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Posted: 8/30/2010 4:06:50 AM EDT
Well , my 4 year old Toshiba Satellite finally bit the dust . ( Im posting from Dianne's )

It was the model that had overheating problems .....extremely frustrating .

Well......after over a year of constantly shutting down at the most inconvenient times , I got so pissed at it that I threw my mouse at the screen , and fractured something inside it . Oh well.

I'm due to fly out to Chicago here in a few hours so I thought I'd ask the hive what they thought would best suit my needs .

I dont want to spend much more than around $600 , and want another conventional type of laptop ( no iPads or such) that I can play DVDs on and burn data to a disc .

Mostly , I use it to surf the web , email , YouTube , shop , bank and pay bills , Facebook , etc . I dont save many documents on it but its got a pile of photos.

I dont use it much for work , 98% is personal recreation type surfing . I travel ALOT for work, mostly by air , and it's in my backpack wherever I go.

Anything stand out ? Any models to avoid ?

And even though the screen is shot , I should be able to take my old one in and have the geeks at Best Buy transfer all the data/pictures ....right?
Or is that unsafe from a security standpoint ?

Thanks for your input ,

Brion
Link Posted: 8/30/2010 4:30:32 AM EDT
I just picked up a corporate downgrade (IBM Thinkpad T43––1.86g celeron, 80g hd, 2g of ram, XP) for $125...maybe find a local tech company and go used.
Link Posted: 8/30/2010 4:36:48 AM EDT
Originally Posted By JHill:
I just picked up a corporate downgrade (IBM Thinkpad T43––1.86g celeron, 80g hd, 2g of ram, XP) for $125...maybe find a local tech company and go used.


No thanks , I want to be able to get an extended warranty through whomever I buy it from .
Link Posted: 8/30/2010 4:36:52 AM EDT
I'm only telling you this because I like you: pitch in another $400 and get a basic MacBook. For that you want to do, it's perfect. Your life will be simpler and you can devote your mental energy to things you enjoy rather than beating a recalcitrant computer into submission. I promise you that you will not suddenly turn gay or begin voting Democrat. Nor, if the SO's experience is any guide, will your testicles shrink or your penis fall off.

Jane
Link Posted: 8/30/2010 4:40:58 AM EDT
I've had good experience with numerous Acer and Lenovo laptops.
Link Posted: 8/30/2010 4:43:51 AM EDT
Tag a lag a ding dong...

I'm interested in this thread.
Link Posted: 8/30/2010 4:48:30 AM EDT
Go for size of about 10" or so. I have a dell that I paid $400 a few years ago and its holding up fine.
Link Posted: 8/30/2010 4:52:10 AM EDT
Originally Posted By PlaneJane:
I'm only telling you this because I like you: pitch in another $400 and get a basic MacBook. For that you want to do, it's perfect. Your life will be simpler and you can devote your mental energy to things you enjoy rather than beating a recalcitrant computer into submission. I promise you that you will not suddenly turn gay or begin voting Democrat. Nor, if the SO's experience is any guide, will your testicles shrink or your penis fall off.

Jane


But, what about this?:

Link Posted: 8/30/2010 4:52:20 AM EDT
Originally Posted By PlaneJane:
I'm only telling you this because I like you: pitch in another $400 and get a basic MacBook. For that you want to do, it's perfect. Your life will be simpler and you can devote your mental energy to things you enjoy rather than beating a recalcitrant computer into submission. I promise you that you will not suddenly turn gay or begin voting Democrat. Nor, if the SO's experience is any guide, will your testicles shrink or your penis fall off.

Jane


Thanks Jane....but I just really cant see spending a grand on a laptop .

My sis swears by Macs and I'm pretty sure of my manliness and political opinions , but that extra $400 is alot of 'jack' to me right now .
Link Posted: 8/30/2010 4:57:41 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/30/2010 5:02:24 AM EDT by ZekeMenuar]

To the OP

Pull the HD from the deceased Toshiba and put it in a USB drive enclosure.
You can access your data that way.

