Are the Lenovo 410p/510p the best I can get?

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  1. dumma

    dumma Notebook Enthusiast

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    What is your budget?
    <$1000

    What country will you be buying this in?
    US

    What size notebook do you prefer?
    Thin and Light (13 - 14-inch screen)
    Mainstream (15 - 16-inch screen)


    What brands do you like or dislike?
    Like: Lenovo Thinkpad
    Would you consider a refurbished laptop?
    Maybe

    What are the primary tasks you need this notebook for?
    Web Surfing, Office and Productivity Software, Listening to Music, Photo Editing, Video Chat and Conference, Movie Streaming and Viewing, Output Video to TV or Large Monitor, Graphic Intense 3D Gaming

    Scientific software - graphing, microscopy image management & analysis, electrophysiology software.

    What games will you be playing?
    Total War series, Batman, Valve games, Civilization, Brothers in Arms,

    Where will you be using this laptop?
    Will be used different places and Will stay on desk

    How many hours of battery life do you need?
    3

    Will you be buying online or in store?
    online or in store

    Which OS do you prefer?
    Windows 7 or Linux

    List the screen resolutions that interest you:
    High Resolution (1600 x 900)
    Max Resolution (1920 x 1080)


    Do you prefer a glossy or matte screen?
    Glossy or Matte is fine

    Is the laptops design important to you?
    No

    Approximately what date will you be buying this laptop?
    Around 06/30/2013

    How long do you want this laptop to last?
    4 years

    How much storage capacity do you need?
    160 GB

    Are you interested in SSD for storage?
    Maybe

    Do you want a built-in optical drive, what type?
    DVD Burner


    I'd bought a refurbished thinpad t400 from the Lenovo outlet 4 years back, and it is showing its age. Would like to have something similar in terms of build quality, and preferably with a better graphics card. I don't play games regularly, but the few games that I do require some graphics power.

    I can use the Lenovo Barnes & Noble account and get the 410p/510p in the range of $850 - $1000. Are these the best laptops for the money now?
     
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    If you add another $100-$300 then MSI GE40/GE50 and M14x R3 becomes available.
     
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    Haven't used or seen an MSI laptop. How is their build quality/longevity compared to Lenovo?

    Couldn't find anything on when the M14x R3 will be released. Would like to buy a laptop by the end of this month though.
     
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    Best internals? Probably.
    But:
    Ideapads have terrible quality control, Lenovo has terrible support, and to get a refund it takes weeks as weeks. This is all a first hand experience. I absolutely loved my Y500 until I noticed these things.
     
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    Will not be buying direct from them - have a friend who gets a sizable discount if he buys it through his company. So support is much better.
     
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    Be aware that the consumer lines of any company are not the same as the business lines. The T series Thinkpads are much better built than the consumer Y series. They aren't comparable. That said, the Y series is good value for the performance.
     
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    You still may get a faulty laptop and have to go through that hassle. I would go with MSI.. I believe it is more customizable, too. Maybe even Sager if you want to put out like $1200. I didn't know the Alienware was that cheap but you could even do that.. Any of these are good choices.. Out I all of them, Alienware is known for its ease for changing the internals and such and it's colorful appeal, MSI is known for its bang for the buck (I think?), and Lenovo is known for providing cheap products (IDEAPADS ONLY) and sometimes cutting corners to provide them.. which is okay and makes sense.
     
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    Only reason I'm thinking of the Ideapads are because my games can run on them. Can't play games on the t400 I now have.

    Will look into the MSI. What's the best place online to buy them from?
     
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    Gentechpc ask for Ken

    Xoticpc ask for Josh or Derrick

    Amazon, newegg
     
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    Yeah, I agree with the others here, the Ideapad build quality may not be the best, but it is generally better than what you would find on other consumer notebooks. That being said, between the 410p and the 510p, I would go with the 510p since if you get the Dual SLI model for a little more $ over your budget, you can stick another gfx card in the notebook and increase the notebook's performance (thus future-proofing it a bit).
     
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