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My dad called me today and wants to buy a new laptop. He asked me what brands to avoid, so I went through my standard list of budget laptop brands:

Dell
Compaq
HP
Acer
Gateway

I asked him where he wanted to buy it from. He said Best Buy. I said, "Micro Center!"

So, this budget is firm. The lower the better! I have had both sites up all morning comparing each. The laptop is for work. He is a mortgage banker like myself. He does not play games. So, out of all the laptops under $600, this is the one I find has the best CPU/Value/Reliability. Lenovo/IBM has always been a very solid manf. IMO. Any other recommendations? Also, at this price I can put a 7200RPM drive in it and add another 4GB stick of memory.

http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0375282
 
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To avoid
Dell
HP

I have had bad experiences with cheaper laptops from those companies. How about a Sony Viao C series?
   
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lenovo are solid. i would go with that.
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post #4 of 11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by andrews2547 View Post
To avoid
Dell
HP

I have had bad experiences with cheaper laptops from those companies. How about a Sony Viao C series?
Over budget I believe. Cheapest one is a i3 2310M at 2.1GHz

This Lenovo is an i5 2430m at 2.4 and 3.0 turbo.
Edited by BWG - 11/5/11 at 7:36am
 
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Well OK. They are nice though I have never personally used a Lenovo laptop but I do have a couple of Acers they are really good for the price (I got both of them used) Can you buy from Newegg? Also what is the laptop going to be used for and does screen size matter?

EDIT: $599.99 (including P&P) Sony Vaio C series
   
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post #6 of 11
Haters gonna hate.

Quote:
Originally Posted by BWG View Post
I went through my standard list of budget laptop brands
On another note:

"The Lenovo G570 is worth a look, but you can do better."

http://www.laptopmag.com/review/laptop/lenovo-g570.aspx
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These are the two places we are sticking too, Best Buy and Micro Center. He needs it Monday.

Screen size 15+

i3's would probably be fine, but at $479.99 for the Lenovo/IBM, why not get that extra CPU power for the future.

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Originally Posted by jlells01 View Post
Haters gonna hate.



On another note:

"The Lenovo G570 is worth a look, but you can do better."

http://www.laptopmag.com/review/laptop/lenovo-g570.aspx
At the $749 price in the review, you sure could! But, this is $479! Show me something better under $600. That is what I am really looking for. I am struggling to find it at either retailer. We are buying this today! No Newegg, Tiger Direct.....etc.!
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post #8 of 11
I look like a hardcore Sony Vaio fan boy right now But I found this

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Sony+-+V...&skuId=3505047

It hasn't got a 7200RPM HDD but it's got everything else. Seems perfect for what you are looking for.

EDIT: Found this one as well. I don't know much about MSI laptops but it's cheaper than the Sony and its got a dual core i5

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/MSI+-+A6...&skuId=3820699
Edited by andrews2547 - 11/5/11 at 7:50am
   
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post #9 of 11
I think you made a good pick, and it's a great idea to use the extra cash in your budget to to swap the 5400rpm HDD for a 7200rpm HDD. Laptops always feel insanely I/O bottlenecked to me.

You could pickup an external 2.5 sata usb enclosure while your there and give him the old drive to use externally for backups or additional storage.

http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0315734
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Lenovo - IdeaPad Laptop / Intelร‚ยฎ Core™ i5 Processor / 15.6" Display / 6GB Memory / 750GB Hard Drive - Silver Gray

$599.99

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Lenovo+-...&skuId=3504409
    
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