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    Laptop recommendation

    I'm getting a laptop soon, it will be my first one so I have no clue on what brands are the best and which ones I should avoid (I'm avoiding all HP products since they tend to have a high defective rate).

    I'll be using it primarily for school with no high-end gaming in mind so I'm not looking for anything too fancy or expensive. I just want something reliable and decent.

    My budget is around 1k american bucks.
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    I've always had very good luck with Toshiba...

    However I wouldn't recommend you spend a grand on a laptop that's going to get knocked around in backpacks and quite likely stolen by a schoolmate... You can get decent machines for under $400 new if you shop carefully.

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    Yeah, well, my budget is that high because the prices in my country are ridiculous. I could buy the laptop in Canada,although I'm kinda disappointed that there's a disparity in prices between the US and Canada stores like best buy..

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    Have you looked at just ordering online and having it shipped to you then? That should bypass your issues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thefeedinghand View Post
    Yeah, well, my budget is that high because the prices in my country are ridiculous. I could buy the laptop in Canada,although I'm kinda disappointed that there's a disparity in prices between the US and Canada stores like best buy..
    That's a strange response. Even if you do have a high budget, why not get as cheap as you can afford?
    Anyway, if your looking to deliberately buy something expensive, something like this would be cool. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommonTater View Post
    However I wouldn't recommend you spend a grand on a laptop that's going to get knocked around in backpacks and quite likely stolen by a schoolmate... You can get decent machines for under $400 new if you shop carefully.
    You could encrypt the drive, and get lojack so the police can find it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thefeedinghand View Post
    Yeah, well, my budget is that high because the prices in my country are ridiculous. I could buy the laptop in Canada,although I'm kinda disappointed that there's a disparity in prices between the US and Canada stores like best buy..
    Gees... I can get a brand new 15" Toshiba with AMD processor in Canada (where I live) for under $400.00 very easily.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yarin View Post
    That's a strange response. Even if you do have a high budget, why not get as cheap as you can afford?
    Anyway, if your looking to deliberately buy something expensive, something like this would be cool. :-)
    Hewlet Packard never has been, isn't and never will be "cool".
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommonTater View Post
    Hewlet Packard never has been, isn't and never will be "cool".
    I would have to say, that one of the few things that have stayed constant over the years has been....avoid HP for anything but printers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by anduril462 View Post
    Now, please, for the love of all things good and holy, think about what you're doing! Don't just run around willy-nilly, coding like a drunk two-year-old....
    Quote Originally Posted by quzah View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommonTater View Post
    Hewlet Packard never has been, isn't and never will be "cool".
    I wouldn't know. Your missing the point

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    When getting a computer, usually one picks an appropriate category first. There are usually 3 (4) categories available:

    - Netbook: Extremely weak (usually single core), good battery life (8+ hours), cheap.
    - Laptop: Beasts with lots of computing power (usually dual or quad core), poor battery life (1-3 hours).
    - Ultra portable: Plenty of computing power (usually dual core), good battery life depending on what you do (6-8 hours surfing the web, for example), same price as laptops.
    - The 4th category are gaming laptops, which I assume you don't want/need.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thefeedinghand View Post
    I'll be using it primarily for school with no high-end gaming in mind so I'm not looking for anything too fancy or expensive. I just want something reliable and decent.
    You can hardly go wrong with a Lenovo. You are looking at a ThinkPad and one of the T Series.
    The programmer’s wife tells him: “Run to the store and pick up a loaf of bread. If they have eggs, get a dozen.”
    The programmer comes home with 12 loaves of bread.


    Originally Posted by brewbuck:
    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

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    Lenovo have been annoying me more and more recently.

    I want to buy an 11 inch Thinkpad. The money is waiting. Lenovo came out with the X120e, which was just the job. Low power, Trackpoint, hardware virtualization, Radeon graphics (AMD Fusion)... the catch? Not available in the UK. They preferred to try to sell me the Edge 11, which is Intel Core i3-based and stylistically pants.

    Now they've just come out with the X121e, in Europe as well this time, with a choice of AMD or Intel processors. So what's the problem? It has rounded corners! It's all plasticky! It's an IdeaPad with a Trackpoint grafted onto it for over £300!!!

    Is there something that I need to do to stop the rot?

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    I faced a lot of that when I bought from them. At the time I just caved in and had it sent to me overseas. Wasn't happy either.
    ... and I don't have local support either. UK is the closest.
    The programmer’s wife tells him: “Run to the store and pick up a loaf of bread. If they have eggs, get a dozen.”
    The programmer comes home with 12 loaves of bread.


    Originally Posted by brewbuck:
    Reimplementing a large system in another language to get a 25% performance boost is nonsense. It would be cheaper to just get a computer which is 25% faster.

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    How about macs?, does bootcamp work well?

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