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Hello everyone,

So my friend is looking to buy a new laptop for her work. I've asked her if she has a budget but she doesn't really have one. Although the way she makes it sound she would like to get the best deal possible and probably not spend more than $600.

I also asked her what she would be using it for with her work and she said: Word, Excel, PPT, Publisher, Adobe CS, the internet, and things like that.

She's looking at Mac's obviously, and if she were to get something other than a Mac she's not sure which brand would be most reliable.

To recap this is what I believe she's looking for:

  • Laptop around $600
  • Used for Word, Excel, PPT, Publisher, Adobe CS, the internet, etc.
  • A reliable brand


Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

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you won't find a Mac for that price but you can surly get a good price on an Asus laptop. those have been most reliable for me
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Lenovo thinkpad or HP probook
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$600 and reliable? Thinkpad T520 or T420; I'd go with the T520 and 1080p screen personally, or the W520 and the same screen if she wants Quadro graphics. Spend about $900 with a 2-3 year warranty and call it a day. You can't get much better than a carbon fiber/magnesium chassis, with a magnesium roll-cage in the LCD lid; a spill-proof keyboard (yes- you spill a drink on it, it drains out the bottom without hitting any internal electronics), a Thinklight (think: book light built into your monitor, whole keyboard is illuminated + workspace), etc. etc. Just doesn't get much better in terms of build.

Now, she could get a 15" Macbook Pro for $1600 (vs $900/$1200 resp. for a T520/W520), get consumer graphics, a worse chassis, lower battery life, lower resolution screen, etc. Doesn't make sense to me but if you need OS X for work, you need OS X. There's not really much value in the MBP 13; 1280x800 resolution is a joke, as is i5 + integrated in a $1200 laptop.

At $600, she's stuck with the poor-man's business laptop - either a Dell Vostro (meh.), HP ProBook, or Thinkpad L412/L512. None of these are bad per-se; of course the Thinkpads still have the best build, there are minor features missing, and particularly with Lenovo, you're adding a little weight/thickness to maintain the equivalent strength of a T-series. Not bad really.. but if you take any of these into a meeting people will probably wonder why you don't have an EliteBook/Latitude/Precision/Thinkpad T/W series. And then there are consumer laptops. I'd go with the Toshiba Satellite R845 if she's really strapped for cash. Has a very high-end feel, great battery life, weighs just 4.2 pounds and it's only $650.
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Thanks for the help everyone! It seems as though Lenovo has the consensus for being reliable/quality brand when it comes to work laptops.

I'll be sure to pass along the information to her.
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Originally Posted by Gohan_Nightwing View Post

Thanks for the help everyone! It seems as though Lenovo has the consensus for being reliable/quality brand when it comes to work laptops.
I'll be sure to pass along the information to her.

I'd agree with most everyone else, Lenovo or Asus is the way to go. Macs are terrible expensive and I would not suggest them unless you're a music/video "mac-stuff" guy. And then even then so I would suggest good alternatives.
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