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    Lenovo ThinkPad X120e
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    HP Pavilion dm1z (with AMD Fusion)
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post #11 of 58
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I'm buying a new laptop in a few days, so I'd like some last minute input. My original question still stands. Which of the two that I've chosen will be better? Or is there a third that's EVEN BETTER for ~$550?
 
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Originally Posted by onoz;12518173 
I'm buying a new laptop in a few days, so I'd like some last minute input. My original question still stands. Which of the two that I've chosen will be better? Or is there a third that's EVEN BETTER for ~$550?

the HP DM1Z has build quality comparable to the hp envy line

i know most HP computers are really crap, but the DM1z is not one of them

I would go for the DM1z IMO
Thinkpad is rather overpriced and a bit ugly with the battery sticking out wink.gif

but in the end up to you OP
post #13 of 58
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr.Pie;12518974 
the HP DM1Z has build quality comparable to the hp envy line

i know most HP computers are really crap, but the DM1z is not one of them

I would go for the DM1z IMO
Thinkpad is rather overpriced and a bit ugly with the battery sticking out wink.gif

but in the end up to you OP
Thanks man. These are the kind of responses I'm looking for.


According to what I've seen on their websites, the prices aren't far off though. The DM1z is ~$450 without warranty, and the X120e is ~$510 with a warranty. (Base price + CPU upgrade + battery upgrade + bluetooth upgrade)

I agree, though, that the battery sticking out is quite ugly. If anyone else has anything better I'm very open to suggestions.
 
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The HP dm1z is a better value. By default, the x120e comes with a 3-cell battery, a slower e-240 single-core CPU, only 2GB of RAM, and an HDD that is both slower and less spacious (250GB 5400RPM vs. 320GB 7200 RPM).

At default, the price of the x120e is $400 while the price of the dm1z is $420 (with coupon code SAVE30HP). Put the option for 3GB of RAM, and the price jumps to $440. Add the same speed and capacity HDD and APU plus the 6-cell battery (which awkwardly protrudes from the back), and the price goes to $600. You also have to take into account that you can just upgrade the HDD and RAM without voiding the warranty, which would cost a lot less (1x2GB DIMM is only $25 at Newegg while a Western Digital Caviar Black 320GB, which is the exact same HDD as in the dm1z, will go for $60).

So, if you do it yourself (except for the battery and APU), the price will be $575.

Also, don't know from where you got that the dm1z ordered from HP's website doesn't have a warranty. It comes with a 1 year warranty.

Go here:

http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/computer_can_series.do?storeName=computer_store&category=notebooks&a1=Category&v1=Ultra-Portable&series_name=dm1z_series&jumpid=in_R329_prodexp/hhoslp/psg/notebooks/Ultra-Portable/dm1z_series

Then click on the Warranty & Support tab.

Also, if you want to put 4GB of RAM on the dm1z: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148316
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The ThinkPad is of better build quality and the keyboard is one of the best on the market. I disagree with the previous posters. I think the hp looks like a toy and the ThinkPad looks professional. The ThinkPad is worth the extra money. Rollcage and spill resistant keyboard? I don't think the hp can even touch that. If you don't mind spending the extra cash get the ThinkPad. It will last longer and is way more durable.

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Quote:
Originally Posted by Riggs.;12522312 
The ThinkPad is of better build quality and the keyboard is one of the best on the market. I disagree with the previous posters. I think the hp looks like a toy and the ThinkPad looks professional. The ThinkPad is worth the extra money. Rollcage and spill resistant keyboard? I don't think the hp can even touch that. If you don't mind spending the extra cash get the ThinkPad. It will last longer and is way more durable.

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The x120e doesn't have a rollcage and is made of matte plastic, just like the dm1z. It does look more professional (even elegant, I would say), but that is diminished by the fact that the 6-cell battery protrudes from the back. And it's completely black, which may be a pro to some.
    
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post #17 of 58
I've owned several thinkpad laptops, as well as my sister recently buying one. So far they have all been well built laptops that perform great. I can't say the same for my experience with other laptop manufacturers.

I think the Lenovo is well worth the extra bit of cash.
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post #18 of 58
Check out the Dell Vostro130 and 1300 series...pretty solid general purpose lightweight laptops (3.5lbs) with a thin 1inch thick frame and a solid aluminum construction. Battery life is ~4 hrs. Price tag is about $400-$430.
post #19 of 58
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Thanks for your posts everyone!
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Originally Posted by LOL_Wut_Axel;12521921 
The HP dm1z is a better value. By default, the x120e comes with a 3-cell battery, a slower e-240 single-core CPU, only 2GB of RAM, and an HDD that is both slower and less spacious (250GB 5400RPM vs. 320GB 7200 RPM).

At default, the price of the x120e is $400 while the price of the dm1z is $420 (with coupon code SAVE30HP). Put the option for 3GB of RAM, and the price jumps to $440. Add the same speed and capacity HDD and APU plus the 6-cell battery (which awkwardly protrudes from the back), and the price goes to $600. You also have to take into account that you can just upgrade the HDD and RAM without voiding the warranty, which would cost a lot less (1x2GB DIMM is only $25 at Newegg while a Western Digital Caviar Black 320GB, which is the exact same HDD as in the dm1z, will go for $60).

So, if you do it yourself (except for the battery and APU), the price will be $575.

Also, don't know from where you got that the dm1z ordered from HP's website doesn't have a warranty. It comes with a 1 year warranty.

Go here:

http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/computer_can_series.do?storeName=computer_store&category=notebooks&a1=Category&v1=Ultra-Portable&series_name=dm1z_series&jumpid=in_R329_prodexp/hhoslp/psg/notebooks/Ultra-Portable/dm1z_series

Then click on the Warranty & Support tab.

Also, if you want to put 4GB of RAM on the dm1z: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148316
I didn't notice that Warranty & Support tab. Thanks for pointing it out. When I went to customize the dm1z, and got to the warranty section, I only saw options for "No Warranty, 2 year, etc..."
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Originally Posted by Bluescreendeath;12524598 
Check out the Dell Vostro130 and 1300 series...pretty solid general purpose lightweight laptops (3.5lbs) with a thin 1inch thick frame and a solid aluminum construction. Battery life is ~4 hrs. Price tag is about $400-$430.
The only Vostro130 that I was able to find on Dell's website shows that it's using a Celeron, and I'm not too excited about that (though I have no idea how they compare to AMD's Fusion). I wasn't able to find the 1300 series that you were talking about... can you help me find a link?


It seems to me that there isn't a big difference between the X120e and dm1z other than price and aesthetics. At this point, I'm tempted to go with the HP simply because it's cheaper. My only concern is that I've heard a more bad things about HP than Lenovo... but I'm really just asking for someone to hold my hand at this point...

Decisions decisions...
 
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post #20 of 58
I think that you need to consider what you want out of this notebook. Hardware is identical, so it really comes down to value on the HP, vs build quality on the Lenovo.

This is still a difficult decision for me as well, as the three most important things to me are design, durability, and battery life. The HP has design and battery life but questionable durability, at least comparatively, and the Lenovo has durability and design with the 3 cell battery but crap battery life. Give it the 6 cell, and you gain battery life but lose the design. Quite the quandary...

Man it'd be awesome if like...ASUS took their aluminum chassis from the 1018p, scaled it up to 11.6", then threw in Zacate. Now that would be a nice laptop...
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