New Laptop

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  1. JerryM

    JerryM Registered Member

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    I'm in the market for a new laptop. I don't game, and mostly I just surf and work on documents. Here are my specs.
    14" screen, 4 gb RAM, DVD burner, W7x64.
    Although I prefer Intel over AMD, I don't really know why.

    From reading reports I have the impression that ASUS is about the best next to Apple. I do not want an Apple. It appears that the cost will run in the range of$700 - 900. for one with Intel processors. AMD seems to run a couple of hundred less for whatever reason.

    I am going to check Tiger Direct. It may be that it is best to wait until the Thangsgiving sales.

    Any recommendations? Thanks.

    Regards,
    Jerry
     
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    wtsinnc Registered Member

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    Hello JerryM;

    No recommendation as such, but a link to techbargains.
    They list some pretty good deals on laptops as well as other computer and non-computer merchandise.
    http://www.techbargains.com/?r1=1

    Perhaps they can save you some $$$
     
  3. JerryM

    JerryM Registered Member

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    Many thanks. I grew up with the saying that "A fool and his money are soon parted." I always like to save a few bucks. I'll take a look.

    Regards,
    Jerry
     
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    Pick a system with a battery life of 8 hours, less than 3 hours and it is annoying.
    Look for something with 16" screens as they seem to have more 8 hour systems.
    Aspire One has an 8 Hour system.
    Toshiba 605-6005 and 655-6050 has a 8 hour system.
    All $500.00 to $800.00

    Maybe think about an Open Box or Refurbished unit to save even more.
     
  5. linuxforall

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    ASUS, SONY or Toshiba and you won't go wrong. In your case, the cost effective i3 CPU Toshiba with 4GB RAM, Satellite 650 would be a good choice.
     
  6. JerryM

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    Thanks for the suggestions. The total experience here is so much greater than just checking the publications.
    I had concluded that the i3 CPU would suit my needs.

    Regards,
    Jerry
     
  7. mack_guy911

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    2 suggestions

    small screen give good resolution 14, 15.4 is enough i guss + try to buy notebook with good graphic card install even if you dont like want to play video quality is awesome in graphic cards

    try to check i3 or i5 or even core 2 duo with good graphic card because once you buy a laptop you cannot upgraded or install a new graphic card in it, so decide you want 256/512 also ghz of graphic card before buying your laptop

    where as ram and memory can be upgraded up to some extend

    also check your battery requirements 6 cell 8 cell ....etc

    yes intel is good choice because they cause less heat in laptop as compare to amd for laptop intel is best

    it very good site for checking notebook type reviews graphic performance cpu performance (benchmarks)............etc


    http://www.notebookcheck.net/
     
  8. JerryM

    JerryM Registered Member

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    I have narrowed my choices down to two, although that is not set in concrete

    Lenova Idea Pad V460 $599.99 at Tiger Direct This sale might be over.
    ASUS UL80Vt $679 at J&R

    The Lenova evidently has a short battery life.
    The ASUS gets high marks for long battery life, but many criticize the touch pad and key pad.

    Anyone with experience with one or more of those? I would appreciate any experiences or comments.
    If you have suggestions in the price range that is fine. I do want a 14 inch screen.
    I have a Toshiba laptop that I like, but the battery life is very short. Evidently Sony does not do much better.

    I recently read a survey of reliability of notebooks, and the
    ASUS was second only to the Apple.

    Regards,
    Jerry
     
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    Like the battery life for the Asus. :thumb: :thumb:
    4 gigs of DDR3 RAM. :thumb:
    LED backlit screen. :thumb:
    Additional Graphics card. :thumb:

    Definitely a winner.
    Asus UL80Vt-A1
     
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