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Windows 7: Good laptop or Bad laptop?

04 Apr 2014   #1
nocomputerskill

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 
Good laptop or Bad laptop?

I'm not really sure where to post this question. So I've been looking for a new laptop to replace the one I'm using right now. I have been looking for about 3 months and found this one Toshiba S55D-A5383 15" Laptop | Staples® It seems pretty good. I just don't know a whole lot about computers and would like any help any one has to offer.


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05 Apr 2014   #2
King Arthur

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

We really can't give any meaningful advice without you informing us what this laptop will be used for, but from a general purpose perspective I'd say that laptop will perform adequately with most home/office tasks.

Toshiba's also a very reputable and old Japanese manufacturer, so there's assurance for quality there as well.
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05 Apr 2014   #3
nocomputerskill

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

For me it's just basic stuff. School e-mail netflix stuff anybody does. I don't do any gaming or anything like that.
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05 Apr 2014   #4
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Can you go to Staples and test drive it? That's what I would want to do, maybe repeatedly. They seem to hedge on whether you can bring them back, whereas Best Buy really does give 15 days to try out PC's with full money back if it flunks the test. I took them back for 2 years until I found a Lenovo Core i5 that had no fatal flaws I could find.
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05 Apr 2014   #5
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

What's the absolute top dollar you want to pay?

Are you willing to buy online from someone other than Staples, such as Newegg or Amazon?
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05 Apr 2014   #6
nocomputerskill

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

gregrocker, Unfortunately none of the staples in a 100 mile radius have them in stock. I do have a friend that bought one about 3 months ago and he says he loves it. ignatzasonic, 400$ is about the most I can spend one. I am willing to buy one from just about any where as long as it's new. I need it to last 4-5 years. I know my budget is very tight. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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05 Apr 2014   #7
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

That Staples link doesn't take me to a Toshiba laptop, but that model sells for 510 at Amazon.

Let me look around and see what I can find for $400 online. I don't use laptops, but have a pretty fair knowledge of hardware generally. Give me a half hour or so.

You say "school". Does that mean Word and Excel are needed? What's the most strenuous thing you think you would be asked to do on this machine?
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05 Apr 2014   #8
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Zorin OS 9 Core x64 Xubuntu 13.1 x64 Linux Mint 17 x64
 
 

Put in the correct link from Toshiba please

Nevermind, I dodit.

http://www.toshiba.com/us/computers/...S50/S55D-A5383
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05 Apr 2014   #9
nocomputerskill

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

ignatzatsonic, Thanks for looking around. I use Open office 4.0.1 right now. The most strenuous thing I'll be doing will be things like youtube and netflix. I don't really play any games or anything. I am looking for something with more than 4 gb of ram because I use windows media center a lot. Sorry about the link.
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05 Apr 2014   #10
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Pickings are very slim for a new laptop with more than 4 GB of RAM at $400 or less.

You may need to compromise on things such as screen size, processor strength, touchscreen or not, hard drive size.

Take a look at the 2 links below; adjust the controls on the left side to narrow your selection.

Make a few choices and maybe we can pick out the best among them.

Amazon.com: Advanced Search - In Stock Only / New / Laptop / 5400 RPM / Laptops / Computers & Accessories: Electronics

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...=2&MemoryMax=8
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