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Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by EvaEntertainer, Dec 21, 2009.

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  1. EvaEntertainer

    EvaEntertainer Newbie

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    I'm just looking for a relatively standard laptop. I'd like a built-in webcam (mic would also be nice). According to what I've researched online, I don't want a single-core processor because I need something faster.

    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?
    I'm looking in between ~$500 to ~$1200.
    I don't really have an set price range. This is because my mother recently said she'd pay for half, so I've upped what I was looking at.

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    Prefer being the key word in this. I would bend any direction. Currently my laptop is 15 inches, I believe. So I was hoping to stay in that range.
    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.
    Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Might do it online. Depends on the boxing day sales ;)

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

    a. Like: Basically open to anything. Haven't used anything but Dell before.
    b. Dislike: Mac (too pricey), Dell (no real reason)

    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    Don't care if it was redistributed, but not refurbished.

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    I'm looking for something where I can have Firefox, Microsoft Word (newest version), and Windows Media Player running at once without freezing...Unlike my current laptop. :)

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    Well, the main purpose for the new computer is for college next year. So I suppose I'd be taking it to class, then back to my dorm.

    8) Will you be playing games on it; if so, which games or types of games?
    Lol, maybe some online games like what's on Shockwave's site. Nothing serious though.

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    Atleast 3. Preferably more.

    10) Would you prefer to see the notebooks you're considering before purchasing it or buying a notebook on-line without seeing it is OK?
    If it has great specs and I've researched it thoroughly, I don't mind not touching it before buying.

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows (XP or Vista), Mac OS, Linux, etc.
    Windows 7.

    Screen Specifics

    12) From the choices below, what screen resolutions would you prefer?
    I answered this based on the descriptions. I don't really know much about this. Basically, I like having multiple documents open beside each other because of how I use MS Word when working on school projects.

    c. WSXGA+ – 1680x1050; The middle ground. Again, text and icons are smaller than WXGA+, and more stuff fits onto the screen. Good for having applications open side by side, like a web browser while playing a video.

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen?
    Don't really care. Minor details in terms of what I'm looking at.

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    Not really, no.

    15) When are you buying this laptop and how long do you want this laptop to last?
    I'm hopefully buying it in the next month or so. Preferably around boxing day.
    Looking for it to last...Not really sure...Never considered this. Suppose atleast the two years my college program will take, plus the remainder of this year. So about three years?

    Notebook Components

    16) How much hard drive space do you need; 80GB to 500GB? Do you want a SSD drive?
    Since I don't know what an SSD drive is, I'll go with 'no' on this one. ;)
    And I'm looking for a standard amount. I like to save a lot of pictures, music and word doc's on my computer.

    17) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a CDRW/DVD-ROM, DVD Burner or Blu-Ray drive?
    Yes, I'd like at least a CD drive. Best hopes would be to get a CD Burner too so that I can put stuff on CDs that just won't fit on my USB stick. Makes backing up easier too.
     
  2. Partizan

    Partizan Notebook Deity

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    If you want to do multiple tasks you should get a laptop which has a 64 bit version of windows so you can use more than 3 gigs of ram. Core i7 should be the cpu your looking for to do a lot of simultaneous work.
     
  3. EvaEntertainer

    EvaEntertainer Newbie

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    Oh! I forgot to include a list of the laptops I was looking at. If any one would like to check them out and tell me which one is best, or if you can suggest something better.

    Toshiba 14" Laptop featuring Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T6600 (M500-00N)
    http://www.bestbuy.ca/catalog/prodd...354&CMP=ILC-Clicks_From_Flyer_Pages&langid=EN

    Acer AS5738-6745 15.6” Notebook
    http://www.staples.ca/ENG/Catalog/cat_sku.asp?webid=848222&CatIds=,&AffixedCode=&=&=

    Dell Studio 1555 (4285MBU)

    Acer Aspire 5920G

    Sony Vaio VGN-NW270F/S
    http://reviews.cnet.com/laptops/sony-vaio-vgn-nw270f/4505-3121_7-33776067.html#cnetReview

    Toshiba Satellite E105-S1802
    http://reviews.cnet.com/laptops/toshiba-satellite-e105-s1802/4505-3121_7-33776091.html#cnetReview

    Acer Aspire Timeline 1810T
    http://www.laptopmag.com/review/laptop/acer-aspire-1810t.aspx

    HP Pavilion 15.6" Laptop featuring Intel Pentium T4300 (DV6-1338CA)
    http://www.bestbuy.ca/catalog/prodd...239&CMP=ILC-Clicks_From_Flyer_Pages&langid=EN


    And Student@Antwerp2009, thanks. I don't really understand any of what you wrote, to be honest though! I checked out the Acer Aspire 5920G online, but a lot of reviews were saying that it runs really hot, which worries me as I often have my current laptop on my lap. It's definitely on my list though :)
     
  4. ahl395

    ahl395 Ahlball

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    I recommend the HP dv4t and dv6t (but a dv6t with a better CPU than the one you linked to) ;)

    As well as the Thinkpad T400 and T500. :)

    Another choice would be the Dell Studio 15. :cool:
     
  5. Patrick Lumpiest

    Patrick Lumpiest Notebook Enthusiast

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    In my opinion, the Toshiba's good. But I can't say anything beyond that as I'm also looking for a laptop. Oh, and a word of advice: NEVER keep a laptop on your lap. I know they're laptops, but seriously, don't do it.

