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Michi Needs a New Laptop!!! Help!!!!
« on: February 03, 2011, 02:48:57 PM »
Okay...so with our tax return, the hubby has said we can get me a new laptop. Why? Because I need one that I can do my transcription work on, that doesn't lag up after ten minutes of use, doesn't over heat from being on for more than ten minutes, and has a good, WORKING wireless card.

While appearances don't mean too much to me, I would like it to look okay. This Dell that I'm using is horribly ugly.

Anyway, some things I'm looking/not looking for in a laptop are this:

100+GB Harddrive
13+ inch screen
Windows Vista or Windows 7 (I would prefer Vista, but I know that's getting harder to find these days)
Under $600.00 (not including shipping)
Not ACER!!!!!!
Something good for typing work.

Yeah, I know that's not much...but I'm looking for people's recommendations. I'm very used to Dells. I worked for Dell, I fixed Dells, I've owned Dells (and two piece of crap Acers)...but I'm willing to try other brands. So please...techie people, help!

~Michi
« Last Edit: February 03, 2011, 02:57:21 PM by Michi No Sora »

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Re: Michi Needs a New Laptop!!! Help!!!!
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2011, 03:06:03 PM »
We a gateway like this one:
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Gateway+-+Laptop+/+Intel%26%23174%3B+Pentium%26%23174%3B+Processor+/+14%22+Display+/+3GB+Memory+/+320GB+Hard+Drive+-+Black/1616075.p?id=1218273045570&skuId=1616075

from Best Buy last year.

Downside--Not really all that portable, it's too big to go in her backpack.

The upside?  It's BIG!  And it looks like a regular sort of desktop with the big screen.

She uses it for her homework and some very general surfing of the net.  The middle pad mouse thing works pretty well, though we just use a cabled mouse and it's pretty much working as a 'moveable' desk top sort of computer.  It's rarely been on for more than three hours at a time, though, so I can't tell you how the over-heating issue is.  I know my last Dell was a problem that way.

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Re: Michi Needs a New Laptop!!! Help!!!!
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2011, 03:09:41 PM »
Size isn't an issue. I don't plan on taking it anywhere except from upstairs to downstairs. ^^ Thank you, Cecilia, I'll check that one out. I've never had a Gateway, but I usually hear decent things about them.

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Re: Michi Needs a New Laptop!!! Help!!!!
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2011, 03:12:10 PM »
Just as a note, Windows 7 has improved on Vista, and seems very stable and easy to use on top of that.  As an XP-er, I have to look for a few things, but Mr. Oniya actually used Vista for a while and has very few issues with Win7 at all.

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Re: Michi Needs a New Laptop!!! Help!!!!
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2011, 03:15:00 PM »
I don't have a problem with Windows 7, but my foot pedal program for transcriptions does. :P I can make it work on 7, but it's not easy and a Windows 7 compatible program will mean having to buy a whole new pedal (which they can get pricey). The company is promising to make an update or whatever to make the one I have work with 7 properly. I keep praying that they do so soon.

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Re: Michi Needs a New Laptop!!! Help!!!!
« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2011, 03:19:20 PM »
Ah - well that's an excellent reason not to upgrade.  My cross-stitch program doesn't work with Win7, so I'll be clinging to XP until I find a substitute.

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Re: Michi Needs a New Laptop!!! Help!!!!
« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2011, 03:21:52 PM »
With the way the market is with Windows right now, seems like I'll have little choice in getting Windows 7...*sighs* A 5-6 hour work on it to make the damn program work...it better be worth it. :P

Oh...the Dell Inspiron Duo looks so cute! But I know it would be crappy as a work system. :P

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Re: Michi Needs a New Laptop!!! Help!!!!
« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2011, 03:47:14 PM »
I have never used an IdeaPad myself, but I purchased a refurbished Lenovo Thinkpad after my Dell died pretty spectacularly a few years back, and I've never had a problem with it. It recently had some overheating problems, but I got it fixed by a friend who applied some gloop to its insides, and its been running smoothly (even with games and such) ever since. It's very sturdy and reliable, and the one time I had to call customer service because I reformatted without having an OS disk, they were very accommodating and helpful about sending me replacement reformatting discs.

