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I'm shopping for a laptop for college. I've been checking out Newegg.com, but I'm not sure what name brands or types to avoid.
I've been told Asus or Intel were among the best name brands to check for, but I'm just trying to check all my possibilities.

I've got a budget of $400-$500 (with about $100 wiggle room), and I was looking for a long battery life, and about a 17in. screen.
Help is appreciated!
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long battery life + 17in. screen = good freakin luck
    
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Yep sorry dude, even if you had more money than that to spend you aren't getting good battery life on a 17 inch laptop.
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17" for 500$?

the only half-decent 17" Laptop youre going to find in that price range is this:

http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-17r-combo-mod/pd?oc=dndon01b&model_id=inspiron-17r-combo-mod

and thats not exactly what i'd consider productive: Pentium dual core, 2GB RAM, 250GB HDD, integrated graphics and 3 hours of battery life...
Edited by melterx12 - 2/21/11 at 11:47am
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I get 2 hours or so out of my gateway FX lappy with a 17 inch screen, but it was 1000 on sale. frown.gif
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like everyone else said you are gonna need more money and a smaller screen for good battery life.
    
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Asus or Toshiba would be my recommendation. But a 17" at $600 with great battery life?
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As a college student I know what you're going through. I recently purchased a laptop myself. For one mobility is an issue so 17 inches isn't practical bud. I have classmates who bought 17 inch laptops and kick themselves in the ass for it daily. I went with a 15.6 inch screen and it seems to last long enough to get me through my classes and its small enough to carry conveniently. Now my laptop does not fall within your budget but Ill tell you what I got so you know what to expect.

HP DV6T-Select Edition i5-M460 (2.53GHz w/ Turbo Boost up to 2.8GHz )with 6GB RAM, Intel HD Graphics (not my choice but it functions and its not a gaming computer. There are more details and if you want specifics I can PM you those but I spent 700 for this notebook...Good luck in school and in your hunt for a notebook.
post #9 of 71
Get a 15.6" laptop.
17 inch falls into the desktop replacement area which means they are usually really expensive, really heavy and suck down a battery in 2 hours. Any 17inch that doesnt do that is pretty much junk.
Brands to look at are Lenovo, ASUS, Acer and Toshiba in that order.

Im guessing its mainly for word processing, music, movies and internet. So you dont need much more than a Pentuim Dual core, 4GB of RAM and a 320GB HDD anyway.

Look for something with a Core 2 Duo, or AMD Turion, 4GB of RAM, and a 320GB or larger HDD.
Ill go find a few and post them.

Here. This will be perfect. Its fast, has plenty of memory, and its from the best manufacturer out there. It also has a real graphics card and not Intel GMA crap..
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834146999
Another Idea:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834146929
One more:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834115985
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post #10 of 71
yea don't bother trying to find one for 17in. like CRV said that's really gonna suck for mobility. I've always been happy with Dell business laptops, like the E6400, but uh i think those are a bit over your price range. ASUS I'd go with, maybe toshiba but i'd avoid anything else.

if you're interested in a big screen for gaming just use an external monitor. maybe a docking station would be in your interest?
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