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Old 08-17-2010, 08:42 AM
 
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Default computer laptop options...need help

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....75866425&catId=

Please check out the 2 laptops above.
It will be for my almost 18yo son.
So, important features desired would be for use of:
~watching movies
~listening to music
~maybe gaming (not too serious)
~internet searching
~Myspace/Facebook
~webcam
So, going by above, I guess the video card would need to be 'decent'. Sound would need to be decent.
And which one seems to be more 'rugged'? (for a teen)
Thanks! If anyone has another suggestion other than the 2 above, in the $500 or under range, pls let me know!
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Old 08-17-2010, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Pomona
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Between those two, neither - you'd give up some hard drive space but get more memory for less at Newegg with this Lenovo, on sale for $400 shipped.

Newegg.com - lenovo G550(2958-9PU) NoteBook Intel Pentium dual-core T4500(2.30GHz) 15.6" 4GB Memory DDR3 1066 250GB HDD 5400rpm DVD±R/RW Intel GMA 4500M

Specs are similar otherwise, as all of these have integrated graphics; super serious gaming machines, they're not - those cost a lot more.
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Old 08-17-2010, 11:51 AM
 
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newegg.com for the win

I bought all my components from newegg for my desktop and buy all my DVDrs CDrs etc from newegg. They are great.

Also dont expect much hardcore gaming from a laptop unless you are buying a gaming laptop which will cost money.
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Old 08-17-2010, 12:30 PM
 
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Thanks but I am nervous buying from an online site. What if a problem occurs and it needs to be returned? I am just scared...is it a big deal?
Never heard of Lenovo. How reputable is it??? Hmmmm. It's not garbage is it? Better quality than the ones I posted? Thanks.
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Old 08-17-2010, 12:36 PM
 
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Ok, just checked it out. It gives no information about specs etc! Can you help? Also one review stated this; You won't be disappointed BUT you will need to turn off ALL of the junk software that Lenovo ships on their products. Then it will run incredibly fast.
I have to ask, what is junk software? Also another reviewer mentioned 'bloatware'...what is that?
TIA.
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Old 08-17-2010, 12:47 PM
 
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Today's hardware prices are amazing to me.
Look what kind of a laptop you are getting for merely $400. Several years back, you wouldn't be able to get jack for twice that amount!
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Old 08-17-2010, 01:40 PM
 
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Newegg has a great rep otherwise i would not recommend them. IM sure they have some type of warranty on laptops, you should check into that. I had a problem with a motherboard i bought from them and i returned it and had my new motherboard within 1 week and a half after sending it back. Any time you buy electronics you are taking a chance no matter where you buy it from.

Anyways they are talking about all the extra crap that comes pre installed on the computer that you will never use. Not a big deal, you just uninstall it.

You can also check tigerdirect.com. Never used them but i heard good things
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Old 08-17-2010, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Orlando, Fl
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I use found this one, any comments?
Larry - Hobe Sound, Fl
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Staples offers the 6.6-lb. HP G72-250US Intel Core i3 2.26GHz 17.3" Widescreen Notebook, model no. WQ666UA#ABA, for $549.98. With free shipping, that's $10 under our mention from last week (which was after rebate) and the lowest total price we've seen for this laptop. (It's also a current price low by $50.) Sales tax is added where applicable. Features include an Intel Core i3-350M 2.26GHz dual-core processor, 17.3" 1600x900 LED-backlit widescreen LCD, 4GB RAM, 320GB hard drive, dual-layer DVD burner with LightScribe, 802.11n wireless, memory card reader, webcam, HDMI, 6-cell battery, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
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Old 08-17-2010, 06:22 PM
 
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Thank you all!
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Old 08-17-2010, 06:55 PM
 
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Thanks but I am nervous buying from an online site. What if a problem occurs and it needs to be returned? I am just scared...is it a big deal?
Never heard of Lenovo. How reputable is it??? Hmmmm. It's not garbage is it? Better quality than the ones I posted? Thanks.
Lenovo bought the IBM Thinkpad line

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Originally Posted by twowolves View Post
Ok, just checked it out. It gives no information about specs etc! Can you help? Also one review stated this; You won't be disappointed BUT you will need to turn off ALL of the junk software that Lenovo ships on their products. Then it will run incredibly fast.
I have to ask, what is junk software? Also another reviewer mentioned 'bloatware'...what is that?
TIA.
bloatware and junk software are the same thing, garbage that no one needs that sucks up system resources, free trials, and such, Sony is the worst offender, HP consumer line is a close second, toshiba and lenovo aren't far behind.
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