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#1 #Michael

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 15:13

Let's say to do sell my MBP: http://www.neowin.ne...might-be-worth/

I haven't bought a Windows computer in a long time so I am unsure what to get. My price range is around $700-800 I guess. I'd like a core i5 or an i7. I can do 4GB ram and a smaller hard drive as it is easier and lower cost to upgrade on my own. Any ideas?


#2 OP #Michael

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 00:38

So I debating between these:

ASUS VivoBook S400CA: http://usa.asus.com/...#specifications
HP Spectre XT Touchscreen 15t-400: http://www.shopping....-4000-Ultrabook
Lenovo z580: http://www.lenovo.co.../z-series/z580/

I'm leaning toward the HP one. Any opinions?

#3 Open Minded

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 01:30

I wouldn't buy an HP. Had one, died two weeks after the warranty was up.

#4 OP #Michael

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 01:34

I wouldn't buy an HP. Had one, died two weeks after the warranty was up.


Doesn't that always happen though with any product? It always seems to die or break just after the warranty runs out. That doesn't mean though that I should rule out the HP. Any other models or brands I should look at?

#5 JaredFrost

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 01:36

I recently purchased a Lenovo Y500, I quite like it, and 3-4 years back an HP HDX18, survived a few rotations in Afghanistan and still going, it's pretty hit and miss with HP though
I quite like the Lenovos these days though, and I got mine for a pretty good price too around 850.


EDIT: Only time will tell on how long the Lenovo will last though, I'll get back to you in 3-4 years.

#6 OP #Michael

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 01:55

Here is another one that looks good, the Lenovo z400 touch: http://shop.lenovo.c...21BE2#techspecs

#7 Mindovermaster

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 02:45

I wouldn't buy an HP. Had one, died two weeks after the warranty was up.


The lower grade HP's, yes they do tend to fail. But he is looking at a business class model. Total difference.

#8 Elessar

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 02:48

I picked up an HP Envy m6-1205dx about a month ago. Really enjoying it so far. It doesn't have a touchscreen, but I never intended to use the standard Start Screen of Windows 8 anyway. I bought Start8 and have been extremely happy so far. Also, this thing can actually play games. It gets a bit hot while playing, but no overheating issues so far. Very pleased.

#9 Stoffel

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 02:49

Don't want to hijack this thread, but I'm also in the market for a new laptop.
I was looking at the Lenovo Yoga. They now say they have up to 8 hours of battery life so I assume they are shipping now with the newer Ivy Bridge iCore processors.
Anybody got anything to say about that choice?

#10 OP #Michael

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 03:01

Don't want to hijack this thread, but I'm also in the market for a new laptop.
I was looking at the Lenovo Yoga. They now say they have up to 8 hours of battery life so I assume they are shipping now with the newer Ivy Bridge iCore processors.
Anybody got anything to say about that choice?


I looked at the yoga line but wasn't too impressed with it.

#11 Stoffel

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 03:22

I looked at the yoga line but wasn't too impressed with it.


See, I've heard some really good reviews but also some really bad ones.
My problem is that I can't just go and check some devices out in the store.
I have to decide what to get and then order it in the US.

I can spend about $1000, want something relatively powerful, touch, SSD and I have to be able to use it comfortably on my lap in the couch as that is where I use my current laptop the most.

So just as you I'm looking for some advice I guess :)

#12 primexx

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 04:36

The lower grade HP's, yes they do tend to fail. But he is looking at a business class model. Total difference.


this.

when it comes to reliability it's not the brand name but class that matters. all the consumer grade stuff from every manufacture sucks, but the business class machines are mostly decent across the board.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 05:42

Hello,

The Lenovo ThinkPad, Hewlett-Packard EliteBook, and Dell Precision Mobile Workstation lines are all solid business systems. My personal preference is for the ThinkPad, but any one should provide a reliable general-purpose computing device. One think to keep in mind, though, is that if you are into gaming most business laptops do not perform well in this area.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

#14 ctrl_alt_delete

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 06:06

I out of those models you posted I would go with the HP and make sure to get the accidental damage protection in warranty 3 years. believe me, one use and that thing pays for itself. HP DV7 quad core edition here....mine got water damaged and wouldn't even boot up. called HP they sent me a shipping box and label within 24hours, packed up the laptop sent it off and got it back in 2 days.
I don't know how asus or levnono deals with their warranty but I can vouch for HP in that department.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 12:16

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