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Old 06-04-2012, 11:17 PM   #1
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Parents offered to buy me a laptop for grad - suggestions?

Just what the title says.

Not looking for a gaming laptop, so it doesn't have to be high end.

I'm looking for something I can take overseas with me that will be reliable.
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Old 06-04-2012, 11:35 PM   #2
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http://www.engadget.com/2012/06/04/a...tebook-tablet/

The best non-gaming laptop. You may have to wait a little for it but THIS IS THE BEST!
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Old 06-05-2012, 12:03 AM   #3
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Old 06-05-2012, 12:06 AM   #4
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Jesus...I'm afraid to ask the price on that...
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Old 06-05-2012, 01:15 AM   #5
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I'd like *serious* suggestions please.
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Old 06-05-2012, 01:40 AM   #8
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13" screen is not small. You want it for moving around right? I mean thats the only USE for them if you dont want them for gaming.
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I'd like *serious* suggestions please.
Well maybe you should ask for specifics. What do you do the most on a notebook? What price range? Are there any companies you like/hate? What features do you want (i.e. do you want a blu ray player in it with HDMI out?)?

Or maybe you should start by browsing something like newegg and see what features are available?
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Old 06-05-2012, 08:35 AM   #10
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MacBook Air or Pro if you want it to be a little more powerful.
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Lol Macs.

A price range would help, hard to advise otherwise. If you're just doing basic day-to-day stuff with no interest in Gaming or anything powerful, you pretty much can't go wrong with anything, it's more about bang for buck than anything.

If you'll be out and about a lot maybe something small like a netbook would be useful; my netbook has a battery length of about 8 - 9 hours, depending on what its doing, and it's smaller when folded than an iPad and it handles web browsing, Microsoft Office etc. like a champ.

Maybe something like this if not?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834230265

Good specs, good price, and good reviews. Asus makes good stuff.
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Old 06-06-2012, 02:52 AM   #12
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Mostly I'm looking for brand name recommendations for what's not going to fall apart in a year.

IE I'm not going to buy Acer shit for example.
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So my friends suggested HP or Toshiba.

Also, friend of my parents have a Lenovo and say it's good.

Any thoughts?
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Can't say without knowing the specific model. Some HP laptops work perfectly, while others suffer from a lot of over-heating problems and HDD failures, quite well-known a problem with a certain line of them. Toshiba are good but again it depends on the model. Lenovo aren't really that good, wouldn't bother with them.

Good manufacturers would be Asus, Sony, though they like to charge a premium price for their stuff, and probably Toshiba too, they're a safe bet. Either of those 3 will be a good bet

I distinctly remember a laptop survey where Asus was found to be the most reliable and HP the least.
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I like the Toshiba Satellites. Also, when my brother wanted a good, inexpensive, laptop for his electrical engineering work, I suggested an HP. He ultimately got an HP Probook 4530 and so far, he's liked it a lot. The link I provided is a newer model. I can't seem to find the page on Newegg for the same one he got. it was about a year ago, though.

Kos, really? HP the least? Guess me and my brother chose the holy grail of HP laptops because he's had zero issues. Of course, once we think we found a good model, it was like two solid days of searching for reviews and trolling google with the model# and the word 'forum' to see what problems people were reporting with that particular model that year.

Einhander, I would do that. Once you settle on some choices, check sites like newegg to see what people are saying. Sort by 'most helpful' review and ignore reviews. Then google the model number and ass the word 'forum' to see what some other people are saying. If you see any serious patterns (like Kos mentioned, HDD issues, heat issues, et cetera) then throw that choice away and start over.
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