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Cheap (under $500) everyday use laptop

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by swiijii, Mar 29, 2009.

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  1. swiijii

    swiijii Newbie

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    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?

    $500 or less

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?

    First option is 13" or 14", but would consider bigger or smaller.

    b. Ultraportable; 11" - 12” screen
    c. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
    d. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen

    3) Where will you buying this notebook? You can select the flag of your country as an indicator.

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?

    a. Like: Dell Studio, Lenovo Thinkpad
    b. Dislike: Had an HP Compaq, didn't last long.

    5) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?

    Playing videos, playing music, browsing the internet, downloading, very light Photoshop work (photo editing), extracting large files, converting videos to iPod format.

    6) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?

    Laptop is almost used at my desk or bed every day, but sometimes comes with me to friends.

    7) Will you be playing games on it; if so, which games or types of games?

    None at all.

    8) How many hours of battery life do you need?

    Battery life is not important, but the longer the better for the times I may need it.

    9) Would you prefer to see the notebooks you're considering before purchasing it or buying a notebook on-line without seeing it is OK?

    Don't mind buying online, but would prefer in store.

    10) What OS do you prefer? Windows (XP or Vista), Mac OS, Linux, etc.

    Will be installing my own OS, so bundled OS is not important.

    Screen Specifics

    11) From the choices below, what screen resolutions would you prefer?

    Not sure. Whatever is best for what I mentioned above

    12) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen?

    No preference.

    Build Quality and Design

    13) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?

    Slightly. Don't want something too bulky.

    14) When are you buying this laptop and how long do you want this laptop to last?

    Will purchase in the next month or two. I want the physical components to last as long as possible, so am looking for something that is built well. Understandably, the hardware will get old in performance.

    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you want; 80GB to 500GB? Do you want a SSD drive?

    A fast 250gb/320gb 5400rpm or 7200rpm. However, if the laptop is in the $400 range, I will upgrade the hard drive (and ram) probably no matter what it is.

    16) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a CDRW/DVD-ROM, DVD Burner or Blu-Ray drive?

    DVDRW


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    There are some other things as well. I would prefer an Intel CPU vs AMD - preferably a Core 2 Duo or Dual Core. I've seen them in laptops in this price range before. Secondly, I would prefer built in graphics to keep price, battery and heat down. Something that doesn't run hot is a plus because I sometimes use my laptop in the bed. Firewire is not important. A webcam and card reader would be a big plus.
     
  2. uqmoore

    uqmoore Notebook Consultant

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    Not sure if this is what you want but it looks like a amazing deal:

    Compaq Presario CQ60-210US Notebook PC

    * AMD Athlon™ X2 QL-62 Dual-Core (2.0GHz) processor
    * 2GB installed memory
    * 250GB hard drive
    * LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD+R/RW with double layer support
    * 15.6" diagonal High Definition HP BrightView (1366x768)
    * HP Imprint finish & integrated microphone
    * 802.11b/g WLAN
    * 5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader
    * Weight 6.52lbs
    * Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium with SP1
    * 1 year warranty

    http://www.staples.com/office/suppl...ABA&srccode=cii_5784816&cpncode=23-30323938-2

    Pad your order over to $400, then try this $100 off coupon:
    coupon code:19250
     
  3. mechrock

    mechrock Notebook Evangelist

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    That Compaq is a good deal, but if you want intel you could get this one. It would not matter to have that Intel cpu over the AMD one. I would go with the Compaq.
     
  4. CityGrrl

    CityGrrl Newbie

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    uqmoore: just tried the 19250 coupon... apparently expired?
     
  5. MoffiaJ

    MoffiaJ Notebook Consultant

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    Found a couple of good Thinkpad deals at the Lenovo Outlet

    R61

    SL500

    Both have Core 2 processors and Thinkpad quality and they are new not refurb
     
  6. viki250

    viki250 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Both do not have Bluetooth :(
     
  7. swarmer

    swarmer beep beep

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    Dell Inspiron 13 is would seem to fit your budget and criteria. It's not the lightest 13-incher around... but with your budget, you'll probably have to compromise somewhere.

    You could also look at a netbook, if you want something smaller and lighter and don't need too much power. Samsung NC12 looks like a nice 12-inch netbook.
     
  8. Hinrik

    Hinrik Newbie

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  9. ARom

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    +1 Ideapad Y530 or Y430

    or, The laptop in my sig along with a suede laptop skin and usb bluetooth perhaps?
     
  10. uqmoore

    uqmoore Notebook Consultant

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    Didn't work for me either. That would have been a good deal for $300...
     
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