In need of a new laptop



  • Looking to spend around 1000$ for a new laptop

    The laptop is for :
    1- school
    2- video and movies
    3- Adobe Indesign (a program that allows me to make journals)
    4- Being able to play games is a bonus
    5- HDMI output is a bonus

    I’m not interested in HP (unless you have very good arguments). My current laptop (HP) failed me

    Hesitating between Sony Vaio and Apple (apple is more than 1000$ though). Some suggested the notebook (the small computer, cheap, but great for school only)

    Robert





  • are these models for the USA?



  • yea, they are available for the US. I’m in Canada 😞



  • @Omega:

    yea, they are available for the US. I’m in Canada 😞

    What’s the difference?



  • meaning 999$ converted to about 1000++$ canadian. Add in the terrific shipping costs = above my 1000$ that I want to spend


  • Moderator

    I got a 2007 model Macbook Pro for about $1000 on ebay. I specifically sought one out with an active warranty on it, so you might be able to find something even cheaper. It is a great system too, usually above 2 GHz processing speed and plenty of Ram. Depends on if you’re into apple because the game selection is not as wide, but I’ve found it to be relatively open as far as options…

    I’m an Apple fan, you can probably tell. If you’re used to windows and don’t want to change, I used a dell from 2007 to 2009 and I found their laptops to be pretty solid both in make and what it could do. Very all around feel to Dell for me, not specialized but definitely will give you a bang for your Canuck buck…

    GG



  • It’s not a Canuck buck, it’s a Canuck loonie. Wait a minute is that loonie or loony?



  • I’ve looked on Ebay. But due to my lack of knowledge of Apple, I’d rather avoid it. I don’t enough to prevent someone from ripping me (not stealing money, but selling me something that isn’t worth that much)

    I’ll go have a look at dell

    Robert


  • Moderator

    Yeah, you could go to craigslist, and then make sure that the other person is willing to meet with you and show off the merchandise.

    GG



  • I’ve checked some Asus model. 3 caught my attentions (for their Graph card and the memory)

    Asus K50ID-X1 15.6" Notebook

    • Features: 2.2GHz AMD Intel® Pentium® Dual Core Processor T4400; 1MB L2 cache
    • 4GB DDR3 1066 MHz SDRAM; Expandable up to 8GB
    • 500GB SATA hard drive
    • 1GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GT320M
    • 15.6" HD (1366x768) LED backlight LCD Display
    • DVD Super-Multi Optical Drive
    • Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium - 64 Bit
    • Connectivity: Integrated 802.11 b/g/n, Ethernet LAN
    • 0.3MP Web Camera
    • Ports: 1 x Microphone-in jack, 1 x Headphone-out jack, 1 x VGA port/Mini D-sub 15-pin for external monitor, 3 x USB 2.0 ports, 1 x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert, 1 x HDMI
    • 4400 mAh 6-Cell Li-ion battery
    • Dimension: 1.22”/1.40”(H) x 14.56”(W) x 10.07”(D)
    • Weight: 6 lbs
    • 1-year limited warranty.

