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Laptop recommendations

AmandacurlsAmandacurls Posts: 6,252Registered Users
I'm looking into purchasing a laptop and want to get some input. I'm going to order it online and I've looked at a few on Dell's website. Which laptops would you ladies recommend? Any that you would definitely say stay away from? I'm just getting it for personal, home use, and will be getting wireless internet for my apt.

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  • ninja dogninja dog Posts: 23,780Registered Users
    I'm very happy with my older mac; are you a pc user or a mac user?
  • AmandacurlsAmandacurls Posts: 6,252Registered Users
    ninja dog wrote: »
    I'm very happy with my older mac; are you a pc user or a mac user?

    I've mostly used pc's because of windows, but now I hear mac's run windows too, so who knows....I just want to get the best deal for my money.
  • ninja dogninja dog Posts: 23,780Registered Users
    Well, mac's aren't cheap, but ime, they last longer and require fewer, if any, protection programs to repel virus's, trojans, etc.
  • ArjaeArjae Posts: 412Registered Users
    My friend has been researching laptops for a while now, and here are some he really likes:

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    This is the one he just ordered, but he uses the computer for work, and does a lot of programming on it.

    I'm not sure of your price range, but if neither of these are close to what you're looking for, here's a website that has forums that you can get a lot of help on.

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  • goldilocks777goldilocks777 Posts: 1,020Registered Users
    I would definitely stay away from Dell laptops - I had one that conked out after less than 2 years, and have had friends in similar situations.

    The Mac Powerbook I bought 3 years ago (which has been spilled on, dropped 5 times, and survived a serious bicycle accident) is still running like the day I bought it.

    The Macbook I bought for my boyfriend has given us no issues whatsover either, but its only a year old.

    Macs are more expensive, but I find they are on the whole a much more satisfying product. I would not buy a PC again since I vastly prefer the mac operating system.

    You can get macbooks for around 1K - I would wholeheartedly recommend them!
  • BohemianRenegadeBohemianRenegade Posts: 1,078Registered Users
    Buy a mac. I've had my iBook for three years and it's still going strong.
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  • MichelleBFTMichelleBFT Posts: 4,812Registered Users
    Indeed, if you can afford it, buy a Mac. They're bangin' computers, and I envy those who have them.

    However, I've been a PC user out of necessity for years, and until a) Mac's drop in price or b) I become much wealthier than I currently am, I will continue to be.

    I've had a few HP Pavillion notebooks. I love them, but I'm beginning to wonder about their longevity. I've had at least one cook in less than two years. I currently have one (the last one that went up was my husbands) and I'm keeping an eye on it. If this one goes in less than two, I might just save up for a Mac and be done with it. We'll see.

    When my husband's computer went down we needed to get a new one, but he pretty much only uses it for word processing and internet access, so we went on the cheap. I don't know if it'll bite us in the rear in the long run, but we spent about $500 on an Acer from Best Buy. So far, so good. (It's been about 6 weeks.)
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    Fun Fact: When you actively avoid being “PC,” you’re not being forward-thinking or unique. You’re buying into systems of oppression that have existed since before you were even born, and you’re keeping those systems in place."
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  • lapushkalapushka Posts: 601Registered Users
    I've always used PCs (Windows/Linux). A friend of mine has a Mac and I find it difficult to use (software, mouse).

    I always go for a Toshiba - great keyboards!
  • floridajovigirlfloridajovigirl Posts: 119Registered Users
    I have a Dell and an Acer. I absolutely LOVE my Acer. You get quite a bit for your money with the Acer because they are reasonably priced. I got mine at Walmart and got a fantastic deal. My Dell on the other hand is an expensive piece of crap! I have nothing but problems with the Dell and I have 2 co-workers who have nothing but problems with their Dell (one has a laptop and the other has a desktop).

    Check out the Acer.

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  • M2LRM2LR Posts: 8,630Registered Users
    Mine is a DELL Inspiron E1505. It didn't come with a DVD writer, I purchased one afterwards and installed it myself, but I think that some models come with one. I bought this about 2 years ago...

    My only complaint is that the battery only lasted around 16 months. I can't leave it unplugged for longer than 30 minutes, it drains pretty much immediately. I need to get a new battery. I have heard that several DELL models do this though.

    Other than that, I love it. I would like a newer, lighter model, though. My soon to be SIL has one that's really lightweight. It's an HP, though, and I don't care much for HPs. A lot of our PC Desktops that hubby and I have had were HPs and we had nothing but problems with them.
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  • SCGSCG Posts: 5,416Registered Users
    I LOVE my MacBook, but I do realize not everyone can get as good of a deal as I did ($600). Although, Apple does sell refurbished Macs, if you're interested.

    Everyone who I have talked to has loved their Sony's. I've also heard good things about Lenovo.
    We had an Acer for a while... That thing weighed a LOT, but it was a trooper! They seem to be reasonably priced, too.

    I'd stay away from Dell and Gateway. I've heard some major horror stories about those!

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  • vegas_curlsvegas_curls Posts: 857Registered Users
    ... I absolutely LOVE my Acer. You get quite a bit for your money with the Acer because they are reasonably priced. I got mine at Walmart and got a fantastic deal. ...

