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My brother is looking for a laptop for college in the price range of 700-800. He's going to use it for 50% gaming-ish, and 50% for school. Any recommendations?
    
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Those lenova outlet laptops aren't a bad gig for the equipment you get.
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This,My dad got it new from best buy for like $1,400. (It has WONDERFUL cooling best of any laptop)
He uses it for AutoCAD and stuff like that
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Coincidentally, we're eyeballing that laptop, but my brother is afraid of the "refurbished" part. Does it mean it's an open-box?
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Coincidentally, we're eyeballing that laptop, but my brother is afraid of the "refurbished" part.

Don't be scared get the 2 year warranty for it, If it brakes they will be forced to give you a newer laptop because that one will not be around any more biggrin.gif thats what happened to a guy with a broken 4870X2 one time on here he got a 5970 as a replacement shortly after launch
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Refurbished typically means the computer might have had a problem, and it was fixed by replacing one or more parts to bring it back to functional condition (i.e. bad stick of ram, broken usb port, lcd cracked, etc).

It can also mean it was bought by somone, and returned because they didn't like it. By law, they have to label it has a refurbished unit even if its practically new in these cases.

Also, Dell Outlet has great notebooks as well. Dell label's their notebooks though pertaining to the condition (Refurbished, Previously Ordered New, or Scratch and Dent).
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Don't be scared get the 2 year warranty for it, If it brakes they will be forced to give you a newer laptop because that one will not be around any more biggrin.gif thats what happened to a guy with a broken 4870X2 one time on here he got a 5970 as a replacement shortly after launch

I see. Thanks for your advice. wink.gif
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Refurbished typically means the computer might have had a problem, and it was fixed by replacing one or more parts to bring it back to functional condition (i.e. bad stick of ram, broken usb port, lcd cracked, etc).
It can also mean it was bought by somone, and returned because they didn't like it. By law, they have to label it has a refurbished unit even if its practically new in these cases.
Also, Dell Outlet has great notebooks as well. Dell label's their notebooks though pertaining to the condition (Refurbished, Previously Ordered New, or Scratch and Dent).

Interesting. Thanks your reply!
    
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post #8 of 14
No problem. biggrin.gif

But yea, don't be scared to get a refurbished machine. If anything is wrong with it when you get it, just return it and get your money back. I know Dell will allow this, but not sure on Lenovo.

I have heard horror stories of people that have purchased refurbs before, but usually there is nothing wrong with them. The only downside with refurbs/open box units is that you can't really customize the specs like you can if you ordered it new, so sometimes you have to keep looking at their inventory until you find one with the specs you want.
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What games does he play? Future games too.
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The ASUS G73 great laptop, my friend owns it.

Based on hand-to-hand experience with , the only problem you MIGHT face would be the heating problem. His laptop overheats easy and shuts down once every few days (tolerable), even with a decent laptop cooler and positioned on a desk. (His laptop isn't dusty either.) I've also heard from him that he wasn't able to play music/game simultaneously? (It automatically shuts down if done so.) He might have just gotten a bad one. [He bought it NEW around $12xx]
So don't assume this will happen to your brother. By the way..This Laptop is HUGE and not to mention heavy. (Well what can you expect from a beastly laptop?rolleyes.gif


On the PRO side.. This laptop is a beast, I've seen him play most high-end games on medium setting without a problem..and it's aesthetically pleasing too, to some people. (Looks a little bulky to me)


Don't just listen to my advice though, because I only know this laptop, there might be other laptops out there that might be cheaper and have almost the same specifications. But coming from myself, I would definitely suggest you to get the Asus G73 Laptops.
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