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In the market for a laptop. Clueless and feeling a bit overwhelmed.

#1BugmeatPosted 9/24/2013 1:12:02 PM(edited)
It's been along time since I've picked out a PC. Processor options were fairly limited and the only thing that really mattered was the speed. There seems to be so many of them out there now and I don't even know where to go to find out which ones are decent and which ones are garbage. It doesn't help that it seems every laptop I look at has a different processor. So yeah, feeling a bit overwhelmed here. Some advice, some suggestions or even just a place to start would be really appreciated.

My budget is $400-$500. Gaming on it is not a concern. I just need a good solid laptop that won't be annoyingly slow 4 years from now. My previous one, which recently died on me would tend to slow down when I would watch a movie in one window and do something else in another, which I do quite often. It didn't really like a lot of flash games either as it would take twice as long to load them as other laptops in the house. It didn't even like youtube much anymore. It was a hand me down and I was happy to have it. But now that I can get a new one I'd like to avoid those issues.

This one had been recently suggested to me. It is currently out of stock there. I thought it might be prudent to get some more opinions or advice while I wait for it to get restocked (everyone else seems to want nearly $100 more for it).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834312821

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#2JavelinPosted 9/24/2013 1:12:48 PM
This one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834230987
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#3CloudZ1116Posted 9/24/2013 1:14:54 PM
That one looks nice and all, but it only has 1366 x 768 res on a 15.6" screen. I don't know how they get away with that while using a discrete graphics chip, but I feel like they must be gimping on something (most likely the display).
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#4Bugmeat(Topic Creator)Posted 9/24/2013 1:25:39 PM
I tend to keep them connected to my TV and just sit back on the couch with a wireless keyboard and mouse, so the display isn't really an issue for me. I'd rather they skimp on the display and put a little more inside. But that one is right there at the maximum and once tax and shipping are included it'll be over. I'm not paying for it so I kind of feel obligated to come in a little under.

Even though it spends most of it's time connected to the TV I do like the option of it being portable when I do need to take it somewhere.


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#5Bugmeat(Topic Creator)Posted 9/24/2013 4:30:40 PM
Is there anything obviously wrong with either of these?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834314150

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834216600

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#6self-immolationPosted 9/24/2013 4:58:11 PM
Javelin posted...
This one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834230987


610m

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#7JKatarnPosted 9/24/2013 5:41:33 PM
Bugmeat posted...
It's been along time since I've picked out a PC. Processor options were fairly limited and the only thing that really mattered was the speed. There seems to be so many of them out there now and I don't even know where to go to find out which ones are decent and which ones are garbage. It doesn't help that it seems every laptop I look at has a different processor. So yeah, feeling a bit overwhelmed here. Some advice, some suggestions or even just a place to start would be really appreciated.

My budget is $400-$500. Gaming on it is not a concern. I just need a good solid laptop that won't be annoyingly slow 4 years from now. My previous one, which recently died on me would tend to slow down when I would watch a movie in one window and do something else in another, which I do quite often. It didn't really like a lot of flash games either as it would take twice as long to load them as other laptops in the house. It didn't even like youtube much anymore. It was a hand me down and I was happy to have it. But now that I can get a new one I'd like to avoid those issues.

This one had been recently suggested to me. It is currently out of stock there. I thought it might be prudent to get some more opinions or advice while I wait for it to get restocked (everyone else seems to want nearly $100 more for it).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834312821


Choose one.
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#8TruthtelaPosted 9/24/2013 5:53:36 PM
JKatarn posted...
Bugmeat posted...
It's been along time since I've picked out a PC. Processor options were fairly limited and the only thing that really mattered was the speed. There seems to be so many of them out there now and I don't even know where to go to find out which ones are decent and which ones are garbage. It doesn't help that it seems every laptop I look at has a different processor. So yeah, feeling a bit overwhelmed here. Some advice, some suggestions or even just a place to start would be really appreciated.

My budget is $400-$500. Gaming on it is not a concern. I just need a good solid laptop that won't be annoyingly slow 4 years from now. My previous one, which recently died on me would tend to slow down when I would watch a movie in one window and do something else in another, which I do quite often. It didn't really like a lot of flash games either as it would take twice as long to load them as other laptops in the house. It didn't even like youtube much anymore. It was a hand me down and I was happy to have it. But now that I can get a new one I'd like to avoid those issues.

This one had been recently suggested to me. It is currently out of stock there. I thought it might be prudent to get some more opinions or advice while I wait for it to get restocked (everyone else seems to want nearly $100 more for it).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834312821


Choose one.


Doesn't really apply in this case...
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#9PyrotechnixxxPosted 9/24/2013 6:03:20 PM
What I'd recommend is getting whatever laptop suits your fancy, and then putting a SSD drive in it. Most of the "slowdown" people associate with a computer is due to the limited speed of their hard drive.
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#10Black_King945Posted 9/24/2013 9:17:00 PM
This one is 550, but appears to be an end of life model with a very nice discount, good resolution for the screen size, i5 processor.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834230988

Avoiding the annoying slowdown you are worried about can be achieved by wiping the operating system yearly, disabling unnecessary manufacturer software, and avoiding any drops/shock that will cause premature hard drive failure.

Also, when you say you are worried about them 'gimping' on the display, keep in mind you are looking for a budget laptop, gimping is the name of the game.
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