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post #1 of 12
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Hello OCN!

I'll be buying a laptop in a couple of days so I thought could get some recommendations from OCN.

The maximum I want to spend is $1000 but if it's worth it, I'm willing to go a bit over that.

The Requirements:
  • Quality: It must look good and attractive (I don't want anything ugly) and the condition must not deteriorate over time and should be firmly built.
  • Screen Size: 14" (Basically 13-15" would be okay but 14" would be optimum).
  • Processor: It will be used from some basic light work and gaming but I'd like something like an i5 atleast (for future proofing).
  • Video Card: The graphics must be DISCRETE. Anything which can handle some BF, COD, and racing games.
  • Hard drive: Doesn't matter much...don't need an SSD...atleast 250GB capacity.
  • Weight: Should be lighter than about 3 kg. It should be portable (the kind I can carry with me all the time.)
  • Brands preferred: Anything you guys can recommend which is of good quality.
  • Battery: Most IMPORTANT: Should do around 5 hours at least with average use.

Basically, the laptop will be used for internet surfing, word processing and some gaming and video playback. Also, I want this to be somewhat future-proof as I usually prefer to buy something good enough to last me a long time.

I have a looked at a few laptops and saw one, namely, the HP Envy 14(with the i5-460m and AMD 5650 graphics). I also looked at the DELL XPS 15. It has all the specifications I want but the screen size is 15.6". If you guys can find me something like that with a 14" screen, it would be really awesome. I can take a look at some VAIOs too if you people can find some good ones.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post.

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Edited by {Unregistered} - 3/22/11 at 10:06am
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post #2 of 12
Just a note- you preffer the brands with the shortest lifespan. Only add Acer and you get a ladder of the broken laptop
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post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by ronnin426850 View Post
Just a note- you preffer the brands with the shortest lifespan. Only add Acer and you get a ladder of the broken laptop
Ok thanks for replying

So what else would you recommend?

EDIT:
I've seen the ASUS G53 but I'm not that focused on intense gaming for now. I'm only buying a regular laptop with some gaming capability.
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post #4 of 12
I saw a chart a month ago - #1 Toshiba, #2 Asus with longest lifespan, Acer and HP with shortest.
This confirms with my experience in the service- most broken laptops (40%!!) were HP with burned mobo, followed by Acer with damaged display.
I had myself a Toshiba Satellite in 2004-2005, it only broke 2 months ago, after very intensive use carring it around, gaming a lot. In the beginning I even used to carry it while it was on! (my, was I a newb back then.. )
Edited by ronnin426850 - 3/18/11 at 4:43am
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Athlon 750K 4.0Ghz AsRock FM2A75 Pro4+ Sapphire R9 270X Dual-X Kingston 2x4Gb 1600 
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post #5 of 12
Im also considering getting an i3 Toshiba and since I dont use more than 30GB HD space cloning down to an an 80GBSSD to replace the OEM 5400RPM HDs they come with or just buy a copy of W7.....and i3 with an SSD will out run any i7 if I had to gamble and Id still be ahead $$$$ and even with my own OS too....

I wish laptops had more options......
Edited by excelerater - 3/18/11 at 4:32am
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post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thank you for replying guys.
So you guys mean I should rather get something from ASUS or TOSHIBA. Honestly, contradicting my earlier post, I was actually considering the ASUS G53 but my father would not let me buy that because
1. He hasn't heard the name much when it comes to laptops and didn't want to get me something that needed to be replaced soon.
2. He doesn't want me to buy a specifically gaming laptop.

Also I admit that I didn't like the screen size either. If you guys can find anything similar from ASUS or any other good brand with a 14'' screen, I'd really appreciate it.

Thank you
Sorry can't rep now cuz I'm using tapatalk...will do later.
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Intel i5 480m@2.67GHz AMD Radeon Mobility 5650 4GB DDR3 500GB 
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Windows 7 64bit HP 15.6" 1366x768 
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post #7 of 12
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Sorry for bumping this thread so early but I really need some help here.
Edited by {Unregistered} - 3/21/11 at 6:20am
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Intel i5 480m@2.67GHz AMD Radeon Mobility 5650 4GB DDR3 500GB 
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Windows 7 64bit HP 15.6" 1366x768 
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post #8 of 12
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Please guys any help will be appreciated.

JUST HELP ME.
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Intel i5 480m@2.67GHz AMD Radeon Mobility 5650 4GB DDR3 500GB 
OSMonitor
Windows 7 64bit HP 15.6" 1366x768 
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post #9 of 12
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Is this SAMSUNG LAPTOP good? Can you guys comment on Samsung's quality?
Also how about this Toshiba Satellite one?

Please help guys.

EDIT:
Also I'm eyeing the Alienware M11x if I can't find a better notebook under $1000.
Edited by {Unregistered} - 3/21/11 at 6:45am
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Windows 7 64bit HP 15.6" 1366x768 
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Windows 7 64bit HP 15.6" 1366x768 
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post #10 of 12
M11x would be a good one.

Lenovo has some great sales going on now on their T410 or X201 laptops, you should check them out.
    
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