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post #1 of 33
Thread Starter 
I'm looking to buy a new laptop and turning to the forum for sage advice.

We have pretty basic needs (MS Office, internet browsing, basic Photoshop, etc.). We don't do any gaming, watch just a little streaming video, and don't have any need for heavy-duty graphics/audio hardware.

Our main requirements are pretty standard:
1) quick-ish startup and processing (we're upgrading from a Dell Latitude D610 laptop that I bought in January 2006, so our baseline is pretty low)
2) durability - this will mostly live at home (we don't have room for a desktop, so that's not an option), but we will travel with it now and again
3) longevity - we've had our current Dell laptop for 6 years, and, though we've put a few bucks into new batteries and AC adapters and some man-hours into a couple system restores, it has been a good horse

I have a Mac at work and like it fine, but frankly I don't find it much "better" than our current Windows system in terms of overall user experience, so the price difference makes me lean toward another Windows machine, but I'm not totally set on that. I'm also very open to refurbished.

If anyone has suggestions for laptop models to look at and/or vendors, online or B&M, I'd love your thoughts. Thanks!
post #2 of 33
Screen size, weight, and price bracket requirements would help narrow it down a whole bunch.
post #3 of 33
Maybe a new Macbook Pro Retina? Macintosh is always fast at startup and processing (especially when you get an SSD). The battery of Macbook Pro is pretty long as well ( ~ 7 hours) and yeah, many of my friend using their power book till now without much maintenance cost. One more thing is they hold the price over time pretty good.
Best place to purchase a mac with low price is probably Craigslist.org, or Macmall.com

just my 0.02
post #4 of 33
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Rambo View Post

Screen size, weight, and price bracket requirements would help narrow it down a whole bunch.

Thanks. My current laptop has a 14.1-inch screen and is about 5.5 lbs. The screen could be a bit smaller and I wouldn't mind, and a weight in the range of 5-6 lbs is not a problem.

As far as price, I'd definitely like to spend less than $1k. If I could find something refurbished for around $500, that would be ideal.
post #5 of 33
Lenovo. New models coming (came?) out
post #6 of 33
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Originally Posted by indesertum View Post

Lenovo. New models coming (came?) out

Xx30s are out! Currently typing on a T430, awesome machines, only disappointment (for me) was the transition to 16:9 screen.
post #7 of 33
^nice! i was sorely tempted to sell my x220, but i like the old keyboard better even if it's a bitch to clean

get the new lenovo models and install extra ram and an msata drive and it'll be awesome. 10+ hour battery life and super sturdy and pretty in its own right
post #8 of 33

I'd go with something from ASUS. This is what I'd recommend. 

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834230518

 

 

PS Never though my first post here would be about a laptop tongue.gif

post #9 of 33
asus quality succkkkss. if i wasnt getting lenovo and i was loaded i'd get sony or maybe a mac maybe even samsung
post #10 of 33
Dell Inspiron 14Z

HP has several models in the low end that would work.

Acer Aspire X Timeline 14" might be able to swing it if you can get it on discount.

One of our own members sells refurbished Lenovo laptops. I know Thomas is a happy customer.
post #11 of 33
I love IBM/Lenovo--great Luck with my T41 and T61.
They are a little more expensive but worth it:



ThinkPad X230 Best Seller


Price:$1,485.00
Web price:$849.00
After eCoupon:
$636.75
You save:$848.25

Use eCoupon code:
THINK801

ultraportable loaded with enough features to keep you focused and efficient from anywhere.



http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/usstudents/StdAffinityPortal/en_US/catalog.workflow:category.details?current-catalog-id=12F0696583E04D86B9B79B0FEC01C087&current-category-id=135A781CA29B4ECB9ADAD8E72CF6FD61&menu-id=products

If your a Student or College Grad use edu discount.
Good Luck!
post #12 of 33
Another viewpoint:

Since budget is a main concern and you'll mostly use it inhome, I deduce battery life isn't very important.

I'd check online sales for any laptop. About 1.5 years ago I bought a

-Gateway NV54
-Intel Pentium Processor T4400
-15,6” 16:9 HD LED LCS
-320 GB HDD
-4 GB Memory
-DVD-Super Multi DI drive
-Webcam
-Multi-in-1 card reader
with Windows 7

Battery life now: 3.5 hours. 4.5 hours when new.

for € 420, including shipping for me and a slightly cheaper but better specced ASUS (with 500GB and a separate videocard) for my SO a little later. On my own I use memory hogs as Lightroom, iTunes etc. I'm sure a similar budget could give you something with much better specs, right now.

I have no specific recommendation.
post #13 of 33
Why are you wanting a laptop (expensive, harder to upgrade) rather than a desktop? If you aren't going to be taking it to work every day or similar I'd get a desktop. My desktop cost me a third of what a laptop would have cost for the same spec.
post #14 of 33
Honestly, if you can wait a few weeks, there will be TONS of laptop deals once the back to school season kicks into high gear. Keep an eye on SlickDeals.
post #15 of 33
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Originally Posted by indesertum View Post

Lenovo. New models coming (came?) out

Yepp new X230, T430 and W530 are out. X1 Carbon is coming out this month supposedly. T430u (ultra book) is coming out late in the year

Quote:
Originally Posted by hannibal06 View Post

Xx30s are out! Currently typing on a T430, awesome machines, only disappointment (for me) was the transition to 16:9 screen.

I thought T420 and T430 are both 16:9. Using X230 at the moment. Still have my X220 which I love. Lenovo changed the keyboard style and layout on the new models.
Quote:
Originally Posted by x26 View Post

I love IBM/Lenovo--great Luck with my T41 and T61.
They are a little more expensive but worth it:
ThinkPad X230 Best Seller
Price:$1,485.00
Web price:$849.00
After eCoupon:
$636.75
You save:$848.25
Use eCoupon code:
THINK801

ultraportable loaded with enough features to keep you focused and efficient from anywhere.

http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/usstudents/StdAffinityPortal/en_US/catalog.workflow:category.details?current-catalog-id=12F0696583E04D86B9B79B0FEC01C087&current-category-id=135A781CA29B4ECB9ADAD8E72CF6FD61&menu-id=products
If your a Student or College Grad use edu discount.
Good Luck!

Good price. Also, check out the Lenovo Thread
Edited by badsha - 8/7/12 at 4:24am
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