Over 1 million tech questions and answers.

Buying a Laptop

Q: Buying a Laptop

Hey all,

I've gotta buy a Laptop for Work and School, and I'm thinking about buying from the Home Shopping Network webpage since I can split it into 5 payments. I know HSN isn't the cheapest place to buy from, but the split payments really helps since my credit is only so-so (of course if you have any suggestions for other sites that split up payment feel free to tell me!).

The question I have is, which one should I get? I've never been a big fan of pre-mades, but I really don't know enough to build my own laptop, and I also heard its not like building a desktop price-wise -- I heard it actually costs more to build your own laptop. Anyway, they only have two brands, Compaq and Ashton Digital...which would you suggest? By the way, I really want a DVD drive, but other than that I don't really care...
I'm not a big fan of Intel in general, but I don't know much about their mobile products.

Any input would be helpful!


Preferred Solution: Buying a Laptop

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

A: Buying a Laptop

Read other 9 answers

Guys, maybe someone's got an idea, if I'm making the right decision here. I'm about to purchase a used, but refurbished Dell Latitude E6540 from 2014 for roundabout 700 Euros. For that kind of money I could easily afford a brand new budget laptop. Thing is, the Dell is quite a powerhouse, a dated one, but still, it's packed with OK specs (I think, or more precisely, guess - I'm not really that much of a tech freak)

It comes with:
Intel Core i7-4800MQ (4x 2,7 Ghz)
15,6'' FHD Display
512 GB SSD
1. Intel HD Graphics 4400; 2. AMD Radeon 8790MQ (2GB GDDR5)
and a 24 months assurance

I use my laptop mostly for editing and rendering (Illustrator, Photoshop, Premiere and such), slight gaming and research stuff.
Would be great if anyone could help me out with a little hint.

I hope this is the right kind of platform for this sort of questions.

A:Buying a used laptop vs buying a new one

Compared with new, one of the biggest problems I've seen with refurbished laptops is a lousy battery. Another is weight. If you can live with that though, the above looks like it could be a decent buy.

Read other 1 answers


I'm experienced on home computing, but have no experience with laptops or internet while traveling, so I have a bunch of questions.

I'm going to be doing a lot of RV and auto traveling all over the U.S. So I want to purchase a good laptop and be able to have the internet as much as possible.

So the first question is: Any recommendations as far as good laptops for a person who travels a lot. (I could probably spend up to $2,000 without the DW getting too wild!) What should I make sure I have in my laptop to be able to connect with the internet wherever I am? My cellphone contract is almost due, and I've read some articles about getting a digital cellphone and using that as an access to the internet. Good idea or not? Any company have better plans and service than others? What do I need to know so I don't get talked into buying unnecessary plans, equipment, etc?

We will be staying in hotels sometimes, the RV other times. What would I want to have in my laptop so I could access any free internet available. I've read some stuff about wifi hotspots and hotels having rj45 jacks, etc, but I guess I'm at the point now where I've read so much that I am just overwhelmed with information. Any ideas like what would you do in my situation?

I am also going to be using the laptop at home (Wisconsin/Arizona), so I'd like to know a simple(if possible) way to be able to somehow use my home internet service with both my home pc and my laptop. I h... Read more

A:Internet for Laptop while Traveling and Laptop Buying Advice

Many RV travelers have a directional antenna and a WAP (Wireless Access Point) to connect to WiFi. One of the major issues is weak signals, a good directional antenna can be aimed at the source and make a big difference. I'm led to believe that many RV parks supply WiFi connections. . Decent cellular data access is pretty expensive, $60-100/mo, probably a bit steep for your intended use.

There is no way you need to spend more than $1000-1200 for a nice laptop Any laptop will offer wired and wireless connectivity nowadays. I bought my HP DV9207US laptop through the bargain sites listed below, and I paid $800 for it. I added 2gigs of memory and an additional 120gig hard disk, and have a total of less than $1000 invested. It's certainly more than sufficient for your stated needs.

