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Need help choosing between two laptops

I'm in the market for a new, reasonably priced laptop. After looking around, the primary two that I'm considering are the Gateway T-6836 and the Acer Aspire 5520-5281. I don't know a lot about computers, but from my limited knowlege, it seems that the Gateway might be the better deal, all things considered. Any thoughts?

I apologize if this is posted in the wrong place. I'm new to the forums, so I'm still feeling my away around.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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Link about.

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CNET Review

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Yeah, I read that review. Sounds like a pretty good deal. Best Buy has them right now for $650. Not bad at all...

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I would never

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get a Gateway. I'm always out replacing parts in them. They don't use quality hardware in my opinion.

~Sovereign

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Thanks for the input!

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Thanks for your input, Sovereign. I actually went to Best Buy and looked at the Gateway tonight, and honestly I wasn't that impressed once I put my hands on it. I'm probably going back to ground zero and starting over. What would you recommend? I'm definitely open to suggestions at this point...

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For a few hundred less.

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Did you see those Dells at the usual office stores like Staples?

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I bought a HP

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laptop in 2004 and it's still running nicely. I just recently bought another HP laptop about 4 months ago (to keep up with technology) and absolutely love it. If there is such thing as perfect, my new laptop is.

I would look on HP's website, pick a laptop in your budget, customize it to your needs and post the specs here so we can review it if you like. If HP doesn't fit your needs, I would take a look at Dell next and then perhaps Toshiba and Lenovo. Also, search on HP coupons. I save $500 on my laptop with a coupon on the internet.

You may want to check newegg.com or ecost.com for HP and Dell laptops - you may get a good deal there.

Thinks to think about on a laptop are battery life, screen size, weight, cpu, hard drive size, memory (ram), graphics card, wireless card, usb ports, webcam, microphone, bluetooth, operating system, 32-bit or 64-bit, dvd drive (dvd/cd burner, lightscribe, dual layer). Think about what you care about most, what you would like and what you can live without. Once you kind if figure out what it is you want, it's much easier to shop because you have a target.

~Sovereign

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