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Buying a Laptop

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by MileHigh, Oct 14, 2009.

  1. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    OK, my five-year-plus Sony is nearing the end, so I'm in the market for a new laptop. Been a while since I shopped for one, and I've done some digging. Looking to spend $600-$800, could push it to close to $1,000 (yes, I still have some severance money left over). So ... suggestions. Recommendations. What to look for? I'm waiting until next week when Windows 7 hits, hoping the laptop survives until then (it will, I'm sure). But any help/direction is greatly appreciated.
  2. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    I'm making a bet in my head. I'll check when I get back from the gym.
  3. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    looking to do the same. want to also get rid of my desk top and get one computer that I can use everywhere with portable hardrive.
  4. JakeandElwood

    JakeandElwood Well-Known Member

    Hm. I'm guessing IJAG just won or lost her bet.
  5. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    Serious question on this. Is it wise to purchase one from a pawn shop?
  6. Frank_Ridgeway

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member

    Did you say pawn shop or porn shop?
  7. farmerjerome

    farmerjerome Active Member

    Honestly, I got the $449 Compaq at BestBuy last January and haven't had a problem. It has enough storage for my photos and my iTunes, so I'm set.
  8. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    P-A-W-N shop
  9. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    I'm a mostly unemployed journalist so ...
  10. Gomer

    Gomer Active Member

    Depends what you use it for. Windows 7 is lovely, but if all you want the computer for is word processing, email and Internet you could get by with a cheap netbook and save a few hundred bucks.

    If you want to do much more, consider buying another Sony. I've heard differing opinions on other brands but with Sony and Apple the consensus seems to be positive.
  11. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    This was me, except change the date and place to "October 2007" and "Office Depot."

    Until this week, when Windows Vista -- yeah, yeah, I know -- decided it didn't want to load anymore. I get the black screen of death every time I restart in normal mode. (Although for some reason it loads fine in "safe mode with networking.") Tried a System Restore today and that didn't work. Trying a few more fixes first before I take it to the Geek Squad or something.

    And add me to the chorus of "I'm getting a Mac next" here. However, when budget's your biggest concern, and you can get three PCs for the price of a Mac ... you do what you have to.
  12. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    What do you plan on doing with this laptop?

    I can't think of many personal uses that would justify a $1,000 laptop these days. They've become so much more powerful than they were even a few years ago.

    In 2007, I had a desktop PC custom-built to some very nice specs that I researched very thoroughly. It was pretty top of the line in terms of performance.

    In 2009, I bought the second-cheapest laptop at Wal-Mart. It blows my desktop away.
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