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Microsoft's Laptop Hunters Returns, $700 PC Wins

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Young family discovers that $700 will buy you a PC, but not a MacBook.

It's been a while since we've seen a Laptop Hunters commercial, the commercial series from Microsoft that pushes the PC more than any of its software products.

The series is back, however, with Matt and Olivia hoping to find the perfect laptop for sharing pictures of their son Jayden with friends and family. Their requirements are that the laptop must have a large screen with great battery life and must cost no more than $700. As with all the other Laptop Hunters commercials, the Microsoft narrator says, "You find it, you keep it."

Off the young family went through the aisles of what is surely Best Buy, looking at all their various options. Olivia commented on liking the pink laptop as well as suggested that the diminutive netbook was perfect for her baby Jayden.

Of course, no Laptop Hunters episode is complete without a poke at the Apple camp. The family stopped to look at the white polycarbonate MacBook that's priced at $999. The immediate complaints were that it was too small and about its price. Of course, with a starting limit of $700, a MacBook was already off the list to start with regardless of specifications.

In the end, Matt and Olivia decided on the HP dv7, just as Lauren did in the very first Laptop Hunters commercial. Check it out below!

Laptop Hunters $700 Matt and Olivia get an HP dv7

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  • 24 Hide
    08nwsula , July 8, 2009 11:07 PM
    jincongzSharing Photos? iPhoto pwns all

    it's kind of hard to share photos through iPhoto when barely anybody uses a mac
  • 22 Hide
    gridener , July 8, 2009 11:31 PM
    Hey look its Lewis from Left 4 Dead!
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    matt87_50 , July 8, 2009 11:39 PM
    if they want any credibility at all, they should really do one where the mac wins.
    ... it could go something like "young metro-sexual try-hard who doesn't mind being ripped of finds mac for $3000"
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    08nwsula , July 8, 2009 11:06 PM
    the netbook comment was kind of funny
  • 24 Hide
    08nwsula , July 8, 2009 11:07 PM
    jincongzSharing Photos? iPhoto pwns all

    it's kind of hard to share photos through iPhoto when barely anybody uses a mac
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    thebatman , July 8, 2009 11:30 PM
    jincongzGreat battery life? Macbook! Sharing Photos? iPhoto pwns all. They don't mention those people getting shelling out $300 for software to do the stuff iLife does, do they...[/citatio

    Your argument to completely invalid.

    So much so, that I'm not even going to bother explaining why...
  • 22 Hide
    gridener , July 8, 2009 11:31 PM
    Hey look its Lewis from Left 4 Dead!
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    matt87_50 , July 8, 2009 11:39 PM
    if they want any credibility at all, they should really do one where the mac wins.
    ... it could go something like "young metro-sexual try-hard who doesn't mind being ripped of finds mac for $3000"
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    war2k9 , July 8, 2009 11:52 PM
    Please no more hp laptop, I have return so many of those hp cheap laptop for service and it is not even funny. There are so many brands of pc laptops out there choose something different.
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    sleepychink125 , July 9, 2009 12:29 AM
    because of the size of the laptop
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    The_Blood_Raven , July 9, 2009 12:43 AM
    doomtombWhoa she's hot but why the interracial??


    Wow really? I'm glad we are modern thinking here... /s

    Anyway, if you think HP is bad then you should loiter at an Apple store...
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    The_Blood_Raven , July 9, 2009 12:50 AM
    Example that I witnessed in line trying to get an iPhone. (before I upgraded to a blackberry Bold):

    "Hello my macbook wont boot and it is under warranty."

    "It has been modified and the warranty is void, notice the ripped tape"

    "But I had an Apple technician upgrade the RAM at this store a few months back."

    "Ah, that's your problem. After an upgrade you must purchase the warranty again, sorry."

    Note that it costs $80 an hour to do modifications at this store, and he told me the tech charged him for 1 and a half hours to upgrade RAM. This is one of the reasons I hate everything Apple and so does he. He now exclusively buys PCs and is much happier with them after I showed him how you can turn Windows into the OS you want with a little bit of time. I've built 2 great PCs for him that out perform any form of computer he ever had and he paid less for either of them than any other computer before.
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    doomtomb , July 9, 2009 1:17 AM
    The_Blood_RavenWow really? I'm glad we are modern thinking here... /sAnyway, if you think HP is bad then you should loiter at an Apple store...

    Lol, you think that's modern thinking? It's not universal thinking that's for sure.
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    cruiseoveride , July 9, 2009 1:31 AM
    doomtombWhoa she's hot but why the interracial??


    Microsoft desperately needed a token black guy to prevent any racial rumor mills
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    The_Blood_Raven , July 9, 2009 1:55 AM
    doomtombLol, you think that's modern thinking? It's not universal thinking that's for sure.


    What I meant was that it was old style thinking, not modern progressive. That's why it was sarcasm. /s = sarcasm.
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    Anonymous , July 9, 2009 2:10 AM
    Sigh,...fanboys will they ever shut up. We all know that neither operating system is perfect, except for windows millennium edition (greatest O.S. ever!)

    Anyone who can't do a ram upgrade themselves (really? It's dead simple) and get's suckered into paying $80 an hour deserves to lose their hard earned cash. (probably a fake story. No one charges $80 an hour and takes 90 min to do a ram upgrade. Takes 20 min at most) Now stop claiming your an expert and actually try to do something beneficial for the community. Learn some code, develop an actual product, for god's sake stop saying I've built this or that because all it takes too put together a half-decent system is the ability to read badly translated instruction manuals.

    Also, no the ilife suite is not fantastic, but it's not a horrorfest either. It works for the average consumer. Done

    Also, why an HP again? Hell, why not just do a vid of a family at home shopping at newegg? Maybe make a "desktop hunter" episode? They'd be able to rag on apple so much more knowing that the mac mini is aterrible buy.

    -typed on my beloved last generation macbook pro running W 7100. Because I can.

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    verrul , July 9, 2009 2:27 AM
    wrong apple store charges anywhere from 80 to 120 an hour depending on the job. Another rip off was the program gateway had before acer shut the brand down. Yo buy a gateway on a credit loan basis and get a free upgrade in 2 years. Two things were wrong with this. the loan was for a 5 year term and you ended up paying 4-8 times what the computer would cost to begin with. Then if you installed ANY software that wasn't on the gateway to begin with you violated the warranty and the service agreement. This included games and stuff like firefox. I worked as an independent certified repair tech for acer and dell for a while. Some of the crap that acer got away with their gateway line was criminal.
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    NuclearShadow , July 9, 2009 3:10 AM
    I'm left wondering if the interracial "couple" (they of course are actors and not really a couple) Is actually a intentional part of the advertisement. To seem hip and modern. I have nothing against such couples (I have dated outside my race) but I do kind of find it wrong to use it as a method to make advertisements more appealing seems more like exploitation.

    Anyways I'm getting sick of these commercials. While they do make a good point I am getting annoyed that they are basically the same thing over and over just with different actors. I truly don't understand the whole "you find it you keep it" part as its obvious they are paid actors and not randomly selected people.
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    hispeed120 , July 9, 2009 3:46 AM
    I wish they would make a "You build it, we pay for it" commercial. I would easily act the part for that.

    I'm pretty sure most of us would be able to build a system that would trounce an Apple for the price (I'm talking desktops here).
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    seraphimcaduto , July 9, 2009 4:12 AM
    big + cheap = clunky...guess they'll get what they pay for. If you are going to have a commercial that slams apple, at least choose a reliable laptop brand, i.e. not dell/hp (IBM, sony, asus, ect,)
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