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I need to pick out a laptop for my girlfriend and she's on a very, very tight budget. All she uses the laptop for is schoolwork and netflix streaming. What really matters is battery life, portability, and price. What I need to know is what brands are worthwhile, especially since I'm trying to spend as little as possible. Right now I'm looking at:

Acer Aspire Pentium P6100
Compaq Presario AMD E350

I'd be more comfortable buying from companies like Lenovo or HP, but I don't know if the extra $100 and a slower processor is worth it.
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i suggest you get this


(though its only in store pickup)
(Dual-Core1.50GHz, Sandy Bridge w/ HD3000
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Gateway++Laptop+/+Intel26231743B+Celeron26231743B+Processor+/+15.62623343B+Display+/+2GB+Memory+-+Black/3590335.p?id=1218417135361&skuId=3590335


or this
Dual Core Sandy Bridge 2.1GHz, HD 3000, 3GB DDR3 RAM
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Lenovo+-+Laptop+/+Intel%26%23174%3B+Pentium%26%23174%3B+Processor+/+15.6%26%2334%3B+Display+/+3GB+Memory+-+Silver+Gray/3558127.p?skuId=3558127&id=1218412710630


or you want dell laptops
there is a pretty good deals out there
http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?sduid=0&t=3440230

http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?sduid=0&t=3459944



i personally think ssd is a must especially for laptop because laptop hard drive is extremely slow and is the slowest component on laptop
this is a pretty good deal
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220602
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Originally Posted by raclimja;15469859 
i suggest you get this


(though its only in store pickup)
(Dual-Core1.50GHz, Sandy Bridge w/ HD3000
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Gateway++Laptop+/+Intel26231743B+Celeron26231743B+Processor+/+15.62623343B+Display+/+2GB+Memory+-+Black/3590335.p?id=1218417135361&skuId=3590335


or this
Dual Core Sandy Bridge 2.1GHz, HD 3000, 3GB DDR3 RAM
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Lenovo+-+Laptop+/+Intel%26%23174%3B+Pentium%26%23174%3B+Processor+/+15.6%26%2334%3B+Display+/+3GB+Memory+-+Silver+Gray/3558127.p?skuId=3558127&id=1218412710630


or you want dell laptops
there is a pretty good deals out there
http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?sduid=0&t=3440230

http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?sduid=0&t=3459944



i personally think ssd is a must especially for laptop because laptop hard drive is extremely slow and is the slowest component on laptop
this is a pretty good deal
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220602

I second the SB laptops he linked, they are going to perform better, run cooler, and potentially consume less power.
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SSD is definitely not a must. Don't bother with replies like that.

I guess he thought an SSD would greatly help with Netflix and writing in Word.
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Originally Posted by Stefy;15590532 
SSD is definitely not a must. Don't bother with replies like that.

I guess he thought an SSD would greatly help with Netflix and writing in Word.

You clearly have no clue of what your talking about.

In fact laptop hard drive is the slowest and by far the most noticeable component in terms of casual user experience

Laptop hard drives are significantly slower than desktop hard drive and usually uses 5400rpm and on top of that has 16+ms accesstime and becomes worse overtime when user installs many program

Also ssd saves battery life, silent, has no vibrations due to no moving parts and has virtually no heat
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Quote:
Originally Posted by raclimja;15590570 
You clearly have no clue of what your talking about.

In fact laptop hard drive is the slowest and by far the most noticeable component in terms of casual user experience

Laptop hard drives are significantly slower than desktop hard drive and usually uses 5400rpm and on top of that has 16+ms accesstime and becomes worse overtime when user installs many program

Also ssd saves battery life, silent, has no vibrations due to no moving parts and has virtually no heat
Reads the OP's post, the word "budget" comes to mind.

I know what an SSD can do, but it's not worth it when you're on a tight budget. Not to mention the low storage capacity. The computer starting a few seconds faster and Word 2-3 seconds faster isn't going to help his girlfriend. Period.
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Originally Posted by Stefy;15590604 
Reads the OP's post, the word "budget" comes to mind.

I know what an SSD can do, but it's not worth it when you're on a tight budget. Not to mention the low storage capacity. The computer starting a few seconds faster and Word 2-3 seconds faster isn't going to help his girlfriend. Period.

I never remember I asked for your opinion.

Also, your claims that an ssd is just 2-3 seconds faster is laughable

You clearly haven't seen a laptop installed full of junk and since the computer would be used by his gf, I bet she has really good idea on how to " optimize" her computer.
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<-- has seen SSD's improve battery life from 3-4 hours to near 10 hours.

Also dependent on the backlights power draw.

I would hop on the SB Celery and nab an SSD. Most students wont need that much space.

However, if shes going to put things non school related on it like music, pictures and video, reasons for having an SSD is nullified and she basically takes the idea of a full school days work on the laptop, tosses it out the window so that she can lolligag on it.
Edited by Xinoxide - 11/6/11 at 4:17am
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Originally Posted by raclimja;15590642 
I never remember I asked for your opinion.

Also, your claims that an ssd is just 2-3 seconds faster is laughable

You clearly haven't seen a laptop installed full of junk and since the computer would be used by his gf, I bet she has really good idea on how to " optimize" her computer.
Last time I checked this so-called "junk" was removable.

I also laughed at your second sentence. I never said an SSD is 2-3 sec faster in general, I said Word starting 2-3 sec faster.

She has a BF who posts on OCN, the chances for him removing all the unecessary software are quite big. Chances are she will also have a ton of music and pictures like most girl. Should she buy an external HDD, so she can carry that AND the laptop? By your logic she should also install the SSD by herself, which is no easy task on some models.

A normal HDD is fine.
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Originally Posted by Xinoxide;15590663 
<-- has seen SSD's improve battery life from 3-4 hours to near 10 hours.

Also dependent on the backlights power draw.

I would hop on the SB Celery and nab an SSD. Most students wont need that much space.

However, if shes going to put things non school related on it like music, pictures and video, reasons for having an SSD is nullified and she basically takes the idea of a full school days work on the laptop, tosses it out the window so that she can lolligag on it.
Sorry, but your claim that an SSD can improve battery life from 3-4 hours to 10 is nothing but laughable and a lie.

I've seen SSDs both reduce battery life and improve, and even if it does improve it's nothing close to 3-4 hours. I also suggest you read this: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-hdd-battery,1955.html
Edited by Stefy - 11/6/11 at 4:24am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Stefy;15590677 
Last time I checked this so-called "junk" was removable.

I also laughed at your second sentence. I never said an SSD is 2-3 sec faster in general, I said Word starting 2-3 sec faster.

She has a BF who posts on OCN, the chances for him removing all the unecessary software are quite big. Chances are she will also have a ton of music and pictures like most girl. Should she buy an external HDD, so she can carry that AND the laptop? By your logic she should also install the SSD by herself, which is no easy task on some models.

A normal HDD is fine.

SSD with a $15 enclosure. swap the SSD and the HDD and slap the HDD in the enclosure, Voila. 10 hour laptop while maintaining your storage capacity.
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