I recommend getting refurbished than new, if you don't care about it having been purchased/returned before. You can often get a better deal than if you purchase new straight from whichever seller.

I checked out the Lenovo Outlet store, and they have some pretty good options for their Ideapad Y series that aren't very pricey:

http://outlet.lenovo.com/laptops/ideapad.html?operating_system=162&price=3%2C200&screen_size=132

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Re: Michi Needs a New Laptop!!! Help!!!!
« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2011, 04:37:20 PM »
You might look HERE. I know the Asus is rated third, but I have never had a problem with them. My Dell was a nightmare of glitches. Another thought might be to weigh the price between a win 7 upgrade from vista and the price of the foot pedal as many of the new laptops come with win 7.

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Re: Michi Needs a New Laptop!!! Help!!!!
« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2011, 12:31:28 AM »
You might look HERE. I know the Asus is rated third, but I have never had a problem with them. My Dell was a nightmare of glitches. Another thought might be to weigh the price between a win 7 upgrade from vista and the price of the foot pedal as many of the new laptops come with win 7.

I +1 this, my mother has an Asus (I'm actually on it right now after my Dell went apeshit on me -_-). She's had it for three years now, and it's still in mint condition. It's even high quality (I put the Sims 3 on it, and though I don't like my games on laptop, this laptop seemed to take to it quite well; my sister's pink Dell Inspiron crashed horribly whenever I installed and played it [though I recommend that one too, it's vista; only problem is the color card isn't as awesome as the Asus--I'm a gamer chick ;D])

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Re: Michi Needs a New Laptop!!! Help!!!!
« Reply #10 on: February 04, 2011, 01:40:45 AM »
Whatever you do don't go with an HP. I had nothing but issues with mine and it was the same for anyone I knew who had one, it overheated, fried the graphics card and was just horrid. Toshiba is the PC brand I trust the most personally, but I am glad I invested in my Mac.

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Re: Michi Needs a New Laptop!!! Help!!!!
« Reply #11 on: February 04, 2011, 09:11:41 AM »
I keep saying,"next computer will be a Mac."  Given that I can usually buy two or three other computers for the price of one Mac, I keep opting for the less expensive option. 

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Re: Michi Needs a New Laptop!!! Help!!!!
« Reply #12 on: February 04, 2011, 09:57:54 AM »
Well if you want a laptop they are producing the newest Mac Air's for $900 ish, which is the cheapest I've seen one, brand new out of the factory. That said I put $3k into mine and for me it was totally worth it; but then I'm an artist and it runs all of the programs I need for my course work and art like a dream with no issue. Even with pretty constant daily use and lots of traveling its still working like new over a year and a half after I got it.

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Re: Michi Needs a New Laptop!!! Help!!!!
« Reply #13 on: February 04, 2011, 10:46:21 AM »
I wanted a Mac before, to fend off the viruses and all, but a lot of new media and games doesn't like Mac users, my Sims and things would always be second in updates and fixes, not to mention any new computer games that becomes "Just for PCs" for three to four years until they're ready to be Mac efficient.

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Re: Michi Needs a New Laptop!!! Help!!!!
« Reply #14 on: February 04, 2011, 10:54:24 AM »
I found this deal in my mailbox this morning >_> From NewEgg. The promo code is Here

(Edit. with the savings you could buy Vista and return to win 7 after the pedal gets upgraded)
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Re: Michi Needs a New Laptop!!! Help!!!!
« Reply #15 on: February 04, 2011, 05:35:06 PM »
That is the exact same laptop my mother have; she said it was 400$, does the promo take it down to that?

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Re: Michi Needs a New Laptop!!! Help!!!!
« Reply #16 on: February 04, 2011, 06:32:14 PM »
I wanted a Mac before, to fend off the viruses and all, but a lot of new media and games doesn't like Mac users, my Sims and things would always be second in updates and fixes, not to mention any new computer games that becomes "Just for PCs" for three to four years until they're ready to be Mac efficient.

You could always install Windows on your Mac and install them on Windows and use that only for gaming?