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#1 Hawk

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 09:21 PM

I'm thinking I want to buy a laptop and I'm curious what you think I should be looking for as I don't know much about them really.

I mainly want to watch movies from an external drive and surf the net/porn!!! I'm thinking 17" or bigger?? What else should I look for and what's a waste of $$$???

I don't really want something brand new, but am open to the idea if used to new difference is minimal.

thanks

#2 RedMage138

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 08:41 AM

If you're buying a 17 inch laptop, you might as well just get a desktop. 17s are a pain in the ass to try to carry around.

If all you want to do is surf the net and watch movies, why not get a Chromebook or something?

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 08:47 AM

I just got a laptop (my first) and the price difference between a decent used one and a better new one was not enough to settle for a dated used one, so I got a new one. I'm happy with it, its 15.6" Acer Aspire.

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 09:27 AM

I always tell people to decide how much money they want to spend (maximum) before shopping for a new PC of any kind.

Then you have a frame of reference and can worry about specs in that price range.

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 10:18 AM

Wifey and I have each had a Sony Vaio for several years now... Least problems I have ever had with a laptop. Mine has a short in one of the graphic wires and I have to move the screen every now and then to fix it, but other than that, it is durable as hell.

Unless they've changed, I'd advise against a Dell. Had several of those in the past and if the AC jack didn't come unsoldered, the HD or the graphics card (which are integrated for the most part) went bad.

I'd advise against anything with motherboard integrated parts, as if anything goes bad, you might as well buy a new laptop.

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 10:59 AM

got a lenovo a few months back... no complaints.

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 11:08 AM

Just bought a couple of Dell XPS Ultrabooks for a couple of our execs and they cant say enough good about them. In my tenure its easily the 6th or 7th laptop Ive bought for our CEO and he says it puts everything else he has owned to shame..

#8 RedMage138

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 12:28 PM

Just bought a couple of Dell XPS Ultrabooks for a couple of our execs and they cant say enough good about them. In my tenure its easily the 6th or 7th laptop Ive bought for our CEO and he says it puts everything else he has owned to shame..


I'll echo this. Since Dell is making Alienware now, the new XPS laptops have basically the same hardware for 200-300 dollars less than the comparable Alienware.

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 05:28 PM

The last two laptops I've had were both Dell's, no problems with either. Had the first one about 4 years and I'm going on my fifth year with this one.

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 07:18 PM

I have a desktop...want to get a laptop for this time I am working away from home so it won't really get lugged around right now...and I want to get a laptop to have the flexibility of using it on vacation etc for movies and internet etc.


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