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    $1000 budget - which laptop to buy

    Hi,

    My poor hardworking HP is starting to struggle - it's time to get a new Laptop.
    I'm looking to spend around $1,000 - does anyone have any recommendations?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by staffjam View Post
    Hi,

    My poor hardworking HP is starting to struggle - it's time to get a new Laptop.
    I'm looking to spend around $1,000 - does anyone have any recommendations?

    Thanks
    What do you use it for?

    Internet surfing, general office, light gaming, media playing etc... ?
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    I have a soft spot for ASUS products. Newegg's got a few here:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...e&Order=RATING

    The link shows the $750-1000 range of laptops (not just ASUS), according to rating so you should be able to find something good there.
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    I still use my Dell XPS M1330, they've gone much cheaper now and are very reliable.
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    Hmm, Dell laptops are inexpensive and tend to be a great value.

    I highly prefer Thinkpads and Apple laptops, but the price points tend to be a bit higher. Could be hard to stay under $1000 depending upon your specs.

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    You have a very good budget you could go for HP HDX 16t Premium series or the tried and tested Dell XPS models.

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    Quote Originally Posted by staffjam View Post
    Hi,

    My poor hardworking HP is starting to struggle - it's time to get a new Laptop.
    I'm looking to spend around $1,000 - does anyone have any recommendations?

    Thanks
    I'm in the market... I'm looking VERY hard at a Dell Studio (15 incher).

    But it really depends on what you want... a studio for $1000 will land you a great deal...
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    Get a custom one From ibuypower.com or velocitymicro.com

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    You haven't provided enough information for us to offer recommendations for your needs.

    What size LCD are you looking for? 12.1, 13.3, 14.1, 15.4, 15.6, 17.0?

    How important is gaming to you?

    Notebookreview.com actually has a forum dedicated to what notebook should I buy?

    If you're a gamer and size/battery life doesn't matter here is a good deal.

    If you're looking for the best value, you can't beat the Dell Outlet especially when you can combine a coupon. For example they recently had a killer deal on the Dell Studio 1737 starting at $479. Unfortunately that deal recently expired but these Dell Outlet coupons are released every few weeks. So if you can wait, you'll find a LOADED laptop for well under $1,000.

    LED display
    4GB RAM
    Windows Vista 64 bit
    320GB Hard Drive
    BluRay
    802.11 b/g or n
    etc.
    What's your budget?

    Seriously, what's your budget?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike - Limestone View Post
    Hmm, Dell laptops are inexpensive and tend to be a great value.

    I highly prefer Thinkpads and Apple laptops, but the price points tend to be a bit higher. Could be hard to stay under $1000 depending upon your specs.

    -mike
    Don't the new Macbook Pro's start @ $1299?

    THe OP could buy the Macbook's, or raise his budget by a bit and buy a macbook pro. I have a macbook pro and it's super awesome

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    I've owned Dell, Sony, HP, Asus, and Toshiba laptops. They all have their pros and cons. I currently own an Asus 15.4 and (the dreaded) HP DV2000 series.

    I would definitely go with Asus. Some people may not be familiar with the name, but their products are top-notch. Let me list some highlights of each and hopefully it'll help you make a decision.

    Dell- Huge amounts of money on marketing. Commercials everywhere. They used to be priced very reasonably.. Nowadays, for the same rig they charge $5-6k for, I can build one for about $1500, with no bloatware. Another thing is that their support is pretty bad. They outsource to India.. (A lot of companies do this now)

    The prices that they list on the front page for their products is based off of the lowest configuration of that particular model. You'll usually see something like this on their website, "(picture) $499 15in. Intel Core2Duo Notebook*" and then when you click on the notebook, it'll show you that the $499 model comes with a 14.1in. and an Intel Celeron.

    HP- They've had some good models, however, the DV2000 series that I have was plagued with so many issues and defects, it's nonsense. Numerous driver issues, overheating issues due to design flaws, power brick dying after 1 year, etc. I had taken my HP apart and re-routed some things, did some work to the heatsink/fan, and I now have the issues controlled. It performs well now, but I doubt the average user will be able to deal with issues like this when their warranty runs out. I still have yet to get the internal NIC or shortcut buttons working yet. One day the drivers just vanished.

