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Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by geoffn09, Dec 14, 2008.

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  1. geoffn09

    geoffn09 Notebook Enthusiast

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    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?

    $500-$600

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?

    d. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen

    3) Where will you buying this notebook? You can select the flag of your country as an indicator.

    the U.S.

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

    a. Like: hp (compaq), asus, dell
    b. Dislike: acer


    5) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?

    Office 2007, video streaming, internet

    6) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?

    both

    7) Will you be playing games on it; if so, which games or types of games?

    nothing that an integrated video chip couldn't handle

    8) How many hours of battery life do you need?

    1:30-2:00

    9) Would you prefer to see the notebooks you're considering before purchasing it or buying a notebook on-line without seeing it is OK?

    online is ok

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

    vista

    Screen Specifics

    11) From the choices below, what screen resolutions would you prefer?


    b. WXGA+ – 1440x900; A modest bump over WXGA. Text and icons are a bit smaller. A little more stuff fits on the screen.
    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.



    12) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen?

    glossy

    Build Quality and Design

    13) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?

    somewhat

    14) When are you buying this laptop and how long do you want this laptop to last?

    Christmas present, 3-5 years would be nice

    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you want; 80GB to 500GB? Do you want a SSD drive?

    at least 150 gb

    16) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a CDRW/DVD-ROM, DVD Burner or Blu-Ray drive?

    Dvd burner

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  2. ahl395

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    I recommend the HP dv5t

    Possibly the Thinkpad SL500 as well.
     
  3. Red_Dragon

    Red_Dragon Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    i do as well...but considering your budget i say have a look at the HP DV4T OR the Dell outlet.
     
  4. geoffn09

    geoffn09 Notebook Enthusiast

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    thanks for the help!
     
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    Red_Dragon Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    no prob, so did you decide on what you wanted ? :D
     
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    Vehement Notebook Evangelist

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    It's a tough budget you got there but if you can get a student discount and go to the outlet you may find a relatively good deal.
     
  7. ahl395

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    Your Welcome. :)
     
  8. Red_Dragon

    Red_Dragon Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    i think he already decided what he wanted
     
  9. geoffn09

    geoffn09 Notebook Enthusiast

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    It's actually for a friend he's needing help finding one close to that price range. I sent him a link to this one that looked pretty good also. What do yall think?
     
  10. Red_Dragon

    Red_Dragon Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    that one is great but DEFINITELY tell him to go for the MSI GX620 on Newegg :D
     
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