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Help picking out a new laptop

My price range is $500-700

I will be using this laptop for typical laptop things surfing the web, checking email,and occasionally playing games like tf2. I know can lower my price range and get something cheaper but I would like to get a quality machine that will last me a long time.

I am currently looking at these tell me what you think

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=992227&csid=

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lenovo-ThinkPad-W510-Laptop-16GB-Ram-500GB-i7-3-06GHz-Geforce-FX-1080p-/271146970253?pt=Laptops_Nov05&hash=item3f219e6c8d

Thank you for the help
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  1. You might look at something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834131394

    Otherwise I think you can configure a similar HP to the one you linked with an A10 and 1600x900 screen at about the top of your budget.

    The one component that will be a weak link in many laptops in that price range is the screen quality/resolution (most 1366x768 screen's don't have the best contrast).
  2. Tibbs01 said:
    You might look at something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834131394

    Otherwise I think you can configure a similar HP to the one you linked with an A10 and 1600x900 screen at about the top of your budget.

    The one component that will be a weak link in many laptops in that price range is the screen quality/resolution (most 1366x768 screen's don't have the best contrast).


    that laptop looks like exactly what im looking for but i would like to get your opinion on this laptop
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4978351
    it's $799+tax & shipping so it comes out to $769

    and this one
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834215615

    only $700 with a better gpu and only a slightly worst processor but its a acer
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    I am a big fan of Asus. The 635m would perform well for your listed usage. Acer is a brand I tend to steer clear of.

    The inside components in the Acer are the same as you will find in any of the other machines, however my experience is the keyboards tend to be particularly bad and I have seen a ton of problems with cracked cases around the corners and AC jack from pretty standard laptop use. I am not personally a fan of the build quality of their cases. If you are very careful with your stuff this may not be a problem, but if you are going to travel a lot with it, or it will be in situations where it is likely to be bumped around I would look at something else.
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  5. Tibbs01 said:
    I am a big fan of Asus. The 635m would perform well for your listed usage. Acer is a brand I tend to steer clear of.

    The inside components in the Acer are the same as you will find in any of the other machines, however my experience is the keyboards tend to be particularly bad and I have seen a ton of problems with cracked cases around the corners and AC jack from pretty standard laptop use. I am not personally a fan of the build quality of their cases. If you are very careful with your stuff this may not be a problem, but if you are going to travel a lot with it, or it will be in situations where it is likely to be bumped around I would look at something else.


    Thank you for all your help, I went with the Acer because I don't travel a lot and when I do I am very careful with my things.
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