I wouldn't let those Bozo's at Best Buy get anywhere near any of my computers.

I'm a big fan of MSI laptops. They aren't as popular as Dell, HP, Asus etc.

I have two of them. After loading them up with Windows 7 64 , they both run flawlessly.

Link Posted: 8/30/2010 5:04:50 AM EDT
Originally Posted By ZekeMenuar:

To the OP

Pull the HD from the deceased Toshiba and put it in a USB drive enclosure.
You can access your data that way.

I wouldn't let those Bozo's at Best Buy get anywhere near any of my computers.

I'm a big fan of MSI laptops. They aren't as popular as Dell, HP, Asus etc.

I have two of them. After loading them up with Windows 7 64 , they both run flawlessly.





I dunno where the hard drive is .......but that sounds like exactly what I want to do though .

I work with enough tech-savy young-uns that it wont be a problem .
Link Posted: 8/30/2010 5:06:16 AM EDT
The Sony VAIO's seem to get alot of decent reviews , anyone like em ?
Link Posted: 8/30/2010 5:06:18 AM EDT
I just watched slickdeals for laptop deals, and then read the comments.

Ended up with great computers both times - Acer and now Samsung.
Link Posted: 8/30/2010 5:15:48 AM EDT
Go to walmart and buy whatever is in your price range. Don't even sweat the specs- they don't matter for what your doing. Base the buy on price, size and what you think of the keyboard. CPU speed, RAM quanity, etc. are all going to be more then enough for web browsing and playing a DVD no matter what you buy.
Link Posted: 8/30/2010 5:36:07 AM EDT
I would definitely go with Lenovo(I used to have a Thinkpad a few years ago) or Dell(ex had an Inspiron and she liked it.)
Link Posted: 8/30/2010 5:08:09 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/30/2010 5:11:03 PM EDT by ultramagbrion]
Originally Posted By Deej86:
I would definitely go with Lenovo(I used to have a Thinkpad a few years ago) or Dell(ex had an Inspiron and she liked it.)


I heard a few good things about Lenovo , but nothing but bad about Dell (co-workers say the cust service is horrible)
Link Posted: 8/30/2010 5:09:07 PM EDT
Originally Posted By SFENDER:
Go for size of about 10" or so. I have a dell that I paid $400 a few years ago and its holding up fine.


My eyes are starting to go , I like the 15'' screens and dont mind totin'em' around .

Link Posted: 8/30/2010 5:10:30 PM EDT
I have a new Satellite 501 and it's been great for $529
Link Posted: 8/30/2010 5:13:18 PM EDT
Originally Posted By JarheadPatriot:
I have a new Satellite 501 and it's been great for $529



See , I liked my Satellite too , except for the CPU overheating thing , and I'd like to get another . The reviews are all pretty good too ....usually around 4 to 4.5 out of 5 stars .

Decisions ....decisions
Link Posted: 8/30/2010 5:14:38 PM EDT
My old Dell Inspiron died on me back in May. I bought an ASUS at best buy for about 500 and it is a great computer. I watch youtube vids, porn, burn CDs and download music and it is great for all of these things.
Link Posted: 8/30/2010 5:15:28 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/30/2010 5:18:13 PM EDT by Storm_Tracker]
http://cgi.ebay.com/Panasonic-Toughbook-CF-18-Touchscreen-Great-Condition-/260655057000?pt=Laptops_Nov05&hash=item3cb0408868


Bid on it RFN there is only like 30 minutes left on it! Show off pics.

Actually wait to bid in the last 30 seconds. Make sure to log in. Happy sniping.


Damn I wish I had the $$$
Link Posted: 8/30/2010 5:21:31 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Storm_Tracker:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Panasonic-Toughbook-CF-18-Touchscreen-Great-Condition-/260655057000?pt=Laptops_Nov05&hash=item3cb0408868


Bid on it RFN there is only like 30 minutes left on it! Show off pics.

Actually wait to bid in the last 30 seconds. Make sure to log in. Happy sniping.


