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What laptop would you buy?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Uppa839, Aug 20, 2012.

  1. Uppa839

    Uppa839 Junior Member

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    Notes: 1. you can skip the first 2 paragraph's, that's just me ranting
    2. Main points are bolded so if you don't want to read this all just read those.

    Just a bit of background, my old Toshiba laptop has died. I'm 21 years old, I must of gotten it when I was in year 10 and it was my brothers before that so it must have been a 6-8 year old laptop but it still worked fairly well. It worked well enough for me to start earning some money and still be useable for highshool and uni.

    It was on it's last legs though, without the cord pluged in the laptop would shut off automatically (it literally has no battery life left), most of the time if the cord didn't work either (it took me about 5-10 minutes every time I wanted to change locations to just plug it in, admittedly I usually just left it in a position that worked at home but with people coming and going in my room that never lasted long) and finally the blue screen of death appeared and I decided that was it. It is the closest love hate relationship I have had with a piece of machinary, I loved it when it worked and I hated when it didn't. It feels hard to throw it away since it is the first machine I made money with, hell it was that machine which led me to Blackhatworld (if you wanna know how that works, lets just say that since I could easily reformat it and there was already so many problems with it I never hesitated to..."explore the dark side of the internet" and just experimented with different programs etc)

    But that's over, super main point I am able to afford a new laptop and I want your opinion on what is the best type of laptop to use for IM and still use for uni work. Just note I have never used any other laptop than Toshiba, I have seen friends with macs etc and I have never really liked them, plus they cost an arm and a leg and most of that your paying to have an apple product not the actual product. I am able to sped $1000-$1500 though if it is a really worthwhile machine I might spend a bit more. Also I am Australian so prices may(definitely will) differ in my country because everything is more expensive here even if I order form overseas and ship it (though that's still cheaper than retailers)

    Thanks for your help :D
     
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    you should go for ASUS or apple while purchasing laptops.Look the other companies like sony,HP etc. they dont manufacture anything all they do is outsource the parts and there is no need to prove this since you can open the laptop and see yourself.
     
  3. SortOfGoodGuy

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    Macbook Air is the best laptop IMHO. But if you prefer Windows 7 and don't want to put it on the Macbook Air then I think the Asus ux32vd ultrabook is the best of the bunch.
     
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    Macbook air i second that. Get vmware fusion to run windows7. Tera byte if external memory storage after a while you'll need it. Never a virus! New speech to text in any program replaces dragon dictation on mountain lion.
     
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    tubeincreaser Regular Member

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    Macbook Pro no questions asked. You can go with a 13 inch and get 8 GB RAM, and 500 GB harddrive. Works very well, or you could go with a 15 inch screen, whatever you want! But Macbook pro for sure!
     
  6. Uppa839

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    Okay probably the dumbest question but does the outsourced parts matter? Most companies don't manufacture any of their items but they still sell it under their brand. That's not surprising at all but to me as long as it performs just as well or better than their competitors does it matter?

    Just googled the Asus ux32vd and I have to admit it looks pretty awesome, it will take a while to get used to but it looks like it can perform at least 10x better than my old laptop

    huh to be honest I never knew you could run windows 7 on Macbook, interesting I'll do some research on that to see if it is worthwhile.
     
  7. Uppa839

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    To be honest a lot of other uni students have mac's and I have to admit when it comes to trying to format a group assignment it is really frustrating when your trying to format usually 1-2 windows word docs with 3-4 Mac word docs. But that being said having used a mac for a small amount of time it just seems like I can do so much more on a Toshiba or Dell than a Mac
     
  8. Uppa839

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    Oh and I usually like to run Ultimate Demon in the background to help with my websites but if I could do it on the old one I can definitely do it on a Macbook Air, Asus etc
     
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    Asus for sure man. I grabbed an Asus k50i back in 2010 and she takes anything I throw at it. I can run all the software I want and even game online at the same time and she never misses a beat.
     
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    whatever u do dont get a HP....they overheat like crazy!!!:firedevil
     
  11. Uppa839

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    hehehehe it's looking like asus and macbooks are the most preferred.
     
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    mine works like a charm though :)
     
  13. Uppa839

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    DO you use it intensely? running multiple applications at the same time etc
     
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    I bought a top of the range MacBook pro, and to be honest I'm really not impressed. If you are only using it for web browsing, document writing and watching movies it is great. But as soon as you start to run a few more programs it starts to crash all the time. If I have more than 10 tabs open in firefox, it starts to lag. Running remote desktop connection, is very unreliable and crashes. Running more than 4/5 apps open crashes it.

    I have a 4 year old desktop windows PC with lower specs than this mac, and it will outperform the mac any day, never crashes no matter how much stuff I have running on it. I would definitely go for that Asus laptop.
     
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    Macbook Air I guess ? Even though I can't afford it ?
     