Deal News

Tech Bargains

More Stuff 4 Less

Read other 1 answers

So im looking at laptops to buy and im a bit unsure which one suits, it needs to be pretty affordable or cheap if im being honest, im looking for one thats got a good wireless on it with decent upload n download speeds, ill be using it mainly for my business, im a cake maker/decorator so ill be designing cupcake toppers and printing them with my edible ink printer and personalising party bags/stickers etc...

but im also prone to playing a wee bit of perfect world and other rpgs i can be an elf warrior princess in! Lol so id hate my game to be lagging constantly! Also im addicted to audiobooks and my phones memory is full up of them so i need a decent storage capacity to unload them i do listnen to them more than once so i dont want to delete them,

It doesnt need to be perfect or the best one out there! im gonna shop around on black friday for good deals but anything in perticular i should be looking for? or any tips from you lovely people here would be much appriciated thanks

A:Laptop buying help please

Sounds like your only real hardware requirements then are whatever is needed to play your game. I would start by checking the game requirements. They usually list minimum and recommended requirements. Then choose a model that at least meets the recommended requirements for that game. If it can play your game, it will do everything else you noted easily.

Brand wise, I prefer Dell. But there are numerous brands to choose from. In the end, it usually comes down to price and warranty.

Read other 2 answers

How do I start a conversation on hear I need help with buy a laptop as well plz

A:Buying a laptop

Post your concerns / issues and we'll attempt to respond - - That's what Techspot does - - answer questions

Read other 1 answers

Hello folks

I would like to buy a laptop, which i will be using it for lotta BROWSING, Imaging, I amn't Gamer, so wont play games on Laptop

May use Windows Vista Ultimate Edition

HDD size should be more that 60GB

Should have a DVD writer

Want 1GB ram , Suggest 512MB Ram laptops, which i can upgrade with extra RAM

TFT should be >14.1" (15.4" will be really good)

These are the minimum specification

Since i live in India .. Suggest Compaq, HP, Lenova or Acer

Help me buy the best for this budget .. Thanks !

A:Help buying laptop within $1,100

I like HP... Good quality and support

Read other 6 answers

What are the best laptops from 2018?

A:buying new laptop



Read other 1 answers

Buying daughter a notebook for school (friends recommended Dell or Toshiba).
Question is: Can another monitor, keyboard & mouse be docked to the notebook so she can save the screen? Wants to use computer processor not screen when she doesn't have to. Does this make sense?

A:Buying laptop, have ??

Yes you can.

Check the connectors on the laptop when you are shopping.

Most have a connector in the back for an external monitor, keyboard, and mouse.

Some may not have PS/2 type connectors for the mouse or keyboard, in which case you would just use a USB type keyboard or mouse as most laptops come with at least 2 USB connectors these days.

Read other 3 answers

Im looking two laptops with a veiw to buying one of them.
one is a Compaq cq60-307ea
Amd sempron sl-42
3gb ram memory
160gb hdd
the second one is HP.6735
AMD Turionx2 dual core rm-70 26ghz
3gb ram
250gb hdd
They are both roughly priced at £360 if any one could give me some advice on these laptops especially the processors ie best performer i would really appreciate it.

A:buying laptop

Go with the Turion X2.
Semperons are the low end of the CPU chain.

Read other 2 answers

Hello, I am buying a laptop for Black Friday, meaning price is not so much of an issue. I would like to know features that i absolutely need. I am using it mainly for home use, and I will mainly use it as a multimedia laptop. I would like a 13-15 inch screen. I heard 4GB of RAM is sufficient. However, I have no clue what a processor does or which one is good. Can anyone help me on what features I need, and/or suggest a good laptop?

A:Buying a laptop!

