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I've got a mate looking for a laptop but I'm not really up-to-date on reliable PC brands. The budget is around $1500 AUD but less is better. It's for general use -- graphics doesn't matter at all and decent battery life would be ideal. The brands I know of are HP, Dell, Acer and Asus, but who's currently the most reliable I don't know at all.

Would appreciate any input or recommendations, thanks!
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post #2 of 27
Look no further than Lenovo! Excellent machines. I ordered a customised one for my friend and it arrived from China in less than a week. Build quality is fantastic and the keyboard is very nice to type on.

There is a 9-cell battery option, and many storage/GPU configurations smile.gif
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post #3 of 27
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Originally Posted by JoshHunter View Post

Look no further than Lenovo! Excellent machines. I ordered a customised one for my friend and it arrived from China in less than a week. Build quality is fantastic and the keyboard is very nice to type on.

There is a 9-cell battery option, and many storage/GPU configurations smile.gif
Ah thanks for that -- I forgot about them. I'll check them out. Heard good things about them.
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post #4 of 27
Agree with the one above, Lenovo is the best !!!


check out this one: http://shopap.lenovo.com/au/en/laptops/thinkpad/x-series/x1-carbon/?ipromoID=auow_pub_mhl_b3_x1carbon
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post #5 of 27
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Originally Posted by Phenomanator53 View Post

Agree with the one above, Lenovo is the best !!!


check out this one: http://shopap.lenovo.com/au/en/laptops/thinkpad/x-series/x1-carbon/?ipromoID=auow_pub_mhl_b3_x1carbon
Having a look now.

How's the cooling on them?
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post #6 of 27
I am a fan of Lenovo. See if there's an outlet for your region, outlet.lenovo.com . . . /aus or something maybe? Great way to save hundreds.

Otherwise, I recommend you look up reviews for the line, not the manufacturer. For example, the build quality of an ideapad y series is significantly inferior to the ThinkPad t series. Same thing with dell: my aw m11x is garbage but some of their older precisions were solid.

Still, I do recommend Lenovo. Stay away from hp, they don't like to help out customers with problems. Some of my labmates like Asus as well. If a gamer, msi puts really solid specs into laptops but they aren't a big name for laptops.
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post #7 of 27
The cooling is pretty good for the X1 Carbon for an Ultrabook.
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post #8 of 27
Based on the quality of the other components I'd suggest that the cooling is up to scratch smile.gif It really mainly depends on the GPU, and you said graphics don't matter so if you use HD4000/similar the heat output will be minimal -Battery life will also be exceptional.
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post #9 of 27
Dell: Alienware and Dell Precision are decent. Alienwares will have the hardware edge, and Precisions will have the durability and support edge.
Lenovo: If I were to buy a Lenovo, I would lean toward Thinkpads.
HP: I would only buy Elitebooks from HP.

ASUS: Decent laptops with the most locked-down BIOSes I have ever seen. Adding RAM to its laptops can be a pain. People also complain about customer support.
MSI: Laptops with decent performance for the price and lots of features but questionable build quality and support.
Clevo/Sager: Bang-for-the-buck.

Apple: Laptops with good design and durability but low to mid-range performance.
post #10 of 27
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Thanks guys -- he's after a 17 inch laptop and the budget is now around $1000. The only model from Lenovo I can find that is 17 inch is from the G series and it's discontinued. Maybe 15.6 inches will do.

I couldn't seen to find a Lenovo outlet for Australia which is too bad.
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