2009, 03:33 PM
SWDC, I ask you, what laptop should I buy? I am starting an internship and need a laptop. I am pretty sure I want a PC because I am used to them and I have heard from most sources you get way more for your money. That said, if you think a Mac is worth it, let me know why.

Ideally I would want to spend around $600 to $800, but I could go higher if it was clearly worth it. The main things I want are good battery life, speed, a fairly large hard drive that wont burn out on me, and a decent sized screen with a nice display for watching movies. If you have any questions that would help you make a better recommendation, let me know.

Thanks guys.

ImBrotherCain
12-19-2009, 03:42 PM
Well I work at Best Buy in the computer department... for just knowing what we have this one is my personal favorite. http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+-+Laptop+with+Intel%26%23174%3B+Core%26%23153%3B2+D uo+Processor+-+Black+Aluminum/9556143.p?id=1218124207441&skuId=9556143

Most people don't know about Asus but they are one of the best computer manufacturers out there today

The computer has :
Roughly an 8 hour battery life
4GB of Ram
500 GB Hard Drive
15.6" Screen

Its extremely portable because it weighs roughly 4 pounds and is roughly an inch thick.

Matthew Jones
12-19-2009, 03:48 PM
As someone whose family has both a Mac and PC, let me tell you that a Mac is not worth it, especially if you don't know what the benefit to having one is. If you think it looks "cool" and want to mess around in Garage Band, you have to really consider if that's worth an extra $500-1000 compared to an equivalent PC. Macs might be more user-friendly if you're just starting out on computers, but if you are feeling pretty good about PC, there's no reason to switch, because you already know how to use one of them. As for PC, I'm not entirely sure which brand is the best. I have a Gateway laptop and it's not what I'd hoped it'd be when I got it, it overheats way too much. Most of the tech-savvy people I know use Dell laptops, so that would probably be a pretty good choice.

A Perfect Score
12-19-2009, 03:54 PM
I know when I was researching laptops, I had decided on Lenovo before I decided to build myself a desktop instead. They may not be the flashiest, but Ive heard they are next to indestructible and are very well put together computers. When I do end up upgrading my laptop, thats probably what Ill be getting. The ThinkPad and the IdeaPad are models to check out. Very affordable as well.

thefalconer
12-19-2009, 04:29 PM
Well I work at Best Buy in the computer department... for just knowing what we have this one is my personal favorite. http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+-+Laptop+with+Intel%26%23174%3B+Core%26%23153%3B2+D uo+Processor+-+Black+Aluminum/9556143.p?id=1218124207441&skuId=9556143

Most people don't know about Asus but they are one of the best computer manufacturers out there today

The computer has :
Roughly an 8 hour battery life
4GB of Ram
500 GB Hard Drive
15.6" Screen

Its extremely portable because it weighs roughly 4 pounds and is roughly an inch thick.

very good specs for $680 but the processor speed is a weak 1.3 GHz. you should get a laptop with at least a 2.0 GHz processor. a lot of RAM doesn't really matter with a weak processor. like aps said, lenovos offer a lot of bang for your buck. HPs tend to be a bit overpriced. and Dells are decent and you should take a look at them.

if you can post more of what you're looking to do with the laptop and what size then i can recommend something for you.

thefalconer
12-19-2009, 04:35 PM
i re-read the OP and see what you want and this looks really good.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834117958

Crickett
12-19-2009, 04:47 PM
Get an Osborne 1.

Rob S
12-19-2009, 06:20 PM
i re-read the OP and see what you want and this looks really good.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834117958

That looks pretty good. I will do some more research, but that and a lenovo are def. in the running.

ImBrotherCain
12-19-2009, 06:22 PM
very good specs for $680 but the processor speed is a weak 1.3 GHz. you should get a laptop with at least a 2.0 GHz processor. a lot of RAM doesn't really matter with a weak processor. like aps said, lenovos offer a lot of bang for your buck. HPs tend to be a bit overpriced. and Dells are decent and you should take a look at them.

if you can post more of what you're looking to do with the laptop and what size then i can recommend something for you.

Its a 1.3 because its a low voltage processor... hence the 8 hour battery life and not having the whole laptop way 10 pounds. 1.3 is going to be fine for every day use any gaming, video editing or anything resource exhausting isn't what that Laptop is designed for.

