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post #1 of 14
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What is your maximum budget?
$600 or so is the max, can be a tiny bit more, but prefer to come in under this bar.
What country are you in?
USA
What will be the uses of this laptop?
Word documents for kid's school projects, girlfriend playing facebook games (farmville and frontierville), son playing Minecraft
Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?
None, just want a quality product
What screen size do you require?
15.6" would be ideal, don't want a monster size laptop, nor too small.
What screen resolution do you require?
Decent. Don't need any 1080p stuff or anything, just nothing crap.
Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay?
New was preference but how are the warranties and the like for refurbs? are the shells all scratched up usually?
How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet)
Its almost always in the house, so its typically on a charger cable.
What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings?
We would like to be able to play TF2 on whatever settings, Minecraft, and Farmville and Frontierville at better than 1 frame per minute
What operating system do you need? (if any)
Win7
Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.)
Nope.
How much hard drive space do you need?
Anything bigger than 250gb
Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.)
Nope, nothing special, if its there, cool. Just wireless internet (which is standard now I believe?)
Is there anything else we need to know?
Nothing really, just want quality. Are the extended warranties offered through the egg any good? Are they even necessary? Every laptop I've ever owned has withstood the test of time (I have a 7 year old dell and a 5 year old HP) so not sure how necessary the extended warranty really is.

Thanks for the help in advance! I need to make this purchase in the next 24 hours, so I'll be spying for your answers

EDIT: Oh yea... is an i5 really necessary (Newegg has an Acer for $570 brand new with an i5) or am I better off just going for the less expensive i3?

And worst case, I have EPP through Toshiba, Dell, and HP I believe (maybe Lenovo as well?) through my work, but i didn't find their savings worth it. Dell I was saving like 6 bucks on a laptop last i looked.
Edited by DaClownie - 5/24/11 at 11:56am
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post #2 of 14
Try to find one with new Sandybridge mobile i5 2410m or i3 2310m. These will give a bump up on graphics over last gen models as well as performance boost per clock and improved battery.

I find this Toshiba but out right now for i5:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-191-_-Product

Or This Asus:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-067-_-Product
Those are a bit over budget.

For the i3 (doesn't have Turbo)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-838-_-Product

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-246-_-Product

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-330-_-Product

There are several other models with the new i3 which would be more than capable of your needs.
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post #3 of 14
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Do the Sandy Bridge ones perform that much better? I know SB is much faster clock for clock on the desktop... but I know nothing of their integrated vs. the old intel integrated, nor do I know how much faster these are clock for clock. They also seem to be weighing in much slower than the i5 offerings on a ghz vs. ghz scale that is.
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post #4 of 14
Well even the i3 at 2.13 comes out to be about 2.5 or so in Arrandale terms iirc. So more efficiency at lower clocks, stay cooler longer too.

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html

These charts show the last i5 at 2.67 as about 300 pts behind the current i5 at 2.3.
I would say the i3 is a really good bang for the buck and unless a last gen model had some features you couldn't find or was a much better price, SB would be the way to go.
The HD3000 beats out the old nvidia 310m mobile chip, so even though not a power house, should be a nicer overall experience for a slight amount of power.
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Intel-H...0.37948.0.html
Edited by P3c4h2 - 5/24/11 at 2:35pm
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post #5 of 14
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Ok, so I don't think Sandy Bridge is really necessary for what this laptop will be used for, is it? Shouldn't an i3 or i5 handle my needs for a cheaper price? I know the price difference is small (50-100 bucks) but I'm not looking to spend a ton here. Just want functionality without buying terribly old tech.
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post #6 of 14
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What about Gateway? I know they are owned by Acer now... but this laptop looks like a steal...

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...y=REVIEWS#tabs

thoughts? I know I said newegg, but it seems Tigerdirect has better deals so I'll have to stray from my beloved newegg if thats the case.

Side note: since Acer owns Gateway... this laptop appears a notch up on the processor for same money but through newegg. How do you guys feel about the extended warranties offered by Newegg?
Edited by DaClownie - 5/24/11 at 5:14pm
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post #7 of 14
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Sorry for the shameless early bump but I need to make this decision by the AM as to what will be my best choice as far as chipset. I know SB is the latest greatest tech, but will an i3 or i5 one gen old serve my needs? like an i3-380m or an i5-460-480m? I figured i5 if it could be had for my budget would give me the turboboost and 4 threads for a bit of future proofing.

And based on some searching around google, I've heard some good things about Toshiba as of late for build quality and such... have you guys heard the same? thanks!
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post #8 of 14
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Ordered an i5 Sandy Bridge through HP. Total came out to 579+tax. Having the thread closed, thanks for your help!
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Excellent find and good price. I think you will be happy with the i5 sb. I have it in my laptop and it scores as well as my desktop at stock with better memory bandwidth.
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post #10 of 14
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Necromancing my own thread. The laptop arrived, and runs amazing. Very snappy overall and I'm very impressed with its performance... but I have a MAJOR gripe.

No Windows 7 disc? Not even a recovery one? I mean... come on. Since when did they stop enclosing Windows recovery discs with a laptop? I'm actually pissed at the cutting of corners to that extent. Maybe if they chose one less celebrity to do the stupid word moving narration commercials they'd have it in the budget to drop a less than $1 to create disc in the box.
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