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Looking for a new laptop (mostly for movies and web-surfing)

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by iluvhermione, Dec 11, 2011.

  1. iluvhermione

    iluvhermione Newbie

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    Hey guys,

    I've been using the Asus G73JH for almost two years now. I've had problems with it recently and decided that it's probably time to get a new laptop. I'm looking for something that's lighter (the G73JH is around 8 pounds) with a better battery life. I will use the laptop mostly for surfing the web and watching movies. Thanks!

    <span style="color:#646060">What is your budget?</span>
    Up to 2500

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

    <span style="color:#646060">What size notebook do you prefer?</span>
    Mainstream (15 - 16-inch screen)
    Desktop Replacement (17-inch + screen)


    <span style="color:#646060">What brands do you like or dislike?</span>
    Like: None<br />Dislike: None

    <span style="color:#646060">Would you consider a refurbished laptop?</span>
    Maybe

    <span style="color:#646060">What are the primary tasks you need this notebook for?</span>
    Web Surfing, Listening to Music, Movie Streaming and Viewing

    <span style="color:#646060">Where will you be using this laptop?</span>
    Will stay on desk

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

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

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

    <span style="color:#646060">List the screen resolutions that interest you:</span>
    High Resolution (1600 x 900)
    Max Resolution (1920 x 1080)


    <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 12/29/2011

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

    <span style="color:#646060">How much storage capacity do you need?</span>
    1 TB+

    <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>
    No
     
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  2. khetik

    khetik Notebook Deity

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    That's quite a ridiculous budget for such simple requirements.
     
  3. dan76

    dan76 Notebook Evangelist

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    Agreed, you should be able to easily meet your needs for under $1500.

    There are a lot of great choices out there... if 15 inches is what you want, the Dell XPS 15z is a good option. Very powerful, up to 2gb dedicated video card and 8gb of RAM, backlit keyboard, HD webcam, slot loading dvdrw; starting at $999.. less than 1inch thick, and just over 5lbs.
     
  4. iluvhermione

    iluvhermione Newbie

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    Thanks for the feedback, guys! Do you have any suggestions for any 17' or larger notebooks? I'm kind of used to the large monitor that the Asus G73 has and don't feel like going back to a smaller 15' monitor.

    I am considering getting the Macbook Pro because it has a 17' model that also comes with great battery life. In addition, it is relatively light for its size. The only negatives are that I'd prefer windows and Mac products tend to be pretty pricey. Let me know if you guys have any other good suggestions!
     
  5. dan76

    dan76 Notebook Evangelist

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    Alienware has an excellent very high spec 17" model: Alienware M17x With Optional 3D Laptop Screen Details | Dell starting at $1499. Even if you're not in to high end gaming, the high end gaming laptops are always the fastest most powerful, and will certainly satisfy your multitasking, video and surfing needs.
     
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    dan76 Notebook Evangelist

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    RiddlelddiR Notebook Consultant

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    The Vaio F series is relatively light and has a great FHD 16.4" screen for movies.
     
  8. Mitlov

    Mitlov Shiny

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    Yeah, the Vaio F is a great option for movies because of the awesome screen. With your budget, you might consider the 3D model. Or you can get the 2D model and have it well-equipped for less than $1500. Regardless, get it with blu-ray, because the 1080p screen is so sharp and vibrant that for movie fans, blu-ray is what you'll want.

    I've got a video review of my Vaio F...the link is in my signature.
     
  9. edit1754

    edit1754 Notebook Prophet

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    Notes on above-recommended laptops:

    XPS 15z: poor build quality with regards to the poorly-attached chrome trim. Also if you get the XPS 15z anyway, you must upgrade to the 1080p screen. The 720p screen is 1366x768 which in a 15.6" screen means big text, severely limited multitasking, and bad image quality.

    Alienware M17x: A bit over-powered for simple requirements, but if you get it anyway you must upgrade to the 1080p (1920x1080) display. The 900p (1600x900) display is awful.

    Vaio F: a great multimedia laptop.
     
  10. lovelaptops

    lovelaptops MY FRIENDS CALL ME JEFF!

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    You are so far over-budgeted! You don't even need to spend $1,000 and you'd way beat your needs. (The G73 is way more laptop than you needed too!)

    1. Sony F - concur. The only one (see below) that might break the $1,000 mark, but not if you buy a retail config (with the 1080p screen)

    2. Dell XPS 15 - Heavier than the 15z but better built. It's 1080p B+RGLED screen is the best in the business at that size, bar none. Its on board audio is the best in the business, bar none. You could buy 2-3 of them at your budget! Hard not to choose this for your needs.

    3. HP DV6 - many, many configs; all you need is the 1080p screen and you get all the goodies with it - have to work hard to spend $900. Current 33% off coupon, various retail version sales: get everything you want + extd ADP wtty for under $800.

    There are others, but all of the above will serve you well. Sony customer/tech support has become the laughing stock of the industry, so factor that it. (By a Square Trade extd wtty, not a Sony!). Both Dell and HP have greatly improved their support in recent years. (They will all treat you like dirt when you have an actual problem, lol!)
     
