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Want to buy a Laptop

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by fruity_looper, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. fruity_looper

    fruity_looper Junior Member

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    Hello BHW! :)

    I'm looking to buy a Laptop
    My main purpose for this laptop is producing music and using it for my sets with serato.

    I don't want this laptop to freeze/lag/crash at all when I produce or use serato and last through long haul flights.

    I'm willing to spend $2k to $3k (I'm saving up LOL)

    My requirements:

    • Heaps of Ram (Like 16GB?)
    • i7 Extreme or better
    • 1TB HDD (Will have an external to back up my projects)
    • CD/DVD/Blu-Ray
    • Wifi
    • LONG ass Battery Life (8 hours is realistic right?)
    • Great Sound Card
    • 2GB+ GFX
    That's all I can think of so give me some suggestions, Hopefully I can find something here.

    Thank You! :D
     
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    What operating system do you prefer? If its Windows, choose Asus. Asus is a godtier company when it comes to higher end laptops. For the love of blackhat, don't buy Alienware. They have relatively few laptops that are competitively priced. You could go Mac if there are Mac-only programs you need, but it is still a OS with training wheels. I wouldn't recommend over two grand for a laptop. Why do you need a 2G GFX? Onboard graphics will work fine if you aren't doing much. Wifi is standard on all laptops. Check on how much RAM you will need, but 16g is quite a lot, even for producing imho. Don't buy an SSD, warranty, antivirus, or any other unnecessary software. If you went with Windows, get Microsoft Security Essentials, its a free antivirus. Hire a local computer professional to repair your computer. A well qualified one will outdo geeksquad and give you better service.
     
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    Recently bought a Dell Laptop cheap one for ~$1000 and I'm pleased with the quality of it. Love every aspect of it. I also have Asus and Acer laptops, but Dell stands out the best. In dell homepage you can customize laptop to your needs so take a look at it. I'd suggest you go with Dell XPS 15.
     
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    Windows is what i want, was thinking about Mac's for a while but I'm a Windows person.

    No go for Alienware, never planned on it either.
    Going for Asus now, any you can suggest?

    I Will be doing the ocassional Video editing and Photoshopping too so i thought a 2GB GFX would be just dandy

    Not going for SSD, AntiVirus and the other pointless stuff.
    I always use a local repair person. :)

    I want this thing to run smoothly for a long time so thank you for your response :D




    Nice! Thank you looking on the dell website now! :D
     
  5. Jami90

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    Never buy: Alienware!

    Its just the marketing you are paying for like Mac(you could run a VM Mac if you need some programms).

    All in all and with this budget you could go for a Dell laptop. Advantages are the extremly nice support(they´ll bring u a new power supply within 2 days) and the quality. You can create your own laptop there, just visits dell dot com.

    Thought about buying a dell too but my bank account said "get a cheaper one" :D So I decided for an acer. Btw acer will reduce their prices for 20-50% by a mistake of their stock management ;) You should look for some acer too :) Asus is one of my favourites too but in my opinion dell is the better choice. Complain them
     
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    I made a thread on getting a new laptop a couple of weeks ago. I decided to go for the new Dell XPS 15z. I've had it about and a week and I've been VERY pleased with it. It's a sleek, clean, powerful laptop that doesn't get fingerprinted easily. It's also the thinnest PC out right now. Check out the specifications:

    Processor: 2nd generation Intel Core™ i7-2620M processor 2.70 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3.40 GHz

    Display: Elemental Silver Aluminum 15.6" 300-nit FHD (1080P) WLED Display with Webcam

    Memory: 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz

    Hard Drive: 750GB4 SATA hard drive (7200RPM)

    Video Card: NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 525M 2GB graphics with Optimus


    I couldn't be happier with it. I got a 3 year in-home warranty (where they come out and fix it if you have any problems) and a 3 year accidental damage warranty (covers coffee spills etc.). Came out to around $1,650. Ooh yea. And they have a promotion going on now so I got a free xbox 360 with it.

    I couldn't be happier with my purchase.
     
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    I'm in New Zealand so I hope Support is the same all around the world if I choose to get a Dell in the end :D

    I've had an acer laptop a while back, I hate the junk that they out on the laptops XD Easy to get rid off but yeah I was a noob then. :baby09:

    Still looking through Asus laptops, so much different compared to getting a Desktop built!

    This looks like a good option I want a laptop that lasts me at least 3 years and up to 5 years, thats why i'm looking at something Big! :D

    Thank You for sharing guys, keep it coming!!!
     
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    I just bought myself a Sony VAIO VPCF21Z1E/BI, couldn't be happier with it!

    Processor Intel® Core™ i7-2630QM Processor
    - 2 GHz (up to 2.9 GHz with Turbo Boost)
    - 6 MB L3 Cache
    - Quad-core
    RAM 8GB DDR3
    Graphics card NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 540M GPU
    Screen type Widescreen LCD
    Screen resolution - Full HD
    - 1920 x 1080
    Screen size 16"

    It also has built in 3D, which is very cool!
     
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    I'm also interested in buying a new laptop so this thread will def help me decide. The main purpose for it will be video editing (camtasia...).
     
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    If you want any hope at battery life, don't include a beefy 2gig video card that you most likely wont be using. I strongly suggest Asus and an antivirus. Any laptop by Asus will do, just meet your price around two grand. Going above is a total waste. An antivirus will save you time from having your computer down, getting your bank info stolen, and other nasty things. Building your own PC on a website is great, but they are going to put more than the necessary in it (SSD, etc). Dell does put out some quality laptops.