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Buying a Laptop - March 28th 2010, 11:05 PM

Alright. It's time for me to buy a new laptop.

I use my computer for:
-Internet
-Microsoft Office
-iTunes
-MSN
-Sometimes movies

What I want:
-Will be really fast
-Will last at LEAST 4-6 years problem free
-Big-ish screen
-LONG BATTERY LIFE

Appearance:
-Must look very nice.


Okay. What would you recommend for someone with these desires? (Like SPECIFIC computers)

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Re: Buying a Laptop - March 29th 2010, 12:05 AM

I love my Toshiba, it's a great laptop! I would go to many stores and browse for a bit to see what you like.



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Re: Buying a Laptop - March 29th 2010, 12:15 AM

I have a Toshiba as well. Thing is, you cannot expect a laptop to last four to six years at the least. Laptops are quite difficult to upgrade and often, buying a new machine is cheaper than upgrading an older model.

For a long battery life, you'll want to look at 9 cell batteries as opposed to the typical 6 cell. I have the latter and as a result, my laptop constantly remains plugged in. I have a 15.4'' screen. I wouldn't get it too big, though. I find that the 15.4'' is more than enough and actually, I'm probably going to get smaller for university next year. If your laptop will not constantly remain stationary (as in, you may take it places), you're not going to want a big screen. It will just get really heavy and take up a lot of space. You don't want that.

Any computer will do you just fine given that you do the bare minimum on computers. I doubt you will need any more than 4 GB RAM, even if that. Don't go all out for memory either. Some laptops now come equipped with 320 GB or 500 GB of memory. I have 320 GB. In my opinion, that's a ridiculous amount and you certainly don't need that much, given what you're doing with your laptop. Don't turn an eye to a good machine with only, let's say, 160 GB of memory.


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Re: Buying a Laptop - March 29th 2010, 12:20 AM

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I have a Toshiba as well. Thing is, you cannot expect a laptop to last four to six years at the least. Laptops are quite difficult to upgrade and often, buying a new machine is cheaper than upgrading an older model.

For a long battery life, you'll want to look at 9 cell batteries as opposed to the typical 6 cell. I have the latter and as a result, my laptop constantly remains plugged in.
See the laptop I have now has lasted me 6 years, and it's still kickin'. It just started randomly crashing though.... and I need a new one for college.

What is a cell battery? Do all computer have that?

This is what I have now:
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Machine Name: iBook G4
Machine Model: PowerBook6,7
CPU Type: PowerPC G4 (1.5)
Number Of CPUs: 1
CPU Speed: 1.42 GHz
L2 Cache (per CPU): 512 KB
Memory: 768 MB
Bus Speed: 142 MHz
Boot ROM Version: 4.9.3f0
I have no idea what any of that means... but do you think something similar to this would be good for college? Like I really know nothing about computers.


   
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Re: Buying a Laptop - March 29th 2010, 12:26 AM

The only reason why your computer has lasted so long is because it is made by Apple. Mac's are notorious for having a longer life than PCs - and also have a longer battery life.

Are you staying with Mac then?


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Re: Buying a Laptop - March 29th 2010, 12:28 AM

Well, I love my mac, but I want to know what options are out there, you know?
Is there something that is in between a PC and a Mac... that lasts long and has a long battery life?


   
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Re: Buying a Laptop - March 29th 2010, 12:32 AM

What do you mean...between a PC and a Mac? They're just two different machines. You choose one or the other. There are other kinds of operating systems but if you're not a Techie, I'd stay away.

Mac is very user friendly, anyway, especially as you've been using a Mac all this time. The transition from a Mac to PC is a bit difficult but doable. If you want to be comfortable with your new machine, I'd go for a Mac.

Otherwise, though, there really is no benefit of a Mac vs. PC if you're not a heavy designer, photo editor, video editor, etc. If you're not using it for the fine arts, it's really a waste of money.


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Re: Buying a Laptop - March 29th 2010, 12:46 PM

If you're used to a mac, then I'd say stick with a mac. You won't need anything particularly powerful if you're not using it for anything more advanced than playing movies.

And the most important question; what's your budget?




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Re: Buying a Laptop - March 30th 2010, 10:43 AM

My budget is... nonexistent at the moment. But it looks like I should be sticking to a Mac. Now I just have to figure out which one!


   
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Re: Buying a Laptop - March 30th 2010, 02:19 PM

If you're wanting performance but can afford it.. go with a macbook, I'd say. Maybe the pro?


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Re: Buying a Laptop - March 30th 2010, 11:58 PM

I have a Sony VAIO.
I got it about a month ago, but its very nice-looking and has a big sreen.
It seems to be very durable (been stepped on [lighty] a couple of times).
It's fast, unless my internet connection is bad.
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Re: Buying a Laptop - March 31st 2010, 05:49 AM

Get a MacBook Pro i got mine about 6 months ago and i love it. I have the 13inch one and i think its plenty big enough. Its fast and the screen is amazing. Very durable.



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Re: Buying a Laptop - April 1st 2010, 06:32 AM

Cleaning your laptop around once every 6 months (1 year even) will help prolong it's life expectancy, especially the cpu. What I mean by "cleaning" isn't the keys, or the monitor, it's the CPU ventilation system (yes, you'll have to find out how to crack open a laptop and clean the vent, and the CPU fan.) but you will find about a 4 degree difference in cpu temperatures, which will in effect improve your system and help keep it alive longer.


Considering all the things you are going to use the computer for, even a very basic new computer will do you fine.
   
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Re: Buying a Laptop - April 2nd 2010, 12:20 PM

There is no way I will figure out how to clean my computer on the inside... but maybe I can take it to someone!
I think I will look into the macbook pro! Awesome.


   
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Re: Buying a Laptop - April 3rd 2010, 03:22 PM

I have a macbook pro and it is just absolutely amazing...I had windows ever since I could remember, but I'm going into music recording so i had to get a Macbook Pro and I LOVE IT .. And if you really wanted windows you could put windows on your mac, youd just have to partition your hard drive.. but that a whole different subject.


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