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Post #1 by NHL33 » Wed Nov 13, 2013 11:43 pm

Anyone have good experiences with particular brands? Toshiba is out of the picture.

My relatives will need a new one within the past few months, their computer usage is basically all Internet so almost any specs will do.

Only things that'll be concerns are Windows 7 (not Windows 8) and having a decently sized screen (ideally 17.3").
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Post #2 by IcE ColD » Wed Nov 13, 2013 11:52 pm

Lotsa vid watching or mostly surfing blogs, social medias and such?
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Post #3 by NHL33 » Thu Nov 14, 2013 12:15 am

IcE ColD wrote:Lotsa vid watching or mostly surfing blogs, social medias and such?

Mostly checking email and reading news, but also YouTube and streaming videos. Nothing in NetFlix or similar territory, very basic Internet usage.

vonbonds wrote:Why not used? If specs don't matter save money so they can spend it on something else they care about.

I haven't discounted getting a refurbished one, I need help deciding which brand to pursue (e.g. one that can increase the odds of not crapping out in a year or two).
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Post #4 by rbochan » Thu Nov 14, 2013 7:54 am

onefatsurfer wrote:I am a fan of ASUS


Indeed. Good machines for the money.

I like Lenovo as well - Thinkpads.
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Post #5 by senate » Thu Nov 14, 2013 3:32 pm

NHL33 wrote:I need help deciding which brand to pursue (e.g. one that can increase the odds of not crapping out in a year or two).


None of the big brands have inherent problems or failure rates across their entire range of products but they have all made models that are lemons. It would be easier to determine your price range and then find the models at major retailers (i.e. big box stores, Amazon, Dell, and Newegg) with best specs in that range. Low-end models are usually several months (at least) old so there should be a lot of feedback about them online. So, find the models you are interested in and google them for user and expert reviews. Also, do a search of the brand's help forum. If there are multiple or big threads about your model, stay away from it.
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Post #6 by shredz » Thu Nov 14, 2013 6:42 pm

I just got a new laptop. If you want my old one I'll sell it to you fairly cheap. It's a Gateway. I'd obviously clean it out and re-install windows. It's in fairly good shape.
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Post #7 by NHL33 » Thu Nov 14, 2013 10:24 pm

Master Shredder wrote:I just got a new laptop. If you want my old one I'll sell it to you fairly cheap. It's a Gateway. I'd obviously clean it out and re-install windows. It's in fairly good shape.

Thanks, but that's not necessary (and I'm seriously not hurting for money by any means). Occasionally charge its battery and keep it on standby, you never know when one will die to a driver issue or whatever -- fixable items, but things that can take a painstaking amount of time depending on the problem.

I've never had a Gateway personally, either as a desktop or laptop (and I've never had a netbook/table/etc.)...though I think they did have eMachines - I know, laughable - so maybe I did at one point. Is their keyboard comfortable? Any noticeable quirks or negative traits?
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Post #8 by shredz » Thu Nov 14, 2013 10:50 pm

NHL33 wrote:Thanks, but that's not necessary (and I'm seriously not hurting for money by any means). Occasionally charge its battery and keep it on standby, you never know when one will die to a driver issue or whatever -- fixable items, but things that can take a painstaking amount of time depending on the problem.

I've never had a Gateway personally, either as a desktop or laptop (and I've never had a netbook/table/etc.)...though I think they did have eMachines - I know, laughable - so maybe I did at one point. Is their keyboard comfortable? Any noticeable quirks or negative traits?


I hate all keyboards and mouse usage on latops so I can't really give you a good answer.

I've never had a problem with Gateway. It was just time to upgrade.

Check out Best Buy or something they usually have some solid deals.

My main gripe is sometimes they overheat quite a bit very quickly.
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Post #9 by NHL33 » Thu Nov 14, 2013 10:50 pm

Big#D wrote:Why don't they just go with a tablet? They're easy, portable, and good enough for what they're looking to do.

Because they're not used to it and that makes a huge difference. Trust me.
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Post #10 by Murphy » Sun Nov 17, 2013 11:25 am

NHL33 wrote:Because they're not used to it and that makes a huge difference. Trust me.


They'll pick it up quickly.

We got my mother in law an Ipad with a keyboard and after the beginning learning curve, she uses it everyday. The father in law said it was the only gift he's ever seen her receive that she's used so much.
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Post #11 by Paper Jam Dipper » Sun Nov 17, 2013 10:19 pm

I like my Acer.
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Post #12 by NHL33 » Mon Nov 18, 2013 5:46 pm

I'm thinking I'll get them a Windows 8 machine. That opens up more possibilities for savings. On the one hand I know I'm going to get dozens of tech support calls/emails, but on the other the metro mode might actually be simpler and easier for them.

Black Friday is almost here, just keeping an eye on potential sales. Some decent ones right now, but I know better ones will come.

Keeping myself open to the tablet option but it'd probably be better getting a laptop/tablet hybrid then an out-and-out tablet. That'll still likely be more expensive than a laptop alone, so I doubt I'll pursue that.
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Post #13 by stan:getz » Mon Nov 18, 2013 6:29 pm

NHL33 wrote:I'm thinking I'll get them a Windows 8 machine. That opens up more possibilities for savings. On the one hand I know I'm going to get dozens of tech support calls/emails, but on the other the metro mode might actually be simpler and easier for them.

