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$500-$600 Laptop, What are my options?

post #1 of 9
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So I will soon be in the market for a laptop for school, I'm going to be taking a Java programming course at my high school and I'd like to be able to take my work with me..

A few questions.

Can you build a laptop. I've heard of buying barebones laptops and building from there. Is that feasible? Is it price efficient? Is that only for gaming laptops?

Obviously I don't need a powerhouse for running Eclipse haha, but I would like to use the laptop for other things besides schoolwork.

Are the AMD APU's a good option if you want some graphics power on a budget? Or maybe I should dump money into the CPU and forget about graphics.

I looked at the Dell Outlet scratch and dent models. They're priced fairly well. I think I would wait for one on slickdeals though so I can get a really good sale.

I'd definitely like to stay closer to the $500 range if possible. I really am not a big fan of all the bloatware that comes on Dell Laptops and the like, are there custom laptop builders that sell pretty cheap laptops?

Here's what I need:

A decent sized keyboard for typing(So probably 14inch+ screens)
Decent Battery Life(Maybe 3 hours+)
A processor that is capable of keeping up with me. In my experiences i've always liked computers with a graphics card's performance better than those without, so maybe I should really look into a computer with an AMD APU.
OH and if I could get like a custom computer, and i could get it cheaper without the OS, I would do that for sure. I have an extra copy of W7.

Anyways if anyone has any suggestions about where to snag deals on laptops, brands to stay away from, etc. I'd appreciate it.

Thanks in advance guys.
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Yes, they are great APUs. May I suggest this?
Edited by HopeUTKN - 8/13/11 at 9:51pm
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APU's for life. Yes they're great and inexpensive too. I believe Newegg has one laptop barebone but it isn't really good. Haven't checked in a while so I suppose it's gone now.
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There are some great deals right now for back to school, and just because new tech is cheap...kinda. I just picked this up this morning and Im typing on it right now, but I dont know if you have a Frys near you. Feels solid and with an i5 its faster than my current desktop. These deals happen all the time you just need to wait on get on the right one, wake up early and get there when it opens if you feel its too good to be true.
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APUs are great. I'd go the APU route. Building a barebones laptop isn't the most feasible thing, to be honest, and it usually ends up costing more money.

If you spend $700, you can get a free Xbox through Microsoft. I think it works at the Microsoft Store, Best Buy (which has some nice laptops, to be honest), and Dell.
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So now I have a little more freedom with money, around $700. Would it be better to go ahead and get a computer with an XBOX?
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Originally Posted by greenPlastic View Post
So now I have a little more freedom with money, around $700. Would it be better to go ahead and get a computer with an XBOX?
I heard that if you buy a laptop worth $699 (I THINK) or more, Microsoft gives you a free xbox.
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there is the link to the microsoft store.

Its the cheaper 360 so i wouldnt spend another 200 in a laptop to get this unless you really wanted a 360 too.
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If you could spring an extra few bucks(over $600), I'd go for this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834214357

or if not then this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834230086

On the AMD side, this triple core and dedicated graphics looks nice
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834158016
along with 6gb ram. It's heavy though and doesn't look like with a large screen like that, that it'd have a good battery life.

AMD runner up, with 4gb ram and better battery life due to smaller screen
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834157721
Edited by steadly2004 - 8/17/11 at 6:46am
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