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Originally Posted by Plex;12471376 
Avoid Acer laptops like they're the plague.

ASUS and MSI laptops are awesomely high-quality.

I lol'd.

No offence, but Acer is not a bad brand anymore.

I paid $1100 back in August for my 14" with an HD 5650 (for gaming) and a 9-cell battery (for 10 hours of battery). Although you don't need a good GPU, I'll wish you good luck, 'cause you won't find anything. You can't even get half decent 15" laptops in that price range if you want battery life.
Edited by B!0HaZard - 2/21/11 at 2:19pm
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Recommending HP is a mixed bag. It really depends on the model you recommend. From model to model HP goes from solid as a rock to complete crap. Thats why I dont recommend HP as a brand.

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Originally Posted by James [a_leon] View Post
I don't know... my friend has a Lenovo and I swear it doesn't preform the way it should given the hardware it has... it's on par with my computer even though it has twice the amount of RAM and (in my opinion) a better processor. And even when reverting it back to XP it still leaves a bit to be desired as well. But build quality was simply great, I love their matte finish.
The question is this:
Does your friend maintain his OS?
Or just run it until he buys a new computer.
A ThinkPad + CCleaner, cleaning up appdata now and then and other OS Maintenance would help.
Cleaning out MSConfig would help too.
Either way, I would rather have a laptop that doesn't quite perform at its full power if I can be sure I wont have to buy a new laptop for a long time.
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Stay way way way far away from HP. Their customer support sucks eggs. Their systems aren't bad but when you have an issue it's their foreign customer service that has you ready to punch your own mother in the face just cause she's handy.

I think you'll have to drop your aspirations on the 17 inch monitor for that kind of money though.

Acer is a pretty decent Notebook, and you can pick those up for a pretty decent price from the Egg. My Bro has a 17" that he got from them for $700. Even has a 54** series ATi graphics card in it.

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i recommend Lenovo to anyone looking for a decent laptop, i sell their lower end stuff ($400 - $600 ) at work all the time to people looking for inexpensive laptops and every time i order one i'm amazed at it's build quality compared to the others.

HP, Compaq, Acer, and Toshiba aren't built nearly as well until you get into the $800 and up models.

*HP's business stuff isn't bad, but you run into price/performance issues, usually their lower end business machines are not as powerful as say an equally priced acer or even compaq, but the build quality is much higher.

I don't have an issue with Dell either, but again you run into the issue of decent battery life vs. cost. you're not going to get a Dell with 6 hours of battery life for less than $900 unless you buy a netbook (which we can all agree are useless for getting any real work done on)

The problem with *most* 17 inch laptops is they tend to come with dedicated graphics cards, while that is a def. plus, they're not so nice to the battery.

hmm

this guy is claiming 4 hours of battery, it's an HP Probook (i don't have issues with HP's business stuff)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834157533

This lenovo claims 4.5 hours
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834146999

here's another HP thats claiming 5 hours and it's got an i5 CPU but it's $629
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834157503


it's really tough in that price range to come up with something that'll last through the day and not be a slug while your working
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Originally Posted by PhilWrir View Post
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/Produc...82E16834146999
Another Idea:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834146929
One more:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834115985
So nice they are.
post #36 of 71
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Originally Posted by AmpGuitarChase View Post
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!
no chance lol unless you buy used if i was you i would go for a 13 inch if you want a new one
    
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Stay way way way far away from HP. Their customer support sucks eggs. Their systems aren't bad but when you have an issue it's their foreign customer service that has you ready to punch your own mother in the face just cause she's handy.
you know not all of hp's support is overseas, and everything within reason gets taking care of
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I'm a big fan of Toshiba laptops...
    
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you know not all of hp's support is overseas, and everything within reason gets taking care of
I didn't say that nothing gets taken care of. I had my system registered and even sent them a electronic copy of my receipt and the first hurdle you face with them is overseas support. My support crew were all in India(no offense to the fine citizens of that nation) and they ran me through the wringer for an hour and a half as they constantly put me on hold. Which normally is not that bad, until you have to take a massive dump and don't want to be on hold anymore, don't want to hang up cause it took forever to get someone human on the line and don't wish to be crude and take the phone into the Can with you.

Also they insisted on sending me a box even though I already had one that went through the first time when they didn't fix it. All they did was open the box check the battery, seal it and shipped it back. Nevermind that it wasn't a battery issue to begin with. When you hit the power button with the block plugged in and you can't even get the screen to come up you know something is wrong and when it comes back to you the very same way you know someone on their end dropped a very large turd ball.

Sorry but I will never buy HP ever again unless it's one of their printers. Cause those are cheap enough I can eat the cost and buy a new one when it craps out.

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Seems like a misconception was in my knowledge. Alright. 15.6" it is. The lenovo IdeaPad Z565 looks pretty nice right about now. I'll have to check back in later too. Thanks everyone for the help.
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