Need a new laptop

1. What is your budget? 800

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering? 15

3. What screen resolution do you want? not too important

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop? desktop

5. How much battery life do you need? 4-5 hrs

6. Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)? no

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.) photoshop, skype, video edit, web browsing, itunes. often simultaneously

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need? 500gb

9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links. newegg amazon bestbuy or local to los angeles area

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop? 3-5 yrs

11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ? dvd rom

12. Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons. wifey says only toshiba

13. What country do you live in? usa

14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.

wife wants a new laptop, uses for business, wants ultrabook but I think you get more for your money with a laptop.
This one looks good to me:

what do you all think about it?
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  1. Lenovo Y480

    The quad core i7 and GT 650m is much faster than duo core i5 with 7670m (7680m is a typo).
  2. calmlikeabomb said:
    1. CS6? are you using Photoshop heavily?

    2. No for that laptop, you can get more with others. There are many option

    3. One cheaper option is the Latitude E5530 that is now a sale:
    with 1080p screen (strongly recommended) and I5 it costs about 620$ and you get 100$ gift card - you can sell it.
    The 1080p screen is a good upgrade since not only the resolution is bigger but the colors, contrast and brightness are better - that's how they make the 1080p screens

    you better add RAM to this one yourself, because the upgrades on their site are awfully overpriced

    4. there are more options, like the Lenovo L530 I like, with 900p screen, I5 it costs about 650$ and you get a very good machine also in terms of heat and noise:

    5. other options include laptops with faster graphics cheap that might help you with photoshop, but that doesn't matter for light use

    1. elements10
    2. ok
    3. wife wants Toshiba
    4. " "
    5. ok
  3. Pyree said:
    Lenovo Y480

    The quad core i7 and GT 650m is much faster than duo core i5 with 7670m (7680m is a typo).

    It looks good, but wife wants a Toshiba, I dont know if I can get her to bend.
  4. Toshiba or Dell are perfect options as well, most of their products focus on what you want, a mobile workstation no-so-much-for-gaming laptop. Besides, I know from personal experience that Dell machines have nice warranties

    There are even i7 cpus on laptops for 800usd, but they have a lesser graphics solutions. Look around on Newegg, you will surely find a suitable machine with Toshiba or Dell, which are more targeted at professionals instead of gamers.
  5. Toshiba doesn't make a laptop. All of their models are built by an ODMs and the Toshiba label is just slapped on. The vast majority of laptops on the market are manufactured by a small handful of Taiwan-based Original Design Manufacturers (ODM's), although their production bases are located mostly in mainland China. Major relationships include:

    Quanta sells to (among others) HP, Lenovo, Apple, Acer, Toshiba, Dell, Sony, Fujitsu and NEC
    Compal sells to (among others) Acer, Dell, Toshiba, Lenovo and HP/Compaq
    Wistron (former manufacturing & design division of Acer) sells to Dell, Acer, Lenovo and HP
    Inventec sells to Toshiba, HP and Lenovo
    Pegatron sells to Asus, Toshiba, Apple, Dell and Acer
    Foxconn sells to Asus, Dell, HP and Apple
    Flextronics (former Arima Computer Corporation notebook division) sells to HP

    The argument that Toshiba would be any better than a Lenovo , HP, Acer, Dell, Sony .... etc when they are made in the same factories as the competition is therefore specious at best. With video editing in the mix, you'll want CUDA and that means an nVidia chipset. Your budget is kinda light as I'd be looking for an i7 w/ hyperthreading, 16GB of RAM and a 650M as a minimum.

    I'd recommend a Clevo W150ER (aka Sager NP6165) ... starts at $823 but I'd recomemnd the upgrades listed below. Clevo is bes known as the ODM foir Alienware laptops before Dell bought the company in 2006.

    15.6" Full HD LED-Backlit Display with Super Glossy Surface (1920 x 1080)
    NVIDIA® GeForce™ GT 650M 1GB GDDR5 with Optimus® Technology
    Embedded Intel HD Graphics HD4000
    Intel® Core i7-3630QM Processor w/ 6M Cache ($70 Upgrade)
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit Preloaded ($80 Upgrade)
    16GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1600MHz - 2 X 8GB ($90 Upgrade)
    750GB 7200rpm SATA Hybrid Hard Drive with 8GB SSD ($100 Upgrade)
    8X DVD±R/RW/4X +DL Super-Multi Drive & Software
    Internal 802.11 B+G+N Wireless LAN + Bluetooth Combo Module

    I have $340 in upgrades there which will put ya in $1175 territory but, if video editing is "the thing" I think every upgrade will pay dividends making it well worth the investment.

    You'll need to unlock CUDA for Adobe products by following the directions here:
  6. Does anyone know if there will be any black friday deals on a good laptop?
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