Laptop Suggestions - Page 2 - Great Lakes 4x4. The largest offroad forum in the Midwest

Go Back   Great Lakes 4x4. The largest offroad forum in the Midwest > General 4x4 Stuff > The Pub
GL4x4 Live! GL4x4 Casino

The Pub A friendly forum where everybody is nice, and will answer any questions you have about life. is the premier Great Lakes 4x4 Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old September 7th, 2012, 08:49 AM   #21
Senior Member
mschaffer66's Avatar
Join Date: 11-05-05
Location: West Bloomfield, MI
Posts: 9,604
iTrader: (17)
Mentioned: 11 Post(s)

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, 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.
mschaffer66 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old September 7th, 2012, 09:15 AM   #22
Senior Member
Join Date: 11-07-05
Location: Lansing
Posts: 5,962
iTrader: (8)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Send a message via AIM to 84Scrambler

Make sure you check the student discounts from manufacturers like Dell. They offer some good savings if you are a student.
84Scrambler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 7th, 2012, 10:15 AM   #23
Hi Im Adam
Senior Member
Join Date: 08-19-10
Location: Muskegon, MI
Posts: 301
iTrader: (3)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)

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.
Hi Im Adam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 7th, 2012, 10:54 AM   #24
Coyote Red
Senior Member
Coyote Red's Avatar
Join Date: 08-24-11
Location: Chelsea, MI
Posts: 1,378
iTrader: (8)
Mentioned: 15 Post(s)

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
Coyote Red is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 7th, 2012, 11:23 AM   #25
Old School
BlooMule's Avatar
Join Date: 11-08-05
Location: a mile from the shithole
Posts: 32,110
iTrader: (14)
Mentioned: 51 Post(s)

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.
BlooMule is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 7th, 2012, 02:19 PM   #26
Just a good ole' boy
XLJetsFan52's Avatar
Join Date: 10-12-08
Location: Byron Center
Posts: 1,414
iTrader: (1)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)

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.
XLJetsFan52 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 7th, 2012, 10:09 PM   #27
Adrenaline Junkie
dragginwagon406's Avatar
Join Date: 08-06-07
Location: Perrysburg, OH
Posts: 1,218
iTrader: (0)
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)

Originally Posted by Elwarpo View Post
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.
My X230T
I7 Processor
16GB memory
512 gb SSD
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.
dragginwagon406 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 8th, 2012, 01:21 PM   #28
Direct Drive FTW
cerial's Avatar
Join Date: 09-06-08
Location: Caledonia,MI
Posts: 2,341
iTrader: (6)
Mentioned: 12 Post(s)

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.
cerial is offline   Reply With Quote
Great Lakes 4x4. The largest offroad forum in the Midwest > General 4x4 Stuff > The Pub

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:09 AM.

Powered by: vBulletin, Copyright 2000 - 2012, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Page generated in 0.30209 seconds with 47 queries