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Laptop Purchasing Help $500 US Budget  
User currently offlineB7474 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 257 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1817 times:

Looking to purchase a laptop in the next few days, maximum i'd like to spend is $500. Mostly going to use it to just watch movies, internet, e-mail, word processing and some photography. I've narrowed my choices to these I thought if anybody can give me any opinions on these choices, let me know. Also what is different with the AMD and the Intel is there a really big difference?

Dell® Inspiron 15" Laptop (Black)
http://www.staples.com/Dell-Inspiron...SC3:CG71:DP4118:CL161747:SS1051893

Gateway - Laptop with AMD Athlon™ II X2 Dual-Core Processor
AMD+Athlon%26%23153;+II+X2+Dual-Core+Processor+-+Midnight+Blue/9695339.p?id=1218150605281&skuId=9695339" target="_blank">http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Gateway+...9.p?id=1218150605281&skuId=9695339

Toshiba - Satellite Laptop with Intel® Pentium® Processor - Graphite
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Toshiba+...1.p?id=1218154378233&skuId=9705221

Can I do better? Or any of them should be fine?

Thanks !

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User currently offlineNoWorries From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 539 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1814 times:

I don't have any personal experience with the brand, but some supposedly knowledgeable people that I work with say that ASUS is always worth a serious look.

User currently offlinesunking737 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2021 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1803 times:

I have 2 Compaq laptops. purchased this year a month apart. CQ60. one at Walmart other Best Buy. We got the second one with a $100 discount. At Best Buy. It has been a lot easier with 2 laptops than 1 desk top. We are a family of 7.


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User currently offlinemt99 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 6546 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1764 times:
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First off... forget best buy... go to amazon.com - no tax + free shipping...

The savings will help you get a bit better specs



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User currently offlineFly2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1762 times:

Quoting B7474 (Thread starter):
Looking to purchase a laptop in the next few days, maximum i'd like to spend is $500.

You're options are plentiful but outdated at that price range. If you plan on seeing HD movies smoothly you'll need something with an i5 processor at least IMO. You'll also have to settle with Win Vista. Oh, and laptops in this range will not have high def screens.

Quoting B7474 (Thread starter):
Dell® Inspiron 15" Laptop (Black)

Avoid Dell like the plague.

Quoting B7474 (Thread starter):
Gateway - Laptop with AMD Athlon™ II X2 Dual-Core Processor

Ditto to the above.

Quoting B7474 (Thread starter):
Toshiba - Satellite Laptop with Intel® Pentium® Processor - Graphite

Ditto again, except for the higher end models.

Quoting B7474 (Thread starter):
Also what is different with the AMD and the Intel is there a really big difference?

I've never used a computer that had an AMD CPU that I liked or thought that was moderately fast, quite the contrary from my experience, and I've used most of AMD's and Intel's range. AMD's are cheap for a reason.

Quoting NoWorries (Reply 1):
I don't have any personal experience with the brand, but some supposedly knowledgeable people that I work with say that ASUS is always worth a serious look.

          

ASUS would be my top pick. However, be prepared to have bloatware pre-installed, but that's a given with any laptop this cheap.

My personal picks (take this from a computer builder):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834220705
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834220693

Both are basically the same, but one is physically smaller. Win7 64 bit will give you great performance. HD movies should be fine.

Another good brand is MSI but there's none in that range with 64bit windows.

And I highly HIGHLY recommend buying from newegg. It's usually cheaper than the big brand stores and you don't have some annoying person pushing you one way or another for a crap computer. I've had great service from them.


User currently offlineB7474 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 257 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1751 times:

Quoting mt99 (Reply 3):
First off... forget best buy... go to amazon.com - no tax + free shipping...

The savings will help you get a bit better specs

mt99, unfortunately , living in New York, they charge you sales tax  .

Fly2HMO, the second one sounds quite good, but do you think it will arrive before the 27th because i'm going out of the country the evening of that day to the Philippines?

Thanks every for the responses so far.


User currently offline757MDE From Colombia, joined Sep 2004, 1753 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1749 times:

Quoting NoWorries (Reply 1):
I don't have any personal experience with the brand, but some supposedly knowledgeable people that I work with say that ASUS is always worth a serious look.