Rob S
12-19-2009, 06:29 PM
I dont know much about that brother cain, but i am researching the one you mentioned as well

TimD
12-19-2009, 06:37 PM
im not any sort of a computer genius but after buying a mac, i'll never go back to pc. i recommend a mac

MiWolves
12-19-2009, 06:40 PM
Get an Lenovo or Asus labtop, I have a Lenovo for like 2 years and it hasn't broken down yet. I use to have a dell labtop and I called for tech support and they said if I wanted to renew my warranty incase of my screen breaking and once my warranty was up guess what! my screen broke. Concidence? I think not.

thefalconer
12-19-2009, 07:14 PM
Its a 1.3 because its a low voltage processor... hence the 8 hour battery life and not having the whole laptop way 10 pounds. 1.3 is going to be fine for every day use any gaming, video editing or anything resource exhausting isn't what that Laptop is designed for.

yeah, i realized he wanted a long battery life so your recommendation might suit his needs better. i just always instinctively look for the most power in laptops.

Rob S
12-19-2009, 07:19 PM
yeah, i realized he wanted a long battery life so your recommendation might suit his needs better. i just always instinctively look for the most power in laptops.

Yeah......8 hours is insane. I think 4 is more than enough for my needs. Only time I wont have access to my charger would likely be class and classes are 3 hrs. at the longest

Rob S
12-19-2009, 07:21 PM
I am liking the vaio, falconer. One question, do you think it would have any problems with freezing up when running multiple apps at the same time, that would be important in the office.

SickwithIt1010
12-19-2009, 07:23 PM
Dell XPS is the way to go, its definitely a little on the spendy side but its a good as they come.

El Peefs?????
12-19-2009, 07:26 PM
Make sure to do some looking around on tigerdirect.com. They typically beat out not only computer stores on prices, but usually the other online stores too. Even if you don't get a machine off of there, they have a lot of user reviews on all of the items that they offer. Great place to do some research at the very least, I built my computer entirely off of there.

Rob S
12-19-2009, 07:28 PM
Dell XPS is the way to go, its definitely a little on the spendy side but its a good as they come.

I dont know technology, so I dont know this answer. Ignoring the aesthetics, what makes this for around 1000 bucks a better computer than the vaio falconer posted for around 700? It seems most of the specs are similar.

El Peefs?????
12-19-2009, 07:35 PM
I dont know technology, so I dont know this answer. Ignoring the aesthetics, what makes this for around 1000 bucks a better computer than the vaio falconer posted for around 700? It seems most of the specs are similar.

So Im not sure what youre looking into or anything about these laptops (desktop guy) but I would absolutely not settle for anything below a Core 2 Duo processor wise. Its only a matter of time before quad core & (more down the line) i7 processors become more affordable in laptops. I certainly wouldnt spend more than 600 on a laptop that only had a single processor.

Caddy
12-19-2009, 07:36 PM
I dont know technology, so I dont know this answer. Ignoring the aesthetics, what makes this for around 1000 bucks a better computer than the vaio falconer posted for around 700? It seems most of the specs are similar.

I love my Dell XPS, but then again mine is a little on the older side now so maybe things have changed with it.

stephenson86
12-19-2009, 07:53 PM
DELL XPS got a 1920x1200 screen all you need

Halsey
12-19-2009, 07:58 PM
My wife and I have a Toshiba laptop and it's been good so far. I recommend looking at them.

thefalconer
12-19-2009, 08:31 PM
I am liking the vaio, falconer. One question, do you think it would have any problems with freezing up when running multiple apps at the same time, that would be important in the office.

the 2.2 GHz should be plenty to run multiple programs at one time and not have the laptop freeze.

So Im not sure what youre looking into or anything about these laptops (desktop guy) but I would absolutely not settle for anything below a Core 2 Duo processor wise. Its only a matter of time before quad core & (more down the line) i7 processors become more affordable in laptops. I certainly wouldnt spend more than 600 on a laptop that only had a single processor.

the vaio is a Intel Core 2 Duo T6600, so you're good.

this laptop is 15.5", i bought a lenovo over the summer that is 15.6" and it is a good compromise between the portability and multimedia purposes. it's a widescreen so vids and movies should be comfortable to the eye.

one last thing.. i'm not completely sure about this but waiting til after christmas to make your purchase might lead to a better deal. you could bookmark the newegg page for the vaio and check back on it in a week and a half. but it's still a good laptop for $729.99. the vaio is the most aesthetically appealing pc and are usually the priciest brand but this looks good. and you get the sexy mac style keyboard.

