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Old September 7th, 2012, 08:49 AM   #21
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I just got a Samsung 7 Series 17" with the newest gen I7, 8gb ram, 1TB hard drive and a 650M video card for $800. It was listed as used on cowboom.com, but it sure as hell doesn't look used.

Keep an eye on woot, dealsofamerica, and all of the other sites and you should find something quite cheap that will suit your needs.
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Old September 7th, 2012, 09:15 AM   #22
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Make sure you check the student discounts from manufacturers like Dell. They offer some good savings if you are a student.
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Old September 7th, 2012, 10:15 AM   #23
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Laptops are 100% about build quality.

I will gladly spend $2000 on a laptop knowing it will last 4 years vs spending $1300 and dealing with warranties every 6 months for 2 years then being shit out of luck.
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Old September 7th, 2012, 10:54 AM   #24
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I have tried Windows 8 on a desktop and it seemed to suck, granted this was over three months ago using a beta version. I can see how the tablet usage will be easier but the damn thing is missing the Start Button in the lower left. I had to google how to shut it down for the first time i used it. I would recommend that if you want 8 to play with it some before you jump in. Seems Microsoft goes in a rotation of good, then bad, then good OS. Next up is Windows 8 after the good 7
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Old September 7th, 2012, 11:23 AM   #25
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I'm about to retire my laptop for an iPad, especially after finding out you don't have to remove the tablet from your carry-on at the airport.

I have yet to see an android tablet that comes close to the iPad. Really wish there was cuz it's so much fun to hate on Apple.
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Old September 7th, 2012, 02:19 PM   #26
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I just got back from bestbuy. Since the laptop i have now works fine, but is just started to get slow, i decided to get a mid-level computer, nothing to fancy, nor complete junk. I went with an Asus (dont remember model) Core I5, 500gb hard drive, 8gb ram, 15.6" screen. I mainly got it becuase of the feel. It has a black textured feel, that doesnt leave fingerprints. (I hate fingerprints with a passion). The kid i was talking to, said he had the same one and it worked great, played diablo 3 (or something like that) on high settings. When he went to see if there was any instock, he discovered there were none, and it was being discontinued. So, he offered me 3 options, find a different one, drive to a different store, or take the display model. I decided the display model since he gave me a 10% discount. All said an done, $480. I just have to wait about 5 hours for them to restore it to factory settings, and install their bloatware so that i can come home and delete it.
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Old September 7th, 2012, 10:09 PM   #27
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Lemovo Thinkpad, best made computers. I would go with either the T or X series. i have the x230 tablet and it is awesome. If you go through your school bookstore you will save about 30% off web prices.
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I would tend to agree with this statement. For work, I've had a few different laptops: Lenovo T60, HP, Lenovo T410.

I liked the first Lenovo. I liked the large monitor on the HP but it ran hot and constantly killed the battery very quickly. There were constant issues starting up. I couldn't wait to get back into a Lenovo.

Lenovo's just work. The "extra" keys are intuitively placed and correctly sized. It doesn't set your lap on fire and the battery lasts forever. It's worth sacrificing some screen size for the reliability and battery life.
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Old September 8th, 2012, 01:21 PM   #28
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I have been using satellites for years. I have 4 in the truck now actually. They are cheap and very good as far as stuffing in a bag constantly, tossing around in the truck, or getting used as a dvd player.

The graphics card has been fixed on every one that I owned. They do have a fast processor which is more important then graphics to me. The one I am using right now is a i7 running windows 7 that I paid $800 for new spring 2011. I usually replace them every 2 years as a business expense. By that time (over 4000 hours of use) they are pretty wasted with the screen having a line or two referencing it is about to go. I just keep the older ones as drives and storage space. The wifi issues are totally correct. They put the antenna near the monitor and moving or tilting this leads to a brief interruption. I am not into online gaming where a kick butt graphics card is needed. For running cad software, streaming movies, recording invoices, chatting, and net surfing the satellite works great.

I was a mac addict for years. They simply do not respond well to being tossed around.

Start up time can be lessened by dropping some of your start up applications. Making sure if they don't need to be activated during start up they are not letting you get to work faster. Toting a cooling pad around is a pita and not needed. I have a 6 year old one that gets hot and shuts off after 4 hours that I use as a dvd player because of the 20"screen.
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