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Windows 7: Trying to find a relatively cheap laptop.

12 Apr 2012   #11
FuturDreamz

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

Dells can be fine, providing you pay for support.

That being said, the Vostro only has the older Intel HD graphics, so it doesn't Have Quick Sync, which I believe will be needed for HD playback. I have a Pentium G620, which is slightly newer graphics, and it can barely do 1080p.

How's this?
Newegg.ca - HP Pavilion G4-1137CA Notebook Intel Pentium B940(2.00GHz) 14" 4GB Memory 640GB HDD DVD±R/RW Intel HD Graphics 3000
It's $519 which is slightly over your price range, but it has HD 3000 which should handle anything you throw at it, Plus it has a fast drive and 6 hours of batterry life. And it's a Lenovo, which is known for being nice reliable computers.
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02 May 2012   #12
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Sorry had completely forgotten about this thread.
Anyhow, I actually like the look of that hp you linked there despite my inclination against purchasing from them (I'll have to make sure they send a windows disc with the system so I can reformat minus bloatware as soon as I get my hands on it, which can be a pain)

The real problem here is... that model is not for sale in the US.
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02 May 2012   #13
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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02 May 2012   #14
Tekno Venus

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (O.E.M)
 
 

I know it's probably too late but this website offers very detailed reviews. Notebookcheck. One of my favourite sites when it comes to laptop reviews.

However, there are issues with it. It's based in Germany so prices need converting and some laptops/configurations aren't available in other countries. Also seems biased to nVidia but that's my view

Stephen
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02 May 2012   #15
Maguscreed

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Actually no the reason I had left this thread alone was because I had decided to take the advice of someone above and wait a month or two.
Still interested in options. I'll give the site a look, I'm weary of review sites for various reasons. I prefer to read reviews from people that purchased them. I can weed out the idiot remarks myself. The review sites, they have all kinds of weird ulterior motives.
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02 May 2012   #16
Tekno Venus

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit (O.E.M)
 
 

I understand. I always look at reviews by real people as well but I have found the site very useful
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02 May 2012   #17
Joan Archer

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32 bit/Windows 10 64bit
 
 

Does it have to be Intel, I've just got a Toshiba Satelitte L750D-14R but it's an AMD, it's got 6 GB of RAM Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit, it has one of those HDMI Ports, as well as three USB ones, and a multi layer drive and also a card reader slot.

Over here it cost just under £400.
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02 May 2012   #18
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

yeah 400 pounds is about 650 dollars US.
Once I got into that bracket I would be looking at lower end performance machines.
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02 May 2012   #19
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maguscreed View Post
yeah 400 pounds is about 650 dollars US.
Once I got into that bracket I would be looking at lower end performance machines.
Did you check the system in my post #13. I think that is a real good buy. But that may only be this week because it is from their weekly ad.
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03 May 2012   #20
kincayd

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

250 bucks for a great toshiba satellite
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