View Full Version : Lap Top Advice

05-18-2010, 05:10 PM
I'm probably going to buy a lap top this summer for college so i need some advice since i dont know a whole lot about lap tops

so far I'm looking for
-one with Windows 7
-atleast a Core 2 Duo processor

I'll just mostly be on the internet, working on microsoft office, and maybe downloading music

XSiv Force
05-18-2010, 05:19 PM
Toshibaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa aaaaa

05-18-2010, 05:50 PM
Toshiba's are pretty nice. The Lifebook is pretty cool. If you want to save some money and don't need tons of power a Netbook is nice. It will do everything you say you are going to use it for just fine.

05-18-2010, 06:19 PM
How much are you looking to spend? My friend got an Acer last year for about $500 and its a great laptop.

05-18-2010, 09:00 PM
Lenovo T410 with discrete graphics.

05-19-2010, 06:25 PM
I'm trying to stay fairly cheep, i dont want to spend more than $700 if possible

05-20-2010, 07:06 PM
If you're at all like me... Panasonic Toughbook.. :p

VS2 King
05-22-2010, 06:59 AM
Lenovo are the best bang for your buck right now. They also have nice netbooks.

05-23-2010, 08:15 PM
I got a Lenovo and I can't really complain. It's a good laptop and it was fairly cheap.

05-25-2010, 12:33 PM
i moght have to take a look into those

05-25-2010, 12:36 PM
Don't go for an Ideabook if at all possible. They are much more... consumer-ish than the Thinkpads, but are not as durable. Nothing is as nice as a Thinkpad's keyboard, too.

05-25-2010, 01:20 PM
Office Depot has or had a great deal on HP laptops. I actually just got one, its a 15.6" LED Screen, Windows 7 Premium, 320gb hhd, intel CORE i3, 4gb RAM for 580 dollars after 150 instant savings and 50 dollar mail in rebate.

It is a great computer so far and I have no complaints. It will also be able to run the CAD software I need it to run just fine so it will do more then you need it to do but bigger is always better right? lol.

My other two cents, I wouldn't really go with anything less then the i3 processor because they are truly the best right now and they aren't that expensive.

Hob Hayward
05-25-2010, 05:22 PM
My other two cents, I wouldn't really go with anything less then the i3 processor because they are truly the best right now and they aren't that expensive.

Words of truth! i3 is cheap.. and honestly it's plenty good unless you plan on doing tons of video encoding or something where having more than 2 cores makes a difference.

Course I have an i7 920... so I shouldn't be talking, though thats in my desktop so it's different.

Also if you're going windows make sure its 7, you'll end up regretting it in the long run if you get something running vista (if they even sell computers with vista now)

05-26-2010, 01:27 PM
I love my Dell studio XPS. Its just plain awesome - although the dang thing gets HOT. But that's cause of the stuff that's in it. Had to get a cooling pad so it's all good...

Oh crap - just saw where you mentioned cost...never mind ( but if you get the cashola, I definitely have NOT been disappointed!)

Hob Hayward
05-26-2010, 01:54 PM
Also rememer to pay attention to battery life specs, if that's important to you. To me, battery life is the most important part of a laptop.

05-26-2010, 02:35 PM
Netbooks these days get around 9hrs of battery life. Some full sized laptops can reach 8. Keep in mind, however, that the battery capacity will decrease with use, and if at all possible you should use it without the battery on AC power to extend the life of your battery.

I have a C2D in my laptop, a Lenovo T500. Thing's beast. It does get hot if I don't enable the processor scaling, as it's a 2.53ghz dual core. Normally it's chilling about 800mhz/core and that's nice and cool.

05-26-2010, 03:43 PM
Macbook.....I love my big powerful PC desktop but I wouldn't want anything other then my macbook as far as laptops go. Its powerful enough to run almost anything, the battery life is insane even when using wifi and it extremely lightweight so I don't mind carrying it around.

05-26-2010, 08:33 PM
Macbook.....I love my big powerful PC desktop but I wouldn't want anything other then my macbook as far as laptops go. Its powerful enough to run almost anything, the battery life is insane even when using wifi and it extremely lightweight so I don't mind carrying it around.

QFT. I have a Macbook Pro and I will never, ever buy another laptop.

I average close to 10 hours on a full charge. :)

Hob Hayward
05-27-2010, 04:03 PM
However with a macbook or mbpro.. you pay the apple tax, and he isn't looking to pay more than double for lesser hardware. (and only has ~$500 anyways, cheapest mb is at least $900 with student discount.)

05-27-2010, 07:12 PM
battery life wouldnt be too major for me most likely, chances are it will usually stay in my dorm

05-27-2010, 07:32 PM
I got my macbook NIB for $799 at mirco center, not a refurb or anything like that either.

I would atleast go and look at one before you make up your mind. I was set on getting a pc but quickly changed my mind after playing with macbook for awhile.

Things that macbook had over pc of similar price:
-Easily double the battery life
-Nice OS with ability to run windows 7 also
-Trackpad, the hand movements to control everything make it so nice to use. Love it for browsing the net, couple examples is just put two fingers down to scroll, makes it so much easier then going to side bar everytime. Then you can use pinch motion to zoom in and out.
-Screen looks so much better then PC's I was looking at. Even the 1K+ laptops looked like crap next to macbook.
-Weight is really nice. Its really light, my dad has a 10" ultra compact for work travel and my 13.3" macbook is probably half the weight.

