I'm skipping the form and touching on the relevant points. Feel free to ask questions if I missed something important.
I'm looking for a computer that'll last me until (probably mobile) Haswell. Has to be a laptop; desktop is out of the question. I'd love to find something like the K53TA, but a dedicated card isn't strictly necessary so long as I'm not on Intel graphics; probably the most demanding game I'll play is Civ V, and I'm not one for eye candy. I'd rather not wait another month for Trinity, but I'm open to arguments to convince me, keeping in mind the budget.
Budget: Let's say $500; less is more.
Brand/look/style: No preference/don't care.
Performance: i5 if in budget, or A6/A8, see below.
Graphics: Anything better than Intel.
Size/resolution/weight: Irrelevant. I'm 6'6" and using a 1080p external monitor.
Refurbs: Sure, with warranty; see below links.
Timeframe: As soon as possible.
Longevity: 18-24 months.
I'm debating whether I need any more warranty than Lenovo's outlet provides, and whether 1600x900 17.3" is any more use to me than 1366x768 15.6" if I'm mostly using an external monitor. There's also the fact that I haven't yet used my 10% first-time-purchase Lenovo coupon; does anyone know if it works in the outlet?
I personally find the DV6 to be the best APU notebook around because it has pretty good build quality for the price, and it has alot of nice features like a pretty decent (albeit low res) screen and 4 Beats audio speakers. I have two friends with the DV6 and I can't believe they both got them for 500 bucks, seems like it should belong more to the 700-800 range.
If you don't like this though, the Lenovo seems better from your two options.
If you are mostly using an external monitor, no use at all. But the resolution on the 17" would be better due to the higher ppi (than the 768p on the 15") giving you little more sharpness. And the higher resolution allows you to fit more stuff on the screen. More real estate, the better. Please correct me if I am wrong.
I don't think the coupon will work in the outlet.
If you need a laptop now, buy one. If you can wait, then wait. It is too early to speculate if you are missing much by going for Llano.
Last edited by idiot101; 12th April 2012 at 11:27 AM.
For 20$ less and no dgpu...The only argument could be if wouldn't consider refurbs but that's not the case.
If you have 550$ than take the dv7 (17' 1600x900,A8,6620g+6750M,6gb ram,640gb hdd). It's really by far the best deal you will get now. Believe me, i searched a lot these days because i'm in the same situation.
Or there is another option. The K53TA is now even cheaper (434$):
The only reason I would dissuade you from refurbs is due to their 90day warranty unless bought from an official outlet. I don't think you can get to extend the warranty on these laptops.
P.S. After reading the reply below, wanted to clarify that I was talking about manufacturer's warranty, not squaretrade. I am aware that they offer coverage, but didn't consider them when I made the statement above.
Last edited by idiot101; 10th April 2012 at 06:13 PM.
I appreciate the concern. Definitely need at least an option for a 1-year warranty. I'm not worried about the webcam. Confirmed that I can't use my coupon at Lenovo's outlet but the outlet Z575 is still looking more attractive.
That's awesome, but I won't have the ability to buy until Friday and my bet is they'll be sold out before then.
A 6750m would be wonderful but I just don't see it happening for that price.
Is there any reason that the 6620G wouldn't be perfectly adequate for my needs, even at 1080p (without eye candy)?
Is that even worthwhile due to the 6650M being DDR3, and hence having only half the bandwidth of the 6750M? My understanding is that higher resolutions are impacted significantly by bandwidth, but I don't know how the math works out, or if that's even relevant since I'm content to run on low settings, albeit at 1920x1080.
Finally, does it make a difference if this is to an HDTV rather than an LCD monitor?