Read other 16 answers

i will be a college senior and i am thinking about buying a laptop. i am sick of all the deskspace a desktop takes up, so laptops are in my thoughts right now.

anyway...i don't really know which ones are the best or worst, good priced, bargais, or overpriced, etc. i have had a compaq presario for the last 3-4 years and its a good computer, however, it had problems in which i had to backup my entire harddrive ( more than 30GB of info) onto CD's and reinstall them...not a good way to spend about 2 days.

anyway, i want a laptop that is pretty lightweight, more than 40GB of storage, good graphics card to play games, DVD/RW (if possible) if not, DVD/CD-RW combo, good screen display (15 inches), Fast processor (i don't knwo what the norm is today, but i am thinking 2.0GHz or above) appealing to the eye and good price.

I found a site that said the following laptops are good for students, but i don't think these are the latest...

Best Laptops - Education
For students, the best laptops have to be flexible, balancing between long battery life, multimedia features, and easy portability.
· Compaq Presario 2575US (Pentium 4, 2.66 GHz, 15 in. display, 512 MB RAM, CD-RW/DVD-ROM combo)
· Toshiba Satellite 5205-S705 (Pentium 4-M, 2.4 GHz, 15 in. display, 512 MB RAM, CD-RW/DVD+RW combo)
· Sony Vaio PCG-V505BC1 (Pentium 4, 2 GHz, 12.1 in. display, 256 MB RAM, CD-RW/DVD-ROM combo)
· Fujitsu LifeBook P2120 (Transmeta Crusoe TM5800, 933 MHz, 10.6 in. display... Read more

A:Help buying right laptop

Read other 16 answers

Hey guys, I'm not exactly sure where to post this question so I'm sorry if I picked the wrong board. I am going to be buying a new laptop after finding out that it would be pretty expensive to upgrade my current one as it has a soldered motherboard. I'm willing to pay a pretty penny for a new one, but I want to make sure I'm doing so wisely. I definitely want to stick with an HP laptop, but I was wondering which one to get. I've read that the 6th generation intel i7 core processor isn't that significantly different to the 7th generation, so if I could get a 6th that would decrease how much I'm spending. I've also read up on hard drives versus solid state drives and the efficiency of both, as well as intel's HD Graphics cards versus NVIDIA graphics cards. Essentially what I'm asking is what should I be paying attention to and be willing to spend a little extra for because it will greatly improve the performance of the laptop. I use my laptop for school work but I also like to play Sims on it which has been ridiculously slow and laggy on my current laptop with an i3 processor. Thanks for any information you can give me.

A:Buying a New Laptop

Hi, Please read the following articles first:    http://www.laptopmag.com/t/laptops   http://www.laptopmag.com/articles/laptop-buying-guide   http://www.techradar.com/news/mobile-computing/laptops/best-laptops-1304361 After that you can see bangs for bugs and make decision. Regards.

Read other 2 answers

OK I do some gaming a bit of shooters RTS's and Im also going to school and sometimes wish I had a laptop so does anybody have any suggestions on a specific model mind you my budget will be around $1,200.00 sometime after Christmas

A:maybe buying new laptop

Might look at some of these.....

Read other 2 answers


Looking at laptops from the above website (I am in the UK)

Would appreciate if you guys could point me in the direction of the best "bang for buck" laptop from those.

I usually only use PCs and I am not at all familiar with laptops.


A:Help buying a new laptop

What use do you require from the laptop?
General use/applications?

For gaming I'd suggest a second generation i5 or greater processor, more games are taking advantages of 2+ cores nowadays.

Watch out when considering laptop graphics as often the same model number with a M or "Mobile" tagged on the end isn't the equivalent in performance to the desktop part of the same model number.

I often recommend http://www.notebookcheck.net/ for checking mobile processors and mobile graphics performance. Have a lot of reviews and links to reviews of specific laptops too.

Read other 4 answers

I am thinking of buying a new laptop under 30,000-35,000 PKR. ($300-350). Something around $400 might also work. I am not much into gaming or stuff. Usually, I play stronghold extreme or civilization V once every 2-3 months. I currently have an HP laptop, but it overheats as hell. Due to the overheating issue, I have to give it a minute?s rest after around 15-45 minutes of use.