DiG
12-19-2009, 08:41 PM
i just got a new toshiba two weeks ago and am a big fan.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Toshiba+-+Laptop+with+Intel%26%23174%3B+Core%26%23153%3B2+D uo+Processor+-+Black+Onyx/9549054.p?id=1218122294915&skuId=9549054

only complaint is that it picks up fingerprints easily on the keys otherwise i love it. its fast as balls, sleek, very impressive so far.

ImBrotherCain
12-19-2009, 09:31 PM
Dell XPS is the way to go, its definitely a little on the spendy side but its a good as they come.

DELL XPS got a 1920x1200 screen all you need

Honestly Dells suck... They care nothing for the customers. They have the worst tech support in the business, they use gimmicky schemes like the different colors or patterns to get knowledgeable customers to buy them and they jack up the prices to support their bloated marketing department.

Working in the Computer department (and owning one before) i hear more complaints about dell than any other brand.

i just got a new toshiba two weeks ago and am a big fan.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Toshiba+-+Laptop+with+Intel%26%23174%3B+Core%26%23153%3B2+D uo+Processor+-+Black+Onyx/9549054.p?id=1218122294915&skuId=9549054

only complaint is that it picks up fingerprints easily on the keys otherwise i love it. its fast as balls, sleek, very impressive so far.

Toshiba's are very solid laptops. They have one of the lowest failure rates.

The machine above is a great laptop, good battery life, 2.2 Ghz processor, 4gb ram, 500gb hard drive and the best speakers in a laptop ive ever heard

Brent
12-19-2009, 10:39 PM
it's funny to me that Cain works at a BBY because I do too, and he's basically saying all the same things I would suggest haha

El Peefs?????
12-19-2009, 11:14 PM
You should both suggest that under no circumstance should he actually purchase it from Best Buy :)

While I like the Best Buy, you can find pretty much everything they sell for less somewhere else haha.

thefalconer
12-20-2009, 12:03 AM
You should both suggest that under no circumstance should he actually purchase it from Best Buy :)

While I like the Best Buy, you can find pretty much everything they sell for less somewhere else haha.

very very true. best buy has really high prices.

vikes_28
12-20-2009, 12:26 AM
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/HP+-+Pavilion+Laptop+with+Intel%26%23174%3B+Pentium%26 %23174%3B+Processor+-+Espresso+Black/9663058.p?id=1218140710767&skuId=9663058&st=hp%20pavalion%20dv4&cp=1&lp=1

HP Pavilion DV4. The screen is a bit smaller than I'm sure you'd like. But its extremely inexpensive. And trust me it gets the job done. Just make sure you remove HP's 4GB of vendor software. :/

CashmoneyDrew
12-20-2009, 12:28 AM
Best Buy usually has decent DVD prices. :)

Rob S
12-20-2009, 12:35 AM
Oh, I am buying this bad boy online. No way I am purchasing it in store, you would have to be a moron. I am leaning towards the vaio or the asus right now. I am going to do a little more research and decide. I am leaning vaio because 4 hours is plenty of battery for me and the extra processing power is more important to me than additional battery life. Thanks a lot guys!

jayceheathman
12-20-2009, 02:46 AM
Desktops>>>>>>Laptops.

Brent
12-20-2009, 09:34 AM
You should both suggest that under no circumstance should he actually purchase it from Best Buy :)

While I like the Best Buy, you can find pretty much everything they sell for less somewhere else haha.
not totally true, I just bought a TV this morning for $115 cheaper than my discount would be.

but yes, I wouldnt buy a computer from the store.

Rob S
12-20-2009, 10:03 AM
Desktops>>>>>>Laptops.

Not when you need to use a laptop for work............

duckseason
12-20-2009, 10:27 AM
very very true. best buy has really high prices.
The Vaio NW240 you linked to is $730 at Newegg. Best buy has NW270's for $700. They sell the NW240 for $650.

A few weeks ago, I bought an FW510 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834117953) from them for $650. As far as I could tell, best buy had the best prices on computers by far.

To the OP: The main knock on the Sony's is price. They are very nice computers. When I looked at all the different brands in person, the decision was easy. I suggest you do the same and just keep your eyes out for a deal.

Rob S
12-20-2009, 01:19 PM
I'm thinking about the Vaio FW 590 now, any thoughts?

