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I'll be entering university in the fall, so I'll need a laptop computer.

What is your maximum budget?

$400.00, but I prefer something under $350.00

What country are you in?

United States of America (Texas)

What will be the uses of this laptop?

Taking notes during class, classwork, internet browsing, homework.

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

I don't care about brands.

What screen size do you require?

At least 15 inches diagonally.

What screen resolution do you require?

1344x900 or better.

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

I want a new one because it needs to have a warranty, and I need it to last at least 4 years.

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

It should last 5 hours.

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

I don't plan to play games on the laptop because I'm bringing my gaming desktop with me to my dormitory.

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 prefer black.

How much hard drive space do you need?

250GB or more.

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

Webcam.

Is there anything else we need to know?

No.
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HP. Done. Seriously though.
http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/sh...ng/G62m_series
Has all your needs at $395.
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Originally Posted by Paratrooper1n0 View Post
HP. Done. Seriously though.
http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/sh...ng/G62m_series
Has all your needs at $395.
2.1GHz single core celeron, no thank you, brb finding good lappy.

edit: couldn't quickly find a laptop that met your requirements, $400 is pretty low for a laptop, look around for deals if you can't buy used.
Edited by the.FBI - 5/17/11 at 7:23pm
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Originally Posted by the.FBI View Post
2.1GHz single core celeron, no thank you, brb finding good lappy.

edit: couldn't quickly find a laptop that met your requirements, $400 is pretty low for a laptop, look around for deals if you can't buy used.
"Taking notes during class, classwork, internet browsing, homework." Do you really need much for that?
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1344x900 doesn't exist. It's 1366x768 or 1440x900.
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Ya, I would definitely checkout slickdeals.com , and ad an alert for laptops, because it seems like you want a higher end laptop at a low price.
    
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If you can stretch your budget just a bit further, you might want consider the laptop in my signature. I got it for ~$460 after tax + shipping.
 
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Hp dm1z.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Paratrooper1n0 View Post
HP. Done. Seriously though.
http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/sh...ng/G62m_series
Has all your needs at $395.
Don't buy these. The motherboards on the G62s always die within 6 to 12 months of use. I've had to repair more than 20 of them for the same reason.

At your price point, the Lenovo G560 and the HP ProBook 4525 are one of the only decent laptops you're gonna find. They have good build quality, good reliability, and decently fast CPUs. The ProBook is the better one of the two overall, having a better build quality, a faster and more spacious HDD, a lower weight, a smaller chassis, and extra features like eSATA.

You could alternatively also get the HP DM1z, which has a smaller chassis and a slower CPU but a faster GPU and much longer battery life at almost 7 hours.
    
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If you can stretch your budget just a bit further, you might want consider the laptop in my signature. I got it for ~$460 after tax + shipping.
You can get it for $420 with coupon code SAVE30HP.
    
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