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1080p laptop for $1000 or under

post #1 of 9
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Buying a laptop for my dad's birthday soon.

I need suggestions. Trying to get the best specs possible for this price. My dad doesn't play games or anything like that, but I don't want him to be limited, either.


I hoping to get something along these lines:

- 1920x1080 (hopefully)
- Quad core
- 6-8GB RAM
- 500GB HDD or bigger
- Not an integrated GPU



Any suggestions would be great.
post #2 of 9
The closest thing that comes to mind is the Dell XPS 15. The base spec + 1080p panel gets you a second-gen i5, 6GB RAM, 750GB HDD, GT525M for $950; plenty of options to tweak to your liking. This model (L502x) has gotten really good reviews.

EDIT: One thing to note is that the four options on that page I linked actually do save you money over starting off the base and adding options. For example, the third one gets you the upgraded screen, a quad-core i7, 1TB HDD (plus probably some other minor thing) for $1100, whereas speccing it is like $1200 just for those three things.
Edited by EfemaN - 3/26/12 at 6:59pm
post #3 of 9
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That does look like a great choice, is the 1080p screen or the i7 what makes it cost more? If need be I may have to sacrifice one of those options.
post #4 of 9
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That does look like a great choice, is the 1080p screen or the i7 what makes it cost more? If need be I may have to sacrifice one of those options.

Both make it more expensive; really. I'm assuming 15" laptop? Anything with a higher-resolution screen automatically brings the price to about $800; and quad-core does the same. With both; maybe $900. On the other end of the spectrum, you can get an i5 with 1366x768 for $600.

Personally, I would shoot for i5 and 1600x900 or 1920x1080 screen if you can't find any with 1080p and i7 for a good price.

If you have a couple weeks, this laptop is probably the best you'll get for the price. 1080p screen (but it's backordered!), i7-2670QM, and it's about $840 + ~$30 shipping. Also, it doesn't come with an OS, so that's where a lot of the savings come from. http://www.xoticpc.com/force-pbl21-compal-pbl21-back-order-p-3086.html?wconfigure=yes

If you can give up the graphics, this Dell Latitude is an absolute steal. $707, comes with an i5-2430M, 1080p screen, backlit keyboard, only 2GB RAM (buy your own 8GB set for $30 - saves about $80). http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=blct551&c=us&l=en&s=bsd&cs=04&model_id=latitude-e5520

I use 3D CAD programs with my Intel HD 3000 graphics; not the smoothest with huge assemblies but overall it works decent. Of course it's great for 1080p. Heck, it could even do Source games.
 
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post #5 of 9
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This came up on Newegg today.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834127541


I don't really have much experience with laptops. Would I be able to add more RAM into that?
post #6 of 9
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This came up on Newegg today.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834127541
I don't really have much experience with laptops. Would I be able to add more RAM into that?

It comes with 1 4GB stick, you can buy another for like $20-25 no problem. Just assume that its SO-DIMM DDR3-1333 9-9-9-24, so.... one of these.

If you're really worried about it, just get 2 and sell the one that comes with it or keep it as a backup.

From the specs tab:
Quote:
Memory

Memory
4GB

Memory Speed
DDR3 1333

Memory Spec
4GB x 1

Max Memory Supported
8GB

Edited by KyadCK - 3/27/12 at 12:32pm
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Oh thanks. Never installed RAM into a laptop either, but I'm sure it'll be easy to figure out if its not much different than a desktop.
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Oh thanks. Never installed RAM into a laptop either, but I'm sure it'll be easy to figure out if its not much different than a desktop.

There should be a panel that you can unscrew on the bottom, just open that, slide the chip into the slot at a 30-45* angle and lean it down until its parallel with the board. There should be a click as the 'arms' grab it.

The only problem is when there are ram sticks under the keyboard, but that shouldn't happen with a 2-stick laptop.
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I also seen that deal on the egg yesterday. Can anyone shed some light on this and how the price compares with other laptops with similar specs?
Edited by YUNGHOGG_TX - 3/28/12 at 10:16am
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