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post #11 of 27
Have a look at this Dell: http://www.dell.com/au/p/inspiron-17r-se-7720/pd

My brother has a Dell Inspiron M5010 for 3 years and never a single problem. ( i had to take it apart to clean it that's all)
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post #12 of 27
There is a small aus outlet, but it has virtually no selection:
http://shopap.lenovo.com/au/en/deals-and-coupons/outlet-clearance-laptops/

Make sure they know that 17" and battery life usually don't go together that well. And, if you go 17", make sure you go with a decent resolution monitor unless you want huge icons, text, etc.

You can still get that lenovo G780 from some retailers/tech sites.

Otherwise your options are basically the inspiron mentioned above, a large Toshiba Satellite, or something Asus. Stay away from Acer, they're one manufacturer that doesn't make any model that is well put together.
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post #13 of 27
at over 1k Lenovo makes really well designed rock solid laptops. Those Engineers really don't mess around.

EDIT: I couldn't disagree more. Dell doesn't even compare with nice lenovo. even the good Dells still have some faults. Alienware wouldn't even register on the reliability scale.

I work on a lot of laptops, and out of all the design flaws i see, Lenovo is the only one that puts any logical thought in their designs.
Edited by cdoublejj - 5/27/13 at 10:11am
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post #14 of 27
Ya the thinkpad w530 is pretty dam good around 1k

ps:remember to check EPP price when buying
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post #15 of 27
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Thanks again guys -- appreciate the help. Checking out your links now. Lenovo definitely looks good.
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post #16 of 27
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I have another question guys -- how easy is it to open a Lenovo laptop up and replace the HD / RAM? I have no experience opening PC laptops up. Does it void the warranty? Lenovo's charging quite a price for the SSD and RAM upgrades.
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post #17 of 27

My friend have a lenovo thinkpad. He think that the machine is great but that the trackpad is trash.
Asus make good machines but their CS is nonexistent.

post #18 of 27
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Also wondering how the Lenovo will handle the i7 3632QM 2.2GHz?

EDIT: I'm looking at these models: http://shopap.lenovo.com/au/en/laptops/thinkpad/edge-series/e531/

Can the computer only be bought online or will computer shops sell them also?
Edited by steelbom - 5/29/13 at 4:39pm
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post #19 of 27
I have a thinkpad T520. It's easy to change the hdd, and AFAIK does not void the warranty. The memory is a little harder, but still very easy (one stick is under the keyboard). Still does not void the warranty, and is honestly very easy to do. A few screws and the keyboard slides forward and you lift it up. For the edge, I believe both sticks are easily accessible from the bottom but always double check the exact model before you purchase.

On the thinkpads, changing the processor voids the warranty, and I suppose replacing the display. I don't know if much else does.

EDIT:
In the USA, you can buy the edge through Newegg. Many models can be purchased through Best Buy or Staples. I know this doesn't help you in Aus, but I still would imagine that you could purchase it through retailers there. It may be a special order for many retailers though. Good luck with everything.
Edited by avesdude - 5/30/13 at 12:00am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by avesdude View Post

I have a thinkpad T520. It's easy to change the hdd, and AFAIK does not void the warranty. The memory is a little harder, but still very easy (one stick is under the keyboard). Still does not void the warranty, and is honestly very easy to do. A few screws and the keyboard slides forward and you lift it up. For the edge, I believe both sticks are easily accessible from the bottom but always double check the exact model before you purchase.

On the thinkpads, changing the processor voids the warranty, and I suppose replacing the display. I don't know if much else does.

EDIT:
In the USA, you can buy the edge through Newegg. Many models can be purchased through Best Buy or Staples. I know this doesn't help you in Aus, but I still would imagine that you could purchase it through retailers there. It may be a special order for many retailers though. Good luck with everything.
Thanks, that's good to know. I sure wish NewEgg shipped international tongue.gif
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