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Indecisive over laptop

by QuietBlackCat / March 10, 2012 1:47 PM PST

I am replacing an HP Pavilion dv6853cl. At least that's what it says on the sticker at the bottom of the machine. The System Information from the machine says dv6700.

I have been researching laptops for two weeks now and getting confused at all the specs and information available. But I'd like to get a new laptop soon, as I now have to depend on other people's laptops and the college computers.

What I know I want is a multiuse laptop - not just for college, but for watching DVDs, putting in CDs, preferably CD-ROMS too, even though I don't game so much anymore. Burning CDs and DVDs, USB flashdrive that accepts 2.0 at least, allows for fast internet and wifi, a lot of memory - preferably more than my old laptop - good processor and graphics card, those memory card reader things for digital cameras and the like. Good screen resolution. Blu-Ray drive is optional, though nice.

I need to be able to transfer my files from the old computer to the new one. Granted, that would be hard because of the freezes and shutdowns of the old one. But even though I backed up my files on a WD passport, the occasional weirdness of the thing ever since I chose to get a new laptop and the fact that it now tells me the backup was only partial, worries me. Well, that is another issue, not for this thread. The point is I want a laptop that would let me transfer the old stuff, if necessary, and let me use it.

Not Apple, please.

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What say you?

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Don't know how to edit post, so here is something I forgot.
by QuietBlackCat / March 10, 2012 1:51 PM PST
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I forgot to add that under a thousand dollars is best.

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One more way to save those files.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 11, 2012 4:14 AM PDT
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The dv6000 line lets me remove the HDD with just one to three screws and it's free to be put into some USB case for use later.

The costco link failed but they have a great extended warranty (costco) so any TV or Laptop is better from them.

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by QuietBlackCat / March 11, 2012 6:50 AM PDT

I didn't know that. I'll have to investigate how to do it. So if I do it and it works, does it let me just copy the files onto a new computer like any storage device?

The model I was linking to is HP dm4-3013CL:
Core™ i5-2450M 2.5GHz
Beats Audio
Integrated Webcam & Fingerprint Reader
8x DVDR/RW Drive

I'd be happy to buy from Costco, especially since I'd just have to go there and get it instead, only they have a limited selection of laptops, at least in the physical store I went to last week. So I'd like to know how good the options I have there are, for what I want. Then when I go online the selection is so big it's confusing. The laptop finder narrowed it down to many Sony VAIO laptops similar to each other, with a few other brands sprinkled in.

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Sorry for this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 11, 2012 3:33 PM PDT
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HP has earned a black mark in my book for a failed repair in warranty and losing a laptop over it. I'm unconvinced they can repair their laptops today.

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