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saleengt Jan 10, 2010, 11:16pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hey guys, its been a real long while since i've been on here trying to keep up with everything. Anyways im trying to look for a decent laptop for a good price, pretty much best peformance for price ratio. Not going to be doing any gaming on it, just light internet gaming if anything. I want to be able to hook it up on my hd tv, so whatever i download i can play straight to the tv.

Hope to hear some good feedback on this

Thanks in advance!


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micro Jan 11, 2010, 12:41pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Looking for a good laptop - best bang for buck!
A few more specifics would sure help.
Do you want a 15' or a 17? I would want a 17" but a 15" will use less battery.
Dual core? What os, win 7? I would get win 7.
How much ram/memory? 2-4 gigs should be fine.
Most lap tops now days have hdmi output for hd.
Some even come with a blue ray rom.

Get a good brand. I prefer toshiba but hp is good, if you have 2k asus is good.

As far as searching for a lap top, your best bet is to look locally. I have had to locate a few for my friends and family and was very surprised to find a better or same price locally then online.

Tigerdirect.com sells used/refurbed ones, but they are over priced for what they are.
Ebay sellsthem for more then the price of new and older ones for way more then they are worth.

Look at your big box stores and plan on taking 1 month or so before purchasing one. They will keep having different sales or clearances.
I found office max had the best deals for me.

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Suspended User Jan 11, 2010, 12:55pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Looking for a good laptop - best bang for buck!
Look at Sony, Toshiba or Asus. I would go with Asus personally. Somehting liek the Asus F6a would be a good choice. Very high build quality and reliability.

DO NOT GET AN HP....OR GATEWAY OR ACER....

kOrny Jan 11, 2010, 01:28pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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~Vel Jan 11, 2010, 04:50pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Looking for a good laptop - best bang for buck!
I would suggest staying away from Dell Inspirons... The build quality is crap, both my mother and my girlfriend complain about how the hinges are extremely wobbly, and I had to re-tighten several screws on the bottom of my girlfriend's twice before one was actually lost. She babies the thing too, so I can vouch for it being a design issue versus wear and tear from the user.

habs fan Jan 11, 2010, 06:11pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Looking for a good laptop - best bang for buck!
Kieran B said:
Look at Sony, Toshiba or Asus. I would go with Asus personally. Somehting liek the Asus F6a would be a good choice. Very high build quality and reliability.

DO NOT GET AN HP....OR GATEWAY OR ACER....


Kieran, why don't you like HP? I've got a DV6 that I'm quite happy with. It did have a bad RAM module, but I had no trouble getting HP to replace it. It's no ASUS, but it also cost half of what a similarly spec'd ASUS would have cost. Also, pack in the PII days, my company had a bunch of Toshibas & they were absolute garbage. Failure rate in the first year was about 25%.

~Vel Jan 11, 2010, 06:50pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Looking for a good laptop - best bang for buck!
Compaq Presario CQ61Z $443.99 before shipping

http://tiny.cc/CQ61Z

If you upgrade the graphics, you can get HDMI out for $14. Also there's a free upgrade from 160gb to 250gb going on right now. I checked Dell's offerings as well and this turned out to be the cheapest, most-abled laptop with HDMI right now. The only downfall I see would be that it's not dual-core but that can be upgraded for $50. I'd prefer the dual core.

If you're looking for something that has a little more power than that, you can get a HP dm3z which has a better dual core processor. Plus it has the hard drive offer plus a free upgrade to 3gb versus 2gb (this isn't automatic, it has to be selected). This would come to ~$515 plus shipping (you also need to select the HDMI graphics chip).

The cheapest Dell offering with HDMI would be a Studio 15 starting at $599.

G. G. Jan 11, 2010, 09:20pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Looking for a good laptop - best bang for buck!
the HP unit that Vel mentioned is the way to go...


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>> Re: Looking for a good laptop - best bang for buck!
habs fan said:
Kieran B said:
Look at Sony, Toshiba or Asus. I would go with Asus personally. Somehting liek the Asus F6a would be a good choice. Very high build quality and reliability.

DO NOT GET AN HP....OR GATEWAY OR ACER....


Kieran, why don't you like HP? I've got a DV6 that I'm quite happy with. It did have a bad RAM module, but I had no trouble getting HP to replace it. It's no ASUS, but it also cost half of what a similarly spec'd ASUS would have cost. Also, pack in the PII days, my company had a bunch of Toshibas & they were absolute garbage. Failure rate in the first year was about 25%.



I am just going by personal experience. I deal with Hp/Compaq every day, and by far they are the worst of the lot.....maybe Gateway is close.

I actually like the dv3,4,5,6 and 7 style, and they have improved since their last series ALOT, but still nowhere near as good as Toshiba, Asus and Sony.

If I was to ever get an HP/Compaq, I would without a doubt, get an extended warranty.

saleengt Jan 12, 2010, 07:03pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Looking for a good laptop - best bang for buck!
thanks alot for the replies everyone. I do want something with a dual core, at least 2gigs of ram, audio out(maybe they all have this?) umm as for the hmdi, my tv does come with the pc connector so the laptop probably doesnt have to have a hmdi port. I basically just want to use this so i can watch everything on the tv. Like movies, streaming videos etc...i didnt want to spend too much on this, preferably i would want to get something used. Perhaps a netbook would suit my needs?


edit: as for OS, im very used to winXP, so something with xp or win 7...never used win7 yet, but im pretty sure its better then vista

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~Vel Jan 12, 2010, 08:37pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Looking for a good laptop - best bang for buck!
Netbooks can't really support more screen retail than their own screens at this point. Nvidia has a good chipset called ION which does pretty well but you can do your own research on that one, I'm not too familiar with the netbook market. Windows 7 is fine, the main reason everyone complained about Vista is that it required a bit more RAM and needed Direct-X 9 to run the eye-candy. 2gb of RAM is standard now and 7 runs smoother than Vista so that's not really an issue anymore. Honestly to do what you want, dual core isn't really necessary, so if you're trying to keep a budget it wouldn't be worth it.

The only real way to do what you want to do cheaper than what I found would be to find a good ION based netbook or to build a small Home Theater PC (HTPC) for your living room.

Of course the other option is to wait, I know that ION 2 is on its way out to the market and that it will definitely be good enough for you.

Jenny Stun Feb 05, 2011, 12:38pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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There is a good deal going on hp DV6t series which is a better laptop than the g62 series. Take a look here at http://dealscraze.com/.
Don't forget to use coupon Code:SAVE30HP . This will get you the i3/4gb/led 15.6 laptop for 549.99. The g62x series is also comparable and available @ 499.99.


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