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Need help on deciding a laptop for me

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by mkarthik91, Jun 19, 2009.

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  1. mkarthik91

    mkarthik91 Newbie

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    Hey guys,

    I am gonna buy a laptop soon. I was thinking about buying the new DELL Studio 15 customized. If you have any other suggestions feel free to post here. Do keep in mind that I am looking for a laptop that provides good configuration at the right price.

    P.S : Don't suggest a mac coz I am not willing to shell that much on the 15 inch one. Although that would have been my dream laptop.

    Thanks..
     
  2. duniatopihitam

    duniatopihitam Newbie

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    yeah...vote +1 for HP... HP is great for work..
     
  3. Grandslam

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    Funny... I have been think the past couple weeks of asking you guys what kind of laptop would work best for IM (if there's such a laptop that makes our task of IM easier) but was too lazy to ever start a thread about it.. so i'm glad that someone finally asked- I think having a fast enough processer is the biggest thing I would be concerned about.. my acer laptop constantly freezes up because of all the shit i have open all the time..

    As far as the 15 inch macbook goes, is it just me or do macbooks weigh a ton (for a laptop)? When I was at microcenter a couple weeks ago I couldn't believe how much they weighed compared to the hp's and such.
     
  4. hiraa

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    Dell XPS or Lenovo T series laptops, never had any trouble with both of them. built for heavy users which all of us are.
     
  5. TheDarkLighter

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    You could checkout system76.com Sure they come pre-installed with Ubuntu, but whats stopping ya from putting windows on it if you really want to?
     
  6. Rick4691

    Rick4691 Registered Member Premium Member

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    We have Dells where I work, and their hard drives tend to fail. I know of at least five people whose drives failed and the company had to pay a few thousand to recover the data. This is a big reason I store all my data on our LAN, and all the code I work on is maintained in a remote CVS repository. If my HD fails, there's no need for a recovery --- just replace the thing and I'll deal.

    As for HP, I bought an HP Pavilion about 4 1/2 years ago. Last year, the wireless became undependable and the AC connection was shorting out. And only six months out of warranty. Regardless, I tried getting HP to fix it. I told them I was willing to pay for it. Unfortunately, no one I spoke to at HP understood that I needed the laptop fixed. I think I was sent to six different people before I said forget it and sent the computer to a local repair shop. It's been working well ever since.

    HP notebooks work well, but their service is either lacking or requires more persistence than I have.

    I bought my Toshiba last year. It's definitely the best out the three. After it's first week of operation, the CPU died, but when I called Toshiba they were very good about it, and they had it back to me in about ten days. It's working fine since then.

    One thing about Toshibas is that they have some proprietary Windows utilities that take some getting used to. It's like working with Toshiba's variant of Windows. It's ok, just slightly different.

    One last thing, if you're relatively stationary with your notebook, consider getting one with a docking bay. I have my AC adapter and mouse plugged into the docking bay and it makes it a lot easier to just undock the computer on those rare occasions I have to go mobile.
     
  7. mydssbin

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    stay away from Dell and Toshiba Satellite series. They are CRAP!!! I know because I am in the service department, at a computer company. We repair tons of them. They keep us in business; that being said Dell and Toshiba keep making junk because you keep me in business!:D

    I almost never see IBM / Lenovo or ACER in for repair and i have a IBM.
     
  8. entreprenuer

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    as far as notebooks go DO NOT GET a gateway laptop or an acer.

    >>They do not operate correctly. I had a friend of mine who bought a brand new gateway and 2 months later he had hardware problems. I bought an ACER laptop and it sucked, overheated, and the harddrive went.

    Stick with toshiba, dell, and HP
     
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    toshiaba and dell work fine in my expirience. My brother works for a computer repair program and he usually has trouble with Gateway and ACER
     
  10. trystanys

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    Don't see anybody talk about Sony Vaio. Is it any good?
     
  11. kingbrend

    kingbrend Regular Member Premium Member

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    I use a Sony Vaio, it works well. The only sucky part is Vista the first few months.

    After it does it's auto updates it crashes less. :)
     
  12. nativesites

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    I just got a Lenovo IdeaPad Y550 - 418645U
    580.00 after I found a %20 off coupon
    Its the cheapest with the best you can get from anyone(for this price)
    Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor T6400 ( 2GHz 800MHz 2MB )
    3 GB PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz
    15.6 " HD Wide LED 1366x768
    250GB 5400
    DVD Recordable
    6 cell
    HDMI and all that good stuff
     
  13. LucasCuello

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    BHW Goldmine!
    You can get a refurbished laptop (they are just good as if they were new), save $$$ and get a better configuration.

    My recommendations: HP HDX16 - HP TX2z (touch screen) - Dell XPS 1540

    Look for them in eBay (on the left column choose refurbished)
     
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    I'm thinking about getting a new laptop as well.

    I wanna become a mac user. The white macbook seems nice and it saves a ton of money compared to other macbooks :D

    Anyway for the same money I can buy an msi gaming laptop with better specs...

    Which one would you go for?