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I have $500.00 to buy a new laptop. What should I get?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Imix4u, Nov 23, 2010.

  1. Imix4u

    Imix4u Junior Member

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    I am in need of a new laptop and I want to run some of my business functions on it but nothing to heavy. I just want to surf the net and be able to hook it up to my plasma so I can do work when I am lying in bed or play DVDs. Figured I would get some feedback from you guys since you are always on the computer. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
     
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    vallento Regular Member

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    I would just jump on ebay and then put up the laptop specs to max then set your max budget to $500 and then just work yourself down (on the laptop specs) until you find a good laptop for $500 from a ebayer with a lot of positive feedback and then go for it.
     
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    eloquenceeee Regular Member

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    This.
    Or possibly do the same thing with Newegg if you're afraid to buy from Ebay.

    Ebay will DEFINITELY have better offers than retail stores though.
     
  4. Imix4u

    Imix4u Junior Member

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    I think that is my problem is I am not 100% sure what I need for my specs. Seems pretty easy but I dont want to purchase more than I need. Also I don't want to purchase a POS. So what spec do you think I need to look at first. Thanks
     
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    alexandraM Junior Member

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    try salescircular.com for local deals and
    http://wireddeals.com/ for other deals

    anything around $500 will do what you want it to..toshiba, hp, lenovo are all good
    get one with HDMI port if connecting to digital TV or monitor
     
  6. RobDB5950

    RobDB5950 Registered Member

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    A while back bestbuy had exclusive rights to a line of laptops that started in the 650 range and they were gaming grade. You could probably pick one of these bad boys up now for 500 max. Either used or old stock. That would be more than enough to do your IM tasks on and watch movies and even play some games.
     
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    onthegoaudio1 Regular Member

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    I recommend the DV-5 or DV-6 from HP. You would have to get the older model, but it fits your price range NEW on ebay.

    I had the DV-6 entertainment 15.6" 2.6 Dual core, 500GB HD and 4GB of ram, I loved it and wish I still had it. I got it off craigslist for $300. Ran ********** on it 24-7 on wi-fi.
     
  8. lineguy

    lineguy Registered Member

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    You'll find great deals on laptops very often at SlickDeals

    Check for codes before you purchase at RetailMeNot

    Fatwallet is another alternative to slickdeals...

    I got my laptop from BestBuy for about 40% less than their retail price (thanks to these resources).

    ***Just google these sites, or maybe someone else can post the URL's. I can't because my post cont is still low.
     
  9. Bross

    Bross Senior Member

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    HP produce bad laptops. I have had a few of them and in all of them the screen was dead within 2 years.

    Never had any issues with Lenovo and Dell. Lenovo is very portable.

    Some lenovo's require hardware maintenance to eliminate overheating. Nothing hard to do but it requires it. (Dusting, etc.).
    If you want games then XBOX / PS is the answer and not a laptop.
     
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    rytpillager Regular Member

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    I from personal experience would like to say stay away from the HP DV-6 series.
    I have a HP Pavillion DV-6000 & can tell you that you should stay away from this model. There is an overheating issue in 1:8 of these laptops due to design flaws. HP is aware of this issue & will sell you a lemon. I bought two of these laptops & one has been nothing but problems for me. Ive had wifi issues with it & battery issues multiple times, after all this my hard drive crashed. I got a new one then within months my motherboard fried. Stay away from HP there customer support is horrible they will fuck you over in a heartbeat.

    HPLies
    http://www.hplies.com
     
  11. theconfidenceman

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    a good value would include
    -dual core
    -2-4g ram

    and if you want to hook up to TV
    -hdmi output

    goto bensb@rg@ins(dot)net
    and youll find something for $450 with those specs

    in my experience, a good sale will beat ebay prices
     
  12. greentitanium

    greentitanium Senior Member

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    last year at this time i got a hp g60 for 200.00. knock on wood, its been decent for a full laptop.
    battery fried at 11 months and 27 days.
    overall good performance, im actually a die hard dell fan though. MSN dot com has dirt cheap dell sales a couple times a month
     
  13. jackyman

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    An intermediate specification with HP company would be a proper choice
    Good luck to you ;)
     
  14. syngenetic

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    Best Buy @ Black Friday....
     
  15. haverox

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    google fujitsu lifebook
    t series 4000 range

    your welcome
    Posted via Mobile Device
     
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    YoungGuns Regular Member Premium Member

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    I've had a HP dv6-1250us laptop for over a year with no problems. I think I had problems with the wifi when I first had it but once I put windows 7 on it it worked fine.

    Got it off CL for $500 brand new in box when it retailed for $800+ Oh, and I prettymuch use it for a desktop and it's always on.

    Of course, it may just be luck.

    You can go to the dell refurb outlet and get some decent deals if you didn't want to go the ebay route. I have no idea of the current dell laptop quality, but we have a 6 year old dell desktop that's never had a hardware problem.

    Just go with 500gb+ hd and 4gb+ram and HDMI port and you should be good. For graphics I have a intel 4500 int. graphic card (may be dated now) that's just fine for any movies.

    Oh yea, and go windows 7.
     
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    Invest your $500 into your online business or marketing campaign (however you make money online) and then once it gets more successful you can buy a macbook pro
     
  18. frasierukraine

    frasierukraine Junior Member

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    Great suggestions already on the types of laptops....Whatever you buy online, remember to take that link and plug it into beatmypricedotcom for the best price on the net! ;)
     
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  19. RedMango

    RedMango Power Member

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    I'm in a similar position to the OP, and have been looking at Lenovos. For $500 does this sound OK/average/good/about right :

    Intel Pentium Dual Core P6100 (2.0GHz, 3MB L3 Cache
    2GB DDR3 SDRAM
    500GB SATA HDD
    Intel Graphics Media Accelerator GMA HD
    DVD -RW
    14.1 WXGA LED
    Web cam
    HDMI
    1 year warranty

    For a little more I can get either a better graphics card ( I'm not into gaming though) or a 2.53GHz processor...I'm thinking ^^ the first one listed? Buying online for me isn't an option, unfortunately.
     
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    RedMango Power Member

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    ^^ Thanks Dazzler! I don't really understand all of those numbers, Gibbaherps, Megatronixals etc, (except that the higher the better), so your approval is appreciated.