Damn I wish I had the $$$




I would LOVE to have a Toughbook ........no money here , either , for about ten days
Link Posted: 8/30/2010 5:23:02 PM EDT
Originally Posted By ultramagbrion:
Originally Posted By Deej86:
I would definitely go with Lenovo(I used to have a Thinkpad a few years ago) or Dell(ex had an Inspiron and she liked it.)


I heard a few good things about Lenovo , but nothing but bad about Dell (co-workers say the cust service is horrible)


One of my college friends went through a hellacious chat once with a Dell rep.
Link Posted: 8/30/2010 5:31:44 PM EDT
I know you said no ipads, but I really would check one out. I love mine and you can put videos on it if you want to watch movies. Do you really need to burn DVD's? I'm posting from right now setting on the deck smoking a cigar.
Link Posted: 8/30/2010 5:32:43 PM EDT
alienware M11x for 799

or go for a netbook, i have a samsung N120 thats excellent
i think the 220 is out now
Link Posted: 8/30/2010 5:37:30 PM EDT
In the last several years I have used Dell, Lenovo, Gateway, HP, and Acer laptops at home and work. If I was in the market for a new laptop, I would look for the best HP in the price range.
Link Posted: 8/31/2010 3:30:21 AM EDT
AM bumpage ..........thanks for the info folks
Link Posted: 8/31/2010 3:35:50 AM EDT
is the keyboard on your toshiba quirky? It took me monthes to get used to it.
Link Posted: 8/31/2010 3:40:55 AM EDT
I saw a white one at the store the other day that looked nice under 600.

I've got a black one that I do all my gaming on, it has a nice big screen and is super fast... the mouse pad is under the space-bar is is constantly repositioning my cursor as I type. This pisses me off.

Link Posted: 8/31/2010 4:00:29 AM EDT

Originally Posted By UH60DRIVER:
I saw a white one at the store the other day that looked nice under 600.

I've got a black one that I do all my gaming on, it has a nice big screen and is super fast... the mouse pad is under the space-bar is is constantly repositioning my cursor as I type. This pisses me off.


A wireless USB mouse is your friend. Ditto for wireless USB keyboard.
Link Posted: 9/1/2010 6:26:04 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ultramagbrion:
Originally Posted By JarheadPatriot:
I have a new Satellite 501 and it's been great for $529



See , I liked my Satellite too , except for the CPU overheating thing , and I'd like to get another . The reviews are all pretty good too ....usually around 4 to 4.5 out of 5 stars .

Decisions ....decisions

My fault. It's a "L505". No overheating issues, so far.
Link Posted: 9/1/2010 6:39:37 PM EDT
May wan to look at the low voltage models. Better batter life FTW!
Link Posted: 9/1/2010 6:51:57 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Local:
Go to walmart and buy whatever is in your price range. Don't even sweat the specs- they don't matter for what your doing. Base the buy on price, size and what you think of the keyboard. CPU speed, RAM quanity, etc. are all going to be more then enough for web browsing and playing a DVD no matter what you buy.



+1

My work laptop crapped out while I was in Maine a few months back, ran to the nearest Walmart and picked up an HP for $599.
It's nice enough that my boss pulled rank and swiped it when the project was over
Link Posted: 9/1/2010 7:20:37 PM EDT
i have had my sony E series for about 4 months now, doing all the stuff you listed, and it hasnt had any problems.. i chose it because i liked the size of teh screen, the ten key, and the keys feel ten times better than any HP i have ever seen. just a thought...
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 7:26:02 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/5/2010 7:27:31 PM EDT by ultramagbrion]
Hey folks long time no ARFcom. I just figured out how to read/post from my iPod touch.
Yeah I know.....I'm old.

Not realy missing my computer but still...I need one for the speed and ease of bill paying and such.
Thanks for all the input and keep em coming
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 7:29:06 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/5/2010 7:32:21 PM EDT by 68_Mustang]
My next laptop will be an Alienware, but it is a few hundred out of your range.