ATLDirtyBirds
12-07-2010, 01:11 PM
Just want to give this a quick bump because I'm in the market for a new laptop with a similar price range. Any suggestions from the more technically inclined would be appreciated.

Brent
12-07-2010, 01:18 PM
Just want to give this a quick bump because I'm in the market for a new laptop with a similar price range. Any suggestions from the more technically inclined would be appreciated.
if you don't game, don't watch movies on it, but just browse the internet and watch porn, I would just suggest a decent netbook, then spend the extra cash on an external drive so you can back up the files you download if you're into that kind of thing and a wired mouse because netbooks don't really have a worthwhile mouse

slightlyaraiderfan
12-07-2010, 01:24 PM
I wonder what njx would suggest?

ATLDirtyBirds
12-07-2010, 01:30 PM
if you don't game, don't watch movies on it, but just browse the internet and watch porn, I would just suggest a decent netbook, then spend the extra cash on an external drive so you can back up the files you download if you're into that kind of thing and a wired mouse because netbooks don't really have a worthwhile mouse



I watch a good amount of stuff, (don't really game), and do a good amount of work on it.

P-L
12-07-2010, 02:00 PM
I bought my Asus laptop less than a year ago for around $550 and am loving it. If you can find one similar, I'd recommend it (2.13 GHz, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB hard drive, 4.7 hours of battery).

iowatreat54
12-07-2010, 02:49 PM
I bought my Asus laptop less than a year ago for around $550 and am loving it. If you can find one similar, I'd recommend it (2.13 GHz, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB hard drive, 4.7 hours of battery).

This makes me happy in the pants because I've been working towards purchasing an Asus laptop for several months now. The one I want (forget what model) supposedly has like 9-10 hours of tested battery life. That's a lot of free-roam fapping and compooping.

ATLDirtyBirds
12-07-2010, 04:54 PM
Thoughts?

http://www.staples.com/HP-Pavilion-dm4-1160us-14-Laptop/product_904965_HC2?cmArea=SC3:CG71:DP4118:CL161747

jayceheathman
12-07-2010, 09:33 PM
This perhaps? If you did a lot of typing it would get annoying though. I'm not even a Mac guy so I dont know why I am recommending it.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4060/4323476322_7caf6ee798.jpg

vikes_28
12-07-2010, 09:39 PM
Thoughts?

http://www.staples.com/HP-Pavilion-dm4-1160us-14-Laptop/product_904965_HC2?cmArea=SC3:CG71:DP4118:CL161747

HP is horrible. Worst customer service ever. And their laptops always get hot. I had the same computer, older model and hated it. The battery life is ****. And to the guy who mentioned the IPad...no...just no. Ipad is the biggest waste of $600 you can find. It doesn't support flash, and it's just an enlarged version of the Ipod Touch.

I would either go with a Dell Inspiron or a Sony Vaio. I am currently using a MacBook Pro, but that is obviously out of your price range.

Also, if you can afford it, Lenovo makes a pretty decent laptop.

ATLDirtyBirds
12-07-2010, 09:49 PM
Considering I had settled into that one, this comes as kick in the crotch.

critesy
12-07-2010, 10:01 PM
http://www.gateway.com/systems/product/529668585.php

this is my beauty i just purchased. what do you computer people say about it ?

jayceheathman
12-07-2010, 10:02 PM
Considering I had settled into that one, this comes as kick in the crotch.

Vikes is a ginger so it's not like he knows much. :) If you want the HP then go for it.

Paul
12-07-2010, 10:04 PM
If you want a windows machine, I'll go with Lenovo Thinkpads. Those things are little tanks.

vikes_28
12-07-2010, 10:08 PM
Considering I had settled into that one, this comes as kick in the crotch.

Just a warning. I've had bad experience with HP. Their printers and monitors and what not are all nice, haven't had a problem with those, but their laptops are horrid. I would look at something else.

nepg
12-07-2010, 10:18 PM
I have an HP dv5 laptop that I've been relatively happy with for about two years. It's fairly beastly for the ~$700 I paid for it (20% off). But vikes is right about the heat issue. The vents are designed poorly. I'm going to get a cooling stand, which will solve the problem for $30-50.

Sager is the absolute best for laptops, though. Their low-end machine is $860, but wipes the floor with some of the high-end models from other company and they're also the most reliable.

http://www.sagernotebook.com/index.php?page=category_browse&selected_cat=3

vikes_28
12-07-2010, 10:30 PM
I have an HP dv5 laptop that I've been relatively happy with for about two years. It's fairly beastly for the ~$700 I paid for it (20% off). But vikes is right about the heat issue. The vents are designed poorly. I'm going to get a cooling stand, which will solve the problem for $30-50.

