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Posted: 3/13/2011 5:14:48 PM EST
My wonderful wife asked me to summon the minions of arfcom, (proud moment)to help pick out a good laptop to replace her HPiece that she keeps having problems with. So what is good in the $400 range she is looking at a walmart sony viao , toshiba or acer. bring the wisdom o arfcomers
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 5:16:18 PM EST
Given those choices, I say Sony.
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 5:16:20 PM EST
I have been happy with the Toshibas we have bought at work...
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 5:21:45 PM EST
Mac, please spend a bit more and get a mac. These days, with all the malware floating about, the average PC user doesn't stand a chance. Keep your eye out for a decent deal for the refurbs
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 5:29:01 PM EST
no can do on the mac this is for work and must use windows, vpn, hippa and all that jaz. she works as a contracted med transcriptionist .
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 5:31:04 PM EST

Originally Posted By ToyCop:
Given those choices, I say Sony.

My Sony Vaio has been rock solid for 4 year so far. I'd go with Sony, then delete all the bullshit that comes preloaded on it.
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 5:31:04 PM EST
Out of those choices I say Toshiba.
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 5:38:05 PM EST
[Last Edit: 3/13/2011 5:38:34 PM EST by kaos]
The problem with many of the <$400 laptops is that they tend to max out at 3 to 4 gig of ram, but they come with Win7-64 bit.

64 bit isn't happy running on 3 to 4 gig. My ~$550 Toshiba came with the 3 gig max when my G/F surprised me with it. Nice gesture, Tosh is OK, but the choice of win7/64 sux in this config.
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 5:49:53 PM EST
Be sure to get one that comes with a camera

Link Posted: 3/13/2011 6:08:51 PM EST
Impossible to answer without pics


of computer
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 8:20:17 PM EST

Originally Posted By kaos:
The problem with many of the <$400 laptops is that they tend to max out at 3 to 4 gig of ram, but they come with Win7-64 bit.

64 bit isn't happy running on 3 to 4 gig. My ~$550 Toshiba came with the 3 gig max when my G/F surprised me with it. Nice gesture, Tosh is OK, but the choice of win7/64 sux in this config.

I have zero issues with 4gb ram with Win 7 64. I run Photoshop and Illustrator constantly as well.
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 8:24:25 PM EST
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 8:32:27 PM EST
Need pics of wife to give accurate answer.
Link Posted: 3/13/2011 8:55:49 PM EST
Toshiba FTW!

My Cousin repairs computers, he said to stay far far away from the Sony computers. Anything else Sony is GTG.
Link Posted: 3/14/2011 3:26:22 AM EST
The problem with Toshiba is they are strictly depot repair. They will not even send replacement memory modules. It's a royal pain in the ass. I never had that problem with other manufacturers.
Link Posted: 3/14/2011 5:44:52 PM EST

Originally Posted By ToyCop:

Originally Posted By kaos:
The problem with many of the <$400 laptops is that they tend to max out at 3 to 4 gig of ram, but they come with Win7-64 bit.

64 bit isn't happy running on 3 to 4 gig. My ~$550 Toshiba came with the 3 gig max when my G/F surprised me with it. Nice gesture, Tosh is OK, but the choice of win7/64 sux in this config.

I have zero issues with 4gb ram with Win 7 64. I run Photoshop and Illustrator constantly as well.
It's not a question of 'issues'. I'm sorry I was unclear on that. I 'm generally either unclear or long winded.

64 bit tends to run slower on 3 to 4 gig of ram than the 32 bit version in many cases. It likes to romp in big ram spaces.
Link Posted: 3/14/2011 6:23:39 PM EST

Originally Posted By kaos:

Originally Posted By ToyCop:

Originally Posted By kaos:
The problem with many of the <$400 laptops is that they tend to max out at 3 to 4 gig of ram, but they come with Win7-64 bit.

64 bit isn't happy running on 3 to 4 gig. My ~$550 Toshiba came with the 3 gig max when my G/F surprised me with it. Nice gesture, Tosh is OK, but the choice of win7/64 sux in this config.

I have zero issues with 4gb ram with Win 7 64. I run Photoshop and Illustrator constantly as well.
It's not a question of 'issues'. I'm sorry I was unclear on that. I 'm generally either unclear or long winded.

64 bit tends to run slower on 3 to 4 gig of ram than the 32 bit version in many cases. It likes to romp in big ram spaces.

I think they all love lots of RAM. I have two machine with the same MOBO, RAM, similar CPUs (obviously one is 64bit), but different video cards. The 32 bit machine is considerably slower.

I haven't purchased any laptops in a while except my Dell Mini. I didn't realize they are coming with 64 bit Win 7 nowadays. My experience is based on all of the laptops I fix from guys at work. I always recommend RAM upgrades when feasible. This reminds me that I need to order a 4gb module for my mini.



Link Posted: 3/14/2011 8:15:22 PM EST
Originally Posted By 69hpbt:
My wonderful wife asked me to summon the minions of arfcom, (proud moment)to help pick out a good laptop to replace her HPiece that she keeps having problems with. So what is good in the $400 range she is looking at a walmart sony viao , toshiba or acer. bring the wisdom o arfcomers


Here you go Link

Its $600, but you don't want anything less than quad core in your PC. Since its for her work (and a write off) spend the extra $200 now and enjoy.

AMD Phenom II Quad-Core Mobile Processor P940, 1.7GHz, 2MB L2 Cache

4GB DDR3 1066MHz memory, 500GB 5400RPM SATA hard drive, 15.6" HD diagonal widescreen TruBrite TFT display
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