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chuanwai
24-03-2014, 08:15 PM
I am looking for a laptop just for uni/every day computing, budget will be around $1300 or so, it will mostly be used for office work, data analyzing and some light gaming. Weight and such isn't really of the highest priority, just looking for a fair priced, capable laptop. Would just need a screen size between 13" to 15", doesn't need to be 1080p just something that is alright to look at.
I've done a bit of searching around and have found a few, would there be any better alternatives out there?
MSI CX61 2OD-021AU 15.6"
http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/notebooks/componentview.asp?partid=19978

HP Pavilion 15
http://shop.jbhifi.co.nz/computers-laptops/laptops/hp-pavilion-15-n213tx-15-6-notebook/76288

Acer V5-573G
http://shop.jbhifi.co.nz/computers-laptops/laptops/acer-v5-573g-54208g1-15-6-notebook/77083

HP Envy 15
http://www.noelleeming.co.nz/shop/computers/notebooks/pc-notebook-computers/hp-15-j121tx-15-6-envy-notebook/prod126423.html#specs-tab

Toshiba Satellite L50
http://www.noelleeming.co.nz/shop/computers/notebooks/pc-notebook-computers/toshiba-l50-a01q-15-6-notebook/prod126443.html#specs-tab

Thanks guys any recommendations or comments would be good

pcuser42
24-03-2014, 08:24 PM
Toshiba Satellite L50
http://www.noelleeming.co.nz/shop/computers/notebooks/pc-notebook-computers/toshiba-l50-a01q-15-6-notebook/prod126443.html#specs-tab

Out of the ones you've listed, I'd go for this one.

But that said, I only looked at this one as I don't touch the other brands :p

icow
24-03-2014, 09:47 PM
http://www.dicksmith.co.nz/laptops-notebooks/asus-f550lc-15-6-laptop-dsnz-xc9239

4 Cell battery is the only let down, shouldn't be a massive issue due to the power savings of having a 4220u as the cpu.

Greg
24-03-2014, 10:24 PM
Out of the ones you've listed, I'd go for this one.

But that said, I only looked at this one as I don't touch the other brandsI also have a bias toward certain brands, but maybe he could do better for the price.

wainuitech
24-03-2014, 10:42 PM
Wouldn't get the HP's, out of EVERY laptop I've had here that's had problems with drivers and Windows 8 EVERY one has been a HP :yuck:

Nick G
25-03-2014, 02:04 PM
http://www.noelleeming.co.nz/shop/computers/notebooks/pc-notebook-computers/asus-f550lc-xo110h-15-6-notebook/prod126234.html#specs-tab


Or maybe look at some of the Lenovo offerings.
http://shopap.lenovo.com/nz/en/laptops/thinkpad/edge-series/e540-touch/#tab-customize
or http://shopap.lenovo.com/nz/en/laptops/thinkpad/l-series/l440/

Alex B
25-03-2014, 02:40 PM
http://www.wiseguys.co.nz/hp-probook-450-g1-intel-i5-4200m-2-5ghz-8gb-128gb-ssd-15-6-led-1366x768-hd8750m-2gb-graphics-dvdrw-win7pro-64bit-win8pro-lic-1yr-6cell-bt4-fpr-hdmi-usb3-webcam-wifin-250825

Good machine for the $, the probooks have way better build quality than consumer HP stuff, too. You can install either Win7 or 8 (has disk for both), and has an SSD. The only thing that sucks is the screen res, but you won't really find much better for the $.

chuanwai
26-03-2014, 01:38 PM
http://www.wiseguys.co.nz/hp-probook-450-g1-intel-i5-4200m-2-5ghz-8gb-128gb-ssd-15-6-led-1366x768-hd8750m-2gb-graphics-dvdrw-win7pro-64bit-win8pro-lic-1yr-6cell-bt4-fpr-hdmi-usb3-webcam-wifin-250825

Good machine for the $, the probooks have way better build quality than consumer HP stuff, too. You can install either Win7 or 8 (has disk for both), and has an SSD. The only thing that sucks is the screen res, but you won't really find much better for the $.

Would there be an option to install another hdd later on? 128Gb seems really restricted :horrified if an option to be able to put another in later on that would be perfect.


Out of the ones you've listed, I'd go for this one.

But that said, I only looked at this one as I don't touch the other brands :p

Is the build quality of toshiba laptops relatively better than the other brands? Is their aftersale customer care good ?

Thanks :)

Alex B
26-03-2014, 03:06 PM
Sure you can, but unless you actually need to store a whole lot on the machine you're better off going SSD and external HDD. An SSD will make the laptop significantly faster.

icow
26-03-2014, 03:58 PM
+1
I'm runnning a 256gb SSD in my laptop, running both Mac OS and Windows 7 (effectively 128gb each). Yet to run into any storage issues.