I concur.
I am writing from my ASUS laptop and I have been very happy with it from day one until this moment, it's more than a year old now!



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User currently offlineDreadnought From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 8711 posts, RR: 24
Reply 7, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1733 times:

Quoting NoWorries (Reply 1):
I don't have any personal experience with the brand, but some supposedly knowledgeable people that I work with say that ASUS is always worth a serious look.

Agreed. This one here looks like a hell of a deal. 2.2 Ghz dual-core, 500GB HD, 4 GB RAM, 16 inch screen, all for $499. Yes, it's manufacturer-refurbished, but a friend of mine got a refurbished ASUS and it was like new.

http://www.amazon.com/Asus-K60I-Note...IKX0DER&s=pc&qid=1274325553&sr=1-3



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User currently offlineKen777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8045 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1732 times:

Check up on the customer/tech support reputations before spending hard earned money. I used to only buy Dells, but then they moved small customer support to India and I dumped them after a week of misery. ANd I had always purchased an extended warranty to avoid problems!

User currently offlineFly2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1711 times:

Quoting B7474 (Reply 5):

Fly2HMO, the second one sounds quite good, but do you think it will arrive before the 27th because i'm going out of the country the evening of that day to the Philippines?

Yes, but order it ASAP. Or if you want peace of mind, you could just get the expedited shipping option, they ship via UPS and have reasonable rates.

Of my 20+ orders with them, none ever got to me later than 3 business days, it was about 2 business day average most of the time, even if it was free shipping. Even if you order late night on a Monday, you'll most likely get your stuff on a Wednesday, or Thursday the latest for sure. They're very very efficient. You can't go wrong with newegg, I swear by them.   

I overnighted a couple of things a few times, ordered my stuff mid-day and got the stuff early next morning.

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 7):
Yes, it's manufacturer-refurbished, but a friend of mine got a refurbished ASUS and it was like new.

That's the thing with refurbished items though, it's kind of a gamble. I don't buy them just because most of the people I knew that did ended up buying themselves a problem in the long run.

Quoting Ken777 (Reply 8):


Check up on the customer/tech support reputations before spending hard earned money.

I think he's better off with the resident A.net PC nerds like myself either way  Wink

[Edited 2010-05-19 21:00:10]

User currently offlineB7474 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 257 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 11 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1673 times:

I forgot to ask , folks is it better to get one with a webcam built in or getting one separate?

User currently offlineFly2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (3 years 11 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1621 times:

Quoting B7474 (Reply 10):
I forgot to ask , folks is it better to get one with a webcam built in or getting one separate?

Built in is more convenient of course. Those two that I posted have it built in.


User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26196 posts, RR: 76
Reply 12, posted (3 years 11 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1534 times:

I picked up my Acer Aspire Timeline 4810TZ last year for $600. Not good for big time gamers, but excellent for my purposes (internet and word processing). 8+ hour battery life that I have verified in real life use. Light, thin and still has a DVD drive.

Quoting B7474 (Thread starter):
Also what is different with the AMD and the Intel is there a really big difference?

I have owned both and have had success with both.

Quoting mt99 (Reply 3):
First off... forget best buy... go to amazon.com - no tax + free shipping...

If Amazon is following they law, they will charge taxes in certain states.

Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 4):

I've never used a computer that had an AMD CPU that I liked or thought that was moderately fast, quite the contrary from my experience, and I've used most of AMD's and Intel's range. AMD's are cheap for a reason.

Complete disagreement. My desktop has an AMD and I have owned at least one other AMD, and have never had a problem.



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User currently offlineFly2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (3 years 11 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1526 times:

Quoting N1120A (Reply 12):

Complete disagreement. My desktop has an AMD and I have owned at least one other AMD, and have never had a problem.

I was talking strictly about performance. Intel has always had the edge in that regard. But both seem to be about as durable, save for a few years ago when AMD CPUs were known to spontaneously combust  


User currently offlineB7474 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 257 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (3 years 11 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1494 times:

Okay so i'm ready to pull the trigger on the ASUS if I shouldn't let me know now !  

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