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3 laptop choices, need advice

by Battletoads / July 5, 2013 11:21 PM PDT

Sorry if this is in the wrong section, but I could use some help

I need a new laptop primarily for general school stuff, as well as downloading some movies and being able to watch 1080p videos smoothly.

I've got 3 choices, summarized here:

Lenovo B560 - $500
Windows7 (which I like), i3-350m @ 2.53 GHz, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD

Lenovo V460 - $400
Windows7, i5-450m @ 2.4 GHz, 4GB RAM, 320GB HDD

Dell Inspiring - on sale for $450, regular price $700
Windows8 (never tried, kinda apprehensive of using a new OS), i3-3217u @ 1.8 GHz, 6Gb RAM, 500GB HDD and 32GB SSD

My current laptop is a Gateway NV53, so anyone of these is an upgrade. Small HDD space and battery life will not affect my decision.

On paper, the inspiron seems like the best. Kinda concerned of its processor speed (1.8 GHz) as it is less than my current laptop. My gut is telling me to go with one of the lenovos, but I would like some advice before I do

Thanks in advance!

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Looks like great choices.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 6, 2013 3:14 AM PDT

I picked up a deal on a smaller model at with less GHz and it plays 1080p just fine. The screen is not 1080p on the models I checked for you.

The office has a Lenovo y530 which is fine but it's getting old and less used at the office as newer laptops are around but it's very similar in my view to the b560.

Odd, why is 1080 play when there is no 1080 screen a concern?

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Nice model.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 8, 2013 3:32 AM PDT
In reply to: I would go with this
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by twangwang / July 9, 2013 1:52 AM PDT

I would suggest to go for the lenovo V460, since it has a higher processing speed and 320 GB is more than enough for the purpose you will be using the computer for. 4GB RAM is more than enough as well. The price is reasonable too. So go for this one!

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