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Help me choose the best laptop please.

by GrandChamp13 / December 29, 2009 9:46 PM PST

Hi, I'm looking to purchase a nice laptop but because it is such a big investment, I really want to make sure I'm making the best possible choice.

I want one that is very, very fast. I'm looking at i7 processors.

A great video card is important as well as customer service and price. I'm looking to be under $1000, hopefully.

I'm not sure how important Bluray and screen size/resolution will be to me, that's why I'm asking lol.

I know I want to have great range for wifi and a preferably webcam. I've also looked into Facial Recognition and Fingerprint scanner. Is this worth it?

Here is what I'm looking at so far:

Lenovo y550 i7- $999.99 free shipping
I7 720qm processor
15'6" screen 1366 x 768 resolution
500GB 5400rpm Hard Disk

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The Asus I was looking at.
by GrandChamp13 / December 29, 2009 10:08 PM PST

This is the ASUS I was looking at.

ASUS g51vx- 999.99 free shipping
Core 2 Duo P7350 2.0ghz processor
15'6" screen 1366 x 768 resolution
4gb DDR2 800mhz RAM
320gb sata2 7200rpm **ssd available** Hard Disk
DVD+RW Super Multi Double Layer **Blu-Ray available**
nVidia GeForce GTX 260M 1GB GDDR3 VRAM Video Card
Windows Vista64 Home Premium with windows 7 upgrade coupon
Backlit Keyboard
Link Below

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Here's some additional info
by GrandChamp13 / December 29, 2009 10:54 PM PST

1) What is your budget? Trying to stay under $1000

2) What size notebook would you prefer?
14'' - 16''

3) Where will you buying this notebook?
Doesn't matter

4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
IDK I want good customer service. The only company I have had really good service from is Apple but I'm not sure if the specs are worth the money.

5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
Only with a 1+year warranty

6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
I'm a student, I want it for multitasking. I wanna be able to have 20 tabs open and Itunes running while updating my computer without it slowing down lol. I'm not a gamer but I'm like to beable to play games if I ever want to.

7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
I will take it everywhere.

Cool Will you be playing games on your notebook? If so, please state which games or types of games?
Not sure yet. But I want it gaming capable I guess

9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
More is always better

10) Would you prefer to see the notebooks you're considering before purchasing it or buying a notebook on-line without seeing it is OK?
Either is fine

11) What OS do you prefer?
Windows 7 i guess

16) How much hard drive space do you need; 80GB to 640GB? Do you want a SSD drive?
Not sure if it matters I've never used more that half of my space

17) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a CDRW/DVD-ROM, DVD Burner or Blu-Ray drive?
the best i can get for a good price

Sorry, This is the first computer I am buying myself. I want to get the right one.

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No Returns Accepted
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 29, 2009 10:56 PM PST

Right there is a killer on one deal.

Go with the other one.

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Oh thanks
by GrandChamp13 / December 29, 2009 11:12 PM PST
In reply to: No Returns Accepted

Didn't see that. ok but I can find the other one somewhere else.

These aren't my only options.

I just really want advice to get amazing laptop, It doesn't have to be one of these.

Any suggestions? Any advice at all?

Thanks again

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You found one.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 29, 2009 11:18 PM PST
In reply to: Oh thanks

You can keep looking, every week another new machine or find. I've learned to just make a comment where I see trouble or if I know of one that seems to fit, offer that. As the units change daily it seems I have to stick to a plan.

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by GrandChamp13 / December 29, 2009 11:32 PM PST
In reply to: You found one.

I like the one I found but I want to talk to some people who know what there doing to make sure I'm not making a mistake. Thanks for the help

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Bluray is for watching Bluray only.
by orlbuckeye / December 31, 2009 12:59 AM PST

Bluray at that price is readonly. SO if your not going to watch or hook your laptop to a HDTV you don't need Bluray. The resolution for the best entertainment laptops is 1920 x 1080. The 1080 is where 1080p comes from. The best 1080p laptops are the 18.4" screens. Plus you have to remember that with a better graphics card on the laptop you are limited to the resolution of the screen that comes with it and will be able to put out a 1080p to a HDTV.

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Ummm. any suggestions?
by GrandChamp13 / December 31, 2009 9:27 AM PST

I'm looking for tons of speed (is i7 worth it?)

Great multitasking capabilities

I'm a student so I would like the screen to be 13-16in

I am not a gamer but i want to be able to run games decently on the system.

Please help be I've gone through hundreds of laptops and still don't knwo what I want lol

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At the top of the forum
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 31, 2009 11:07 AM PST
In reply to: Ummm. any suggestions?

Are a few laptop pickers. I hesitate to pick out any model because the story is unclear.

At least you are not looking for a gamer laptop with 1GB dedicated video, i7 CPU, and 12 hour battery life for 599 bucks.

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