    There was some research a while back that pointed out keeping a laptop on your lap is detrimental to health, in particular due to the heat they produce. Here's an article: http://209.85.229.132/search?q=cach...n lap research&hl=en&client=firefox-a&strip=1
     
  6. SkeeteRX8

    SkeeteRX8 Notebook Deity

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    I agree with the 3+ GB of RAM and a 64-bit OS... but any non-nerfed Core 2 Duo can handle WMP, Firefox, and Office 2007 simultaneously at once. He doesn't need to waste money on a Core i7 for basic tasks.

    Haha ahl, you read my mind. I second all his suggestions.
     
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    cn_habs Notebook Deity

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    As mentioned above, the T400 and T500 would be my recommendations. It sucks that you can only see them in person in downtown TO.
     
  8. mythos1453

    mythos1453 Notebook Consultant

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    that study is outdated and inaccurate as far as I'm concerned. They say it reduces the synthesis of healthy sperm by 40% which is a huge thing. What's shady about this is that they don't tell you the temperatures they used for this measurements. Like seriously WHO the @@@ keeps a burning laptop on his balls? If you do, then we should thank mother nature for trying to stop you reproducing...lol
     
  9. tilleroftheearth

    tilleroftheearth Wisdom listens quietly...

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    At the lower end of the scale, you may consider the Acer Timeline 1810tz for its exemplary battery life (almost 10 hrs).
     
  10. SkeeteRX8

    SkeeteRX8 Notebook Deity

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    The T500 offers WSXGA+, and the T400 offers WXGA+ ...both give decent amounts of room relative to their respective screen sizes.
     
  11. puter1

    puter1 Notebook Deity

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    The T400 and T500 or one of them doesn't even have eSATA or HDMI. They are also Lenovo-operated now so the quality is lower.

    I used to consider these laptops but I don't now for those reasons. I think they are overrated and overpriced.

    I think they are okay choices but some Asus and Dell models are just as good, imho. Lenovo didn't do all that well in the recent laptop study which confirms my suspicions. But, how can expensive laptops not add HDMI and eSATA nowadays? That is just cost-cutting for the sake of increasing profit. I think that's crazy.
     
  12. SkeeteRX8

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    How about the Sager NP2098?
     
  13. mythos1453

    mythos1453 Notebook Consultant

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    Overrated maybe, overpriced? are you kidding?

    You can get a base config T400 for $700, at that price it literally destroys any consumer laptop out there.

    The study that confirms your suspicions is BS ihmo. First it was done by a company that sells warranties, i.e. THEY want to present things worse than they actually are.
    Secondly it mixes up everything and doesn't seperate the laptops in categories. i.e. a low end G series has the same influence in the study as a T/X/W series. It's like making a study for car companies and cause low end Chevy's brakedown conclude that Cadillacs sucks . All previous studies that were worth a look had seperated the NB into budget/mainstream/business/etc

    Don't get me wrong, since Lenovo took over the quality has dropped but it's not that bad.
     
  14. SkeeteRX8

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    What he said. The opinions of the consumer are more accurate- I mean, the T400/T500 are excellent and quality built machines, and still are better built than a lot of the consumer/prosumer advertised notebooks out there. Even my T61p had great build quality, especially next to consumer-based machines.
     
  15. puter1

    puter1 Notebook Deity

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    I agree with that other poster's claims, the study needed more specifics and a breakdown of the brand models. Although, there might not be a lot of differences model to model, I think if they looked at more specific info, you'd find a pattern of certain ones being the main problems or ones being recalled the most.

    As for my comments regarding Lenovo, I stand by them. If they are cheap, this is in the U.S. In Canada, they are NOT cheap for what you get. If they are around $900 or under, they have an Intel card and they are at certain vendors. They're preconfigured, in that respect. I've customized them several times before and the price at the end was always higher than what one would expect. Also, the screen res choices are poor as well since WXGA seems to be the norm and anything higher doesn't have a LED screen. There is no HDMI and I think no eSATA. These are behind the times and I'm not sure you can say it's because it's a business class. Even Dell Latitudes include HDMI and eSATA, I think.

    The quality has fallen and that says a lot, too. Before, there would be heads rolling if the quality ever dipped and they didn't care about it being a bit heavy because they were avoiding flex in the keyboard. Now, there's cutting of corners and trying to find ways if saving which is a priority over quality like any other laptop manufacturer. If I am not gaining much except the name and I don't even have modern hardware and ports I want, why do I want to still pay a premium? Oh yeah, you're in the U.S., so you can get deals. That doesn't apply to me. :-/
     
  16. SkeeteRX8

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    Right. I suggest then the ASUS N81 or Sager NP2098..both seem to have what you want.
     
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