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    laptop experiences


    anyone have bad experiences w' laptops?

    I found that I only learn about the problems after owning it...so let's hear your user reviews.

    needs: internet browsing, itunes, and gopro video editing, HDMI out hookup to TV, max size = 13.3"

    have: a 1tb external hard drive

    budget: <$500

    current research:
    slickdeals:
    - Samsung Series 5 NP535U3C-A01US 13.3-Inch Laptop, AMD 2.1 GHz Dual-Core A6, 4 gb, windows 7, 500gig hd - $479.99
    - Toshiba Portege R835-P92 13.3 inch Laptop - $439.00 In store Intel Core i5-2450M Processor, 640GB hard drive, 4GB system memory, and 13.3" HD TruBrite LCD display.

    newegg:
    -PC's in that price range that are 13.3" are sold out

    dell.com/groupon:
    Dell inspiron 13z: $479 http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-13z-5323/pd

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    Re: laptop experiences

    We've switched from Dells to HP's at work.

    The big gotcha is software, otherwise, lots of good choices.

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    Re: laptop experiences

    All PCs will come with their brand of crapware installed. Just have to uninstall it.

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    Re: laptop experiences

    I have had very good luck with HP laptops. I generally buy mid to high end for CAD CAM use. I just got my third one in ten years last week. All of the other ones still work on some level. Just beat up from shop use.

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    Re: laptop experiences

    Terrible luck with Dell, all kinds of driver issues. It's like they don't test anything before shipping.

    Have had better luck with Lenovo. In my experience Apple is the best but they only make high end stuff.

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    Re: laptop experiences

    $500 ? dont plan on it lasting over 3 years.
    if you want a "good" laptop, then you need a business class HP or Dell. But plan on spending $800-$1100 if you want 5+ years of out it.

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    Re: laptop experiences

    And good luck with gopro editing on a laptop that cheap.

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    Re: laptop experiences

    Quote Originally Posted by joeswamp View Post
    Terrible luck with Dell, all kinds of driver issues. It's like they don't test anything before shipping.

    Have had better luck with Lenovo. In my experience Apple is the best but they only make high end stuff.
    Shouldn't have issues if you dump the install and blow down a clean install, drivers from the actual hardware mfg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by csmutty View Post
    And good luck with gopro editing on a laptop that cheap.
    That will be his biggest sarcrifice. The processor (and/or GPU) will most likely be the bottleneck. It is one of the most common things reduced to cut costs.

    It's been a little while since I did any video editting, but I think he'll just have to be patient and make dinner or something while it opens and saves files (decompresses and compresses).

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    ive had good luck with the lenova. They do dump a large amount of crap in it though so it take some time to really set it up right right. Seems pretty study too. Ive drop it twice now from decent heights and its still working. I barely even use it anymore expect when i travel. Always works for me.

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    Unfortunately with computers, you get what you pay for. Video and even photo editing is a huge burden on even the most robust systems, spinning up loads of RAM and CPU cycles.

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    not too worried about doing serious video editing...as long as I can crop the excess video off and add a song, than I'm happy...and recording at 720p is good enough for occasional dirty bike rides

    imho: low vs. high performance is relative for CPU/GPU performance because technology is advancing at such a fast rate

    I once went into a store, and got the "newest" and future based Windows ME, RD ram, and a pentium 4 with an easily upgradable processor. Within 6 months ME was outdated (and deemed some of worst OS/garbage released by microsoft), RD ram wasn't the fastest (nor the cheapest) ram, and the socket 423 for the CPU maxed out at 1.7GHz (processor it came with was 1.5GHz...so why spend $100 to upgrade?). Desktop went from being worth $1,700 to $400 in under a year as newer, better components came out.

    I bought a laptop for grad school, spent about a $1,000 on it. 4 years later it's worth $120 tops on fleabay. My friend came from a family that was less off than mine, spent $400 on an hp laptop, and it does the same thing my more expensive laptop can do. If anything, mine's slower because I ravage it with so much junk.

    so my experience - buy low, keep it free of junk (I'm going to store all my personal data/media on an external 1tb drive) cycle every 3-4 years. Technology advancements make up for deficits in performance.

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    I agree with you, not worth trying to pay for the best processor. Cost isn't justified unless you have high CPU requirements like doing CAD rendering or video editting all day. For the few times you need the processor, you can literally afford to wait a bit.