Black Friday is almost here, just keeping an eye on potential sales. Some decent ones right now, but I know better ones will come.

Keeping myself open to the tablet option but it'd probably be better getting a laptop/tablet hybrid then an out-and-out tablet. That'll still likely be more expensive than a laptop alone, so I doubt I'll pursue that.


Just buy a macbook dude. You're rich anyway. It's worth it, and headache free.

The macbook air is awesome. Windows 8 is as gay as a male cumming into another male.
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Post #14 by VLoo » Tue Nov 19, 2013 11:36 pm

Seriously, Windows 8 is a piece of shit and I hate it. Get a Macbook, it's reliable and you won't have to field any tech questions/emails when you set up a macbook tutorial at the apple store or whatever the fuck they do.
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Post #15 by stan:getz » Wed Nov 20, 2013 10:34 am

onefatsurfer wrote:Why the fuck would he spend a thousand dollars or more on a macbook when he can get a decent pc for $300?


Because he's not a poor hick with bellybutton lint living in a trailer in Alabama?
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Post #16 by Ironchef Chris Wok » Thu Nov 21, 2013 10:03 pm

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Post #17 by Dr_Chimera » Sun Nov 24, 2013 10:12 pm

I have the macbook air. Hellishly expensive, but it won't die on me at the worst possible moment and is, in every way, awesome.
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Post #18 by Cao » Mon Nov 25, 2013 2:15 pm

Dr_Chimera wrote:I have the macbook air. Hellishly expensive, but it won't die on me at the worst possible moment and is, in every way, awesome.


I agree with this.

Also it hasn't been said in this thread (and probably goes without saying) but: do not buy an HP laptop.
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Post #19 by Twitter bArt » Mon Nov 25, 2013 2:46 pm

Cao wrote:I agree with this.

Also it hasn't been said in this thread (and probably goes without saying) but: do not buy an HP laptop.


really

I've had one for about 5 years and still going strong

no issues

upgraded to Win 7 with no issues.
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Post #20 by Cao » Mon Nov 25, 2013 6:38 pm

Arturo wrote:really

I've had one for about 5 years and still going strong

no issues

upgraded to Win 7 with no issues.


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Post #21 by Twitter bArt » Mon Nov 25, 2013 10:25 pm

so consider myself lucky and avoid another one

I was thinking of changing for a newer model
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It's too bad all the people that could really run the Habs are busy doing talk radio, writing blogs or posting on message boards.



Now, Lajoie is an imbecile, a cretin and a plagiarist, who to use author Dany Laferrière's deliciously withering expression, "lives beyond his intellectual means."



...as serious as a poutine shortage in Chicoutimi during a curling bonspiel...



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Post #22 by clawfirst » Mon Nov 25, 2013 10:30 pm

meh I have an hp and aside from its terrible keyboard no issues.
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Post #23 by NHL33 » Mon Nov 25, 2013 10:58 pm

Apple's prices are ridiculous. I think I'll stay away from Mac for now. But haven't completely ruled out a Mac mini.
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Post #24 by Craig » Mon Nov 25, 2013 11:01 pm

NHL33 wrote:Apple's prices are ridiculous. I think I'll stay away from Mac for now. But haven't completely ruled out a Mac mini.


If you want to buy a mac anything, just know that you're voluntarily paying an extra 50-100% regardless of the product. I would argue that their products are inferior to Android or Windows devices, depending on what area you're dealing with, which I suppose could be debated. But the price differential is unquestionable, you should really know you want that iWhatever specifically before you buy it.
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Post #25 by RTWAP » Mon Nov 25, 2013 11:08 pm

Craig wrote:If you want to buy a mac anything, just know that you're voluntarily paying an extra 50-100% regardless of the product. I would argue that their products are inferior to Android or Windows devices, depending on what area you're dealing with, which I suppose could be debated. But the price differential is unquestionable, you should really know you want that iWhatever specifically before you buy it.


It has been said that people who buy Apple products are simpleminded morons. I'm not sure that's true.
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Post #26 by Craig » Mon Nov 25, 2013 11:12 pm

RTWAP wrote:It has been said that people who buy Apple products are simpleminded morons. I'm not sure that's true.


I was trying to be polite.
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Post #27 by Twitter bArt » Mon Nov 25, 2013 11:19 pm

RTWAP wrote:It has been said that people who buy Apple products are simpleminded morons. I'm not sure that's true.


I don't have an Apple

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It's too bad all the people that could really run the Habs are busy doing talk radio, writing blogs or posting on message boards.



Now, Lajoie is an imbecile, a cretin and a plagiarist, who to use author Dany Laferrière's deliciously withering expression, "lives beyond his intellectual means."



...as serious as a poutine shortage in Chicoutimi during a curling bonspiel...



Haddock wrote:I wouldn't know anything about that. I gave my soul up when I swore allegiance to the goddamn queen.




