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Asus laptop... to many choices

by violetknight / April 26, 2013 7:44 AM PDT

I plan on buying an Asus laptop from Best Buy but I am unsure of what model. They all seem very similar. My main concern is the speakers, I like to listen to music and watch movies a lot so the sound quality is important. I also want a fast processor and depending on which one I choose I'll upgrade the RAM to 8 GB. At least 15 in screen. I want one for under $600. If you look on the Best Buy site there are many to choose from.

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I wouldn't count on great speakers in a 15" model
by wpgwpg / April 26, 2013 8:13 AM PDT

You can get a very good laptop for under $600, but in the 15" models, the speakers will produce little or no bass in any model I've ever seen. Depending on your needs, you can get excellent sound quality in $20 headphones, or you could plug the earphone jack to a home stereo or home theater system.
Happy shopping.

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Laptop with good speakers?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 26, 2013 8:36 AM PDT

That would be a first. However I'm typing on Asus K55N that goes for 380 bucks on Amazon and it's a steal in my book. RAM? Just put in 16GB since prices have crashed. For 99 bucks a Hybrid 1TB HDD too. Still under the 600 mark too.

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Laptop choice
by MikeAanders / April 26, 2013 10:03 PM PDT

If you are predominantly going to use your laptop for multimedia applications, you do not need an ultra fast CPU, or huge amount of RAM. If you are going to use it "on the move" a lot, then battery life between recharges is extremely important. Some laptops (even big names) give a battery life of a mere 2 hours. I went for HP, my model gives me a genuine 10 hours. As for screen, ask to see a demo of the different screens to determine the best performance (or take in a USB stick with a good quality video on it to compare, preferably an avi file so that unmodified Windows Media Player will recognise it).
Sound from a laptop is certainly not hi-fi, even when played through good headphones (the audio circuitry is really an afterthought). After extensive searches of reviews on the internet I purchased the Panasonic RP-HTX7 headphones for around £33 (better quality than many £100 headphones). Then I purchased the Creative Labs X-Fi HD USB sound box (around £100). The sound quality is amazing, and the Creative box has outputs that enable me to play through my hi-fi too.
Hard drive space is essential, a minimum of 1TB. When you run out of space, you can purchase USB hard drives (2TB is the optimum in terms of price).

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