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Lenovo vs hp laptop??

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by erikg2494, Aug 25, 2012.

  1. erikg2494

    erikg2494 Newbie

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    Hello everyone,

    I am currently a college student with a budget of $600 and have just begun college. I definitely need a laptop for college. I have done some research and the laptops that fit under my budget is lenovos thinkpad E530, and also hp dv6 laptop. I plan on using the laptop for the next four years. What do you guys recommend?

    <span style="color:#646060">What is your budget?</span>
    $600, 700 max

    <span style="color:#646060">What country will you be buying this in?</span>
    U.S.

    <span style="color:#646060">What size notebook do you prefer?</span>
    Mainstream (15 - 16-inch screen)

    <span style="color:#646060">What brands do you like or dislike?</span>
    Like: lenovo, hp, dell<br /><span style="color:#646060">Would you consider a refurbished laptop?</span>
    Yes

    <span style="color:#646060">What are the primary tasks you need this notebook for?</span>
    Web Surfing, Office and Productivity Software, Computer Programming, Video Chat and Conference, Movie Streaming and Viewing

    <span style="color:#646060">Where will you be using this laptop?</span>
    Will be used different places

    <span style="color:#646060">How many hours of battery life do you need?</span>
    4 or more

    <span style="color:#646060">Will you be buying online or in store?</span>
    online

    <span style="color:#646060">Which OS do you prefer?</span>
    Windows 7

    <span style="color:#646060">List the screen resolutions that interest you:</span>
    Standard Resolution (1366 x 768)
    High Resolution (1600 x 900)


    <span style="color:#646060">Do you prefer a glossy or matte screen?</span>
    Glossy or Matte is fine

    <span style="color:#646060">Is the laptops design important to you?</span>
    No

    <span style="color:#646060">Approximately what date will you be buying this laptop?</span>
    Around 09/10/2012

    <span style="color:#646060">How long do you want this laptop to last?</span>
    4 years

    <span style="color:#646060">How much storage capacity do you need?</span>
    320 GB

    <span style="color:#646060">Are you interested in SSD for storage?</span>
    Maybe

    <span style="color:#646060">Do you want a built-in optical drive, what type?</span>
    DVD Burner
     
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  2. idiot101

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  3. erikg2494

    erikg2494 Newbie

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    The lenovo you mentioned is nice. I will take a look into it, thanks.
     
  4. erikg2494

    erikg2494 Newbie

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    The reason I asked you to fill the form was to know what features you were looking for in a laptop. I suggested the AMD A10 as it has superior integrated graphics than the Intel processors and will allow you to play a few games at low settings. The processor is well rounded and will last a long time. The same can be said with the Intel i5. You have a decent configuration in the laptop. It will work really well if you are going to use it for basic productivity.

    I tried finding a few business laptops with Ivy Bridge processors, but none fell in your budget. I was specifically looking at the HP Probook 4540s/4440s. The Lenovo E530 has an atrocious screen and will be a miserable experience. Business laptops have matte screens that are comfortable to use in well-lit areas.

    The choice between the AMD and Intel is something I would leave to you. If you need battery life, then the Dell would be the better option. If you are going to remain plugged in most of the time, it wouldn't matter what you pick. Then it would come down to ergonomics of the laptop. The Lenovo has a better keyboard and they advertise the screen to be 200 nits (it is bright enough). Both will receive driver updates. But you will need to see which OEM will offer better support. Consumer laptops normally come with poor support unlike business laptops. I would also recommend that you have a look at all the options you consider to just get the feel for them. Find as many options to consider and scour the internet for reviews, feedback and complaints.

    You could also look for more options here
    Best Deals & Coupons Online | LogicBuy
    Cheap Deals, Best Hot Daily Deals and Coupons by Deals2buy.com on 2012-08-25

    I would also like you to check out the Barnes and Noble discount available for students from Lenovo. Try to configure a Thinkpad E430 with an i5 processor.

    Barnes and Noble Gold | Lenovo | (US)
     
  6. erikg2494

    erikg2494 Newbie

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    thank you very much. Just one more question? isn't the thinkpad E430 similar to the Edge 530?
     
  7. skidooracer0

    skidooracer0 Newbie

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    I have a p755-s5390 I will sell you cheap I'm upgrading only a few months old
     
  8. idiot101

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    No. One is a 14" while the other is a 15.6". A resolution of 1366x768 looks better on a 14" laptop rather than a 15.6" one. Images look stretched and generally poor on a larger screen. Unless you really need a number pad. So, the tendency is to avoid larger laptops with lower resolutions. You can get more information on the E430 by searching for some reviews online.
     
  9. User Retired 2

    User Retired 2 Notebook Nobel Laureate NBR Reviewer

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    @erikg2494, both a Lenovo E430/E530 and Probook 4440s/4540s now no longer have an expresscard slot. A Dell Vostro 3460/3560 is in the price same class and does have an expresscard slot. Useful if you want to add external graphics, eg: ~$200 x1.2Opt DIY eGPU.
     
