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PLEASE help me pick a laptop SOON!!

by newmomto1 / November 8, 2009 7:06 AM PST

I am in major need of help picking a laptop.
I have never owned a laptop before.
This will be REPLACING our home desktop...and it will be our main & only computer.
I use it for email, internet, selling on ebay. BUT, I might also be interested in starting to edit home videos of our kids.
I am looking in the $550-$650 range.
I want something FAST, DURABLE, and RELIABLE
I would prefer to get something from Best Buy since it is convenient for us.
We need something SOON because we are having MAJOR issues with our desktop.
These are some of the ones I have considered. I would LOVE opinion on these but am also open to others:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Sony+-+VAIO+Laptop+with+Intel%26%23174%3B+Core%26%23153%3B2+Duo+Processor+-+Brown/9556161.p?id=1218124205643&skuId=9556161

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Toshiba+-+Satellite+Laptop+with+Intel%26%23174%3B+Core%26%23153%3B2+Duo+Processor+-+Midnight+Breeze/9549045.p?id=1218122295053&skuId=9549045

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+-+Laptop+with+Intel%26%23174%3B+Core%26%23153%3B2+Duo+Processor+-+Merlot/9556036.p?id=1218124204238&skuId=9556036

THANKS SO MUCH!!!!!!!!

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Sadly
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 9, 2009 12:29 AM PST

I've yet to find all three qualities for that price. But you did make some OK choices.

Can you tell us more about durable? Some need those TOUGHBOOKS since they are too rough on these machines.
Bob

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How married are you to that price range?
by RonS [WINDOWS-TEAM] / November 9, 2009 6:47 AM PST

You can find some laptops that will fit the bill, but you most likely won't find them in that price range - not going to say you won't absolutely, but probably not.

You might want to give this new Windows tool a try, though. It's called PC Scout and it lets you use sliders and whatnot to change the search criteria and then spits out the laptops that are in that range. It's kinda cool.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/pc-scout/laptop-set-criteria.aspx?mode=landing

Cheers,

Ron

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FAST, DURABLE, RELIABLE.....and CHEAP don't mix well
by d_adams / November 12, 2009 1:45 AM PST

You going to have trouble with the price range when it comes to speed and reliability. My advice is, go to Best Buy, and try out all the machines there. Even the desktops. Then, take home the one that fits your needs best.

Reason I said desktops is that you'll very likely find that they happen to be a good deal cheaper and include much better components than the laptops. In a laptop, your paying for a battery and an ultra thin LCD panel. I also suspect they charge more because laptops are so popular. For you, however, it looks like you don't really need one.

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If it were me I would
by orlbuckeye / November 12, 2009 2:04 AM PST

buy the Asus because of the battery life. Everything else is about the same on those laptops. I would go test them out at Best Buy to see if there are things you like. I was torn between Asus and Hp and going to play with the HP i discovered I like the sound better and that wasn't listed in the specs.

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