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Best laptops for 500-700 USD?

#11PsythikPosted 2/22/2014 8:36:44 PM
Bazooka_Penguin posted...
What about the HP Probook 450 G1 or Dell Inspiron 15?
DELLs are okay, but their motherboards used to be notorious for going bad. I don't know if that's still the case, this was back in 08. I had two boards die on me in the same laptop; thankfully I had the four year warranty.
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#12Bazooka_Penguin(Topic Creator)Posted 2/22/2014 8:36:51 PM
Just word, powerpoint, etc.
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#13DoramiPosted 2/22/2014 9:09:53 PM(edited)
The ProBook is a business laptop. This means you are paying a premium for business features. I believe this means better customer support, which might be exactly what you want, but I'm not that familiar with HP's support system (Dell and Lenovo use the model I described).

It has rather low battery life and bad resolution, so I do not suggest it. When working in Word, I find it useful to be able to have 2 windows side by side with reasonable comfort, for using information in 1 window for work in the other, though it's possible your workflow doesn't involve referencing documents in another window while working in Word.

One thing you want to be careful about is getting 15" and larger laptops. While a larger screen means it can display larger text, most 15" laptops this generation has a number pad. This makes number entry much easier, but it's at the cost of pushing the keyboard and touchpad off the center of the screen. I find this configuration uncomfortable enough that I would not want a laptop with a built in number pad (I carry a USB number pad).

If you like the HP ProBook, Lenovo's Thinkpad E and Dell's Latitude 3000 series are the equivalents. Frankly, I think the Thinkpad E440 or E540 is better than the HP ProBook for you, offering better battery life, a more robust M processor, and a stronger Intel HD 4600 IGP. I am not a fan of the Thinkpad E series in general (it's consumer grade build with low end business class support), but it's probably the best you can get in that price range as far as business laptops go.
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#14Bazooka_Penguin(Topic Creator)Posted 2/23/2014 9:00:16 AM(edited)
The Thinkpad E440 might not be bad, but one last bump

Looking at this:
http://www.notebookcheck.com/Test-Lenovo-ThinkPad-Edge-E540-20C60041-Notebook.108272.0.html

The Lenovo E450 (I really can't tell the difference between it and the E440) only gets 4.5 hours on wifi.
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#15DoramiPosted 2/23/2014 9:56:03 AM
Two things about that review:
1. It's driving a bigger screen compared to the E440.

2. It's using the 48 Wh battery. You can upgrade the battery to 62 Wh for $10 in the customize screen, though the larger capacity battery is physically larger, so the back of the laptop will be raised.
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#16Bazooka_Penguin(Topic Creator)Posted 2/23/2014 3:10:16 PM
Dorami posted...
Two things about that review:
1. It's driving a bigger screen compared to the E440.

2. It's using the 48 Wh battery. You can upgrade the battery to 62 Wh for $10 in the customize screen, though the larger capacity battery is physically larger, so the back of the laptop will be raised.


I don't see any option for change the battery.
http://shopap.lenovo.com/au/en/laptops/thinkpad/edge-series/e440/
When you actually go to customize it, it says the battery is 48whr and there aren't any options to change it
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#17DoramiPosted 2/23/2014 6:17:55 PM
...You're buying this in Australia? Is there anything else we should know before we make the recommendation?
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#18BigTee66Posted 2/23/2014 7:23:34 PM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834230594

This is the laptop i use. It surprisingly plays most modern on meduim-low settings, not suited for battlefields and call of dutys. I can max most Source games on this thing without a problem.

Sad that the things sold out
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#19Bazooka_Penguin(Topic Creator)Posted 2/23/2014 7:30:14 PM
Dorami posted...
...You're buying this in Australia? Is there anything else we should know before we make the recommendation?


Oh, just wrong link.

In any case, thanks for all the help but the person I was buying for already got a laptop.
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