    Sony- Awesome performance and reliability, but a little pricey.

    Asus- Best all around, performance-to-price ratio is awesome. Have not had a chance to use their support, yet, as I have had zero issues.

    Toshiba- Great for work/professional usage, does not have all the bells and whistles to be a multimedia/gaming notebook however. Prices can get up there however.

    Remember, these are just -MY- personal opinions. Hope this helps.

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    Dell XPS series I would say.

    Have you checked Dell ADAMO as well ?
    awesome laptop, see for once.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMDCreations View Post
    Dell XPS series I would say.

    Have you checked Dell ADAMO as well ?
    awesome laptop, see for once.
    Adamos are extremely expensive. Personally I'd get the entry level 13" Macbook Pro, but if it is a PC you're after try Dell's Inspiron or XPS lines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ItsJustHosting View Post
    Adamos are extremely expensive. Personally I'd get the entry level 13" Macbook Pro, but if it is a PC you're after try Dell's Inspiron or XPS lines.
    Actually if you're looking for a Dell laptop with solid build quality, reliable components and great support ... I'd suggest the Dell Latitude.
    Their business class laptops are on par with the Lenovo ThinkPad series.

    <--- very happy Dell Latitude D630 owner.
    What's your budget?

    Seriously, what's your budget?

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    Bought a Vostro 1500 2 years ago, it was replaced twice. The third time they upgraded to a 1510, it was replaced 4 times. Now they have upgraded it yet again to a 1520 which is sitting downstairs in the box. Not even going to open it up except to take pictures and sell. The quality has been junk as far as I am concerned, but their support has been great on a less than par product.

    None of the replacements were from physical damage, they were ALL related to heat issues eventually frying the units. The early version were were it would hibernate or suspend and burn up the displays and video cards. The latest on the 1510s it has burnt up 2 drives and 2 displays.

    Just my $0.02 since I have gone through so many. My HP Pavilion lasted me 4 years and I abused it much more than this thing has ever seen. I believe my next laptop will be a Mac to be honest. I switched our desktops for more software support over Ubuntu a month ago and we are loving them. I think laptops will be moving over now since we haven't used Windows in a few years now since Ubuntu became so popular.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kris1351 View Post
    Bought a Vostro 1500 2 years ago, it was replaced twice. The third time they upgraded to a 1510, it was replaced 4 times. Now they have upgraded it yet again to a 1520 which is sitting downstairs in the box. Not even going to open it up except to take pictures and sell. The quality has been junk as far as I am concerned, but their support has been great on a less than par product.

    None of the replacements were from physical damage, they were ALL related to heat issues eventually frying the units. The early version were were it would hibernate or suspend and burn up the displays and video cards. The latest on the 1510s it has burnt up 2 drives and 2 displays.

    Just my $0.02 since I have gone through so many. My HP Pavilion lasted me 4 years and I abused it much more than this thing has ever seen. I believe my next laptop will be a Mac to be honest. I switched our desktops for more software support over Ubuntu a month ago and we are loving them. I think laptops will be moving over now since we haven't used Windows in a few years now since Ubuntu became so popular.
    What kind of support coverage did you have? :curious:

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    I would prefer Dell. Simply go to Dell's website and customize your laptop according to your budget and needs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike - Limestone View Post
    What kind of support coverage did you have? :curious:

    -mike
    I upgraded to their 24 hour parts out plan for 3 years. Had I not done that I would have been pretty miserable. Now mind you that only guarantees they will dispatch parts within 24 hours of the initial decision that there is a problem. Typically I have had to wait 1-4 weeks for replacements to be built and sent out. The only times I have had stuff sent out in 24 hours is when they sent me a box of parts the time before this last that essentially replaced everything on the laptop except for the case and LCD. Was a little upset on that go around and the tech that was assigned to install never had time to accommodate meeting me so it was a self-install. All was fine, but the heating issue still resides.

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