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Hello, I'm looking for a laptop in the $500-$600 range.

I did find this laptop, which seems to be a good value, but I'm not too confident in TigerDirect's customer service or how they honor warranties. Or HP's build quality, for that matter.

How's this? $450. I'm going to see if there's any Llano-based laptops similar to that.

What is your maximum budget? $600 inc. taxes (~10%) and shipping

What country are you in? US, California

What will be the uses of this laptop? Work, Office, browsing, media, random productivity/gaming

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you? no

What screen size do you require? ~15.6" would be nice

What screen resolution do you require? 1368 x 768 is fine

Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay? refurb is ok, as long as returns/warranty is good/honored

How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet) 5-7hrs 3-4.5hrs

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings? FPS or RPG at med settings (BFBC2/BF3/TF2)

What operating system do you need? (if any) Windows (7)

Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.) any is fine

How much hard drive space do you need? at least 500GB

Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.) no, but USB3 would be a welcome plus

Is there anything else we need to know? Would like a second numpad with full-size arrow keys
Edited by Eugenester - 4/3/12 at 10:10pm
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............slow day huh
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5-7hrs is a little on the wishful thinking side. You "MIGHT" get 4 hours with a laptop and "MIGHT" get 5 with a netbook. However a netbook will not allow you to do what you want =\. My suggestion since every OEM has pulled the high end dual graphics solution for AMDs APUs off the shelf is, this. I'm actually here in CALI now TDY and am trying to fight the urge to buy this, but I have to admit. this whole state sales tax and "responsible" electronic waste fee is ruffling my feathers. An extra 50 dollars....uh?
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5-7hrs is a little on the wishful thinking side. You "MIGHT" get 4 hours with a laptop and "MIGHT" get 5 with a netbook. However a netbook will not allow you to do what you want =\. My suggestion since every OEM has pulled the high end dual graphics solution for AMDs APUs off the shelf is, this. I'm actually here in CALI now TDY and am trying to fight the urge to buy this, but I have to admit. this whole state sales tax and "responsible" electronic waste fee is ruffling my feathers. An extra 50 dollars....uh?

I found the refurb version: link. Should work fine right? Also, what about the refurb HP? Has an A8, dual graphics, and a Blu-ray drive for $529.
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post #5 of 6
I'd go with the AMD. It has the best bang for the buck since it has actual Quad Core processing, with a balance on video processing.
For TigerDirect I'm in Canada and their return policy is brutal + their tech support isn't that great either.

I'd say a A6 is pretty much fine and I assume since you have Switchable graphics you'll probably be able to get the 3-4 hours of battery life.
My T510 with dedicated nVidia Graphics that aren't switchable gets about 2.5 hours on lowest brightness and basic web surfing.


I'll go with Lenovo before I go with HP personally.
Can't go wrong with the Lenovo open box for the price.
Especially with the ATI Radeon 66xx graphics you should be able to play BC2 with Medium - High and Skyrim at the same idea.
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I found the refurb version: link. Should work fine right? Also, what about the refurb HP? Has an A8, dual graphics, and a Blu-ray drive for $529.

Stop eyeing my open box deal! Go into my thread I just made I found something you might be interested in.
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