Sager is the absolute best for laptops, though. Their low-end machine is $860, but wipes the floor with some of the high-end models from other company and they're also the most reliable.

http://www.sagernotebook.com/index.php?page=category_browse&selected_cat=3

I would totally agree with you about the cooling stand. But the point of a LAPTOP is for it to sit on your lap. If you want to get a chill pad, cool, but that's another 30-50 bucks you have to spend.

ImBrotherCain
12-07-2010, 10:38 PM
This makes me happy in the pants because I've been working towards purchasing an Asus laptop for several months now. The one I want (forget what model) supposedly has like 9-10 hours of tested battery life. That's a lot of free-roam fapping and compooping.

Thats their U50 series...

KobeBryant833
12-08-2010, 11:18 AM
Got a Mac. I had no clue how to use it when i first got it, but took me about a day. Works really well for me.

Bills2083
01-03-2011, 12:14 AM
What are your guys' opinions on this laptop? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834146852

I literally know next to nothing when it comes to computers/laptops so I could use any help I can get.

I'm not going to be gaming at all - aside from the occasional online game. The main use is going to be for schoolwork, browsing, etc.

Thanks SWDC

nepg
01-03-2011, 02:39 AM
The specs are basically the HP laptop I have, but it's better because it's a Lenovo (also, better screen and better video card). That's a solid machine. I'm sure you can do better if you shop around a bit, but I don't see how you can go wrong with a Lenovo with those specs for that price.

Unfortunately, Sager put out their new models and their prices went up.

A Perfect Score
01-03-2011, 09:11 AM
Buy it. Lenovo's are some of the best built machines out there and its a dual core with 4 GB of RAM. You'd need half of that for what you will be using it for. Thats a good deal.

Bills2083
01-03-2011, 10:51 AM
Ok, thanks a lot guys

ATLDirtyBirds
01-03-2011, 11:20 AM
Forgot to add, got an Asus and I love it.

djp
01-03-2011, 12:02 PM
Forgot to add, got an Asus and I love it.

I've had an Asus for almost 2 years now and have had no complaints other than the terrible graphic design.

Really, if you need a laptop for schoolwork, you don't need to look far. Read some reviews and find the cheapest laptop with solid reviews.

mitchaldavis
01-07-2011, 11:22 AM
I propose $ 899 Sony Vaio offers blue card at Best Buy bluelabel, magnesium alloy body is very durable, and its light weight, has a backlit keyboard, I would say about 4 hours of battery life, Although they say 5 and a half.

jballa838
02-13-2011, 04:58 PM
laptop advice bump. price range is up to like 700 but preferrably no more than 500.

KCJ58
02-13-2011, 05:04 PM
this one
http://reviews.cnet.com/sc/33367399-2-440-OVR-1.gif
http://laptoping.com/wp-content/Alienware_M17.jpg

ATLDirtyBirds
02-13-2011, 05:11 PM
laptop advice bump. price range is up to like 700 but preferrably no more than 500.

Go with an Asus.

nepg
02-13-2011, 05:24 PM
I really wish I needed a laptop...this thing is such a beast for the price.

http://www.sagernotebook.com/index.php?page=product_info&model_name=NP5160

ImBrotherCain
02-13-2011, 05:31 PM
this one
http://reviews.cnet.com/sc/33367399-2-440-OVR-1.gif
http://laptoping.com/wp-content/Alienware_M17.jpg

Honestly I wouldn't even consider this trash. Alienware has become and overpriced POS since Dell took over.

TitansCJftw
02-13-2011, 05:35 PM
i really wish i wouldve known about hdmi out on laptops when i bought mine back in 2007 would have saved me a ton of inconveniences, i didnt even have a flat screen then though i guess so that wasnt very important

nikkayeah
02-13-2011, 05:46 PM
asus got some nice laptops

D-Unit
02-13-2011, 05:48 PM
Just need a laptop for internet. What's good, cheap and reliable?

nepg
02-13-2011, 05:50 PM
For just internet? Get a netbook.

Raiderz4Life
02-13-2011, 05:59 PM
I got this:

http://www.excaliberpc.com/597097/lenovo-g550-29589pu-15.6-notebook.html

Thing's a warrior lol