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    Laptop Computer

    So i Im looking at getting a laptop. i went into best buy today and would have loved to get a Mac but dont want to pay the price for them.. And the guy at best buy said a new Sony Vaio is the next best thing to getting a Mac. So my question for you computer guys is.. is that a good one to buy considering it is 800 dollars or go cheaper with the same quality???



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    Re: Laptop Computer

    Quote Originally Posted by CYCRAZY View Post
    So i Im looking at getting a laptop. i went into best buy today and would have loved to get a Mac but dont want to pay the price for them.. And the guy at best buy said a new Sony Vaio is the next best thing to getting a Mac. So my question for you computer guys is.. is that a good one to buy considering it is 800 dollars or go cheaper with the same quality???
    What do you need to do with said computer?



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    Re: Laptop Computer

    Quote Originally Posted by IcSyU View Post
    What do you need to do with said computer?
    me personally: internet, email the basics, but my wife will use it to prepare lessons and do whatever she needs to do with teaching



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    Re: Laptop Computer

    Quote Originally Posted by CYCRAZY View Post
    me personally: internet, email the basics, but my wife will use it to prepare lessons and do whatever she needs to do with teaching
    You don't need that expensive of a computer then. You'll be able to get by with a baseline laptop. No real reason to spend a ton of money when you could spent $500-$600 and have a laptop that will do more then plenty.

    One thing I would advise is if you can wait awhile, wait until Windows 7 comes out or if you get it now, make sure they'll upgrade you to Windows 7 for free when it comes out.



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    Re: Laptop Computer

    ok then could you recommend another model that is cheaper that would be just fine for us then??



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    Quote Originally Posted by CYCRAZY View Post
    ok then could you recommend another model that is cheaper that would be just fine for us then??
    Pretty close to any laptop that you get at Best Buy or any like place will be more than plenty. I've got a baseline HP G60 from Best Buy with 4 GBs of RAM and a 250 GB hard drive that is more than enough for most things I can throw at it. I can run iTunes, watch a DVD on my external monitor, have Word, Excel, and Chrome also running with no problem. Computer was $549 and then I got the extended warranty for 3 years so if I drop it or spill something on it I can take it back in and they'll replace it for free (as long as it's a hardware issue and not software).

    My last laptop was a Toshiba Satellite with 2 gigs of RAM and a 60 gig hard drive. It worked for what I needed it for, but you couldn't do a whole lot of extra with it. It was also on XP which isn't the resource hog that Vista is so I didn't need a whole ton of RAM. With Vista, I'd recommend 4 gigs of RAM but 2 gigs will work. I eventually loaded Vista onto that computer and it worked fine for the couple months it was on there until I gave the brother to my computer and wiped the hard drive clean.

    Just basically make sure whatever you get has 2 or more gigabytes of RAM and at least an 80 gigabyte hard drive and it'll be more than plenty.



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    Re: Laptop Computer

    allright thanks for the advice, because i have no idea on computers and dont want the wife to get screwed on her computer choice



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    Re: Laptop Computer

    Quote Originally Posted by CYCRAZY View Post
    allright thanks for the advice, because i have no idea on computers and dont want the wife to get screwed on her computer choice
    They're going to try and sell you a ton of extra crap. Don't buy any of it. Most people are going to tell you Geek Squad sucks, etc. but I've never actually had an issue with them.



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    Re: Laptop Computer

    Be a man and get her a Mac or isn't she worth it?



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    Quote Originally Posted by IcSyU View Post
    They're going to try and sell you a ton of extra crap. Don't buy any of it. Most people are going to tell you Geek Squad sucks, etc. but I've never actually had an issue with them.
    well thanks for the help
    im sure we will be argueing in the next thread



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    Re: Laptop Computer

    Heh.

    Just make sure you get 4+gb of RAM, and a reasonably sized hard drive (80+ gb).

    Honestly, for what you want to do, if it's got those two stats, it will work fine. I, personally, prefer Dell, but that's just personal preference. They are all roughly the same these days.

    I'd advise against any of the extended warranties or accessories they try and push on you. The manufacturers warranty will cover 95% of the stuff that will go wrong with the machine, which would be likely to happen in the first 30 days or so anyway. Put the money you would have spent on the extended warranty in the bank and spend it on repairs if you need to (but you shouldn't).

    Best Buy makes almost all of their actual profit on those plans and accessories.

    Whatever you do do NOT buy any cables at Best Buy. Monoprice.com has them for literally a fraction of the cost, even factoring in shipping.


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    Re: Laptop Computer

    I'd recommend this over anything best buy sells.

    The Dell Online Store: Build Your System

    It comes with either windows xp or vista. I would recommend adding a extra 1 gig of memory for $10. It comes with a 320 gb external hard drive too. Another option that I think is worth while is a the $50 more for the 9 cell battery.



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    Re: Laptop Computer

    I think that unless you have the 64 bit version of your operating system it won't recognize more than 3 Gigs of RAM, can anyone back me up on this?



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    Re: Laptop Computer

    My advice would be wait for Windows 7 (not long) and then check out the Dell website. I am on my 6th year with my current Dell laptop. You should be able to get a very good one for under $500.



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    Re: Laptop Computer

    Quote Originally Posted by IcSyU View Post
    Computer was $549 and then I got the extended warranty for 3 years so if I drop it or spill something on it I can take it back in and they'll replace it for free (as long as it's a hardware issue and not software)
    Has Best Buy changed their policy? The last time I bought a monitor there and it quit working 3 months later, the d-bags there told me they had to send it in and see if they could repair it before they just exchanged it. Estimated waiting time 3-6 weeks. Haven't bought anything of much worth since from that joint



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