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Thread Starter 
I need suggestions please.

Thanks
post #2 of 23
I'm in the same boat as you, i've been looking on the toshiba site. We went looking at a couple of stores this weekend and for the money i think the web site has better deals, but i know just about nothing about computers.
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post #4 of 23
Samsung - Laptop / Intel® Core™ i3 Processor / 15.6" Display / 4GB Memory / 500GB Hard Drive - Black/Red

Model: R580-JBB2 | SKU: 1251609



$629.......best ***

post #5 of 23
The best one for the money would be the one you put together yourself after a trip to Microcenter...
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Johnnyringo....I just picked up the hp g7266us......17.3" monmitor (which i really like!) intel i3 370m dual coprocessor, 4gb ram, 500gb hd, intel hd graphics. You can pick this up for around $550.00 at best buy.

Good luck,
Bob
post #7 of 23

  • Don't be afraid to check Dell , Staples ,Bestbuy etc , Dell sells a decent computer for the money and deals can be had by shopping around .

  • Basic components to look for :

  • CPU or processor .
  • The brain . Most of the processors sold today are of the Quad core variety (4 silicon chips in one processor ) they are very fast and affordable , basic processors in this variety should not be below a 3.1ghz in size (higher is better) .

  • Hard drive : Storage component , most sold today are 200 gig or better (again bigger is better)

  • Ram (Random Access Memory) Memory Modules used by the computer to speed up the process in which programs ,information etc are accessed , the more RAM the faster the computer as it will have to access the Harddrive less frequently to initiate programs /commands . (more the better SHOULD NOT BE LESS THAN 3 GIG OF RAM ON A COMPUTER )

  • Video Graphics : Most of the basic models of laptops have INTEGRATED graphics meaning the GPU (Graphic Processing Unit ) is built into the motherboard and uses the processor to help display the graphics , this uses system resources (can slow down the computer) Higher end laptops have a Video Card and that has its own processor and memory built in , so it doesn't uses system resources (FASTER )

  • Monitor/Screen size : Most can get away with a 15" screen minimum this is mainly personal preference and portability issues can help determine what screen size is better for you . Example :My wife wanted a laptop , she doesn't carry it all day and basically leaves it in one spot , so I bought her a laptop with a 17" screen , IF she needed to cart it around all day long , 15" would have been a better choice do to size and weight .

  • Webcam . Some have it built in , some dont , if you need to do vid conferencing or chat roulette (scary ) than you might want it included . Most all laptops have WiFi (wireless capabilities ) MAKE SURE yours does . Some manufacturers feel this component is optional , just a heads up and don't assume it comes installed on your new laptop , verify it .
  • Hope this helps . Brian .
post #8 of 23
Spend the $$$$ and get a Mac. Its like a VS vs. Penn. One is good, the other great.
post #9 of 23
Walmart Acer 17.3 for $498
The Acer Aspire AS7741Z Series laptop transforms digital entertainment into an amazing experience. Showcasing a cinematic 17.3" HD LED-backlit display, Intel dual-core processing performance with additional features like 4GB Memory, Webcam, HDMI Out, Card Reader, Windows 7, Microsoft Office Starter, Dolby audio enhancement and amazing media features, you can fly through demanding applications and enjoy more of your multimedia in true elegance - wherever you go.
Acer Aspire 17.3" AS7741Z-4633 Laptop PC:Key Features & Benefits:

  • Intel Pentium Dual-Core P6100 processor
    2.0GHz, 3MB L3 Cache
  • 4GB DDR3 Dual-Channel SDRAM system memory (expandable to 8GB)
    Gives you the power to handle most power-hungry applications and tons of multimedia work
  • 320GB SATA hard drive
    Store 213,000 photos, 91,000 songs or 168 hours of HD video and more
  • 8X DVD-SuperMulti Double-Layer Drive
    Watch movies, and read and write CDs and DVDs in multiple formats
  • 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet & 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN
    Connect to a broadband modem with wired Ethernet or wirelessly connect to a Wi-Fi signal or hotspot with the 802.11b/g/n connection built into your PC
  • 17.3" HD widescreen CineCrystal LED-backlit display
    Intel HD Graphics with 128MB of dedicated system memory, supporting Microsoft DirectX 10
Additional Features:

