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Recommend a laptop for me

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by musicguy, May 27, 2011.

  1. musicguy

    musicguy Senior member

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    I'm thinking about purchasing my first laptop. I've been using a smart phone for years and haven't really felt the need to get a laptop. I just built a somewhat powerful computer (i3-2100-3.1Ghz, 8GB, 1TB, HD5570) and really like it. But I'm moving overseas and even though my computer is in a tiny case, it still weighs around 20 lbs.

    But to get a new laptop I'm at a loss. Something that's comparatively powerful is usually very heavy. Everything else seems underpowered. I'd like something lightweight, powerful (comparable to my new computer) and if possible, nicely built/looking. A TV tuner would also be nice. I'm not really concerned too much with price, but I'm budgeting around a grand.

    Any recommendations? I would prefer a windows-based system.
     
  2. indesertum

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    may i point you to this lovely thread the lenovo x220 is really perfect for your needs. Under a grand (sadly no tv tuner), awesomely built (built to mil std 810 F), powerful enough (sandybridge), ridiculous battery life (14 hours for 9 cell, 23 hours for 9 cell + slice battery), IPS screen, potential mSATA drive (which means you can have a solid state drive and and a regular spinning hard drive in the same computer), best keyboard in the industry, all the functionality you want, i would argue the best looking laptop in the industry (but i'm a little biased). lenovo really did a good job
     
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    +1. I also have the X220, screen is amazing. Also, I suggest getting an i5 processor (2nd gen) with sandy bridge chipset like indesertum mentioned. His review is pretty good.
     
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    They'll stretch your budget a bit, but keep an eye out for the MacBook Air refresh coming next month.

    Dell just released its MacBook Pro clone, the XPS 15z. This baby comes with a 1080p screen. If you want a TV tuner you have to go with the regular XPS 15. The screen on these models is the best out there.

    The Lenovo is a good option but you'll be over budget if you add in the speedier processor.
     
  5. musicguy

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    My budget isn't really set. I can spend more.

    X220 seems like a good option, although I really don't like the aesthetics. I'm also not happy about the integrated graphics. I would like to have the option for light gaming.

    HP Envy 14 Beats seems good, but it is much heavier than the x220. Also, current models aren't sandy bridge unless you chose the 17" model which is 7lbs.

    I haven't looked into the XPS 15z, but I'll check it out. I already own a USB TV tuner, so that could work to fix the problem.
     
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    Don't get the Envy. HP took away the option for the upgraded screen so now its left with the regular 1336 piece of shit.
     
  7. badsha

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    Look into the Lenovo T420s then if you want a bigger screen and weight like the X220. It has an option for a higher end graphics card.
     
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    Where are you moving to? Are most laptops built to handle the wattage/voltage differences or you might need some sort of converter?
     
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    Where are you moving to? Are most laptops built to handle the wattage/voltage differences or you might need some sort of converter?

    I recommend not waiting until you get overseas to buy. I agree the lenovo x220 is perfect for your needs. Get it before you go because depending on where you are going computer keys are different and it can be a pain to get used to.
     
  10. indesertum

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    ^^ the bad thing about the 420s is that the screen sucks compared to the x220. higher resolution and graphics card yes, but no IPS screen and portability def not as good
    My budget isn't really set. I can spend more. X220 seems like a good option, although I really don't like the aesthetics. I'm also not happy about the integrated graphics. I would like to have the option for light gaming. HP Envy 14 Beats seems good, but it is much heavier than the x220. Also, current models aren't sandy bridge unless you chose the 17" model which is 7lbs. I haven't looked into the XPS 15z, but I'll check it out. I already own a USB TV tuner, so that could work to fix the problem.
    integrated graphics used to really suck, but with the new sandybridge cores the intel hd3000 is actually pretty decent for gaming.
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    TIP: to embed Youtube clips, put only the encoded part of the Youtube URL, e.g. eBGIQ7ZuuiU between the tags. it actually performs better than some of the lower end graphics cards in laptops if you want something as durable as lenovo, HP elitebook series are also pretty sturdily built. the new samsung series that are coming out are also very pretty. http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/28/s...laptop-review/ it might be up your alley. you might have to spend a few hundred more than lenovo for the same specs tho
     
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    An Apple MacBook, hands down.

    I wouldn't wish a Wind0ze PC on my worst enemy.
     
  12. musicguy

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    ^^ the bad thing about the 420s is that the screen sucks compared to the x220. higher resolution and graphics card yes, but no IPS screen and portability def not as good



    integrated graphics used to really suck, but with the new sandybridge cores the intel hd3000 is actually pretty decent for gaming.