As I am a freelance writer, I intend to use the laptop for writing, watching movies and some gaming at normal graphics (nothing hardcore).

I was looking for the following features in a laptop:

1. No overheating whatsoever.

2. Good battery life.

3. SSD preferred but not necessary.

4. A good design (hey, I plan to use it as my office).

5. And finally, Intel i3 or something of similar power (optional).

I was hoping that maybe you guys could help me out, since my laptop has started acting weird. I am currently on another machine, not much powerful. HP has a sale thing going own, maybe I can get some discount there as well.

I look forward to your recommendations.

Read other answers

For the last week I have been trying to buy a used Laptop on ebay and have been always outbid.

I can't believe there are a lot of people out there that are willing to pay more than $100 plus shipping for a used Pentium II laptop, but I am consistently outbid in amounts exceeding $115. Add shipping and the cost goes up to $150. You can by a new laptop with Vista installed, 1GB Memory, 120Gb Hard drive and DVD RW for less than $500! What is going on here?

A:Buying Used Laptop

I know a lot of people use these for other OS's like Linux (that can run well on an older machine). The $100 figure is a lot less than the $500 for the average computer user. Up your bid to $250-$300 range and get a better laptop. It will last you longer, be faster etc.

Read other 3 answers

Hi, I'm new here.

I have the following question:

I am about to buy a new laptop. I got an offer to two computers at the same price:

The first, IBM T43 comes with a Pentium M 1.86 GHz processor.
The second, a T60, comes with Duo Core 1.66 GHz processor.

All other specifications are identical, and price is identical.

Any suggestions as to which to pick? I will be using it mostly for internet, e-mail and mp3's, not heavy gaming.

Also, if I get Duo Core, is it upgradable?

Thanks a lot guys.

A:Buying a new laptop: which is best?

A ThinkPad.. Good choice

Take the T60 - it is a newer model with an improved design. For you, the CPU difference doesn't really matter.

Yes, you could upgrade the CPU later on, but it will cost you a fortune - you would have to order the CPU assembly from Lenovo and most likely they will insist on installing it by themselves too.

Read other 1 answers

OK guys i need help. My mom is in college going back for a nursing degree and is looking to buy a new laptop for this semester she gave me a barnes & noble list of the available laptops mainly from samsung, Toshiba and hp. We have an HP desk top already. I was also hoping to find one that is the most efficient for computer gaming something that can run planet side 2 or shogun total war on mid-high specs. I am not sure if you guys need the specs and features of all of them so i will just write down the names.

Hp 20002b6nr 15.6" Notebook.
Price 518.98

Hp pavillion G62211nr 15.6" Notebook.

HP Envy dv67211nr 15.6" notebook.

HP Envy sleekbook 6110us 15.6"

Samsung galaxytab2 10" 16gb

Samsung 15.6" np355e5ca02us

Samsung 15.6" NP365e5CSO2US

Toshiba excite at305-t16 10.1 16gb tablet computer

Toshiba satellite C855S55346 15.6" notebook

Toshiba satellite C855S5356 15.6" notebook

Toshiba sattellite C855S5352 15.6" notebook
Thanks in advance guys and sorry if this is the wrong thread to post this in. Hopefully a moderator moves it to the right section but thanks to anyone and everyone who helps me or points me in the right direction

A:Need help buying a new laptop

She will most likely want an actual notebook, not a tablet.

For basic office apps and browsing, any current model will work fine. Laptops, in general, are not designed or recommended for gaming. Even under moderate use, they tend to get warm/hot. Gaming stresses the hardware and generates heat, making most laptops run hot. For gaming, you will need to at least double your budget for a laptop, or better yet, get a desktop PC. Desktop models are more suited for gaming.

Read other 1 answers

I am looking for a new gaming laptop. Was looking into the Asus G73JH-RBBX05 from Best Buy. Costs $1250, great specs...

