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9 choices -- help me narrow it down please :)

by kickrz / June 1, 2013 2:40 AM PDT

I basically use my computer for surfing, uploading pics, downloading files and watching tv-show/movies....basic stuff but I need it to be reliable and fast. I hate

My plan was to head in and purchase the first one on my list but if I am heading in I would like to see a few other options.

I want longeitivty and a few frills
So what would YOUR top 5 in order be?

1. Lenovo IdeaPad 15.6" Laptop - Black (Intel Core i3-3120M / 750GB HDD / 8GB RAM / Windows Cool : 15" Laptops - Future Shop

2. Acer Aspire V3 Series 15.6" Laptop (Intel Core i3-2348M/ 750 GB HDD/ 6 GB RAM/ Windows Cool : 15" Laptops - Future Shop

3. Acer Aspire V-Series 15.6" Touchscreen Laptop - Silver (Intel Core i3-3217U / 750GB HDD / 8GB RAM) : 15" Laptops - Future Shop

4. Acer Aspire V3 15.6" Laptop - Black (Intel Core i3-2328M / 750GB HDD / 6GB RAM / Windows Cool : 15" Laptops - Future Shop

5. Toshiba Satellite 17.3" Laptop - Silver (Intel Core i3-2328M/640GB HDD/6GB RAM/Windows Cool - Refurb : Refurbished Laptops - Future Shop

Not sure I want a smaller screen but am open to seeing it if the specs are alright
6. Asus Vivobook 11.6" Touchscreen Laptop (Intel Core i3-3217U/ 500G HDD/ 4GB RAM/ Windows 8)-English : Ultrabooks - Future Shop

7. ASUS S Series S56CA 15.6" Laptop - Black (Intel Core i5-3317U /24GB SSD 750GB HDD/6GB RAM/Windows Cool : 15" Laptops - Future Shop

8. Lenovo IdeaPad 15.6" Laptop - Grey (Intel Core i5-3210M / 750GB HDD / 6GB RAM) - English-Refurbished : Refurbished Laptops - Future Shop

9. ASUS 11.6" Touchscreen Laptop - Black (Intel Core i5-3317U/ 500GB HDD/ 4GB RAM/ Windows Cool - English : Netbooks - Future Shop

I *think* I have it narrowed down to the Lenovo
refurbished i5 and the 1st lenovo I3
But not sure if the lower RAM in the i5 is an issue?
Will I even notice?
Also can I add RAM?

The I3 I can run and grab today where the i5 I have to wait to ship.

Would appreciate any help -- even top 3 or 4 would be perfect!

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I'd go with #7
by wpgwpg / June 1, 2013 3:13 AM PDT

Asus has a great reputation. 6 GB is plenty of RAM for almost everything. I barely noticed when I upgraded my laptop (with I5 CPU) from 4 to 8 GB. You have a wide range of display sizes - I like the 15". For me anything smaller is too small and anything bigger is too bulky but YMMV.
Good luck.

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by kickrz / June 1, 2013 3:45 AM PDT
In reply to: I'd go with #7

So Asus over Lenovo -- what about the other NON refurbished Lenovo.

I really need to make a decision soon -- I work in direct sales so use my computer non-stop and this little thing I am working on SUCKS!

I did ask on another forum and they had me leaning towards Acer or Lenovo.
Now here Asus seems to be a clear favourite here.

Can you possible provide top 3?
I just want to walk in with a few in mind and not "test" out a few.

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I know Asus is good & Lenovo bought IBM's PC div
by wpgwpg / June 1, 2013 6:33 AM PDT
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I know Asus is good & Lenovo bought IBM's PC division a number of years ago. I know Lenovo is a Chinese company, but beyond that I've never known anyone who has anything from Lenovo. And I'm not a fan of Acer, FWIW.

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7 or 9 to me.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 1, 2013 3:27 AM PDT

8 got tossed because you are at Future Shop. The horror stories of open/refurbs there make #8 one I would not consider from this company.

An item like #9 but with the core i3 was being blown out on Woot yesterday for 299 bucks. It appears the Windows 8 train wreck is resulting in fire sales.

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