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    it actually performs better than some of the lower end graphics cards in laptops



    if you want something as durable as lenovo, HP elitebook series are also pretty sturdily built.

    the new samsung series that are coming out are also very pretty.

    http://www.engadget.com/2011/03/28/s...laptop-review/

    it might be up your alley. you might have to spend a few hundred more than lenovo for the same specs tho


    Thanks for the follow up! The Lenovo looks plenty good for me. I'm leaning towards getting one.

    The samsung looks pretty damn awesome too, but is a bit pricey and doesn't have an optical drive. Still, that's one powerful tiny computer.
     
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    +1 on the MacBook Air. You can use bootcamp and dual boot into Mac OS X or Windows. Its the best of both worlds.
     
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    ^^ the bad thing about the T420s is that the screen sucks compared to the x220. higher resolution and graphics card yes, but no IPS screen and portability def not as good

    T420s is pretty light. Weight feels the same as a X220. Screen is LED backlit like the X220 and is 1600x900, its pretty damned good. Battery life is much improved over the T410s. Speaking from real world experience on all 3 laptops.

    indesertum also mentioned the Lenovo X1. 13" Screen and has a gorilla glass screen.
     
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    Thanks for the follow up! The Lenovo looks plenty good for me. I'm leaning towards getting one. The samsung looks pretty damn awesome too, but is a bit pricey and doesn't have an optical drive. Still, that's one powerful tiny computer.
    the x220 also has no optical. if you buy a dock you can fit an optical drive in there (not sure if it already comes with the optical drive.
    T420s is pretty light. Weight feels the same as a X220. Screen is LED backlit like the X220 and is 1600x900, its pretty damned good. Battery life is much improved over the T410s. Speaking from real world experience on all 3 laptops. indesertum also mentioned the Lenovo X1. 13" Screen and has a gorilla glass screen.
    interesting. i've heard quite a few people say that the screen sucks, but i havent seen them in person so i cant personally judge. the x220's regular screen is led backlit, no ips, but you can upgrade for 30 to ips. imo def worth it. the x1 is super sexy. you might want to wait for that.
     
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    Sony Vaio SA/SB

    Similar specs to x220 but with a 6630m. The SA has a higher resolution screen than the SB.

    Build quality won't be as good as the IBM, and neither will the screen, but it has a dedicated GPU(switchable)





    Other options;
    new envy 14 (not out yet)
    lenovo E420s(can be upgraded with a dedicated gpu)
    Vaio Z
    MBP
     
  18. stevent

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    Sony Vaio SA/SB

    Similar specs to x220 but with a 6630m. The SA has a higher resolution screen than the SB.

    Build quality won't be as good as the IBM, and neither will the screen, but it has a dedicated GPU(switchable)


    SB standard at your budget. The 6630 is not available on the SB but you don't need it at your level. The x220 is good as well but lacks a few features and looks really outdated.

    http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/...52921666318655

    Don't get the Macbook air / samsung series nine since they are lacking a lot of features you seem to want.

    MacBook Pro is good as well if you get the 13' version with employee discount.
     
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    x220 outdated? It just came out with 2nd i5/i7 processors and sandy bridge chipset. It has better specs than your Sony Vaio. What exactly is the X220 lacking?
     
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    x220 outdated? It just came out with 2nd i5/i7 processors and sandy bridge chipset. It has better specs than your Sony Vaio. What exactly is the X220 lacking?
    If you read my post I said it looks outdated. The design of the laptop has not changed for 5+ years and the original poster said he wanted something that looked good. The X220 looks clean but plain and old. And for the price range the Vaio has better specs. This is for the prebuilt $949 models which is along with the base set by the poster (since updated to be able spend more). Going along X220 build progression: Processor: Both i5 2410, good standard processor OS: X220 is better Home vs. Pro SA includes good Adobe bundle of software (PS/Premiere etc elements) Display: Same res, SA slightly bigger Graphics: SA has a decent discrete graphics card vs. Intel integrated. Means SA can play games, X220 barely. Ranking on notebook check 152 vs. 182. Link Memory: SA: 4GB X220: 2Gb (free 4gb upgrade until 6/8) Webcam: SA yes, X220 no ($30 upgrade) X220 does have a better noise cancelling mic HDD: SA: 500gb 5400rpm X220:320gb 7200rpm until 6/8 Battery: Both have additional docking batteries and both last up to 7 or 8 hours. Weight: Sony 3.8 pounds X220 ~3 But Sony has an optical drive x220 does not. So explain how the X220 has better specs? Sony has the same/similar or better in all categories. The X220 lacks: discrete graphics, HDD space, RAM, optical drive, webcam, "good" looks. EDIT: If I said SA I meant SB and since build / design were also factors: Build quality: The X220 is better, but the Sony is not far behind. Design: Is this even a question? SA trumps the X220.
     

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