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Windows 7: Help me choose a laptop

21 Nov 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 
Help me choose a laptop

This is for a for a friend whom is looking for a laptop


I found the Black friday specials.. I was hoping you could tell me which ones sound good. I really need it just for school work and music and internet. Its a few of them. If you can tell me what you think.

Wal-mart

Acer Black 17.3" Aspire AS7714Z-4643 Laptop PC with Intel Pentium P6100 Processor, Windows 7 Home Premium
: $498.00

HP G56-129WM 15.6" Laptop w/ Intel Celeron 900 Processor, 3GB Memory, 250GB Hard Drive and Windows 7 Home Premium $298.00

HP G72-227WM 17.3" Dual Core Laptop w/ Intel Pentium 2.3GHz, 3GB Memory, 320GB HDD and Windows 7 Home Premium $398.00

and then at
Best Buy

Toshiba 15.6" Laptop w/ AMD Turion II Dual-Core Mobile Processor, 3GB RAM and 320GB HD $349.00

Toshiba 15.6" Laptop w/AMD Turion II Dual-Core Mobile Processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB HD, HP Wireless Printer $449.00

Sony Vaio Intel Pentium Dual-Core Processor 15.5" Laptop with Blu-Ray and Memory Upgrade $449

HP Laptop - 15.6", Intel Core i3, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD $499

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21 Nov 2010   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

It looks like your looking in the <$500 range.
I personally have Toshiba laptops since the 286 days and have never had a bad one.

But, then I normally buy the high end machines.

Guessing that your friend who wants to buy a laptop for just portable operations like email web and
such. I would buy the one with the most memory and hard disk space.
If they really wanted to watch DVD movies then the larger screen would be nicer.

There are so many variables that would help anyone if we knew what they were going
to do with the laptop.

as they say Inquiring minds

Rich
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21 Nov 2010   #3

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Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP in VM)
 
 

Without knowing the inquiring minds answer that Rich just talked about, I was talking with a friend of mine recently who sells laptops. He does the service on them. I asked which one was the best. He said withot hesitation that I should not consider anything but a Toshiba. Now, you can take that FWIW, which may not be much. Good luck.
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21 Nov 2010   #4
whs

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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The last HP with the i3 would be my choice. But the second Toshiba looks good too. And DO NOT BUY at Walmart. They produce special low cost junk for them. And no Pentium or Celeron processors - too old.
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21 Nov 2010   #5

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Personally, I would go with one of the second Toshiba. A printer alone can cost as much as $100. Your getting that plus more RAM and and HDD space for that amount. I also try to avoid HP and acer computers, but thats just me.
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21 Nov 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I have had HP computers for the last 10 years and have no issue's with them.
So it boils down to your friend who is buying it. Have him go and shop and get a feel for what is that he wants.

Follow Rich's advice..
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21 Nov 2010   #7
whs

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by The Howling Wolves View Post
I have had HP computers for the last 10 years and have no issue's with them.
So it boils down to your friend who is buying it. Have him go and shop and get a feel for what is that he wants.

Follow Rich's advice..
Same here. I have an HP laptop and a desktop - both from 2007. Never had any problems. But I have also heard a lot of good things about Toshiba.
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21 Nov 2010   #8

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You can sometimes get some good deals at Newegg and Amazon.com. you may try them too.
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21 Nov 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

The second toshiba sounds like a good deal. I have a toshiba laptop that I am using right now and I love it, I havent run into any problems either.
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21 Nov 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate N 64bit
 
 

Its not listed but I would recommend a Lenovo Thinkpad, I have the SL410 and I love it. Check out Lenovo's Website they always have deals. Hope that helped
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