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How do you buy a good laptop these days?

By Slayer_ ·
My laptop last night, decided to fry the graphics chip (while displaying a Mint screensavor no less, sad)

So I find myself in need of a new laptop.

I'm told the box stores are a bad place to look.

So where do you look for a laptop with a decent amount of power.
I basically need a desktop replacement laptop, so CPU power, graphics power, at least a decent sound (Though speakers are not as important as it will often be hooked up to a external sound system). Good amount of RAM because I multitask the crap out of my computers.
I would preferably like about 3 hours of battery life under meek usage (like watching a movie).
Preferably a 17 inch screen and full keyboard as I often use the system for development. I like sitting out on the balcony or while in a car and developing programs.
I do not care if it is a gloss or matte display.
HDD size is not a big issue, my last machine had 100 gigs and that was enough.

It needs to be at least a 5 year laptop, my last laptop, I bought refurbished, and it lasted 5 years, I expect a new laptop to do even better.

It also needs to work for windows and Linux. (Can't lose my Mint system now...)

And lastly, I don't have a lot to spend, 1000 to 1500 + taxes.

So where do I buy something like this?

I live in Manitoba, Canada.

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by robo_dev In reply to How do you buy a good lap ...

I go to the Dell Outlet Store, where they have refurbed, open-box, return, scratch and dent, etc.

But......

It looks like Dell does not offer the regular outlet store to Canada, but they do have their off-lease stuff:
http://dfsdirect.ca/

My last two Dell desktops were from the outlet store, and the last two laptops as well.

The Dell XPS or Studio machines sound kinda like what you need.

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by Slayer_ In reply to Personally

I found one studio open box, it sounds not bad, but it has ATI graphics, so it would be Linux hostile, and a SS Drive, which is expensive and unnecessary for me.

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by Slayer_ In reply to Try on here...

Wow, how about this one

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=637440&CatId=4938

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by Slayer_ In reply to Try on here...

Ok, other than hard drive size, whats the difference between my last posting and this one?
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX34213(ME).aspx
This one is 100 dollars cheaper but has more HDD space.

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by Slayer_ In reply to Try on here...

Oh, another good one, little less power, a lot less cost.
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7124324&csid=ITD&body=MAIN

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I don't know where these are sold in Canada

by OH Smeg In reply to How do you buy a good lap ...

And they are only 15 Inch not 17 but they are the most powerful NB I've ever used and a great little unit.

I put them into Earthmover's places who are as rough as guts on NB and these things just take a kicking and keep on ticking.

http://ca.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3793#sp

Col

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by Slayer_ In reply to I don't know where these ...

This one looks good, but no price on it? Or I just don't see it.

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by OH Smeg In reply to I don't know where these ...

Here you would have to contact the Canadian Wholesaler for price and availability.

As to price it depends on the configuration as these NB???s will accept a 13/7 CPU and several other things.

But if this helps with a i7 CPU 8 GIG or RAM and several hundred Gig???s of HDD Space they sell here for about $900.00 AU.

Try the link that I provided as they will be able to help you with the price and availability in Canada.

Col

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Get a Toshiba Satellite Pro (Business grade) 17" widescreen

by ghines In reply to How do you buy a good lap ...

I got this pc 2 yrs ago using AirMiles -- retail was about $1200 -- http://www.amazon.ca/Toshiba-Satellite-Widescreen-Notebook-17-1-WXGA/dp/B001TGX54C

3MB Ram and I multitask a huge amount. Business grade heavy duty! Not too much crapware. Win came with option to load Vista Business Edn OR XP.

REALLY PLEASED!! Uptime is phenom... It has been at least 3 months since I have had to reboot!!!

I'd buy a newer version of the same brand... prices should still be under $1500 ... or if used, a whole lot less. BTW, Win VistaBUSINESS EDN will be supported for 10 years!!!!

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