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OT: Looking for a new laptop on cyber monday


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Initial post: Nov 1, 2012 6:39:52 PM PDT
A friend has recommended that I should get an Asus laptop, but I was wondering if anyone else knew of any good laptops that might be avaliable for under $600 when cyber monday roles around. I'm not looking for any specific kind of laptop (gaming, buisness, etc.) just one that'll last me for a while. Thanks

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 7:59:55 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 2, 2012 8:02:38 AM PDT
Soulshine says:
I'm bumping this thread because I'm also in the market for a new laptop this holiday season and I'm pretty clueless. Need some help.

I don't need a "gaming laptop" but I would like the option to play some of the less-taxing games that are commonly found on the Steam sales/bundles I'm always hearing about. I don't want some really paper-thin netbook as it probably won't leave the house. Needs to have an HDMI out so I can easily plug it into my TV once in a while.

Other than that I really don't know - it needs to be reasonably priced. Can someone tell me what are the bare minimum specs I should look out for? Thanks.

EDIT - My current laptop is a Compaq 2100 from about 10 years ago. I was hoping that would get me some sympathy posts.

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 8:16:11 AM PDT
JJ4prez says:
What's reasonably priced ?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2012 8:23:36 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 2, 2012 8:25:34 AM PDT
Soulshine says:
Well, OP said under $600 and that sounds reasonable. Cheaper is better of course, but I'd like to see it going strong several years from now.

My dad got a laptop for under $350 and honestly it looked like it would be good enough - I just have no clue what specs it had.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2012 8:26:36 AM PDT
JJ4prez says:
Any laptop in the 499.99-599.99

Is most likely going to have a on board crap video card that can't even run Bastion or Limbo.

Try to find an i5 (last gen if needed) with a 540+M gpu. That will run you ~699.99.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2012 8:38:19 AM PDT
Real217 says:
what makes you think he wants if for video games?

There are MANY choices,
Toshiba Satellite C855D-S5353 15.6-Inch Laptop (Fusion Finish in Mercury Silver)

Acer Aspire V3-571-6643 15.6-Inch Laptop (Midnight Black)

Sony VAIO E15 Series SVE15122CXB 15.5-Inch Laptop (Black)

When you click on any of them, you'd see others. Choose wisely.

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 8:52:00 AM PDT
The Monopolyguy with a budget... Never thought I'd see the day...

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2012 8:53:32 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 2, 2012 9:01:00 AM PDT
Soulshine says:
Yeah - I'm not looking specifically to play any games, I'm just open to the concept of maybe playing some cheap Steam games that aren't already available on consoles. I don't need a graphics powerhouse of any kind.

I guess I was more curious about what kind of new laptop absolutely won't have the legs to run ANY games - because I probably don't want that. But this will be used almost exclusively for web browsing and occasionally hooking up to my living room TV.

Thanks a ton for those three suggestions. Gives me somewhere to start.

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 8:56:46 AM PDT
I recommend Asus or Acer.

Both seem to be the best bang for your buck.

Also, Toshiba satellites are typically very reasonable in price and have good specs. I love my Asus I bought around 2 years ago.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2012 9:31:51 AM PDT
Soulshine says:
I think a Toshiba satellite is what my dad found on sale a while ago.

Asus, huh? Maybe something like this? ASUS A55A-AB31 15.6-Inch LED Laptop (Charcoal)

@JJ (or anyone really) - How important is an i5 vs. an i3? Seems to be about a $130 price difference in the 2 versions of the Asus linked above, but I don't know if it will make a difference for my purposes.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2012 11:02:14 AM PDT
Real217 says:
I'm buying the Acer for my brother, its the best bang for the buck just like someone said. I like the processor power, the bluetooth, and the upgradeability [RAM]. I somehow favour Intel over AMD, but i know its just me, they are both good in their own right.

Its like this

i3 = BMW 3 series
i5 = BMW 5 series
i7 = BMW 7 series

Pretty much. [Thats if you know about them cars.]

Posted on Nov 2, 2012 11:25:06 AM PDT
Rev Otter says:
i *am* looking for a new gaming laptop, price range up to $2k.

is Asus Republic of Gamers still a good/solid brand? :)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2012 11:27:01 AM PDT
User says:
I bought mine 1.5 yrs ago and it's still kicking. Thing is enormous and a pain to lug around though.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2012 11:29:47 AM PDT
JJ4prez says:
He said cheap steam games? So I am assuming on sale indie titles...

You are going to need a gpu to play those - not a on board intel HD....

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2012 11:34:19 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 2, 2012 11:38:49 AM PDT
JJ4prez says:
I paid 799.99 for my 2415 i5 (2nd gen I believe?), 750GB HD, 6GB RAM, 540M gpu, 15.4 Toshiba. (This was -almost- 2 years ago)

I highly recommend Toshiba in the 599.99-699.99 range, and stay away from Sony Vaio's. Had one of those too, horrible laptops imo. I had an HP as well, wasn't impressed either.

The only brands I have liked thus far in laptops are Toshiba and Asus.

