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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 Slayer_ In reply to Get a Toshiba Satellite P ...

What kind of graphics power does it have?

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by ghines In reply to Get a Toshiba Satellite P ...

Sadly, its ATI Mobility Radeon HD3470 -- and as you said above, ATI and Linux don't gel. Good Luck.

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by Slayer_ In reply to Get a Toshiba Satellite P ...

Thanks anyways :)

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Lease turn-ins

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

Many companies lease equipment for a few years, then turn it in and lease something new. This is particularly true with leading-edge technology. They lease so they're not tied in.

That's good news if you're looking for a new machine: High-end leased units are turned in after 3 years or so, and sold through many outlets. Bleeding-edge tech that's 3 years old is usually a solid high-performance machine, and since they're used/reconditioned, they're available at substantial savings.

Buy from a reputable dealer or from the manufacturer, and look for a reasonable warranty.

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I like NewEgg

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

They seem to have good prices but the best part is the detailed search. It is easy to find exactly what you are looking for. Good reviews too.

http://www.newegg.ca/

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Just bought the following for my wife

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

HP ProBook 4520s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834157673

She is a librarian (catalog/DB) and needed a business class machine with full keyboard/numpad and domain joinable (came with Win7pro.) Unfortunately Newegg has now deactivated this item. Graphics are OK but not a gaming PC. I paid under $600 including an 8Gig memory upgrade. She really likes it, and in three months of use hasn't had any mechanical/electrical problems.

I really like the Lenovo Thinkpads. DELL business class machines are top-notch. I've had good experience with their older latitude -> inspiron crossovers, but some of their more recent offerings (XPS/Studio) seem a little wobbly.

Anyway I like Newegg esp the review section.

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At your Price Point, I advise the following

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

If your multitasking is of the sort that taxes your processor, I would get the Intel i7 Chip, with no less than 8GB, but preferably more like 16GB.

You can also get into a nice i5 with similar ram, 17.3, and plenty of storage for 1K.

The box stores arent bad, but they do make a profit.

I just picked up an HP DV7, and run lots of software and no issues.

You can get a nice i7 processor, and 8GB of ram, nice 17.3 and 1/2 TB if disk, all on the 64bit version of Windows7, and it will be a dream.

Find it here at 1K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100006740%20600004346&IsNodeId=1&name=17%22%20-%2017.3%22

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by Slayer_ In reply to At your Price Point, I ad ...

Thanks, I'll have a look.

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