    for 749$

    –-----------------

    Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
    CPU Type Intel Core i7 720QM(1.6GHz)
    Screen 16"
    Memory Size 4GB DDR3
    Hard Disk 320GB
    Optical Drive DVD Super Multi
    Graphics Card ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730
    Video Memory 1GB DDR3 VRAM
    Communication Gigabit LAN and WLAN
    Card slot 1 x Express Card
    Dimensions 15.40" x 10.60" x 1.20" - 1.50"
    Weight 6.50 lbs.
    CPU
    CPU Type Intel Core i7
    CPU Speed 720QM(1.60GHz)
    Chipset
    Chipset Intel HM55
    Display
    Screen Size 16"
    Wide Screen Support Yes
    Resolution 1366 x 768
    LCD Features LED backlight
    Operating Systems
    Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
    Graphics
    GPU/VPU ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5730
    Video Memory 1GB DDR3 VRAM
    Graphic Type Dedicated Card
    Hard Drive
    HDD 320GB
    HDD RPM 7200rpm
    Memory
    Memory 4GB
    Memory Speed DDR3 1066
    Memory Type 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM
    Memory Slot (Total) 2
    Max Memory Supported 8GB
    Optical Drive
    Optical Drive Type DVD Super Multi
    Optical Drive Interface Integrated
    Communications
    LAN 10/100/1000Mbps
    WLAN 802.11 bgn
    Bluetooth Yes
    Ports
    Card Slot 1 x Express Card
    USB 3
    Video Port 1 x VGA, 1 x HDMI
    Other port 1 x E-SATA
    Audio Ports 1 x Microphone-in jack
    1 x Headphone-out jack (S/PDIF)
    Audio
    Audio Integrated Sound card
    Speaker Internal Speakers
    Input Device
    Touchpad Yes
    Keyboard Standard
    Supplemental Drive
    Card Reader 8-in-1 card reader, SD, MMC, MS, MS-Pro, mini SD w/ adapter, MS-Duo, MS-Pro Duo via adapter
    Webcam 2.0MP
    Power
    Battery 6-cell lithium ion
    Physical spec
    Dimensions 15.40" x 10.60" x 1.20" - 1.50"
    Weight 6.50 lbs.
    Manufacturer Warranty
    Accidental Damage Warranty 1 year ASUS Accidental Damage Warranty - Drops, Fire, Spill, Surge
    Parts 1 year limited
    Labor 1 year limited

    1099$


    Brand ASUS
    Model N71JV-X1
    General
    Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
    CPU Type Intel Core i3 350M(2.26GHz)
    Screen 17.3"
    Memory Size 4GB DDR3
    Hard Disk 500GB
    Optical Drive DVD Super Multi
    Graphics Card NVIDIA GeForce GT 325M with NVIDIA Optimus Technology
    Video Memory 1G DDR3 VRAM
    Communication Gigabit LAN and WLAN
    Card slot 1 x Express Card
    Dimensions 18.40" x 12.40" x 1.80"
    Weight 9.30 lbs.
    CPU
    CPU Type Intel Core i3
    CPU Speed 350M(2.26GHz)
    Chipset
    Chipset Intel HM55
    Display
    Screen Size 17.3"
    Wide Screen Support Yes
    Resolution 1600 x 900
    Operating Systems
    Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
    Graphics
    GPU/VPU NVIDIA GeForce GT 325M with NVIDIA Optimus Technology
    Video Memory 1G DDR3 VRAM
    Graphic Type Dedicated Card
    Hard Drive
    HDD 500GB
    HDD RPM 7200rpm
    Memory
    Memory 4GB
    Memory Speed DDR3 1066
    Memory Type 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM
    Memory Slot (Total) 2
    Max Memory Supported 8GB
    Optical Drive
    Optical Drive Type DVD Super Multi
    Optical Drive Interface Integrated
    Communications
    LAN 10/100/1000Mbps
    WLAN 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN
    Bluetooth Yes
    Ports
    Card Slot 1 x Express Card
    USB 4 x USB 2.0 ports (USB 2.0 x 3 ; USB 3.0 x1)
    Video Port 1 x VGA, 1 x HDMI
    Other port 1 x eSATA
    Audio Ports Yes
    Audio
    Audio Integrated Sound card
    Speaker Internal Speakers
    Input Device
    Touchpad Yes
    Keyboard Standard
    Supplemental Drive
    Card Reader 8-in-1
    Webcam 2.0MP
    Power
    Battery 6-cell lithium ion
    Physical spec
    Dimensions 18.40" x 12.40" x 1.80"
    Weight 9.30 lbs.

    for $899.99

    Valuewise, which one would you go for?



  • A good friend of mine who knows a lot about computers recommended the ASUS G72 for under $1000. I am not qualified to tell you which is the better deal from the selection that you mentioned. It is probably going to come down to your individual needs.


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