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Posted: 9/7/2010 1:24:18 PM EDT
Not looking for something to play video games, but want it to be fast and hold up for a while.

And something I can buy at one of the big stores, not really interested in ordering something from some smaller company.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 1:26:35 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/7/2010 1:28:29 PM EDT by MaddMan]
You could get one of the 13" mac book pros for a little over that,


But i like ASUS and Gateway Laptops both sold at Best Buy, just don't fall for any of BB bull shit about using the geek squad for anything.

EDIT: make sure you get at least 4GB RAM but more 1k you should be seeing them with 6GB

EDIT: you will get better performance out of the 1k Windows PC compared to a Mac/Apple branded PC
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 1:27:18 PM EDT
Add some money 13in Macbook Pro.

Posting from one right now.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 1:28:19 PM EDT
should have said No macs
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 1:29:53 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/7/2010 1:30:09 PM EDT by MaddMan]
Since no macs defiantly look at ASUS and Gateway for laptops stay far far away from HP/Acer laptops.

Will be going to BB Tomorrow to see what they have for laptops myself.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 1:32:44 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/7/2010 1:36:54 PM EDT by w12x40]
I've got an Asus gaming laptop last year - I forget which model. Some of the best hardware I've ever used. I love it. Battery life is shit, but it's not supposed to be a netbook. At work I have a Dell Precision portable workstation. It's been rock solid for four years of cad and structural analysis software, but I'm sure it cost more than $1K at the time. The only reason I've had to upgrade it is because Autocad 2011 is the epitome of bloatware.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 1:34:48 PM EDT
The best made laptops (maybe not the best performing) are Lenovo's business line. Dell's business laptops are decent too, but their consumer models are shit.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 1:37:27 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Chairborne:
The best made laptops (maybe not the best performing) are Lenovo's business line. Dell's business laptops are decent too, but their consumer models are shit.


This is 100% true, but I think only Staples has them sometimes, bet to order one direct from lenovo ThinkPad say away from the idealpad line.

Link Posted: 9/7/2010 1:38:21 PM EDT
Panasonic Toughbook
Very tough indeed.
I have an older model and its still running fine.
Been through 4 laptops since I retired it.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 1:40:29 PM EDT
I picked up an Asus G60 from bestbuy right before xmas last year, and for the money it was far and above anything else anywhere close to the pricerange. 4gb ram, GTX 260m video card (2nd best on market at the time), big harddrive, windows 7, 16" screen, zippy core2duo processor, and it was $890 or so before tax.

If you want to do *any* sort of gaming at all, shop by video card. I believe that notebookreviews.com keeps a ranking of all laptop video cards, shoot for something in the 10-30 ranking for the best bang for you buck.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 1:42:55 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/7/2010 1:44:40 PM EDT by MarkNH]
Look for a dell outlet coupon, I just picked up a 13.3" compact laptop with core i5-540m processor, 4gb ram, and a 256gb SSD (plus fingerprint reader, wireless-n, bluetooth, 8x dvd-rw, windows 7 professional) for $770 (regular non-outlet price without coupon for identical spec (inspiron e4310) is $2500 ).

ETA: the coupon I used may still be valid -

25% off any Dell Outlet Latitude laptop! Enter coupon code 1P766S17CDCJC9 at checkout at http://del.ly/6019Es1 – expires 9/8 - Online only.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 1:49:25 PM EDT
Whatever you do don't buy a piece of crap Dell laptop. I've had nothing but problems, even bought the warranty which they would not honor. I'd say Asus.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 1:56:01 PM EDT
ASUS is the shit right now.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 2:41:05 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/7/2010 2:41:34 PM EDT by MarkNH]
Originally Posted By fortyfive4life:
Whatever you do don't buy a piece of crap Dell laptop. I've had nothing but problems, even bought the warranty which they would not honor. I'd say Asus.


Almost every piece of Asus hardware I've owned has expired shortly after the warranty did. I've owned a ton of dells and only one had major problems, in that instance Dell replaced the 17" screen for free even though it was out of warranty. YMMV
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 2:50:23 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/7/2010 2:50:37 PM EDT by tyman]
Originally Posted By Sugarfree:
ASUS is the shit right now.




As is MSI.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 2:52:16 PM EDT
Lenovo. It's a rebranded IBM laptop.

Toshiba. I had one from work but it was heavy.

Panasonic Toughbook is way expensive for what you want.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 2:55:26 PM EDT
Originally Posted By 1911greg:
should have said No macs


Apple hardware is pretty darn good. You can put windows on it and never even see the Mac OS.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 2:56:06 PM EDT
http://www.ibuypower.com/Store/Battalion_101_CZ-11_Ultra_Gaming_Laptop

I realize you said no on boutique systems. But the above is pretty uber all things considered.

Otherwise, I am on the Asus or Lenovo train with everyone else.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 2:57:08 PM EDT
Lap top

what do you think of this one?
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 2:59:02 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 3:02:33 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 1911greg:
how bout this one

Good machine, big and heavy, but also solid and reliable.
Link Posted: 9/7/2010 3:03:51 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/7/2010 3:07:00 PM EDT by gazukull]
Both of those systems are pretty suck in the memory department, especially at that price point.

What about something like this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834220746

or if you don't want a 17"

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834220739
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