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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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    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!)
     
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