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Windows 7: RedFox Laptops

17 Jan 2014   #1
kathy025

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64 (OEM)
 
 
RedFox Laptops

I picked a RedFox WizBook W1130i around 3-4 years back for my Mom and it came with Windows 7 Home Basic. Until now, it still does everything she needs to do (basic browsing, streaming, word processing, spreadsheets, etc.) and I keep it maintained.

I'm thinking of picking a RedFox Notebook PC for a friend (for use in school). What are general opinions about the brand?


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17 Jan 2014   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

They come in nice colors - that's all I know, LOL.

But there are sooo many choices these days. I would suggest you go with a mainstream brand rather than this very unusual make - even if it is popular in your country. It is though a matter of price.

For hauling around, this is a very nice option that I bought last week. But it may be out of your price range.

ASUS Transformer Book T100TA B1 GR Convertible Laptop With 101 Touch Screen Display 32GB by Office Depot
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17 Jan 2014   #3
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I've not heard of RedFox since it's a Philippine brand apparently. You have had good experience with them though.
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18 Jan 2014   #4
kathy025

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64 (OEM)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
It is though a matter of price.
Indeed. She only has roughly around 15000PHP (approx. 333USD), no more no less.

@Britton30:
Luckily, we have had a good experience with the WizBook. We also bought this 14-inch LCD monitor around the Pentium 4 era to which it still works today.

I have only personally gauged ASUS, MSI, and RedFox.

When choosing laptops, I'm quite particular with ones that come with a driver disc (for longevity purposes, even after end of official support).

Is Acer a decent one to "haul around" for moderate school/mild gaming use?
Do their models come with a driver disc?
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18 Jan 2014   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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Is Acer a decent one to "haul around" for moderate school/mild gaming use?
Acer is OK in the low price sector. Then, of course, it depends on the exact model. Why don't you pick one and we'll have a look.
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18 Jan 2014   #6
indianacarnie

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I had never heard of RedFox until you mentioned them. As far as inexpensive laptops go I usually recommend Toshiba. Any of these on this page I'm linking to would be a decent deal for that kind of money. They DO come with a fair amount of bloatware but thats easy enough to get rid of. My personal experience with Toshiba support was awesome, easily the best I've ever had. Good hardware, good support, what more can you ask for? They won't come with a separate driver disc but again those are easy enough to make.

Toshiba Laptops & Notebook Computers | Toshiba Direct
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18 Jan 2014   #7
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

They rarely come with any disk Kathy. As Scott said you can make one. going to the machines support page, there should be a Drivers Download section, grab them all and burn a disk or put on a pendrive.
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19 Jan 2014   #8
kathy025

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64 (OEM)
 
 

Thanks guys for the suggestions. I have been particular with ASUS, MSI, and RedFox for the driver discs. Some of the few manufacturers that come with them. A thing I miss with the old days, along with print manuals/documentation.

After some time though, manufacturers would pull down the driver downloads from their websites. The CD is what I consider a kind of "insurance". I wasn't able to back up the drivers for the RedFox WizBook (for some reason I can't fathom), but luckily, the driver disc was there to save the day. Insurance plan success. But yes, I'll make sure to back up the drivers from the website while they're still up.

I'm currently looking at Acer and Toshiba as well. Toshiba is good on the price range. With Acer, I seem to be getting around the 800USD-900USD.

Can anyone suggest a good Acer Notebook model? It's okay if the model not in the Philippine website.
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19 Jan 2014   #9
Solarstarshines

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kathy025 View Post
Thanks guys for the suggestions. I have been particular with ASUS, MSI, and RedFox for the driver discs. Some of the few manufacturers that come with them. A thing I miss with the old days, along with print manuals/documentation.

After some time though, manufacturers would pull down the driver downloads from their websites. The CD is what I consider a kind of "insurance". I wasn't able to back up the drivers for the RedFox WizBook (for some reason I can't fathom), but luckily, the driver disc was there to save the day. Insurance plan success. But yes, I'll make sure to back up the drivers from the website while they're still up.

I'm currently looking at Acer and Toshiba as well. Toshiba is good on the price range. With Acer, I seem to be getting around the 800USD-900USD.

Can anyone suggest a good Acer Notebook model? It's okay if the model not in the Philippine website.
What are the specs you are looking for Kathy ?
welcome to the forum as well

Here is one Toshiba http://www.toshiba.com/us/computers/...70/X70-ABT3G22

Also one Acer http://store.acer.com/store/aceramer...oryID.66201700 all round the price range you mentioned
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19 Jan 2014   #10
kathy025

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64 (OEM)
 
 

Hi Solarstarshines,

The person I'm picking it for is a college student. She intends to do moderate web browsing/streaming, casual gaming, watching movies (mini 720p HD quality), and the "Office Trinity" (word processing, presentations, spreadsheets). She's on a ~333USD budget.

Reading it again, I understand why this...
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With Acer, I seem to be getting around the 800USD-900USD.
...could've been misunderstood, my apologies.

What I meant was, the Acer laptops I'm finding on the Philippine website range from 800-900USD, but the actual budget is only 333USD. An "average" laptop that can fit my friend's budget would be nice. If possible, at least i3 processor.
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