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So my sister wants to get a laptop for school, again because apparently she can't take care of her other laptop that was bought for her 4 years ago that was suppose to last through college. It was an HP Pavi dv2500 series laptop.

She is interested in the HP ENVY 14.5" model that goes for $999 base model.

Apparently all she wants it for is:

1. Internet
2. Papers
3. Powerpoints
4. Music
5. Movies

To me, it is a bit much for what she wants it for but then again, the ENVY is probably the premier line of laptops for HP, and well it seems that she wants the top of the line (what girl doesn't ) laptop to "last her for a long time" (again). I know it is probably better looking, and a better build quality with the aluminum casing, and a thinner profile by being just above 1" closed.

At the same time, she keeps on talking about the MBP, asking me if it is any good. I know it's good for sure, good build quality no doubt because of the aluminum casing. Apparently she likes it also because it's "easier" to use and won't "have to ask me" to be fixing things for her every month, but rolling in at $1,199 for the cheapest 13.3" model.

Got any input guys? If you guys have another laptop to recommend... these are the requirements:

1. Screen size no bigger than 14.5", but no smaller than 13.3"
2. Very light and mobile, short height
3. Can do all tasks listed above
4. Can take a beating
5. Around $1000 USD, cheaper is better

Before anyone asks if it's "her money, her purchase", she asked my older brother if it was ok to get a new laptop and he said ok and will pay for it. But I'm trying to be considerate of his wallet even if $1000 is pocket change to him. It's just the discipline of handling money well and not throwing it everywhere if you guys know what I mean.

When I spec'd out a build, I did the following upgrades:

1. HP 4-year Care Pack House Call Service with Accidental Damage Protection for Select Pavilion or Envy Laptop - +$199
2. Processor upgrade to: 2nd generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2630QM (2 GHz, 6MB L3 Cache) with Turbo Boost up to 2.9 GHz - +$100

Total: $1299.98 before tax+shipping.

Thanks for taking the time and reading, any help would be great! Rep+ will be given for great input!

EDIT: I forgot to take a look at student discounts and search coupons.
Edited by bucdan - 8/16/11 at 11:04am
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For that type of usage, the Macbook Pro might actually be a good option. It has a pretty decent screen (albeit low res), excellent build quality, good battery life, and a nice keyboard. I'd get that over the Envy 14 since the only substantial thing the Envy provides is a dedicated GPU which is completely unnecessary for that type of usage. If you can get a student discount (really easy to get, even high school students can get it), the i5 MBP 13 comes to $999.
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Originally Posted by awaizy View Post
For that type of usage, the Macbook Pro might actually be a good option. It has a pretty decent screen (albeit low res), excellent build quality, good battery life, and a nice keyboard. I'd get that over the Envy 14 since the only substantial thing the Envy provides is a dedicated GPU which is completely unnecessary for that type of usage. If you can get a student discount (really easy to get, even high school students can get it), the i5 MBP 13 comes to $999.
Seconded. Macbooks are great for academic usage.
    
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If you really want a WOMEN to have a laptop and do those tasks for a LONG TIME, you should consider just getting her a MBP.

Coming from an unbiased person, they last longer and they're more sturdy. Dropping a MBP isnt as deadly as dropping that $500 dollar laptop you bought at walmart. Even compared to an HP Envy, there sturdier. Macbook's are light, but not like thin and extremely light like a macbook air (Which suck a ton).

Dont need to mention the mac starting at 999, sense Awaizy mentioned it.

Overall that macbook would do her more good. Good luck. College discounts are $100 off right now for most places
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Don't support a company trying to sue everyone in existence. Thousands of people may loose their jobs because of Apple.

Buy the Hp. They really do have excellent build quality.
Plus, your sister will have to get use to applications on the Mac as well.

Everything is cheaper on windows anyway.
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Don't support a company trying to sue everyone in existence. Thousands of people may loose their jobs because of Apple.

Buy the Hp. They really do have excellent build quality.
Plus, your sister will have to get use to applications on the Mac as well.

Everything is cheaper on windows anyway.
Still, you can't deny that mac's last longer. At least in my experience, I've never used an HP laptop but I've had HP desktops and there build quality was excellent and lasted a very long time.

Your main concern between the two I should say now is, Would you rather pay for a decent mac, or a very nice HP Envy laptop.
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Just go with the apple for the reliable support which will probably come in handy at some point.
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Basically.. You can get the worst mac in the line or the best hp in the line.

The choice is obvious..
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The Lenovo Z470 is really nice. comes in a bunch of sizes (13.3,14,15.6) but the 14" looks nice. Also a few diff colors.

It has a second gen i5 with pretty good specs for $649.00.

Ive had a few lenovos over the year and they always work great and are really durable.

heres a link to the IdeaPad Z Series
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Originally Posted by brobanmanx2 View Post
If you really want a WOMAN to have a laptop and do those tasks for a LONG TIME, you should consider just getting her a MBP.


Have you showed her those Lenovo laptops that were supposedly on sale?
http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/c...moID=hpfa01074

The link popped up in the Online Deals section a day ago. Dunno where the thread went.
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