I still love HP, have 3 of them. As far as Leveno, I have one at work, it works, but the plastic case feels cheap. Sometimes if I rest my palms on it, the cursor freezes. The USAR issued me a Dell. The backspace key popped off as I pulled it out of the box.
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 7:31:21 PM EDT
Get a dell

Make sure to buy a long accidental warranty.
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 7:32:50 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/5/2010 7:34:31 PM EDT by 68_Mustang]

Originally Posted By LuckyDucky:
Get a dell

Make sure to buy a long accidental warranty.

I would never, ever, buy a dell.

My daughter got one a couple years ago. It lasted 1 1/2 years, before it died.
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 7:38:11 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 68_Mustang:

Originally Posted By LuckyDucky:
Get a dell

Make sure to buy a long accidental warranty.

I would never, ever, buy a dell.

My daughter got one a couple years ago. It lasted 1 1/2 years, before it died.

OH GEE. They offer 2 and 3 year accidental warranties for ~$100.
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 7:41:25 PM EDT
From my experience:

Gateway has weak hinges for the monitor and the power adapter pin inside the computer is easy to break. (based on one I owned)

Dell has crappy keyboards and other issues with motherboards (based on my daughters computer and a army issued one)

Leveno has hard drive issues and the case is flimsy (based on the last 4 I have been issued at work)

HP is GTG unless you want the mini, which has a cheap keyboard, (based on 3 I have bought recently)

Link Posted: 9/5/2010 7:42:28 PM EDT

Originally Posted By LuckyDucky:

Originally Posted By 68_Mustang:

Originally Posted By LuckyDucky:
Get a dell

Make sure to buy a long accidental warranty.

I would never, ever, buy a dell.

My daughter got one a couple years ago. It lasted 1 1/2 years, before it died.

OH GEE. They offer 2 and 3 year accidental warranties for ~$100.
$100 bucks, I got one that the keys started to fall of as soon as it came out of the box.

Link Posted: 9/5/2010 7:52:09 PM EDT
I'm pretty sure you can pick up a Lenovo Thinkpad G460 i5 dual core 2.4ghz 4GB RAM, 500GB HD, Win7 for a little over $600 shipped.

Better bet would be to wait until the end of this month for quarter end sales and after the back-to-school rush is over - better specials will be available.

Watch Techbargains.com daily.
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 7:59:26 PM EDT

Originally Posted By scrum:
I'm pretty sure you can pick up a Lenovo Thinkpad G460 i5 dual core 2.4ghz 4GB RAM, 500GB HD, Win7 for a little over $600 shipped.

Better bet would be to wait until the end of this month for quarter end sales and after the back-to-school rush is over - better specials will be available.

Watch Techbargains.com daily.

Other than the cases being made of flimsy plasic, the Lenovo is a good computer. The area that worries me is the card slot on the left side of the computer. It gives with light pressure. We mount them in cars, and the hard drives last about 4 months, but I can't say if anything else would hold up to the same abuse.
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 8:01:33 PM EDT
Oh HELL........I forgot that it was " back to school" time.
Link Posted: 9/5/2010 8:11:04 PM EDT
Originally Posted By ultramagbrion:
The Sony VAIO's seem to get alot of decent reviews , anyone like em ?

MIL got one at Costco and was backed by good reviews on Newegg...so far it's great.
I bought an ASUS (not Acer) and could not be more pleased...also bought the ASUS 10" Netbook (EeePc?) and think that is killer for road/plane trips.

Check out Newegg for the reviews from geeks while you shop.

Link Posted: 9/5/2010 8:17:18 PM EDT

Originally Posted By OrARGB:
Originally Posted By ultramagbrion:
The Sony VAIO's seem to get alot of decent reviews , anyone like em ?

MIL got one at Costco and was backed by good reviews on Newegg...so far it's great.
I bought an ASUS (not Acer) and could not be more pleased...also bought the ASUS 10" Netbook (EeePc?) and think that is killer for road/plane trips.

Check out Newegg for the reviews from geeks while you shop.

I am impressed with the ASUS stuff, they even sale a netbook with Linux for the OS.

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