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Buying a New Laptop: Need suggestions

Hello,

I am buying a new laptop for a friend that needs enough capacity to run the full office suite (powerpoints, excel, word, access, ect.) and able to switch between applications rather quickly. She does not want it to be a dinosaur soon after she buys it. HDMI port would be nice as well as an HD graphics card.

Her price limit is 500. She may be able to go over a little if necessary.

Any suggestion?

Thanks,
Shane
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  1. DELL 15R
    Core i3 370M 2.4GHz, 3GB DDR3 1333MHz, 320GB HDD, 15.6" Screen, HDMI included etc.
    http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-15r-combo-mod/pd?oc=fndor15b&model_id=inspiron-15r-combo-mod
  2. ^^^good choice^^^
  3. Just go with it, its durable too
  4. Thank you. Does anyone have another option besides Dell?
  5. ^ Why, u dont like Dell? Beside Dell u can get in Acer and HP but their low range models quality is crap.
  6. Its just that my friend's current computer is a Dell. She has so many issues with it. It also has tons of Dell software loaded on it that can sometimes slow the machine to a crawl.
  7. Almost all laptops comes with loads of crap pre-installed. the Dell 15R is a newer model as its been revised. I already suggested it to 1 of my friend and he is happy with it till now, been 2 months.
  8. Have you run a really through virus scan?
    That "She has so many issues with it. It also has tons of Dell software loaded on it that can sometimes slow the machine to a crawl" symptom could just be a bad case of malware. Have you thought about just un-installing those 'tons of Dell software'?

    Check out the AVG Rescue CD. It's a bootable CD with an AV scanner. A really bad case of malware can sometimes escape detection unless you do scans from Safe Mode or with a bootable CD.
    http://www.avg.com/us-en/226386
  9. Dell is most reliable brand in market for office and normal computing, besides dell there is an option of Asus, gateway,hp and acer. But Dell is best for your needs.
  10. Thanks WR2. I have run Malwarebytes and SuperAnti Spyware on the old system becuase I was concerned about that too. There is intermitent issues that include the sound driver going in an out (appears in device manager and dissapears in same session), there is no listing for drivers under device manager, all of the start up items listed in msconfig got unchecked recently causing nothing to be loaded. I have recommended that she use the recovery disks and start over at this point.

    She wants to get a laptop to use as a main computer now to get away from the headaches of the desktop.

    Therefore, I am looking for some good recommendations. I found about 7 systems: http://www.logicbuy.com/deals/acer-aspire-as5741-6441-core-i5-laptop/28214.aspx (Acer Aspire AS5741-6441 15.6-in Core i5 2.26GHz Dual-core)

    http://www.logicbuy.com/deals/lenovo-essentials-g560-laptop/18518.aspx (Lenovo G560 15.6-inch Core i3 2.53GHz) Price does not include Office.

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=6634142 (Gateway ID5815H-CA LX.WC502.003 Notebook PC - Intel Pentium Dual-Core T4500 2.3GHz, 3GB RAM, 320GB HDD, DVDRW, 15.6" Display, Windows 7 Home Premium, Black)

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6532367&CatId=2511 (Gateway NV73A04U LX.WMH02.001 Refurbished Notebook PC - AMD Athlon II P320 2.1GHz, 4GB DDR3, 320GB HDD, DVDRW, 17.3" Display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, Blue)

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6671685&CatId=2510 (Acer Aspire AS5742Z-4601 LX.R4P02.001 Notebook PC - Intel Pentium Dual-Core P6100 2.0GHz, 3GB DDR3, 320GB HDD, DVDRW, 15.6" Display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, HDMI, Black)

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6701447&CatId=2510 (Samsung RV510-A01 NP-RV510-A01US Notebook PC -Intel Pentium Dual-Core T4500 2.3GHz, 4GB DDR3, 320GB HDD, DVDRW, 15.6" Display, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit)


    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0352360 (Satellite L675D-S7016 Laptop Computer Refurbished - Helios Grey)

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0342771
    (G71-449WM Laptop Computer Refurbished – Black)

    It sounds like we have some Dell salespeople here. :)

    I just like options. That is why I asked in this post what everyones expert opinion is.
  11. sanderson73 said:
    It sounds like we have some Dell salespeople here. :)

    Well you should avoid such comments even if u r joking. :non:

    Since you really dislike Dell model which as many reviews and from practical experience is the best model to get in that range, i suggest to look for HP G62. http://www.logicbuy.com/deals/hp-g62x-laptop/27443.aspx

    As you wont take our suggestions, i think you should check out some reviews and decide a laptop ur self. Just make sure it have a core i3/i5 processor and not those old Pentium dual core ones.

    Best of Luck !!
  12. Mars: I do appreciate all of your suggestions. I just like a variety of options. Thanks for the input.
  13. Best answer
    Ok, quite frankly, laptops are like people, under the skin they're all the same. People who say Dell are the most reliable have no clue. These days laptops are made by one or two companies in China (Quanta comes to mind) and the cases/brands are tacked on at the end. I don't care if a laptop is an Acer, Dell, HP, Gateway, Lenovo, eMachines, ASUS, Packard-Bell, Alienware, MSI, Fujitsu, Compaq, etc. The brand means nothing because in all cases, the working products are made by Intel, AMD, nVidia, VIA or ATi. I worked at Tiger Direct and I saw literally thousands of laptops come and go. They're all the bloody same except for their looks along with some bells and whistles. Intel graphics are already dinosaurs but for office suites, Intel graphics are fine. BTW, even a 160GB hard drive is more than enough for what she wants so I'll focus on the CPU, RAM and price. You say she wants it for $500 or less? Well then this is probably what she should be getting:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834157456
    I don't know what is meant by her not wanting it to be a dinosaur already because office programs like MS-Office have been used since the days of Windows 95. That laptop is $450, has free shipping to the Continental USA, and has more bells and whistles than she'll ever need. For office applications she won't notice a difference between the Core i3 and the Pentium Dual-Core. Office suites are weak programs and could even be used just fine on a single-core CPU like my own laptop. Tell her to just get the cheapest laptop that has an HDMI port and use the difference to take you to dinner! :sol:

    Read my laptop purchasing advice thread:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/forum2.php?config=tomshardwareus.inc&cat=35&post=60098&page=1&p=1&sondage=0&owntopic=1&trash=0&trash_post=0&print=0&numreponse=0&quote_only=0&new=0&nojs=0
  14. Best answer selected by sanderson73.
  15. Good points Avro Arrow! I will take what you said into consideration.

    What I meant by he not wanting it to be a dinosaur a month of the shelf is that she did not want it to be completely outdated soon after the purchase.
  16. sanderson73 said:
    Good points Avro Arrow! I will take what you said into consideration.

    What I meant by he not wanting it to be a dinosaur a month of the shelf is that she did not want it to be completely outdated soon after the purchase.

    Thank you for the best answer selection, I'm glad I could be of some help. :D

    As for it being outdated, she has little to worry about. Office applications do not really increase in hardware requirements. Their hardware requirements tend to be "Does the computer turn on?" and "Do I work with the operating system?". Since that laptop has Win7 x64, it will be a very long time before office apps won't work anymore. By a long time, I mean at least 10 years. Consider how old XP is and yet all modern office suites continue to work just fine with it. I'm sure the laptop will fall apart long before it becomes incapable of office apps. As an example, I recently tried installing MS-Office 2007 on my old P3 laptop that was made in 2001. No problem at all using XP Pro. :sol:
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