If you are not looking for any gaming - you have tons of choices, if you want to do a small amount of indie title gaming or whatever on Steam you want one with a discrete gpu and not an on-board gpu. You can get some in the 599.99-799.99. Plus I would go with an i5 instead of an i3. First gen I didn't like i3 at all, but I hear the following i3 gens have been great.

(edit) I am honestly trying to find a decent i5 with a nicer discrete gpu in it and I cannot find one under 700. Arghhh. Seems like right before the release of Win8 they took out the gpus on some models and updated the new model without it with Win8 OS. But kept the price the same or more.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2012 11:59:07 AM PDT
Soulshine says:
So that Acer - are you thinking about buying it here on amazon or are you still kind of shopping around and looking for holiday deals? Just curious.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2012 12:12:09 PM PDT
JO MOMMA says:
i have an acer netbook for school and on the go. If you going to spend $600, just wait until you can get a mac because they dont get the clap. My wife has a macpro and its worth it.

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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2012 5:57:26 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 2, 2012 6:08:30 PM PDT
Modern Bear says:
I just bought an Asus G75VW-TS71 from Tiger direct a few weeks ago and I love it. The thing is huge and heavy but I don't carry it around. I also replaced the hard drive in it with an Intel 240 GB Solid State Drive and it flies. I'm probably going to use the hard drive that came with it in my old laptop because that one is really slow. Windows boots in about 25 seconds and it has handled the few games I've tried so far (Bulletstorm and Orcs Must Die 2) with good frame rates and no problems.

The reason I went with Asus this time instead of Toshiba like my last laptop, which I also liked, is because of the excellent cooling system in their gaming laptops. They use 2 fans and exhaust the air out the back of the case instead of the side, and they have little round dust filters inside the case (easily accessible) which you can remove and clean. The thing doesn't get hot at all. The Toshiba gaming ones I were looking at exhausted the air out the right side of the case, which would be a pain if you have a mouse set up right next to it and you're right handed. That seems like a bad design decision.

You can get Asus ones with 16 GB of DDR3 and NVIDIA 670M video chips for around $1500-2000 depending on the screen and other features.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3886775&CatId=17

3rd Generation Intel Core i7-3610QM 2.3GHz processor
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M with 2GB GDDR5
12GB DDR3 memory (1600 MHz)
500GB HDD (5400 RPM)
17.3" display 1600 x 900 maximum resolution (I have it hooked up to a 22 inch 1080p TV)
DVD burner/BD player

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1938368&CatId=5300

That's the link to the SSD I got. You can download tools from Intel to setup Windows properly so as to avoid extra wear on the SSD, and it has an optimization tool, flash updater and diagnostic tools.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2012 9:33:23 PM PDT
Real217 says:
Yes, still shopping around, it was $510 a week ago. So somehow its going to come down.

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 4:43:31 PM PST
Soulshine says:
Okay, I'm comparing these 2 Asus laptops:

***Asus K55A-HI5103D***
Asus K55A-HI5103D
3rd Gen Intel® Core i5-3210M processor - 2.5GHz processor speed
500GB hard drive (5400 rpm)
4GB DDR3 memory - expandable to 8GB.
2 USB 3.0 ports and 1 USB 2.0 port
Windows 8 Home 64-bit
Graphics card - UMA - (with Intel HD Graphics 4000?)

It's $450 at Best Buy - about $485 with tax
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+-+15.6%22+Laptop+-+4GB+Memory+-+500GB+Hard+Drive+-+Light+Covellite/6892385.p;tab=overview?id=1218810958397&skuId=6892385#tab=overview

OR - This one has a bigger hard drive and Windows 7, but everything else seems identical. Graphics card may be different? $550 on amazon.

***Asus A55A-AB51***
ASUS A55A-AB51 15.6-Inch Laptop (Charcoal)
3rd Gen Intel®Core i5-3210M processor - 2.5GHz processor speed
750GB hard drive (5400 rpm)
4GB DDR3 memory - expandable to 8GB.
2 USB 3.0 ports and 1 USB 2.0 port
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Graphics card - Intel GMA HD

Is there any reason I should not buy either of these?

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 5:52:44 AM PST
Soulshine says:
morning bump

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 6:08:02 AM PST
JJ4prez says:
User reviews are your bestfriend.

The Asus AB51 is rated a 3.2ish out of 5.

For this price range there are tons of choices. Look at some Toshiba's. I would definitely stick with the 3rd gen i5 though.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 6:48:27 AM PST
Soulshine says:
I went to Bestbuy to look around - I like the look and feel of the Asus (didn't find a comparable Toshiba). I think both of the Asus laptops are the same design with different specs - 500GB running Windows 8 vs. $100 more for a 750GB running Windows 7. I'm leaning toward the Bestbuy deal.

What I couldn't figure out was the difference in the graphics cards - I imagine they're both the same on-board basic gpu but they were called different things. I was trying to find what is the next step up to a dedicated gpu and how much more that would cost.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 6:49:59 AM PST
JJ4prez says:
Intel 4000 hd most likely. It would run you on average 699.99+. I would say around 799.99.
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