Here's a link. Click the FIRST website on google, should be Best Buy.

Google Moogle! Click this link for that laptop!

Tell me what you guys think. Thank you.

Read other answers


For buying a laptop is it better just choosing one from a good site or going to dell and customising what i would like in there?

A:Buying a Laptop

Read other 10 answers

I live in the Uk and I am thinking of buying a Laptop computer in the USA while I am out there this october.

I am a bit of a novice regarding things like this, I would really appreciate some help on this subject!!

e.g, Compatiblity issues and problems, different things compared to UK laptops, such as power??

Many Thanks

A:buying a laptop in the US

You would get a US-keyboard (no £-sign).
You need to make sure that you get a universal AC-adapter/
charger for 110V-240V.
Make sure they supply warranty and spares locally in the UK.
You would need US/UK powerplug and telephone adapters.
Other than that, there should not be any more issues.

Prices in the US are not that far off from UK prices anymore and
what you buy over the counter in the US is not very sophisticated.
My advice: buy a DELL or SONY or TOSHIBA locally in the UK.
(you could buy cheaper accessories and software in the US).

My 2 cents worth.

Read other 1 answers

hello friends
i waned to buy a new laptop and am just a bit confused

between compaq presario cq 60 101 and compaq presario CQ 50

is there a significant difference between them except the screen size?

also if anyone can suggest a better machine for same budget
[ i am getting these machines for 700 usd]

thank u people

A:Buying a new laptop

I'm not a fan of compaq computers. Compaq used to have a lot of problems with their computers, but things may be different now that they are a part of HP. I haven't used a compaq since before they got together with HP. But the Compaqs that I used before then were junk. I have heard they are getting a lot better. Anyways, just thought I'd tell you my experiences with Compaq.

You can buy a lenovo for about $700 give or take. http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3952531&Sku=T71-15024

Lenovo laptops are one of the best.

You could buy a Dell Inspiron or you could try to find a nice used apple for around $700.

Hope this helps

Read other 7 answers

I am forth year engineering student and i need a laptop urgently.
I searched everywhere and finally came on these two:

Lenovo 3000 N100 15.4"
Sony Vaio FJ.

My budget is around 70,000/- and these two fit in!!
I also configured Alienware m5550 which was cheaper than these two but it becomes way costly when imported to india.

Plz i need help fom you guys.

Any recommendations about other brand laptops fitting in my budget?

thanks in advance!!!!!!

A:Need help in buying Laptop!!

Hi Sushk21

It nice to see another newbie like myself.

Have a look at the following URLs:
http://howtobuyalaptop.com/laptop-guide.htm#section1 = help for buying
http://www.pcmag.com = good reviews and advice

Read other 1 answers

Hi guys. My girlfriend is looking to buy a laptop for school and is wanting to spend less than $800. She does not really need anything to crazy but I would like it to have a good processor (no celeron or sempron), 40-60GB hard drive, and 512-1GB RAM. I have been shopping around a little bit on dell.com, mrnotebook.com, and compusa.com.
1. Dell's Inspiron E1505 looks pretty nice.

what do you guys think? I am not limited to these two laptops by any means.

A:Need Help buying a new laptop...

Asus make some very descent laptops for a very competitive price.

I havnt got time to look now, but if you remind me later I'll investigate for you.