  16. Uppa839

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    That's pretty much what I have been hearing about the Macbooks, but that is mostly from a couple of uni students (though they do IT so I wasn't sure if it was just a problem for them or in general). But I intend to do more than just simple browsing etc, if I just wanted that would get something like the Ipad.
     
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    Actually your Toshiba just needs a new battery.
     
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    15" macbook pro.
     
  19. Uppa839

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    A new battery and a new cord but it is definitely over 6 years old and I since I have started earning regularly I thought I would reward myself with a new laptop.
     
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    i just ordered this 15.6" laptop for the office ($2,058.00 + shipping + tax):


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    Battalion 101 P150EM [2] Gaming Laptop
    1 x Case ( Battalion 101 P150EM 15.6" Full HD 1920x1080 LED-Backlit Display Laptop w/HDMI Port, DisplayPort, USB 3.0, Illuminated Keyboard, fingerprint Reader, Li-Ion Battery, Universal AC Power Adapter - Original Metallic Black )
    1 x Processor ( Intel® Core™ i7-3720QM Mobile Processor (4x 2.6GHz/6MB L3 Cache) )
    1 x Memory ( 8GB [4GB x 2] 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM [Laptop Memory] - Corsair or Major Brand )
    1 x Video Card ( NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M 4GB GDDR5 Video [P150EM] )
    1 x Intel Smart Response Technology ( SSD Cache - 64 GB ADATA SX300 mSATA SSD )
    1 x Primary Hard Drive ( 1 TB 5400rpm Serial-ATA Super Slim Laptop Hard Drive )
    1 x Optical Drive ( 8x Dual Format DVD±R/±RW + 16x CD-R/RW Combo Drive [P150EM] )
    1 x Flash Media Reader / Writer ( Built-in 9-in-1 Media Card Reader/Writer [Laptop] )
    1 x Sound Card ( 3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard )
    1 x Network Card ( Built-in 10/100/1000 Mbps LAN [Laptop] )
    1 x Internal Wireless Network Adapter ( Intel Advanced-N 6235 802.11 a/g/n 300Mbps Dual-Band Wi-Fi + Bluetooth Combo )
    1 x Operating System ( Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium + Office Starter 2010 (Includes basic versions of Word and Excel) - 64-Bit )
    1 x USB Ports ( Built-in 1x USB 2.0 + 2x USB 3.0 + 1x USB 3.0 / eSATA Combo Ports [Laptop] )
    1 x Carrying Case ( Free Deluxe Carrying Case )
    1 x Video Camera ( Built-in 2.0 Mega Pixels Digital Web Video Camera )
    1 x Warranty ( Standard Warranty Service - Standard One(1) Year Limited Warranty + Lifetime Technical Support )
    1 x Rush Service ( Rush Service Fee (not shipping fee) - No Rush Service, Estimate Ship Out in 5~10 Business Days )


    LOL but i think i have laptop fever, cuz now I want to order this one too (11" laptop) because I'm gonna start doing a lot of flying on planes in the future to build up mileage/points for more free travel:

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    ($974.00 + shipping + tax)
    Battalion 101 W110ER Gaming Laptop
    1 x Case ( Battalion 101 W110ER 11.6" HD 1366x768 LED-Backlit Display Laptop w/HDMI Port, USB 3.0, Li-Ion Battery, Universal AC Power Adapter - Original Metallic Black )
    1 x Processor ( Intel® Core™ i7-3610QM Mobile Processor (4x 2.3GHz/6MB L3 Cache) )
    1 x Memory ( 8GB [4GB x 2] 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM [Laptop Memory] - Corsair or Major Brand )
    1 x Video Card ( NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 2GB GDDR3 Video [W110ER] )
    1 x Primary Hard Drive ( 500 GB 5400rpm Serial-ATA Super Slim Laptop Hard Drive )
    1 x Flash Media Reader / Writer ( Built-in 9-in-1 Media Card Reader/Writer [Laptop] )
    1 x Sound Card ( 3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard )
    1 x Network Card ( Built-in 10/100/1000 Mbps LAN [Laptop] )
    1 x Internal Wireless Network Adapter ( Intel Wireless-N 2230 802.11 b/g/n 300Mbps Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.0 Combo )
    1 x Operating System ( Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium + Office Starter 2010 (Includes basic versions of Word and Excel) - 64-Bit )
    1 x USB Ports ( Built-in 1x USB 2.0 Port + 2x USB 3.0 Port [Laptop] )
    0 x Carrying Case ( None )
    1 x Video Camera ( Build-in 1.3 Mega Pixels Digital Web Video Camera )
    1 x Warranty ( Standard Warranty Service - Standard One(1) Year Limited Warranty + Lifetime Technical Support )
    1 x Rush Service ( Rush Service Fee (not shipping fee) - No Rush Service, Estimate Ship Out in 5~10 Business Days )
     
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