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Lenovo vs Toshiba Laptops Brand. Bestbuy

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by leetxy, Jan 23, 2010.

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  1. leetxy

    leetxy Notebook Enthusiast

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    Toshiba vs Lenovo laptop Brand
    I recently am going to get a replacement laptop for my Compaq cq50 - 115 nr via the no Lemon policy at Best Buy's geek squad.

    Which laptop is better and also which line, the G500's Lenovo's "Value line" brand or the Toshiba Satellites L500 basic series? Please click on the links to the info on bb's website.


    Toshiba: L505-5018 (Satellite)
    intel pentium t4400 2.2 Ghz
    3 gigs ddr3 ram
    320 Gigs HDD space
    15.6" TFT-LCD widescreen display
    Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 4500M
    With 128-1341MB dynamically allocated shared graphics memory. Built-in stereo speakers.
    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Toshi...Id=9705221
    This is an "exclusively at Best buy notebook", but I heard it's comparable to the Satellite L505-5015

    Lenovo: G550 ("Value Line") As good as thinkpads?
    intel pentium t4400 2.1 Ghz
    4 gigs ddr3 ram
    250 Gigs HDD space
    15.6" WXGA LED widescreen display
    Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
    Features 384MB shared graphics memory for impressive images.
    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Lenov...Id=9717814

    Price is roughly the same: no objective. Or if you Notebook pros don't like these options, help me pick out one roughly this price range on Best Buy.com (~$500)

    thanks!

    Also on a side question how do these brands compare to the Dell inspiron line? Are they cheaply made? How does the Intel pentium t4400 dual core compare to the AMD Turion X2 Rm-70? (the processor of my old laptop being replaced)
     
  2. leetxy

    leetxy Notebook Enthusiast

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    Bump^ Lenovo G550 (unique specs) or Toshiba L505-5018/5015
     
  3. leetxy

    leetxy Notebook Enthusiast

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    anyone? ,,,,
     
  4. euisungkim

    euisungkim Notebook Deity

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    If I had to choose, I would go with the Lenovo G550.
    It has one more gig ram, and has WXGA LED widescreen display.
     
  5. leetxy

    leetxy Notebook Enthusiast

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    its better?
     
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    00940 Notebook Consultant

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    leetxy Notebook Enthusiast

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    any counter arguments for the Toshiba?
     
  8. npaladin2000

    npaladin2000 LOAD "*",8,1

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    Toshiba's got a bigger hard drive. You're more likely to sue that then the RAM. RAM is also easier and cheaper to upgrade later.
     
  9. leetxy

    leetxy Notebook Enthusiast

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    cheaper to upgrade than the Hard drive. What read gets me is the Lenovo's sturdiness and the LED screen. Can the toshiba really compare with that?
     
  10. leetxy

    leetxy Notebook Enthusiast

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    also, which brand is generally better?
     
  11. npaladin2000

    npaladin2000 LOAD "*",8,1

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    Might be cheaper to upgrade the hard drive by itself, but then you're talking about reinstalling everything, or busting out Clonezilla or Acronis TrueImage (if you have a USB HDD, enclosure, or network share to store the image on). This is something 95% of end-users can't do, so they have to pay someone else to do it. Which suddenly makes it more expensive to do, and MUCH more of a pain to do. Even for us technical types, it's still more of a pain to replace a HDD than it is to add RAM: I know which I'd rather do.

    RAM you just unscrew a cover and pop it in, and MAYBE pop another one out.

    Toshibas are pretty solid, especially for consumer machines. I just don't like their lack of screen upgrade options.
     
  12. Luke1708

    Luke1708 Notebook Virtuoso NBR Reviewer

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    i've used a g550 one and the keyboard is certainly one of the most solid i have used for a laptop of this price.
     
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    Luke1708 Notebook Virtuoso NBR Reviewer

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    leetxy Notebook Enthusiast

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    Is this particular G550 sold at Bestbuy.com a reputable/ respectable/ quality one?
     
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    leetxy Notebook Enthusiast

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    Get the Toshiba. i3 technology is newer.
     
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    leetxy Notebook Enthusiast

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    is there any advantage the Lenovo has over the Toshiba? Is i3 ( the 330 M model) much better than the core 2 Duo? Should I get a geeksquad warranty for the Toshiba?
     
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    cdn_22 Notebook Geek

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    is the screen WXGA LED better than the tft toshiba tru brites? Also the keyboard and overall ruggedness... and does that equate or relate with reliability + longevity (what I am really concerned about - a computer not dying right after the warranty expires).
     
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