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Discussion in Hardware Hangout started by Cursing In Braille, Apr 22, 2011

  1. Aug 8, 2008
    So, I need a laptop for college.

    And I have no clue about laptop companies, brands, etc.

    I'll really just need something portable(not a fucking netbook!), midrange on the price I guess? And not a macbook, apple can suck a fuck.

    thanks for any help.
  2. Sep 8, 2010
  3. Feb 15, 2011
    Don't buy gateway!!! Buy Asus!!
  4. Feb 17, 2011
    i used to wrok for HP here in saudi as a sales representative and later on as a training specialist.
    u need to give me more details on what u do on it and what u like to be in it
    also since i am not gonna go only for hp with a recommendation or care about upsell haha i want to know ur budget
  5. Sep 8, 2010
  6. Oct 29, 2010
    Dell is trying to get rid of their old Alienware m11x line with core2 duos as they move up to the i5/i7, you can pick em up now for $599 and it doesn't get anymore portable than an 11" without going netbook.
  7. Nov 29, 2010
    HP and Acer are two brands I can recommend.

    HP has one flaw however, they run extraordinarily hot compared to other laptops, but their price vs performance is good.

    Don't get the generic brands like toshiba, they ARE okay for their price, but have a very short lifespan and are mass-produced garbage.

    Dell is great for their computers too.

    Gateway produce terrible computers.

    Alright, now for school, search the web for a laptop with a long-lasting battery.

    Now, even though you don't like apple, I'll go into the apple side anyways.

    Yes they are overpriced, their price vs performance is bad, but they ARE durable computers. and they do work for school and browsing the web, also great for media.
  8. Aug 8, 2008
    ironic, I was looking at an hp before I read this.

    I was going for "Budget" stuff apparently, Under $700
    And I'll need it for college stuff mostly, papers, research, notes in class. Kinda like a "jack of all trades" sorta thing, doesn't have to be #1 at everything, but sort of just decent at everything.

    Stupid question is, stupid question?
    Is there any way to hook a laptop up to a TV?
  9. Nov 29, 2010
    Yes, there is. You can buy a laptop that comes with an HDMI port, or have a tv with the 'old' vga connectors.
  10. Feb 17, 2011
    the laptop ur looking at is perfect for what u do. but its big .. 15.6
    now the new models r alot lighter than last years 15.6 machines but still i would go for a DM4 if its available from HP
    and as clam chowder said u can hoock up an HDMI that is also available with this laptop

    recommendation pay a bit extra for a laptop with a discreet graphic card just incase one day u would like to play something on the move (if the budget allows)

    also for the HP heat issues this new model comes with (i forgot the name of the tech) but basicly its a new thing in the fan that assus used before .. its cooler and u have control over the fan of the laptop

    rethink 2 things on this machine., screen size and the graphic card

    other wise the processor is a perfect fit for ur needs
  11. Aug 8, 2008
    Can you link me to a new model with a better graphics card?
    Being a graduation present the budget isn't too much of a biggie, however something realistic is always better.
  12. Apr 20, 2011

    Beast laptop.
  13. Jan 21, 2011
    I would buy Gateway over any other brand. But thats just me I guess.

    Laptops are very hit or miss.
  14. Feb 17, 2011
    on the pc magazine u linked me to i cant find one higher from same series

    on the HP US website they only have i5 and i7 models
    its a bit hard for me to help u pick specific model
    coz each region for HP is different system
  15. Feb 20, 2011
    Macbook [IMG]
  16. Aug 8, 2008

    Now I'll have to admit I know nothing about computers really, On a hard drive I'm guessing you want the memory to be high and the RPM to be high as well? Cause on the "Customize" page there's a choice betwen a 640GB harddrive with 7200RPM or a 750GB with 5400RPM, so which would be better? the 750 is the higher priced but why would the RPM be lower? Would less space but high RPM be better then more space and less RPM?
  17. Oct 29, 2010
    You should never use even half of what a laptop hdd gives you unless you're using it as your main computer. Higher RPMs are better, 7200 is a very standard good speed but 5400 isn't going to kill you either. If the 640 is cheaper with the higher RPM I'd definitely take that.
  18. Mar 13, 2010
    I can agree with this so far.

    >>Don't get the generic brands like toshiba,
    >>generic brands like toshiba,
    >>generic brands
    Since when was Toshiba a 'generic brand' or shit. I've had 3 toshiba laptops and the worst that's happened to any of them was the battery was bad one time in the first year which they replaced for free and never had a problem since. IDK what you're talking about saying they're generic or crap.

    Read it and Edumacate yo'self

    And NOW I see why. Dell? Really?? Have you ever fixed a fucking computer? I HATE dells from the fact that their harddrives are 'locked' to prevent people like me who work on computers from fixing them so they have to be sent back to Dell to be worked on and charged out the ass for. To the fact that the design of the insides are terrible, brittle, and are (from my estimation) made from parts that were probably dropped on their head if they were a baby.

    I agree though that Gateway is ALSO crap.

    Thank you Zip for being the first person to post a link to newegg instead of bestbuy for laptops. A) You get people's reviews of it instead of just the store clerk's whose job it is to sell you it. And B ) you can almost always find better deals on there than any store.

    Now let me see what I can find you cursing on Newegg. Are you JUST looking for like internet/paper writing/ basic usage?

    Also, brands I personally look at:
    MSI: They're hard to find, but they're DAMN reliable laptops. They're more reliable than any mac or any computer I've ever seen, and still better price/power ratio than the equivalent mac. They also make an back their own motherboards like a mofo. If you can find one you like, get an MSI.
    Toshiba: Because they've been doing this a while now and are actually pretty good. I dont like some of their larger laptops, but the midsized and smaller ones are great.
    HP: They've been doing computers since before I was born. Agreed with above saying they run hot sometimes, but generally they're not a bad deal.
    Asus: Yes. Just yes. See MSI info for more.

    What I found:
    Link to dis shit This laptop is VERY similar to Zip's posted one except it's a slightly faster processor. A better graphics card. (this has GDDR3 vs. DDR3 in Zips) Same harddrive size, but I'm not sure on the speed. 2xUSB 3.0 ports as well as a normal 2.0 port and some other nifty features. It also has 6 gigs of RAM instead of 4gigs. They're also both the same weight, but this one is slightly larger so you have more screen for no extra weight. And finally they're both the same price and this is an MSI. Just sayin'.
  19. Feb 17, 2011
    the asus one is great value for money btw compared to the hp u chose (if they r the same price)

    i still love the hp metalic finish though
  20. Mar 13, 2010
    My MSI still beats your HP. :razz: