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Hey everyone,

My aunt came to me for help in picking out a laptop for her daughter.
Unfortunately, I'm a desktop guy, so I'm completely clueless when it comes to laptops. I figured the kind people at OCN could help us out!

Being able to play some newer games at tolerable settings and framerate would be a plus. She'd probably mostly play Maple Story on it, but I'd like to give her the option to play something a bit more hardware intensive, as she is a big fan of Call of Duty.
A webcam is a must, as she likes to chat on Skype with her friends.
Screen size doesn't really matter, but it needs to be something she can comfortably carry around in her backpack. She isn't looking for a netbook though.

Budget is $500 to $1,000, although the less the better obviously.
No brand preference really, as long as it's something somewhat durable - as my cousin tends to be a bit clumsy sometimes.

Looking forward to whatever you guys can suggest!

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What is your maximum budget?
$1,000

What country are you in?
United States

What will be the uses of this laptop?
Schoolwork, Skype, Mild Gaming

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?
Not really

What screen size do you require?
No preference

What screen resolution do you require?
No preference, but definitely widescreen

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

How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet)
6 hours would be fine I guess

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings?
Maple Story, Call of Duty, other newer games at decent settings

What operating system do you need? (if any)
Windows 7, but a blank slate is fine

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

How much hard drive space do you need?
No preference

Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.)
Webcam, SD Slot, backlit keys, USB 3.0 would also be nice but not totally necessary

Is there anything else we need to know?
Not really

Edited by VanillaCena - 5/20/11 at 2:26am
post #2 of 8
How about this?

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...omepage-_-Spot 01a-_-CatId_17_A180-156101_D
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That's a fairly wide range but it sounds like 14" or less would be best. 15.6" is big for lugging around.

This would be nearly perfect except for the lousy review:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834152255

But it has dedicated graphics, good size, new i3 cpu, 4gig ram, improved sound, web cam usb 3.0.
The next model up is with a nice i5.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834152256

I'm not really sure if style is a factor, these are fairly bland. Personally, I'd be hesitant to get something without her input, laptops can be fairly personal.

Other choices in the 15.6 inch range.
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I'm considering going with this Lenovo for $575.04, what do you guys think?

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Operating system:Windows 7 Home Premium 64
Operating system language:Windows 7 Home Premium 64 English
Display type:14.0" W HD (1366x768), AntiGlare, Midnight Black
System graphics:Intel HD Graphics 3000
Total memory:4 GB PC3-10600 DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz SODIMM Memory (2 DIMM)
Keyboard:Keyboard US English
Pointing Device:UltraNav with TrackPoint & touchpad
Camera:720p HD Camera
Hard Drive:500 GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpm
Optical device:Multi Recorder Optical Drive (12.7mm)
Battery:6 cell 2.2Ah Li-Ion Battery
Power cord:Country Pack North America with Line cord & 65W AC adapter
Integrated WiFi wireless LAN adapters:ThinkPad b/g/n
Language pack:Language Pack US English
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A Lenovo for sure. I think the Edge is more aimed at students. Don't get the X120e. I like it but you can get the HP Fusion netbook for less (it also performs better. You pay extra for the X120e since it's "premium". I would do that if they made it carbon fiber instead of plastic). Bottom line, I would get the Edge, X series, T series, S series, L series, or a SL series notebook. I would say T, Edge, and X are probably best.
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Just a suggestion But the Lenovo is pretty good.
post #7 of 8
lol maplestory.

1080p is a good investment but screen size is going to be 15.6" at the least.

i remember seeing a ASUS laptop on slickdeal with a GT555 gpu going for a little less then $950 shipped. that thing was boss.
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I'm considering going with this Lenovo for $575.04, what do you guys think?
The new Lenovos are getting decent feedback, I guess this an E420? The only thing I saw criticized was the screen which some feel has a weird filtered look to it and it's glossy. But spec, battery and price-wise it seems like a deal to me. Has that conservative semi-rugged look. Even the integrated GPU could game on older stuff fine, newer titles, low to med. Anything heavy like rendering, encoding etc would be better served by that Acer Slurpee suggested but a dual can do it, just slower.

Here is a lot of info about the "S" version, it's probably slimmer than the one you found but gives you an idea.

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-...k.53833.0.html
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