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Windows 7: Need some advice

06 Sep 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit (6.1 Build 7600)
 
 
Need some advice

Hope I'm posting this in the right hole in the wall... if not move me

I'm looking to buy a laptop. I've been reading up a little and now I'm overwhelmed.
The hardware in my old pc wont cope with Windows 7 and it isn't compatible with my new pc, which has Windows 7. A lappie means I can travel, which I do a bit of, and would also fulfill my need for a second pc. I work from the computer at home, and am heavily into the graphics field.

Gaming is not a big issue, and neither is the need for Office stuff. None of the reviews or such have really given me an idea of what I need. Maybe I'm more over whelmed than I think I am, but a girl could use a little advice from some smart lads.

If I've left any questions hanging let me know. I'm really swimming in deep water here. I shouldn't be coz I knew what I wanted when I had this PC custom built.

Thanks

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06 Sep 2010   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Hi Willowhoop. I'm just looking at your spec and that's a fine rig you have there. You're not going to get anywhere near that with a laptop.
I'm not clear what you want the laptop for. Is it just to travel, run Windows 7, show folks your graphic work, keep in touch etc?
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06 Sep 2010   #3

64-Bit W7 Ult_sp1
 
 

bit of a big question, really..

how are you tied for price/cost, etc..?

what do you intend to do with the laptop?

is it best specs you're after, or best bang for bucks..??
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06 Sep 2010   #4

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit (6.1 Build 7600)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnwillyums View Post
Hi Willowhoop. I'm just looking at your spec and that's a fine rig you have there. You're not going to get anywhere near that with a laptop.
I'm not clear what you want the laptop for. Is it just to travel, run Windows 7, show folks your graphic work, keep in touch etc?
hi john
I knew I'd mislead somewhere and no doubt other loop holes will be found too.

No way do I expect to find something like my PC hun, so relax on that one.

As for purpose "Yes" to all that you have mentioned - plus - (and I'll try and keep it short), I toggle between PSCS4 PSPX3 PSP7 & PSP9 (as well as emails, forums, google and other assorted daily stuff). Each graphic program has a different purpose in completing a graphic I would be working on. flashing between these 4 programs on one screen can be eye tormenting, especially when I'm on a deadline. Two screens would half that and give me the added bonus of better comparison. I realise that screen resolutions, color etc are different.

Health reasons sometimes confine me to bed and again, the laptop, if networked to the pc, can allow me to continue working. It might be worth mentioning that I live in a one room self contained cabin, my PC is not far away.

I am looking for a reliable brand, obviously... lol. I recently purchased a second copy of Windows 7 professional, so regardless of what is on the lappie at time of purchase, I would be installing that on it. I notice that Windows 7 home premium is offered on most of them. Price (I'm in Australia), is around the $1,500.00 limit.
I think I'd like an i5 processor over an i3, but thats not a must, just a preference.

As you can see, I've been researching since first posting. There is something to be said for feedback and someone to bounce off.

Thanks for the reply hun
Have a good day
Willow
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07 Sep 2010   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Ok. $1500 Australian dollars is about 885 GBP. I'll presume you'll want something with a good screen at about 17"? That means what is known as a "desktop replacement" laptop and will be pretty heavy.
It'll be pretty heavy to lug around Australia, which I hear is quite a big place
It's 7am here and I'm just off to work.
Let us know if screen size is right and whether weight is a consideration and I'll have a hunt around when I get home-8 hours from now.
I think you should get something very nice for that price. Also is that your absolute top price or is it flexible?
I figure you're asleep now so you have a good day when you wake up, Later, John
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07 Sep 2010   #6
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Don't know if its available in Australia but I've had my eye on a certain series Acer that goes on sale here at Best Buy, et al. every few weeks for $349US. This is the ad from one such sale in May:

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Trying this every time i see it in the store, it is solid as a rock with no weakness I can detect except it is loaded with bloatware - but we can help you clean it up or clean reinstall with Windows 7 DVD and it will be a perfect machine for light to medium duty at a great value.

Acers are as solid as their monitors which made them famous for quality. We have two here at the house (desktops and monitors). I plan to get this laptop for my Mom for Christmas unless someone can talk me out of it for good reasons.

Then for $200 more you can maybe find something high spec like another guy here did: Micro Center - MSI A6200-220US Laptop Computer - Black A6200


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07 Sep 2010   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

there is also a good line made by Dell, Alienware, it is a heavy gaming computer but it can still be applied to the graphics field here is a link for alienware
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07 Sep 2010   #8

Win7 Pro-64 Bit
 
 

If you are in Victoria have a look at this site I know people who have bought from here and they told me you can haggle with them they love cash hope this helps.

Melbourne's recommended Laptop and Notebook Computer Retailer by Word of Mouth on the Web
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07 Sep 2010   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

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