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    I have had my DELL for 4 yrs without a prob, and same with the one before that, that 1 still works but the keyboard is messed up. It's all about how long you use them for and if they stay cool. the only thing i bought for mine is a battery, and just bought one on amazon for 22 bucks and lasts 4 hrs.

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    Re: laptop experiences

    I've had my Acer 5532 for a little over 3 years now. Got it on sale for just shy of $400 from Best Buy. I use it for internet, school work and light gaming. Performance wise, I think it's great for what it is. It has a 1.6ghz processor with 3gb ram. The first time I booted it up 3 years ago was to install a fresh copy of windows 7 so I could get rid of all the bloatware.

    I would buy another Acer in a heartbeat. Why? I beat the crap out of this laptop, and it just keeps on truckin. It lives on the road with me, and since I travel for a living I'm honestly shocked everything on it still works. My stuff is routinely thrown around, and I really do nothing special to keep it protected. My backpack is often dropped, buried under luggage, stepped on (whoops) and thrown in and out of hotel vans on a daily basis. I've never had an issue with this laptop. I hit the power button, and it just works. The only problem I've had is that after 3+ years of almost daily use, my battery stopped holding a charge a little over a year ago, so I have to plug in every time I use it. Also 1 of the 2 USB ports broke (that was my own fault though). Other than that, I have ZERO complaints about this computer. Cheap ACER FTW!

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    got a lenovo 13.3" for $450

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834246621

    i3 1.8GHz, 500gb hd, 4gb ram with shared video memory

    small, light, and plenty fast...plays gopro vids without skipping a beat (old laptop would clip). I'm going to try video editing later on

    but the strange part is that even though it has shared memory, it's a shit ton smoother and faster than my core 2 duo 2GHz + 32mb nvidia card on my previous dell laptop

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    Re: laptop experiences

    Quote Originally Posted by The Snowman View Post
    Unfortunately with computers, you get what you pay for. Video and even photo editing is a huge burden on even the most robust systems, spinning up loads of RAM and CPU cycles.
    i bought my iMac for video and music editing. fucking love the damn thing.. so fast its ridiculous and its 2 years old now still works like when i took it out of the box

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    Quote Originally Posted by tsorfas View Post
    i bought my iMac for video and music editing. fucking love the damn thing.. so fast its ridiculous and its 2 years old now still works like when i took it out of the box
    I have a MacBook Pro (Retina), and it has been awesome. So much faster than my old Vaio, and the specs are similar. They are expensive, but the quality is worth it.

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    Re: laptop experiences

    Apple users don't seem to understand the concept of a budget. Any $1000+ computer is going to be so fast its ridiculous when you compare it to a $500 PC.

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    I was also going to point out the OP's $500 budget. But decided it wasn't worth it.

    That said, if I were spending ~$1k on a laptop, I'd get a mac. In fact, I did. I don't think anyone makes a better, more usable machine for that price point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SRTie4k View Post
    Apple users don't seem to understand the concept of a budget. Any $1000+ computer is going to be so fast its ridiculous when you compare it to a $500 PC.
    you can go get a $1200 Computer and a Mac and I guarantee you in the long run the Mac will still be whooping ass. I wouldnt get any Laptop though for video editing. i think thats a project for a desktop

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    Re: laptop experiences

    A Mac is a computer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tsorfas View Post
    you can go get a $1200 Computer and a Mac and I guarantee you in the long run the Mac will still be whooping ass. I wouldnt get any Laptop though for video editing. i think thats a project for a desktop
    And anyone with any common sense can buy a $500 computer and still have it been whooping ass in the long run.

    Keep it clean, keep it cool, keep the crap software off it. Any computer will run well for a long time like that, Crapinsplosh or Windows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheIglu View Post
    And anyone with any common sense can buy a $500 computer and still have it been whooping ass in the long run.

    Keep it clean, keep it cool, keep the crap software off it. Any computer will run well for a long time like that, Crapinsplosh or Windows.
    Agreed, I've had just as many Road Apples crap out on me as I've had from traditional brands. My last Macbook Pro went 3 years but only because of Applecare... 3 mainboards, 2 sets of fans... it was a true lemon. Meanwhile I've got a first gen Rev A iMac and a later 333mhz slot load iMac sitting beside me still kicking. My 386 only let go two years ago, can't fault that beast for longevity, and I've got a couple HP laptops that refuse to quit well past their engineered lifespans.

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    anyone have a bloatware removal software they recommend?

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