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post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
The majority of the threads within the laptop section are threads asking about which laptop to buy. Most of those threads do not contain enough information within the original post. This thread is meant to clean up the amount of questions people have to ask to help you and deliver you a more timely response.

Please copy and paste the formatted questions below with your answers in your own thread:
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What is your maximum budget?

What country are you in?

What will be the uses of this laptop?

Do you have brand loyalty or care which brands we select for you?

What screen size do you require?

What screen resolution do you require?

Are you looking to buy NEW or would refurbished/recertified/used be okay?

How long should the battery last? (Under optimal conditions, no movies/games/heavy internet)

What games would you like to play with your laptop? And on what settings?

What operating system do you need? (if any)

Is there a certain style of laptop you want? (aluminum, black, gaming, etc.)

How much hard drive space do you need?

Do you need any special hardware? (blue ray, webcam, specialty ports, etc.)

Is there anything else we need to know?
post #2 of 19
Hey; can we add this to the already stickied thread? I might change the name since apparently "read" is a scary word that people don't like.

EDIT: Never mind. That was fast to getting your own. Hopefully people read this. Nothing's worse than trying to help someone and having them disregard what you're telling them because "its not the appearance/brand I want".
Edited by Rookie1337 - 3/30/11 at 8:23am
     
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Fanless Win10 Home x64 Kubuntu 16.04 (requires Linux kernel 4.5/4.6) 13.3 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, AU Optronics A... 
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N450 1.8GHz AC and 1.66GHz batt ASUS proprietary for 1001P GMA3150 (can play bluray now!?) 1GB DDR2 
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160GB LGLHDLBDRE32X Bodhi Linux Fedora LXDE 
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Kubuntu SLAX 1280x600 + Dell 15inch Excellent! 
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6 cells=6-12hrs and a charger 1001P MU17 Black 
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AthlonIIX4 640 3.62GHz (250x14.5) 2.5GHz NB Asus M4A785TD-M EVO MSI GTX275 (Stock 666) 8GBs of GSkill 1600 
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N450 1.8GHz AC and 1.66GHz batt ASUS proprietary for 1001P GMA3150 (can play bluray now!?) 1GB DDR2 
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160GB LGLHDLBDRE32X Bodhi Linux Fedora LXDE 
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post #3 of 19
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Rookie1337;12930159 
Hey; can we add this to the already stickied thread? I might change the name since apparently "read" is a scary word that people don't like.

EDIT: Never mind. That was fast to getting your own. Hopefully people read this. Nothing's worse than trying to help someone and having them disregard what you're telling them because "its not the appearance/brand I want".

Yeah I requested it be stickied, as I try my best to help people but it's difficult when they dont supply enough information to help them select a laptop; even some staff are guilty of this. I feel like those who help out shouldnt have to ask 20 questions to help out someone else, and having a system in place will allow 'us' to reply to more help threads and provide more suggestions without struggling to figure out what the user wants.

Btw I kinda felt this needed its own sticky as your thread is more of a 'I want to research about laptops myself' while this is more for those who want suggestions given to them, and to be honest no one likes reading long threads.
post #4 of 19
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Originally Posted by s-x;12930406 
Yeah I requested it be stickied, as I try my best to help people but it's difficult when they dont supply enough information to help them select a laptop; even some staff are guilty of this. I feel like those who help out shouldnt have to ask 20 questions to help out someone else, and having a system in place will allow 'us' to reply to more help threads and provide more suggestions without struggling to figure out what the user wants.

Btw I kinda felt this needed its own sticky as your thread is more of a 'I want to research about laptops myself' while this is more for those who want suggestions given to them, and to be honest no one likes reading long threads.

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I hear you. No one likes to empower themselves.
     
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Fanless Win10 Home x64 Kubuntu 16.04 (requires Linux kernel 4.5/4.6) 13.3 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, AU Optronics A... 
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AthlonIIX4 640 3.62GHz (250x14.5) 2.5GHz NB Asus M4A785TD-M EVO MSI GTX275 (Stock 666) 8GBs of GSkill 1600 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
4GBs of Adata 1333 Kingston HyperX 3k 120GB WD Caviar Black 500GB Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 
Optical DriveCoolingOSOS
LG 8X BDR (WHL08S20) Cooler Master Hyper 212+ Kubuntu x64 Windows 7 x64 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Bodhi Linux x64 Acer G215H (1920x1080) Seasonic 520 HAF912 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
N450 1.8GHz AC and 1.66GHz batt ASUS proprietary for 1001P GMA3150 (can play bluray now!?) 1GB DDR2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSOS
160GB LGLHDLBDRE32X Bodhi Linux Fedora LXDE 
OSOSMonitorKeyboard
Kubuntu SLAX 1280x600 + Dell 15inch Excellent! 
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6 cells=6-12hrs and a charger 1001P MU17 Black 
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Intel Core m3-6Y30 Intel HD515 8GB 1866DDR3L Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2, 256 GB 
CoolingOSOSMonitor
Fanless Win10 Home x64 Kubuntu 16.04 (requires Linux kernel 4.5/4.6) 13.3 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, AU Optronics A... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AthlonIIX4 640 3.62GHz (250x14.5) 2.5GHz NB Asus M4A785TD-M EVO MSI GTX275 (Stock 666) 8GBs of GSkill 1600 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
4GBs of Adata 1333 Kingston HyperX 3k 120GB WD Caviar Black 500GB Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 
Optical DriveCoolingOSOS
LG 8X BDR (WHL08S20) Cooler Master Hyper 212+ Kubuntu x64 Windows 7 x64 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Bodhi Linux x64 Acer G215H (1920x1080) Seasonic 520 HAF912 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
N450 1.8GHz AC and 1.66GHz batt ASUS proprietary for 1001P GMA3150 (can play bluray now!?) 1GB DDR2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSOS
160GB LGLHDLBDRE32X Bodhi Linux Fedora LXDE 
OSOSMonitorKeyboard
Kubuntu SLAX 1280x600 + Dell 15inch Excellent! 
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6 cells=6-12hrs and a charger 1001P MU17 Black 
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post #5 of 19
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I quit, people ask for help and they dont even take the time to check the stickies first =.=
post #6 of 19
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Originally Posted by s-x;12987919 
I quit, people ask for help and they dont even take the time to check the stickies first =.=

