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"We need something cheaper than a Mac!" lol!! Their words. Pretty easy to do, I just don't know much about quality of laptops.

What is your maximum budget?

$1,000 is the max, but for our purposes, as long as it can beat the QUALITY of a Mac, for less, than it's a win in my book.

What country are you in?

USA

What will be the uses of this laptop?

Internet surfing, probably Hulu, and word processing.

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?

Nope! Have at it!

What screen size do you require?

They want "normal." Meaning I assume somewhere around 15"? They will actually be using this on their laps (I assume), so I'd say ventilation is pretty imortant.

What screen resolution do you require?

I'd say make it nice, but it is not a HUGE priority. HD is not absolutely needed.

Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay?

New with a warranty is a MUST.

How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet)

As far as I know, they will probably be able to plug this sucker in whenever they need, so that's not a priority.

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings?

Crysis on high. lol. None. Maybe SkiiFree.

What operating system do you need? (if any)

Windows 7

Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.)

I'd say don't make it flashy. *cough*Alienware*cough*

How much hard drive space do you need?

Not too much.. 500 gigs would probably be PLENTY for them.

Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.)

Nope!

Is there anything else we need to know?

Not at this moment! Thanks guys!!
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You've given more than enough info. Basically <$1k 15.6" mainstream upper-end looks and quality lappie.

If they are willing to go 14.5" get the base HP DM1X (SB)
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post #3 of 18
sounds like they are pretty computer savey already.

I would say look into the lenovo T series.
http://shop.lenovo.com/us/products/p...420/index.html
all I have to say is, look at battery life.
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Honestly, I hate to say it.... But a macbook white($999) fits all their needs+bill+reliable customer service(in-store warranties if you're local). You can even play doom3 on high@ respectable frames.

Whatev. This is OCN. FLAME SUIT ON!
 
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Xoticpc.com has some nice laptops. u can even choose the thermal paste... haha
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Few suggestions for mac + quality

Lenevo on slickdeals

Sager NP3250 or NP5160 (Clevo W251HNQ, W150HN)

Buying Clevo (sager) barebones and picking out the components = best quality from my experience.

It is very easy, just unscrew back plate and click it in. I usually buy the laptop CPU on ebay, they can be had for dirt cheap.

Here is a site for barebones http://www.rjtech.com/
    
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post #7 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by Blindrage606 View Post
Honestly, I hate to say it.... But a macbook white($999) fits all their needs+bill+reliable customer service(in-store warranties if you're local). You can even play doom3 on high@ respectable frames.

Whatev. This is OCN. FLAME SUIT ON!
The white MacBook has horrible build quality. IDK why people even bother mentioning it. It gets scratched just from you looking at it.

I'll go with the suggestion trasherht made. Get a Lenovo T420i. It's under your $1000 budget and is MUCH better made than any MacBook or MacBook Pro. The hardware is comparable to what the 13" MacBook Pro has, too. It weighs 4.8 pounds only.
    
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post #8 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by Somenamehere View Post
Few suggestions for mac + quality

Lenevo on slickdeals

Sager NP3250 or NP5160 (Clevo W251HNQ, W150HN)

Buying Clevo (sager) barebones and picking out the components = best quality from my experience.

It is very easy, just unscrew back plate and click it in. I usually buy the laptop CPU on ebay, they can be had for dirt cheap.

Here is a site for barebones http://www.rjtech.com/
Err... I'd rather customize it and not have to deal with all the hassles. Making a desktop is simpler and there's less things to go wrong.
    
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Well if the budget is 1k might i suggest that your inlaws get a custom built as i think that will most likely give you the most bang for your buck and then you dont have to have spend hours getting rid of all that freaking bloat/crapware. Getting a branded laptop the one thing is that you have to mess around with all the stuff so if you willing to spend a grand why not get the good stuff ^_^
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Well if the budget is 1k might i suggest that your inlaws get a custom built as i think that will most likely give you the most bang for your buck and then you dont have to have spend hours getting rid of all that freaking bloat/crapware. Getting a branded laptop the one thing is that you have to mess around with all the stuff so if you willing to spend a grand why not get the good stuff ^_^
not true with a thinkpad.
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