    Check out the Acer.

    HTH

    ITA!!!!

    Our previous laptop died (can't remember the brand), and DH and I needed a replacement now. After consulting w/ a computer repair specialist, he highly recommended Acer for the reasons listed above.

    We ended up liking it so much that we bought a 2nd one so that we could each have our own.
  • SarcasmIsBeautySarcasmIsBeauty Posts: 5,640Registered Users
    Please, I beg of you stay away from Dell!

    They are grade A GARBAGE!!!!!!!:banghead:
    I should know I have one, I take great care of this piece of crap and it still fails on me. It's crashed a couple of times on me (one so bad I had to reinstall the operating system). I know other people with Dell's and they concur, Dell is a major no-no.
    Their customer service also sucks, you call them up and its like somebody in India (b/c most jobs have been outsourced here) and you can't understand a word of what they say! Not to mention most of the time they don't know what they're talking about. If you have a problem with your Dell laptop its always best to go on their chat...ok enough, Dells sucks point blank

    HP/Compaq, Mac, Acer, Sony etc are good, I'm looking into getting the HP Tablet pc (one of the newer ones)
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  • LiveFreeDieCurlyLiveFreeDieCurly Posts: 183Registered Users
    I've had my HP Pavilion since April & so far, so good. If I could've afforded a Mac I would have went that route.
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  • SpinCycleSpinCycle Posts: 724Registered Users
    I recommend a Mac as well, I LOVE them. I don't mind spending the money on something that runs so well. I recently bought a new iMac as an upgrade, but my 3 year old iBook is still working great. I just needed a desktop that could handle the design projects I have this semester for school (and a desktop is a lot easier on my neck and shoulders working for long periods of time). I love my iBook and refuse to sell it to my friends who are begging for me to get rid of it. :wink:
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  • mrspoppersmrspoppers Posts: 7,223Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I am on my second Apple laptop. I just upgraded to a MacBook a couple months ago and I love it. When you compare Apple's speed, disk size and functionality, it's actually a better value than a PC. At least that's what I found when I compared my options. You really do get more for your buck with an Apple. And as someone said, you don't have to worry about viruses so much.

    Whatever you do, don't get a Lenovo Thinkpad. That's what we have at work and they're crap. I'm on my third one in less than a year. All I do is email and normal MS Office work and I rarely take it out of the docking station, so it's not like I am hard on my computers or anything.
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  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users
    I got this one earlier in the year and really like it. It is kinda big though if you are looking at portability. I had a hard time finding a case for it.

    On the upside, it has run Vista with NO problems (really). I've had no problems with my wireless access.
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  • rnconniesfrnconniesf Posts: 256Registered Users
    I switched to Mac last year and LOVE it. I run Office for Mac at home and have no trouble opening my presentations on the PC at work. I found my Mac to be much more intuitive, once I forgot all that nasty Windows stuff I had force myself to learn. If you are a student or teacher you can get a discount on a MacBook. Also, Apple is running a Back to School Special now that you get a free iPod with the computer. I didn't find the Mac to be that much more expensive that a PC laptop. My MacBook Pro came with all the bells and whistles that I usually wound up adding, at extra cost, to my PC laptops. Go with the Mac, you won't be sorry.
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  • MichelleBFTMichelleBFT Posts: 4,812Registered Users
    I got this one earlier in the year and really like it. It is kinda big though if you are looking at portability. I had a hard time finding a case for it.

    On the upside, it has run Vista with NO problems (really). I've had no problems with my wireless access.

    We have the same computer!
    "And politically correct is the worst term, not just because it’s dismissive, but because it narrows down the whole social justice spectrum to this idea that it’s about being polite instead of about dismantling the oppressive social structure of power.
    Fun Fact: When you actively avoid being “PC,” you’re not being forward-thinking or unique. You’re buying into systems of oppression that have existed since before you were even born, and you’re keeping those systems in place."
    Stolen.
  • alacurlalacurl Posts: 1,193Registered Users
    I'm a designer, and I prefer Macs. I have one laptop and two desktops -- all Macs.

    Dells are from hell. Had one, will NEVER buy another.
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  • CurlyGina2CurlyGina2 Posts: 1,048Registered Users
    I have a sony vaio that weighs like 3 or 4 lbs that I use for carrying around (school, trips) and I love love love it.

    I also like my HP Pavillion, which I just use at home. It's an "entertainment" notebook, and I love it too.

    I got both of them three years ago.
  • CurlyGina2CurlyGina2 Posts: 1,048Registered Users
    I got this one earlier in the year and really like it. It is kinda big though if you are looking at portability. I had a hard time finding a case for it.

    On the upside, it has run Vista with NO problems (really). I've had no problems with my wireless access.

    We have the same computer!

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  • ursulaursula Posts: 1,461Registered Users
    I am very happy with my Mac. I have a Powerbook G4 that I bought 3 or 4 years ago (ancient in computer years). About six months ago, I dropped it at such a horrendous angle that it got pretty banged up and dented. Amazingly, it still works. I had a small software problem recently that was probably unrelated and was easily fixed. Other than that, no complaints.

    Are you in college or a college graduate? If the former, you can get good deals through your school. If the latter, your school might have special computer deals for alumni (mine does).
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