  11. khetik

    khetik Notebook Deity

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    I'd avoid the M17x as it is a bit much also weight is another issue as well as sheer size of the laptop for the requirements you have.

    I'd avoid the 15z as well, as I've used both the xps 15 and 15z and I'd say the xps 15 is better.

    Every HP I've dealt with has had heat issues, and very frustrating.

    Sony is always very solid even though they do charge a bit more, and was never really a fan of their keyboards. Don't know if they have gotten better as I haven't used one in like 2 years or so.

    But I'd say go with the Sony F or the Dell XPS 15 (B+RG LED screen is indeed amazing).
     
  12. idiot101

    idiot101 Down and Broken

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    I'd go with the XPS 15 too. Atleast the speakers are much better than what you get on other laptops.

    With a Quad core and a backlit keyboard, with one of the best 1080p displays, it is a good deal.

    http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Dell-XPS-15-Notebook-i5-2410M-GT-540M.51186.0.html

    Using this coupon....932N$0ZCCHWZB9

    XPS 15
    Operating System Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English
    Processor 2nd generation Intel® Core&#8482; i7-2670QM processor 2.20 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3.10 GHz
    Memory 8GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3 Memory
    Keyboard Backlit Keyboard - English
    LCD 15.6 FHD B+RGLED TL (1920x1080) and Skype-Certified 2.0MP HD Webcam
    Video Card NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 540M 2GB graphics with Optimus
    Hard Drive 750GB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive
    Color Elemental Silver Aluminum
    Integrated Network Adapter Integrated 10/100/1000 Network Card
    Adobe Reader Adobe® Acrobat® Reader
    CD ROM/DVD ROM Tray Load Blu-ray Disc BD-Combo (Reads BD and Writes to DVD/CD)
    Sound JBL 2.1 Speakers with Waves Maxx Audio 3
    Wireless Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 1030 & Bluetooth 3.0
    Office Productivity Software (Pre-Installed) Microsoft® Office Starter: reduced-functionality Word & Excel w/ ads. No PowerPoint or Outlook
    Anti-Virus/Security Suite (Pre-installed) McAfee SecurityCenter, 15-Months
    Battery 90 WHr 9-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
    Service 1 Year Basic Support
    Peace of Mind DataSafe 2.0 Online Backup 2GB for 1 year
    Mobile Broadband No Mobile Broad Band Selected
    Trusted ID Trusted ID,IDSafe, 12 Month Subscription, Digital Delivery
    TOTAL: $1,149.99 before taxes

    It has two USB 3.0 ports so you can always pick up a 2-3TB external HDD for about $170-$300.
     
  13. Mitlov

    Mitlov Shiny

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    My Vaio F has a fantasic keyboard; I type on it for several hours per day. The keys sometimes have a little clatter to them (rarely though), but overall, it's excellent. Precise crisp movements, decent travel for a chicklet design, and a very solid typing surface.

    I actually don't think the Vaio F is overpriced for what you get (I think Sony doesn't have this problem that it used to have). For $999, you get a laptop with an arguably-best-in-class 1080p matte screen, a quad-core 2.2 GHz i7, and a backlit keyboard. For $1200 or so, you can have it well-equipped with a 540M good for casual gaming, a huge HDD, blu-ray, or whatever. That's pretty competitive pricing; a Vaio F generally isn't more expensive than a similarly-equipped Dell XPS 15.
     
  14. iluvhermione

    iluvhermione Newbie

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    Thanks for replies, everyone. I really appreciate it! With your help, I have narrowed it down to the XPS 15 and the Sony Vaio F and will definitely be buying one of them. I am leaning towards getting the Sony mostly because it has a slightly larger display than the XPS 15. I do love that both laptops seem to have great battery life.
     
  15. Geekz

    Geekz Notebook Deity

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    ivant_ Notebook Enthusiast

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    I don't think Vaio F has a"great" battery life...
     
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    ivant_ Notebook Enthusiast

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    I would also look a the updated HP Envy line... Envy 15 or Envy 17
     
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    88chulai12 Newbie

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    Notebook computer battery is the heart, but also relative to the desktop advantage. Now most of the laptop battery working time mostly between 2 to 4 hours, may not be able to meet the needs of users. So, for those who need to move often walk around the office or friends, to prepare a spare battery is also very necessary. ???PC?????,???????AC????
    Asus AL31-1005 ?????/Asus AL31-1005 ????
     
  19. Mitlov

    Mitlov Shiny

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    Not "great" compared to modern competition, but compared to laptops of, say, five or ten years ago it is. I achieve 3 hours and change while surfing the web with wifi, and five hours and change word processing with wifi disabled (screen around 25% brightness for both). Yes, I could do seven or eight hours with a MBP 17, but if the original poster is happy with 3-5 hours, then the Vaio F is a good option.

    If you don't closely follow modern laptops, 3-5 hours of battery life sounds pretty darned good. I'll bet that's where the original poster is coming from.
     
  20. ivant_

    ivant_ Notebook Enthusiast

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    ^Depends on what you are doing. But if I wanted to watch movies on the go, I would prefer something that can last longer than a 2hr movie for example...Don't know how high battery life is on his priority list.
     
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