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January 16, 2012 12:00:38 AM

Your help is needed!
I am not tech savvy with computers, I only know what people tell me I need to have!! :) 


Can you help me find a model for under $800?

I am looking for something similar to the following:

At least Microsoft® Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
second generation i7/i5 (or comparable AMD)
at least 6GB Ram memory upgradeable
larger than 500GB HD
Graphics card (dedicated?) good for gaming
Intel 802.11b/g/n WLAN and Bluetooth
Built-in HD webcam and microphone
as many as I can get USB 3.0 port
Memory card reader
HDMI port
Backlit Keyboard
Great battery life

Will use computer in the home mostly and a few trips a year.

HP, Toshiba?? Something I can get in the store and not wait to be shipped!!

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a b D Laptop
January 16, 2012 12:10:00 AM

Country? Preferred shop?
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January 16, 2012 5:45:05 AM

USA.
Staples, Best Buy, Office Depot??
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January 16, 2012 6:38:23 AM

Would you be willing to purchase online? Or do you need to go out and buy one at a store like today?
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a b D Laptop
January 16, 2012 7:53:46 PM

@SpoiledQueen
SpoiledQueen said:
Would you be willing to purchase online? Or do you need to go out and buy one at a store like today?


Here's the answer:

whizkidcat said:
HP, Toshiba?? Something I can get in the store and not wait to be shipped!!

:) 
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January 16, 2012 8:02:43 PM

Buy a sager. Buy it online. They are the absolulte greatest laptops available and better prices than similar speced brand names such as Dell, HP, Acer, etc...
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a c 572 D Laptop
January 16, 2012 8:28:43 PM

That backlit keyboard requirement is tricky. Only one I've found so far is @ Staples for $849.
Dell XPS 14z-2308ELS 14" Laptop
Core i5-2430M 2.4Ghz, 6GB RAM, 500GB HDD, 14" 1366x768 LCD w/ HD Graphics 3000.
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January 16, 2012 11:15:02 PM

What do you think of this one??

$749.99
Toshiba - Satellite Laptop / Intel® Core™ i7 Processor / 17.3" Display / 6GB Memory / 750GB Hard Drive - Platinum

Intel® 2nd Generation Core™ i7 2.2GHz (with Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz)
Battery 6-cell lithium-ion
High-definition widescreen LED-backlit TFT-LCD with TruBrite technology (1600 x 900)
17.3"
6GB
750GB
Graphics Card Intel® HD ( NOT sure which one?)
Video Memory 64 - 1696MB (shared)
DVD±RW/Blu-ray Disc/CD-RW
Digital Media Reader
Built-in Webcam
Built-in facial recognition
Wireless-B+G+N
USB 2.0 Ports 1 USB 3.0; 3 USB 2.0
HDMI Output
Windows 7 Home Premium System Version 64-bit
Wireless 4G WiMAX

NO bluetooth
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a c 572 D Laptop
January 16, 2012 11:28:01 PM

That's one I might have listed if you hadn't had BlueTooth and Backlit Keyboard in your list of requirements.
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a c 572 D Laptop
January 16, 2012 11:30:25 PM

The only option listed so far that has anything more than the most basic gaming ability is the Toshiba Satellite M645 and it's GT 525M graphics card.
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January 16, 2012 11:48:27 PM

I forgot to ask what screen resolution is needed to support FULL HD playback?
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a c 572 D Laptop
January 16, 2012 11:50:56 PM

you mean 1080P HD? That would be a 1920x1080 resolution screen.
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a c 572 D Laptop
January 16, 2012 11:51:32 PM

You'd probably want a Blu-Ray optical drive in place of the DVD drive too.
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January 17, 2012 12:42:32 AM

Ok I can wait for this laptop now :) 
I think I really want the Blu-Ray, backlit keyboard, bluetooth, 1920x1080 screen, and a graphic card with some decent gaming ability ( not too intensive games mostly Nancy Drew for the kids, Syberia and some older games like Myst :)  :D  and maybe a few new games. )

In addition to the above mentioned requirements of course!

So with these new requirements and the option to customize, which models do you recommend??

Thank you all so much!!
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a c 572 D Laptop
January 17, 2012 12:49:02 AM

Dell XPS 15 or XPS 17 with the backlit keyboard, Blu-Ray, 1920x1080 and Bluetooth options.
You can stick with the Core i5 CPU if you need to keep costs down a bit.
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January 17, 2012 12:59:26 AM

Is Dell the only brand you would recommend? Thanks! You have been so helpful!
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January 17, 2012 1:17:55 AM

What is the difference between the above mentioned graphics cards?
Which is more powerful?
I'm sorry I did go to the links but I could not tell what the major differences were!

I should have mentioned that I use 5 programs pretty much on a daily basis at the same time (Inkscape, Adobe Photoshop, Silhouette America's Silhouette Studio, Make the Cut, and Word. These are programs working with graphics for a cutting machine.), all while the internet is at my disposal to use frequently. :) 

So the type of graphics card I choose will need to accommodate having all these programs open at the same time and maybe a few more like windows snipping tool and iTunes!
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a c 572 D Laptop
January 17, 2012 1:18:38 AM

It's the one I can recommend with all your options. And you can get it at a competitive price.
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a c 572 D Laptop
January 17, 2012 1:22:27 AM

The higher the model number the higher the performance.
The 144 shader cores and 192 bit memory bus make the GT 555M the highest performing graphics card listed.
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