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Hello ladies and gentlemen,

I need help selecting which laptop would be best for a friend of mines, he's been looking for a laptop for a while now and he asked me to find him something because I'm "good with computers".


I've pretty much settled on the AMD fusion laptops, as I know he's not a gamer in no kind of way but I really don't want him on gimp hardware **cough** Atom **cough**. I know he wants something that will last him for a good while. I also know he wants something not hot like his old hot, loud, P4 powered HP nx9010 laptop.

I've narrowed it down to 2 different laptops:
Levono's x120e
Acer's Acer Aspire AS5253-BZ602
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100006740&IsNodeI d=1&bop=And&ActiveSearchResult=True&CompareItemLis t=32|34-215-057^34-215-057-03%23%2C34-246-103^34-246-103-02%23


I figure the best option would be the Acer model and upgrade the memory to 4GB, saving him about 50 dollars over the Levono.

I don't think the lower hard drive space will matter but I question about the quality and battery life of the Acer. I will probably will make him a printout between the 2 and show him Monday at work.

Thoughts, suggestions?
Sorry for any bad grammar and spelling errors. I'm quite drunk from celebrating the "rapture".
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HP dm1z is also a good laptop. Didn't read the full thread tho
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hp dm1 or lenovo x120e get which 1s cheaper. Both have good build quality from what ive read.

HP:
Pros:
-cheaper usually
-Slightly better battery life
-Tad cooler running (not by much)
-Good build quality
Cons:
-HP has a bad previous reputation, not how long it'll last
-glossy screen, reflections
-integrated touchpad buttons

Thinkpad:
-Slightly smaller dimensions (less screen bezel) than HP
-Known for reliability, great build quality
-Plain, classic matte design
-great keyboard, seperate mouse buttons
Cons:
-More expensive
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Hello ladies and gentlemen,

I need help selecting which laptop would be best for a friend of mines, he's been looking for a laptop for a while now and he asked me to find him something because I'm "good with computers".


I've pretty much settled on the AMD fusion laptops, as I know he's not a gamer in no kind of way but I really don't want him on gimp hardware **cough** Atom **cough**. I know he wants something that will last him for a good while. I also know he wants something not hot like his old hot, loud, P4 powered HP nx9010 laptop.

I've narrowed it down to 2 different laptops:
Levono's x120e
Acer's Acer Aspire AS5253-BZ602
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100006740&IsNodeI d=1&bop=And&ActiveSearchResult=True&CompareItemLis t=32|34-215-057^34-215-057-03%23%2C34-246-103^34-246-103-02%23


I figure the best option would be the Acer model and upgrade the memory to 4GB, saving him about 50 dollars over the Levono.

I don't think the lower hard drive space will matter but I question about the quality and battery life of the Acer. I will probably will make him a printout between the 2 and show him Monday at work.

Thoughts, suggestions?
Sorry for any bad grammar and spelling errors. I'm quite drunk from celebrating the "rapture".
If you have the money, I definitely recommend you go for the Lenovo X120e. While the Acer may seem like a bargain, you have to make lots of sacrifices in comparison. For one, you're gonna be dealing with a laptop that's largely the same form factor as any normal 15.6" one, which means it's bulkier and weighs more. The X120e is a much more portable laptop, weighting in at 3.3 pounds vs 5.7 for the Acer and, because it has a smaller screen, will have higher battery life (6 and a half hours, to be exact). The X120e also feels like a quality machine, having a very professional and understated look and being made of very durable hard matte plastic. It's made like a tank. There's some other benefits, too. The X120e has a 320GB 7200RPM Hard Drive which is much faster and much more responsive than the 250GB 5400RPM one in the Acer. That means it'll open programs quicker and will also have faster boot times. The screen on the X120e has the same resolution as that of the Acer but, because it's smaller, it'll have higher pixel density and things will look more "crisp". Another benefit is that the X120e has a matte screen instead of the glossy one on the Acer, meaning it's much more readable outside. Also, the keyboard on the X120e is heaven. It's hands down the best keyboard I have ever used.

The X120e is more expensive, but it's definitely worth it. You get a much better machine in all aspects. You can still get it fully speeced and under $500, though, so it's still affordable. If you get it with the AMD E-350, that makes the price $440. Lenovo wants $80 for an extra 2GB of RAM, but it's user replaceable via the back access panel and will not void your warranty. Doing it yourself will save you $60 there. I'd advise you get a quality Crucial 2GB stick for $22 inc. shipping. That will put you at a total of $462.

Here's some instructions on how to add RAM to the X120e:


All you need to do is to loosen the three screws on the back and then open the panel. Then, just add the RAM to the free slot and close the panel and tighten the screws back in. I installed an additional 2GB stick on my mom's X120e and it literally took me 30 seconds to do everything. It's very easy.
    
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post #5 of 25
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Too long to qoute. lol

If it was MY money I would get the x120e in a heartbeat, but it's not. I just know his budget was at the $500 range where else can I find him a x120e cheaper than the egg?
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Too long to qoute. lol

If it was MY money I would get the x120e in a heartbeat, but it's not. I just know his budget was at the $500 range.
You could get the X120e for $462 fully specced, so it's under his budget. All I'll say is that it's probably the best laptop ever made under $500. My mom has one and it's simply amazing for the price.

Get it directly through Lenovo. It's cheaper there and allows you to customize. Link
    
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Actually if you order the x120e through the lenovo student website, you can get it for $410 with 4GB memory, and Win7 Pro.

I absolutely LOVE mine.

http://shoplenovo.i2.com/SEUILibrary...906FFA72CB90D5

Then use this code for an extra 5% off bringing it down to $409.

USX5TWX0519

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The HP dm1z will be in your price range. I'd recommend it, but I'm baised.
 
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You could get the X120e for $462 fully specced, so it's under his budget. All I'll say is that it's probably the best laptop ever made under $500. My mom has one and it's simply amazing for the price.

Get it directly through Lenovo. It's cheaper there and allows you to customize. Link
the one you linked was the single core one.
edit: i derped, didn't see the 350 selection.


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Actually if you order the x120e through the lenovo student website, you can get it for $410 with 4GB memory, and Win7 Pro.

I absolutely LOVE mine.

http://shoplenovo.i2.com/SEUILibrary...906FFA72CB90D5

Then use this code for an extra 5% off bringing it down to $409.

USX5TWX0519

now that's what I'm talking about.
lol the 5% offer is over on the 26. I hope he has the cash on hand monday.
Edited by Dhalmel - 5/21/11 at 9:41pm
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the one you linked was the single core one.
edit: i derped, didn't see the 350 selection.
Um, it has the option for the AMD E-350 right under, LOL. It'll add $40 to the cost, but it's definitely worth it.

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