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Windows 7: New Laptop in the making?

08 Apr 2010   #1
The Howling Wolves

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
New Laptop in the making?

Will be looking for you input on new laptop purchase from Staples which has sale starting this week-end.
1. Acer Aspire Intel Core i3-330M Processor 17.3" screen,4GB DDR3 Ram, 320GB HD,and Win7Home Premium @$499.00
2 Dell Inspiron, Intel Core i5-430.17.3"screen,4GB DDR3 Ram, 320GBHD, Win7HomePremium @$650.00

This is my 1st laptop and looking for your input and suggestions on this purchase.
Leaning towards #1 because of $ but for $150 more am I going to get more bang for my buck? TIA


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08 Apr 2010   #2
StealthyBoss

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit and 64 bit
 
 

go with 1
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08 Apr 2010   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Acer is kind of the bottom of the barrel when it comes to reliability. I would lean towards the Dell especially since it has the better processor. What I did not see was the graphics card. If you could provide the links, we could compare. That could be a determining factor. But in any case, Dell is the better box - in general.
If they have Toshibas, I would look at those too. Toshiba is rated #1 in quality/reliability together with Apple.
Also: Have a look whether those 17" have 2 bays for the disks. Some of the 17" HPs have that. That would be a real advantage because you could use the second bay for an SSD to install the OS (SSDs cost less than $100 these days). On the HP, the second bay is empty, but at least it is there.
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08 Apr 2010   #4
not so gray matter

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X
 
 

I recommend finding a laptop with an MXM, Axiom, or 'Dell Slot.' These laptops allow you to ugprade your video card down the road. A good example is the ASUS C90. Most of the Dell performance laptops will let you do this as will the Asus ones. Just check for one of those features and you'll be able to depend on the laptop for longer than most.
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08 Apr 2010   #5
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

I tend to shy away from Dell; but it does have a better processor between the two. My wife has an Acer and in the year we have had it, it has given no trouble. whs is right on target with the graphics card. That can make a huge difference.
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08 Apr 2010   #6
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by born2golf View Post
Will be looking for you input on new laptop purchase from Staples which has sale starting this week-end.
1. Acer Aspire Intel Core i3-330M Processor 17.3" screen,4GB DDR3 Ram, 320GB HD,and Win7Home Premium @$499.00
2 Dell Inspiron, Intel Core i5-430.17.3"screen,4GB DDR3 Ram, 320GBHD, Win7HomePremium @$650.00

This is my 1st laptop and looking for your input and suggestions on this purchase.
Leaning towards #1 because of $ but for $150 more am I going to get more bang for my buck? TIA
Having had very souring experiences with both Acer and Dell laptops... and seeing your price range... I'd suggest you have a peek at the entry level Toshibas... I find them to be of far better quality.
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08 Apr 2010   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I just found this - for whatever it is worth: Laptop reliability survey: ASUS and Toshiba win, HP fails -- Engadget
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08 Apr 2010   #8
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I just found this - for whatever it is worth: Laptop reliability survey: ASUS and Toshiba win, HP fails -- Engadget
Nice... printed and pinned on the board. Thank you.
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08 Apr 2010   #9
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I just found this - for whatever it is worth: Laptop reliability survey: ASUS and Toshiba win, HP fails -- Engadget
Good find. Thanks.
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08 Apr 2010   #10
loaba

Windows 7 Home x64
 
 

Someone mentioned video, and that's gonna be the deal breaker (if you're like me).

There are 2 flavors of laptop video; onboard and card-based. Onboard means that video is handled by the motherboard, card-based means that it goes through the PCI bus (always preferable, but more expensive.)

Card-based video is going have much better performance and offers a chance (albeit a slim one) for upgrading later on. Onboard video has the advantage of being cheaper, but what you get is what you're stuck with (forever, no chance of upgrade.)
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