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I want to buy a laptop (NOT FOR GAMING) just a regular laptop.

#11Lady UnePosted 11/3/2013 11:42:17 AM
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00COR29XI

Have seen that particular model around $400 a couple times.
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#12JKatarnPosted 11/3/2013 11:46:54 AM
If you want good battery life and durability you're going to have to pay for it. Any lower priced laptop will meet your other criteria, but those are going to be sticking points. The best in terms of durability is probably still the "toughbook" series, but those are of course fairly expensive as they're intended for construction/law enforcement/military etc. environments.
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#13unknown2226Posted 11/3/2013 2:02:43 PM
Macbooks have awesome build quality and battery life. And for the specs, build quality, battery life they are not overpriced.
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#14gawado(Topic Creator)Posted 11/4/2013 8:37:15 AM
Thanks for the rec guys! Also to add, while I appreciate the suggestion, no Apple laptops since they're not to my style.

And I think I'd be willing to try Windows 7 even though I've been using XP for the past 12 years ongoing, but I don't think I'd like Windows 8 at all if my friend's copy of the software is any indication of what it's like. Like there was no start button, my eyes went like this: O_O

But otherwise, I don't know much about it, just general apprehensiveness about learning a new software after 10 years of using the same one and knowing it by heart.
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#15PhilOnDezPosted 11/4/2013 9:17:30 AM
http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-X550LA-DH51-15-6-Inch-Laptop-Silver/dp/B00F0RE018/
Haswell i5, 15.6" 1366x768 screen, 5 hour battery, 1" thick (with built in ODD)), 5 pounds, windows 8.

Seems pretty good for $600, you're going to have a hard time finding something with windows 7 at this point in time unless you install it yourself. It could have a better screen but that's about the only thing I don't like on it personally, but I don't think it's that bad at that size, plus I think the GPU on it could handle some light gaming at that resolution.
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#16gawado(Topic Creator)Posted 11/4/2013 9:28:53 AM
Well I have no frame of reference either way for those two as again, I've just been using XP the past decade+
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#17I_Am_On_FirePosted 11/4/2013 9:35:14 AM
Windows 8 is fine. Although there's no start button, you just click the same area of the screen (bottom left), and you can always just get another program to give you the start menu back if you really want it.
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#18PhilOnDezPosted 11/4/2013 9:51:30 AM
Yeah, I don't know if there's any that have been updated for 8.1 but there's programs that give you back either a start button and/or the classic start menu back, depending on your preferences. I think 8.1 brought back the start button natively, though it takes you to the metro screen. It's not the classic start menu like there's been with every windows OS I've ever personally used (Going back to Win 98).
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#19sonic_man00Posted 11/8/2013 8:45:39 AM
I got 2 for ya.

Gateway Netbook. Had it for 3 months. Plays Indie games good, And has like a 8 hour battery. $199 dollars without warrenty.

Toshiba Satellite Notebook. Had it for 7-8 months, Love it to death. Games pre-06 run amazing, 06-08 games run too, 08-10 run on low, Anything other then that, won't work. Battery is a little low though, Hitting above 3 hours, Sometimes 4. $320 dollars without warrenty.

Both are good. Still miss that Netbook's battery..
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#20este914Posted 11/8/2013 9:59:10 AM
Maybe
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA24G15M2114
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