LOL. Hang in there bud. I know the feeling.
     
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel Core m3-6Y30 Intel HD515 8GB 1866DDR3L Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2, 256 GB 
CoolingOSOSMonitor
Fanless Win10 Home x64 Kubuntu 16.04 (requires Linux kernel 4.5/4.6) 13.3 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, AU Optronics A... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AthlonIIX4 640 3.62GHz (250x14.5) 2.5GHz NB Asus M4A785TD-M EVO MSI GTX275 (Stock 666) 8GBs of GSkill 1600 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
4GBs of Adata 1333 Kingston HyperX 3k 120GB WD Caviar Black 500GB Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 
Optical DriveCoolingOSOS
LG 8X BDR (WHL08S20) Cooler Master Hyper 212+ Kubuntu x64 Windows 7 x64 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Bodhi Linux x64 Acer G215H (1920x1080) Seasonic 520 HAF912 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
N450 1.8GHz AC and 1.66GHz batt ASUS proprietary for 1001P GMA3150 (can play bluray now!?) 1GB DDR2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSOS
160GB LGLHDLBDRE32X Bodhi Linux Fedora LXDE 
OSOSMonitorKeyboard
Kubuntu SLAX 1280x600 + Dell 15inch Excellent! 
PowerCase
6 cells=6-12hrs and a charger 1001P MU17 Black 
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CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel Core m3-6Y30 Intel HD515 8GB 1866DDR3L Micron M600 MTFDDAV256MBF M.2, 256 GB 
CoolingOSOSMonitor
Fanless Win10 Home x64 Kubuntu 16.04 (requires Linux kernel 4.5/4.6) 13.3 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, AU Optronics A... 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AthlonIIX4 640 3.62GHz (250x14.5) 2.5GHz NB Asus M4A785TD-M EVO MSI GTX275 (Stock 666) 8GBs of GSkill 1600 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
4GBs of Adata 1333 Kingston HyperX 3k 120GB WD Caviar Black 500GB Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 
Optical DriveCoolingOSOS
LG 8X BDR (WHL08S20) Cooler Master Hyper 212+ Kubuntu x64 Windows 7 x64 
OSMonitorPowerCase
Bodhi Linux x64 Acer G215H (1920x1080) Seasonic 520 HAF912 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
N450 1.8GHz AC and 1.66GHz batt ASUS proprietary for 1001P GMA3150 (can play bluray now!?) 1GB DDR2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSOS
160GB LGLHDLBDRE32X Bodhi Linux Fedora LXDE 
OSOSMonitorKeyboard
Kubuntu SLAX 1280x600 + Dell 15inch Excellent! 
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6 cells=6-12hrs and a charger 1001P MU17 Black 
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post #7 of 19
Don't worry, I'll probably be buying a laptop in the next couple months, and I'll be sure to use this format when I do ask.
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post #8 of 19
Posted in wrong spot
Edited by Mugen87 - 5/13/11 at 12:59am
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SanDisk Ultra II ssd 1tb WD blue stock Debian 8.6 w/ i3 window manager 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
windows 7 64bit pro (virtual machine) 2x hp LE2002x Logitech MK550 Antec EarthWatts EA-380D 
Case
NZXT Source 220 
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Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 Adreno 330 2gb 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
16gb Android v4.4.4 stock root 5" 1920x1080 Li-Po 2300 mAh 
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post #9 of 19
Before you go out and buy that new laptop you promised yourself, be sure to first read this article by Kim Major. It is actually a series of 3 blog posts, that run through his considerations and conclusions before replacing his existing Thinkpad.
Edited by harrydell - 9/29/11 at 7:05am
post #10 of 19
United States

$500 Max. Can't go any higher. No gaming, purely for school and work. No brand preference (just no Gateway). 16" screen max. USB 3.0 if possible. 4 Hours and more if possible.

Blu ray would be nice but its not by any means a deal breaker. Btw is it easy to swap out drives. My old laptop had a blu ray player.

Disk space 250GB is more than enough. 4GB ram
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