Hob Hayward
05-28-2010, 08:17 AM
True, your MB's batt life is probably double most pc's. My dell that I got used last year ($450 lol) got me 8+ hours in it's prime though, probably half of that now, but it's been through hundreds of charge cycles.

Don't mean to be hating on apple, I like to consider myself OS agnostic, my dell runs osx10.5, winxp and ubuntu.

Really though, a lot of windows bad rep comes from ****ty OEM's. Granted if microsoft made it's own hardware, the situation might not be any better. HP, Dell, etc. all make a ton of ****ty laptops and clearly lack completely in industrial design. That's the key area apple has them beat.. They have excellent industrial design. They also do a great job of integrating everything and making a good package. One has to be wary with PC OEMs because they lack common sense, also the random trials for **** they put on new computers is annoying as ****.

Anyways enough ranting....... I would suggest mainly not to get a 17" behemoth with 30 minutes of battery life. If you're ever going to take it anywhere, look no bigger than 15" and probably smaller is better. Don't opt for the shiniest looking cheap HP, usually they're not built very well and they lack in hardware. Specs to look for would be a decent core i3, and depending on whether or not you play games a 5000 series radeon card, or a 400 series nvidia card.

05-31-2010, 07:02 PM
i'm really looking in the $500 range, that's all the cash i got from graduation, and i need a new cd player for my car and i need extra $$$ for college spending. i'm pretty much staying away from HP.

05-31-2010, 10:03 PM
Netbook. Toshiba 300 series is a decent one for ~$400.

Hob Hayward
06-01-2010, 05:55 AM
Oh right, do you play games? If so, what games..

06-01-2010, 08:05 AM
i dont really game much, i dont really have time to. i'll probably just be on the internet, download some music, and use microsoft office mostly

EDIT: i also have realized that i would like a CD DVD drive

06-06-2010, 04:55 PM
You can get external drives for like $20 if you get a netbook. That way if you don't need it, it can sit in it's box. If you need it, it's there. Netbooks offer almost everything you're looking for: long battery life, ability to do your intarwebz and music downloading, and fully capable of running Office.

Hob Hayward
06-07-2010, 07:16 AM
screens lacking real estate though. He didn't specify he wanted batt life either. Just something basic.

Idk, maybe go with like a cheap 14" dell? If you're in no rush I would just watch slickdeals and techbargains and wait for a good deal to show up.

06-07-2010, 07:10 PM
i may be able to get discounts on dells through purdue but i'll have to wait and see

06-09-2010, 09:30 AM
i've decided to get either a dell inspiron 14 or 15 i'm not sure which to get though, the 14 is $10 cheaper with the discounts and has a bigger hard drive.

i'm not sure if this will work (http://ecomm.dell.com/dellstore/basket_compare.aspx?itemtype=CFG&s=eep&l=en&cs=6099&c=us&&compare=true)

Hob Hayward
06-09-2010, 01:28 PM

there might be something saying "share this" blah blah somehow.

06-09-2010, 07:23 PM
ok i'll try to copy and paste

Inspiron 14
Intel® Pentium™ Dual Core T4400 (2.2GHz/800Mhz FSB/1MB cache) Processor

4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 at 800MHz Memory
14.0” High Definition (720p) LED Display with TrueLife™ LCD Panel

Video Card
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD Video Card

Hard Drive
320GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM) Hard Drive


Dell Wireless 1520 802.11n Half Mini-Card Wireless

48 Whr Lithium Ion Battery (6 cell) Battery

Hardware Support Services
1 Year Basic Service Plan Hardware Support Services

Dell Wireless 365 Bluetooth Internal (2.1) for Windows 7 Operating Systems


Inspiron 15
NEW 2010 Intel®Core™ i3 - 330M

3GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3 at 1066MHz

LCD Panel
15.6" HD WLED

Graphics card
Intel® HD Graphics

Hard Drive
250GB, 5400 RPM

Dell 1397 Wireless-G

Lithium Ion Battery (6 cell)

Hardware Support Services
1 Year Basic Service Plan

No Bluetooth

Network Card

Integrated 10/100 Network Card

both have
Adoe® Acrobat® Reader 9.0 Adobe Reader

Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 9.0

8X CD/DVD Burner (Dual Layer DVD+/-R Drive) Combo or DVD+RW Drive

06-09-2010, 08:21 PM
The 15 over the 14 you have spec'd out. i3 is more power efficient and powerful.

06-10-2010, 09:20 AM
for some reason dell has the 14 originally priced at $770 and the 15 at $640 but with the discount the 14 is $10 cheaper

Hob Hayward
06-11-2010, 09:45 AM
It's easier/cheaper to build a bigger laptop.. amusingly. You'll probably see 17" for even less than the 15

06-13-2010, 11:35 AM
The 15 over the 14 you have spec'd out. i3 is more power efficient and powerful.


The dual core is outdated now and not worth your money even for the simplest everyday computer.