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first laptop : how to choose ?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Software & Troubleshooting' started by toniglandyl, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. toniglandyl

    toniglandyl internal data fragmentation : 62203480%

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    Hi all !
    I'm going to need a laptop for work and a bit of gaming (Ideally, I have my desktop PC for gaming, but I still want some power to play)

    I'm giving it a budget of 600-ish euros, and maybe get up to 800 euros if the changes are REALLY significant.

    What brands are to avoid ? which ones are awesome deals ?

    what I want is something without any hassle on the drivers part. I'll probably install a new HDD in it as 2.5" HDDs are getting cheap and that will let me get a fresh crippleware-free machine too. I've had plenty of trouble with ATI on upgrading the graphics on friends' laptops so I'm prefering an Nvidia dedicated GPU. (but maybe things changed ?)
     
  2. Zur

    Zur surrealistic mad cow

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    Can't really say but Acer have had a reputation for higher return rates and a design that doesn't put up with much wear and tear. They might have cleaned up their act though and do offer some decent hardware.

    Toshiba laptops seem to have a sturdy design. Lenovo too but they do basic no-thrills stuff. HP should have a decent budget all-rounder available. Also check out Samsung, Asus and MSI budget models for comparison.

    Whatever your choice you should be able to get a decent 2.4 GHz cpu for the price bracket you're aiming for. Check and compare features like integrated graphics to make an informed decision.

    Here's some review links:
    http://compreviews.about.com/od/budgetnote/tp/BudgetNotebook.htm
    http://reviews.cnet.com/best-budget-laptops/
    http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/test-centre/laptop/3214583/group-test-whats-the-best-budget-laptop/
     
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  3. toniglandyl

    toniglandyl internal data fragmentation : 62203480%

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