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han308
04-07-2009, 03:37 PM
Hi all,

I know these questions always get asked. What laptop to purchase, for under $1500?
I dont need it for games so it doesnt have to be a mega ;-)
Most shops, Dick Sm, Harvey Norm etc, have big flash "deals" but unless I run around comparing every model and price i dont know whats any good.

I understand processors and Ram and hard drive size etc. So just maybe what to avoid, or what models are any good.

:nerd:

Cheers, Vic.
PS. giving up on fixing other Pc at the moment :illogical

Blam
04-07-2009, 03:44 PM
Asus and Toshiba are the brands to go for.

How about something like this?

http://www.dse.co.nz/dse.shop/4a4ec1c800db302a2740c0a87f3b06c0/Product/View/XC4082

http://www.dse.co.nz/dse.shop/4a4ec1c800db302a2740c0a87f3b06c0/Product/View/XC4894

Blam

The Error Guy
04-07-2009, 03:46 PM
Depends, what are you planning on useing the computer for?? is there anything that you want/need in extra features like bluetooth, wireless, eSATA. And what is your price range.

I agree with blam on asus and toshiba but HP are good for performance and looks.

han308
04-07-2009, 04:24 PM
Yeah eSATA, would be nice, everything else I think is kinda standard these days. Wifi, DVD writer.
I think Toshiba seem to have a lot of features for the buck.
It'll mainly be used to store mp3s and photos and internet usage.

Blam
04-07-2009, 04:31 PM
You will also get a free upgrade to Windows 7 Home Premium when it is released.

The Toshiba has all the features and speed you'd ever need, and if you decide to upgrade the ram in the future(currently the A300 laptop has 2 slots 1gb in each) then you could grab a stick of 2gb DDR2 800 RAM and upgrade it yourself.

Blam

pctek
04-07-2009, 06:44 PM
Asus and Toshiba are the brands to go for.

How about something like this?

http://www.dse.co.nz/dse.shop/4a4ec1c800db302a2740c0a87f3b06c0/Product/View/XC4082

http://www.dse.co.nz/dse.shop/4a4ec1c800db302a2740c0a87f3b06c0/Product/View/XC4894

Blam

Or Sony. But SOny would be too expensive.
So what Blam6 says............

The Error Guy
04-07-2009, 07:28 PM
Sony would be to expensive. if you can get an upgrade to 1.5gb RAM i'd recommend it. and (from my point of view) avoid the centrino and other low end processors found in the entry level PC's because they cause a lot of 1-3 seccond lag when running apps such as MS office word '07 when opening a menu or choosing a template. if you get eSATA then make sure the hard drive you get actually supports eSATA. wireless N is starting to feature more in laptops but again you won't benifiet from 300mb/s N speeds without an N compatible router

this isnt applicable now but if I can i usually wait untill boxing day or the next excuse for the retailers to sell off their product at a cheap price. got my HP DV5 that way and bargained in a laptop case 2gb flash drive 3yrs waranty 3GB RAM for $1500

jwil1
04-07-2009, 09:26 PM
Dell ftw. Good looks and excellent pricing.

han308
07-07-2009, 10:31 AM
Gawd, I went to Dick Smith. Found a A300 Toshiba, thought this would do the job, but Dick Sm wouldnt sweeten the deal, what so ever. Not even a $30 mouse with it, and we were paying cash! Unbelievable!

Also, went to Harvey Norms and they did offer a few extras, but didnt actually have any of the model we wanted, still in their box!
So im still shopping around!

utopian201
07-07-2009, 11:01 AM
My friend wanted a low cost computer to do everything except watch movies, multimedia editing and playing games (which leaves...? probably only web browsing etc).

So a netbook would have suited except the screens were too small. In the end she got the cheapest toshiba from DSE. Basically the cheapest laptop which wasn't a netbook.

pctek
07-07-2009, 11:33 AM
The margins on Laptops aren't high.
Try a real PC shop - Computer Lounge, Just Laptops, etc.

han308
07-07-2009, 03:39 PM
Any thoughts about HP and Compaq,
vs
Asus and Toshiba ?

wratterus
07-07-2009, 03:42 PM
An actual real HP is good - Compaq is not good.

Asus and Toshiba are both excellent.

Blam
07-07-2009, 03:44 PM
+1 to what Wrat said.

HPs come with a lot of crap though, so be prepared...

Speedy Gonzales
07-07-2009, 03:51 PM
HP merged with Compaq / now own Compaq, so it wont matter if you buy one or the other, its the same company. And probably filled with the same crap

wratterus
07-07-2009, 03:54 PM
HP merged with Compaq / now own Compaq, so it wont matter if you buy one or the other, its the same company. And probably filled with the same crap

True - HP own Compaq - but a HP Business laptop and a Compaq laptop are two very different things. The bloat is similar, the business machines come out slightly worse off but the HP laptops are of a much better build quality.

HP (http://www.thetoptensite.com/sitebuilder/images/Laptop_HP-nx9420-Notebook-585x441.jpg)

Compaq (http://www.hardwarezone.com/img/data/articles/2008/2505/Compaq_Notebook.jpg)

Speedy Gonzales
07-07-2009, 03:56 PM
Good thing I dont have either :p If I did, I would probably reformat it and start from scratch

wratterus
07-07-2009, 03:58 PM
Me too. ;)

han308
07-07-2009, 04:11 PM
And dell?
cheaper online, but how do they compare?

wratterus
07-07-2009, 04:12 PM
You'll be fine unless it breaks. They are probably slightly better than Compaq. Their warranty support is very average. I wouldn't buy one.

CYaBro
07-07-2009, 04:34 PM
+1 to what Wrat said.

HPs come with a lot of crap though, so be prepared...

So did the last Toshiba I set up for a customer :groan:

wratterus
07-07-2009, 04:38 PM
They all come with a lot of crap really. Asus are just as bad. It shouldn't really be a selling point (or the opposite of that) as they are all pretty similar, and it can always be removed.

han308
07-07-2009, 05:19 PM
and remove it I will ;-)

utopian201
07-07-2009, 05:20 PM
HP Elitebook, Dell Lattitudes and any Lenovo are business class machines. So they'll typically have better warranties out of the box (longer and on site etc). They also have bulletproof reliability but since they aren't aimed at consumer/home users, they dont have things like hdmi, discrete graphics etc.

limepile
07-07-2009, 09:35 PM
PBTech have some good deals at the moment.

My wife swears by her Asus- bought at Just laptops, great service there too.

I'd always go for more specs than you think you need now, down the line you just know you're going to want to watch movies etc....

But if you were me......... I 'd find a way to buy a Mac !

limepile
07-07-2009, 09:50 PM
How about this..

http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=9810

wratterus
08-07-2009, 09:54 AM
That's nice - throw an extra 2GB of RAM at it, and it would be ideal.

I put Windows 7 on a brand new MacBook the other day, it is super quick. Much much nicer than OSX on the same machine... highly recommend it to anyone with an Intel Mac! Remove yourself from the clutches of OSX :p