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Post #28 by NHL33 » Mon Nov 25, 2013 11:23 pm

Craig wrote:If you want to buy a mac anything, just know that you're voluntarily paying an extra 50-100% regardless of the product. I would argue that their products are inferior to Android or Windows devices, depending on what area you're dealing with, which I suppose could be debated. But the price differential is unquestionable, you should really know you want that iWhatever specifically before you buy it.

Yeah, I know. That's why the thought makes my skin crawl. Like I said, I haven't 'completely' ruled out a Mac mini, but the odds are pretty low that I go for it.
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Post #29 by vf » Tue Nov 26, 2013 9:26 pm

Avoid refurbs.
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Post #30 by NHL33 » Thu Nov 28, 2013 1:55 pm

Bought a Gateway touch screen 15.6" featuring Windows 8, 4 GB RAM and serviceable CPU from Microsoft store. Added an external Samsung DVD+/- optical drive from Amazon. Total came to under $400 including tax.

This saga is officially concluded. I was very tempted by some Lenovo deals but ultimately decided the price upgrade was simply not worth it -- and I think they may enjoy the touch screen with the Gateway. Thank you, all, for your recommendations.
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Post #31 by Ricard_Persson » Wed Dec 04, 2013 9:54 am

znk built me one a few years ago. Still using it now. He's good. :laef:
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Post #32 by Shawnathan Horcoff » Sat Jul 26, 2014 1:08 pm

As the information in this fred is now obsolete it is time to start anew.

I want a high performance non-gaming laptop. I like ASUS, however everything of appeal on their website has been discontinued (wtf?). You have two options, fellas:

a) Point me in the direction of a fine high performance non-gaming laptop

b) Tell me everything I need, and where I need to go for a custom built high performance non-gaming laptop

Thank you in advance, and all the best to you and yours in this greatest of ages.
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Post #33 by Redden Punches Faces » Sat Jul 26, 2014 8:42 pm

ibm, mate
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Post #34 by Nibblet » Tue Jul 29, 2014 9:06 pm

dong perimong wrote:As the information in this fred is now obsolete it is time to start anew.

I want a high performance non-gaming laptop. I like ASUS, however everything of appeal on their website has been discontinued (wtf?). You have two options, fellas:

a) Point me in the direction of a fine high performance non-gaming laptop

b) Tell me everything I need, and where I need to go for a custom built high performance non-gaming laptop

Thank you in advance, and all the best to you and yours in this greatest of ages.


...Custom built laptop. What?

You really need to specify a budget and whether or not you're willing to lug around a 15 inch 5 pound beast with 3 hour battery.

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Post #35 by NHL33 » Tue Jul 29, 2014 9:46 pm

Whatever you settle on, make sure you get a good solid state drive. Use a secondary drive for storage.
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Post #36 by Shawnathan Horcoff » Tue Jul 29, 2014 10:24 pm

Nibblet wrote:...Custom built laptop. What?

You really need to specify a budget and whether or not you're willing to lug around a 15 inch 5 pound beast with 3 hour battery.


Or would could just solve option a) for me.

I don't have a budget, Nibblét. I'm rich.
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Post #37 by Twitter bArt » Tue Jul 29, 2014 10:59 pm

don't buy the piece of shit I bought
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OOOH yeah life goes on, long after the thrill of Vinny is gone



It's too bad all the people that could really run the Habs are busy doing talk radio, writing blogs or posting on message boards.



Now, Lajoie is an imbecile, a cretin and a plagiarist, who to use author Dany Laferrière's deliciously withering expression, "lives beyond his intellectual means."



...as serious as a poutine shortage in Chicoutimi during a curling bonspiel...



Haddock wrote:I wouldn't know anything about that. I gave my soul up when I swore allegiance to the goddamn queen.




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Post #38 by Shawnathan Horcoff » Wed Jul 30, 2014 5:50 pm

NHL33 wrote:Whatever you settle on, make sure you get a good solid state drive. Use a secondary drive for storage.


I don't know what any of this means.
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Post #39 by RTWAP » Wed Jul 30, 2014 6:37 pm

Percentage of time I'm on battery power <1%.

I sometimes wish they'd make portable computers, like laptops but without the batteries.
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Post #40 by IcE ColD » Wed Jul 30, 2014 7:38 pm

RTWAP wrote:Percentage of time I'm on battery power <1%.

I sometimes wish they'd make portable computers, like laptops but without the batteries.


Remove the battery on your laptop then.

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Post #41 by Shawnathan Horcoff » Wed Jul 30, 2014 7:42 pm

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Post #42 by Twitter bArt » Wed Jul 30, 2014 9:10 pm

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OOOH yeah life goes on, long after the thrill of Vinny is gone



It's too bad all the people that could really run the Habs are busy doing talk radio, writing blogs or posting on message boards.



Now, Lajoie is an imbecile, a cretin and a plagiarist, who to use author Dany Laferrière's deliciously withering expression, "lives beyond his intellectual means."



...as serious as a poutine shortage in Chicoutimi during a curling bonspiel...



Haddock wrote:I wouldn't know anything about that. I gave my soul up when I swore allegiance to the goddamn queen.




:lr: :lr: :lr:

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