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oh lonesome road for you
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Keep in mind that I'm broke.

It should be less than 700 dollars (hopefully) and I would like it to be durable.

Also needs good anti-virus so I can look at porno

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Kidding.



I want something I can try out before I buy because ergonomics are important. On that note I like the HP Pavillion DV6, but reliability reviews seem mixed. Also looking at the Toshiba Satellite L645 something or other. I have heard good things about some of the Lenovo Thinkpads but I can't find anywhere to see them in person.

Uses are pretty standard I guess. I will need to do a lot of word processing, internet, and excel stuff. Thinking into the future I would like to be able to use ArcGIS, though not all the time.

I don't have any specific questions other than a plea of "help me!" so I...what should I buy?
 

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Beetpull DeLite
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I think Office Depot carries some of the ThinkPads in store. If I needed a laptop I'd go with a ThinkPad without bothering to look at anything else.
 

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Take a look at the Sony EA or EB series, I have a couple of Vaios and I think they're pretty nice. Much more appealing than a Thinkpad (which I used to have for work.) Bought my kid an EB for graduation, she loves it.

Those two come with i5, 640GB and Win 7 Pro which for the money are decent places to start.

Pavillions are love/hate - I have one now for work and it's one of the two chief models we use (60,000 person company). I have friends who have been through 5 or more HP's due to failure.
 

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ipad?
 

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Yea, a Mac is about $1,700 for a tiny 13" screen etc. but it will come in white and have a nice Apple logo on it.
Dude, get a Dell :D
 

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ASUS UL series....


Srsly...

Chiclet keys, similar to a Apple....dual core processor, and a whole host of different features for energy savings.

When I turn them all on, I can get about 10 hours of battery life.

OH, and it's only 1" thick, and weighs less than 5 pounds.

It's about 700 or so. I would say however, that it is not really a gaming computer, so it's more of a business, personal computer.

I would at least check it out, I've had one since last february, and highly recommend it.

Here's the one I have..

http://usa.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=QqP6p1vDWwn0IIzZ
 

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I bought an HP G62 219WM dual core intel T4500 2.3 gHZ, 3 gig ram dvd /lightscribe, 320 gig hdd for $425 in August. I don't game so it works just fine for me. My last laptop (also an HP performed flawlessly for 5 years)

I bought a Compaq desktop with AMD dual core, 2.7 gHZ, 3 gig ram, 500 gig hdd for $299 at the end of last October

edit...oh both have win7 home premium, 64 bit
 

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oh lonesome road for you
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Ambivalent about Macs. They're designed nice but there are still weird incompatibility issues with some programs, and they cost way too much.

I wanted to try out some of the Thinkpads but couldn't find any locally. Ergonomics is a high priority for me. So based on that I ordered the Pavillion. There are some reports of durability issues, but most people seem to like them, and the problems appear to show up early, within the warranty period. Other people don't like the touchpad but it felt fine to me, and I use a mouse most of the time anyways.

Thanks for the suggestions though.

I thought about getting a cheaper HP, but again liked the keyboard of the Dv6. I don't game but I might need to run ArcGIS in at least a limited way on this thing in the future so I didn't want to go too cheap.
 

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m_s said:
Ambivalent about Macs. They're designed nice but there are still weird incompatibility issues with some programs, and they cost way too much.

I wanted to try out some of the Thinkpads but couldn't find any locally. Ergonomics is a high priority for me. So based on that I ordered the Pavillion. There are some reports of durability issues, but most people seem to like them, and the problems appear to show up early, within the warranty period. Other people don't like the touchpad but it felt fine to me, and I use a mouse most of the time anyways.

Thanks for the suggestions though.
fwiw, if it has the same touch pad I have , the biggest problem is that it is textured AND is the same surface (and level) as the surrounding surface. So if it ain't responding, look down and make sure your finger is ON the touchpad, because you cannot tell by feel
 

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See if you can find a re-conditioned Dell or HP business unit, or a unit that was sold and sold back to Dell/HP. They often come with extended warranty's. I've been using HP business units for almost 3 years and other then replacing batteries they've been incredibly reliable.

My opinion is that HP gets a bad rap and that many of their "home" laptops from Best Buys and the like are junk, but that the business oriented machines are very reliable. FWIW, I've got 6 years on an HP desktop running XP Home with no issues. The business units run XP Pro and have none of the bloatware the home machines come with. I do love Mac's, using them at work on occasion, but they are way too much money for what they deliver. Seems 50% increase in cost just to get the Mac logo. Screw that !.

My next machine will have Win7 Pro as that's generally regarded as much better then Vista and as good or better then XP Pro.

SB
 
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