  • 1.3MP HD webcam with built-in microphone
  • 5-in-1 memory card reader
  • 3 x USB 2.0 ports, 1 x HDMI port, 1 x VGA port, 1 x headphone/speaker/line-out, 1 x microphone-in jack, 1 x line-in jack, 1 x RJ-45 port, 1 x DC-in jack for AC adapter
  • 6-cell Li-ion battery, up to 3.6 hours of battery life
  • 7.26Lbs Laptop weight
Software:

  • Genuine Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit Edition (To learn more about the features of Windows 7, click here)
  • Microsoft Office Starter 2010
  • McAfee Internet Security Suite (60-day insert)
  • Microsoft Windows Live Essentials
  • Acer Backup Management and Acer Recovery
Support and Warranty:

  • 1-year International Traveler's limited warranty
  • Restore discs are no longer included with PCs. We recommend you use the installed software to create your own restore & backup DVD the first week you use the computer.
What's In The Box:

  • Power cord and adapter
  • 6-cell Li-ion battery
  • Quick Start Guide
I've had it a few weeks now and so far, I am pleased.
post #10 of 23
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Originally Posted by tony44 View Post
Spend the $$$$ and get a Mac. Its like a VS vs. Penn. One is good, the other great.


Gotta agree!

We got the HP G42 for the store, thank God I bought the coverage........POS!
post #11 of 23
Been doing this for a while,sold insane amounts of laptops and repaired many more as a geek squad agent,





Asus



Toshiba



Samsung



any of them



Hp's are OK if you find a great deal



if you use it hard,get the accidently warrent from whoever and drop it down the stairs in two years and get another
post #12 of 23
Thread Starter 
This is great data and the info I was seeking. Still welcome more advice and it is greatly apprecated. I bought two Dells for my kids and one for my wife. Now it is my turn. I use Dell at work and I think their laptops are better than their desktops but I am not going to buy a Dell.
I have owned a Toshiba (work) Satellite in the past and it was fairly stable. Unfortunately, it had Windows ME on it.
I have been looking at the HP's and they seem to be a lot better quality these days.
Never considered the Samsung but I will most def. check them out, as well as the Toshiba.
I am kind of looking for a clearanced Laptop for around $600.00 that inintially retailed and sold higher.
post #13 of 23
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Originally Posted by jonnyringo View Post
This is great data and the info I was seeking. Still welcome more advice and it is greatly apprecated. I bought two Dells for my kids and one for my wife. Now it is my turn. I use Dell at work and I think their laptops are better than their desktops but I am not going to buy a Dell.
I have owned a Toshiba (work) Satellite in the past and it was fairly stable. Unfortunately, it had Windows ME on it.
I have been looking at the HP's and they seem to be a lot better quality these days.
Never considered the Samsung but I will most def. check them out, as well as the Toshiba.
I am kind of looking for a clearanced Laptop for around $600.00 that inintially retailed and sold higher.


Looking for a desktop replacement or do you plan on traveling with it a lot?
post #14 of 23
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Eagles Dare View Post
Looking for a desktop replacement or do you plan on traveling with it a lot?


My old Gateway FPD1730 XP won't break so I am going to upgrade to a new Laptop and keep using the Gateway in the meantime. Probably upgrade my desktop next year or so. The laptop will be used for primarily home and Starbucks, etc., not work.
In addition, I don't play video games so graphics is not a deal breaker. i do listen to a lot of music. I am getting a free copy of Microsost Office 2010 from my employer, so I don't need to buy that either.
post #15 of 23
I am a huge fan of anything Asus. I try and steer my customers toward them whenever possible.

Toshiba's mobo's cook too easily. They make an attractice slim case that does not allow enough air to pass through and they fry all the time. I fix more of them than anything else. The power/charging cord connection alsways seems to break away from the mobo too. $5 in parts from Radio Shack and some skill with a soldering gun can fix it once or twice, but then it's a new mobo again!

HP if you can find a great deal - get the extended warranty.

The design of the Dell cases, for whatever reason, cause the lcd panels to go way more often than others. Everyone uses the same panels, just that the Dells break more ofthen than others.

Macs are for people that don't do work. They are glorified toys that cost too much
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