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    i think you should go for HP as HP are known for high quality laptops with great mobility also they are best for multimedia applications and great for work or school i am studying IT at IT Training Nepal and i have Dell Inspiron but i am planning on buying a suitable HP model soon,,HP are also packed with awesome features
     
  11. SpeedofSilence

    SpeedofSilence Newbie

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    Well, the specifications you have written for a required laptop, my suggestion for you is that go for HP g62-373dx laptop. The details i am able to gather for this product is as follows;:
    This laptop is powered by the Intel Core i3-370M CPU. It&#8217;s a 64-bit, dual-core processor running at 2.4 GHz. It has 4 processing threads and 3MB of cache. It was built on a 32nm process and uses 35W. This laptop comes with 3GB DDR3 memory and can be expanded to a maximum of 8GB. That&#8217;s enough memory for multi-tasking apps.

    The screen is a 15.6&#8243; LED high-definition display with HP BrightView technology for stunning clarity. The resolution is 1366×768 which gives you a 16:9 aspect ratio, and native support for 720p HD content. The screen is driven by Intel HD graphics which features 64-1274MB dynamically allocated shared video memory. This is not the laptop to play games on.
    For storage you get a 320GB Serial ATA (SATA) drive rotating at 5400RPM. That&#8217;s a mid-size drive by today&#8217;s standards, but should be enough space for most people. The optical drive is a multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive with double-layer support. The 5-in-1 digital media reader supports Secure Digital, MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO and xD-Picture Card formats.

    For networking you get a 10/100Base-T Ethernet LAN adapter for your wired network connections. On the wireless side you get a standard 802.11 b/g/n adapter. This laptop comes with a built-in webcam and microphone for easy video chat.

    External ports include 3 USB 2.0 ports, 1 HDMI port, 1 VGA port, 1 microphone and 1 headphone. Other features include a Touchpad with integrated on/off button and 2-way scroll pad support.
    This HP comes installed with Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition. Other software includes HP Photo Creations; Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash and more.
    The laptop measures 9.7&#8243; x 14.7&#8243; x 1.4&#8243; and weighs 5.5 pounds. The 6 cell lithium ion battery pack can provide up to 5 hours of unplugged power.
    You can find the HP g62-373dx laptop for around $550.

    Well i have used this laptop. And it is my personal experience that it is still working in a very positive way.
     
  12. edit1754

    edit1754 Notebook Prophet

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    The Thinkpad Edge E530 is not a particularly good option for your budget, when compared to the Thinkpad T530.

    The two areas where the T530 are superior to the E530 are:
    - Build quality: the T530 is the "real deal" business machine, with the magnesium rollcage.
    - Display: The T530 offers upgraded 15.6" 1600x900 and 1920x1080 displays, while the E530 is stuck with a mere 15.6" 1366x768. 1366x768 resolution in a 15.6" display makes things onscreen large, and 15.6" displays that have 1366x768 resolution tend to have very poor image quality due to low contrast. You should look to avoid this type of display when it is reasonable to do so, unless you require the larger text for eyesight-related reasons. The 1600x900 and 1920x1080 displays offered with the Thinkpad T530 have great contrast though, and don't make it so difficult to fit much onscreen.

    These two issues also apply to the HP M6 and Lenovo IdeaPad P585.

    Lenovo Thinkpad T530 (with the 15.6" 1600x900 display) through the Barnes and Noble Gold discount - $621 + tax and up.
    - Sign up and sign in here: Barnes and Noble Gold | Lenovo | (US)
    - Barnes and Noble Gold discount T530 link: http://shoplenovo.i2.com/SEUILibrar...=DC8F3B79220E3BCF3B7C12AAA11F7BFB&action=init (you will need to create a free Barnes and Noble Gold account)
    - Start with the cheapest base configuration.
    - On the configuration page, upgrade the "Display type" to at least HD+ (1600x900). You should not buy the Lenovo Thinkpad T530 in any configuration that includes the default HD (1366x768) display. 1366x768 resolution in a 15.6" display makes things onscreen large, and 15.6" displays that have 1366x768 resolution tend to have very poor image quality due to low contrast. But the upgraded 15.6" 1600x900 and 15.6" 1920x1080 displays have great contrast, and also allow you to fit more onscreen. The availability of the upgraded displays upgrade is part of my reasoning for recommending this computer.
    - Recommended: Get the free WiFi adapter upgrade to the "Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2200", because some have reported issues with the stock "Thinkpad 1x1 b/g/n" adapter.
    - Note: The Core i5-3210M from the Core i3-2370M isn't a bad upgrade choice. It may also help with battery life since it's IvyBridge instead of SandyBridge.
    - Upgrading to the NVS 5400M dedicated GPU will help with moderate gaming. It isn't the greatest GPU, but it's a good step up from integrated graphics.
    - Does not come with a Webcam by default. If you want one, you need to select the upgrade.
    - In the cart, click the green "Activate eCoupon" button to get your discount.
     
  13. erikg2494

    erikg2494 Newbie

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    thanks dude, I will definitely look into hp. they do have great futures.
     

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