Read other 6 answers

im looking to buy a new laptop.. something that does medium gaming and also work. all of these cost more or less the same.. im changing all the vista operating system in the package to xp so maybe that would reduce the price a little bit. so which of these do u guys recommend id get? ive rated the price rating 5 for most expensive and the cheapest 1.
Option 1:-(expensiveness = 1 )
ACER Aspire 5584WXMi ( Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5600 1.83GHz )

-Genuine Windows® Vista? Home Premium
-Intel® Centrino® Duo Mobile Technology Intel® Core?2 Duo processor T5600 (1.83GHz, 2MB Cache, 667MHz FSB) supporting Intel® Extended Memory 64 Technology (Intel® EM64T)
-Intel® 945PM Express Chipset Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945abg Wireless Connection
-14.1" WXGA Acer CrystalBrite colour LCD, supporting 1280 x 768 pixel resolution
-NVIDIA® GeForce® Go 7200-SE with 128 MB of external GDDR2 VRAM, supporting NVIDIA® PureVideo? technology (WMV HD, High-Definition MPEG-2 Hardware Acceleration), Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0, Shader Model 3.0, OpenEXR High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology, NVIDIA® PowerMizer® 6.0, PCI Express®
-1G DDR2 RAM (upgradeable to 2GB)
-Integrated 56Kbps modem & 10/100/1000 Mbps LAN Integrated Slot-Load
-8X DVD-Super Multi Double-Layer Drive
-Integrated Bluetooth® 2.0+EDR
-Integrated 1.3-megapixel Acer OrbiCam CMOS Camera with Acer VisageON & PrimaLite Technology Acer Video Conference featuring Voice and Video over Internet ... Read more

A:looking to buying a new laptop

Avoid option 1 Acer, and Option 5 Dell.

Option 1: Acer; Option 2: Unknown; Option 3: Unknown; Option 4: Aceer; Option 5: Dell XPS M1210.
You left out the most important part of the configuration: number of cooling fans and size of cooling channels.
Laptops used in gaming have an extremely high failure rate... due primarily to heat and inability to move out the hot air.
If you cannot inspect the laptop to observe cooling channels, do not get it.
The Dell is doubly handicapped with Roxio instead of Nero. But you do not tell us about the burner software of the other four.

My choices would be Options 2 and 3 but I would have to know the brands and models, and model of DVD player.
Whatever your choice of these, you can expect early screen failure and early video graphics failure... so get the one with the longest warranty.

Read other 6 answers

I am currently in the market for a laptop to compliment my existing system and to serve as a mobile to my business. I am an architect and use very draining programs (like AutoCAD, Photoshop, 3D StuioMAX, Rhinoceros) and files often up to 1GB which require a lot of processing speed (upward of 2.8Ghz I should think), RAM (at the very least 512 but perhaps more) and a very good graphics card to support them. Not to mention a reasonable screen (mininum 15").

I have looked high and low on the net for a laptop that fits these criteria but have yet to find one even close. Obviously i would like to keep the unit to a reasonable price, which i would consider around the US$2000 mark.

I was hoping that that someone out there in computer land, an architect or someone dealing with similar graphic utilizations could offer me their advice on a system they may have or may know to suit my needs.

I really appreciate any help that you can ofer me


Paris Searles (seychelles)

A:buying a laptop

I think the Sony VAIO's are a great laptop with all the stuff they pack into them. You not only get the funcionality, but you get the pure power as well. Sony is also reputable to some people and hated by others, it's just personal preference.

Read other 21 answers

Can anyone give me the name of a good website where I can search for laptops by its features? I knew one when I bought my last laptop, but I dont remember it now. Any help is greatly appreciated.

A:Buying A New Laptop

-CompUSA is a good one. (www.compusa.com)

Read other 4 answers

I've always had/built desktop PC's and I've recently become a firefighter, so with my downtime at the station I've decided to pick me up a laptop.While I'm great with desktop, I don't know Jack about a laptop and was hoping to get some good info here.

I'd like to buy one that'll last a while and I do some gaming.
Don't want to spend over $1400.00.

Some main Q's I have are...

Are more cells in the battery always better?(ie. 6cell vs. 8 cell)

Are the intel Chips performing better than AMD right now?

I was going to get a nice high resolution screen. Something like 1920x1080, but was wanting to hear from anyone who has similar because im afraid the text and other things might be too small to easily read. My eyes are pretty good but is this a complaint for anyone?

Which video cards in laptops are top notch at the moment and are many of these newer laptops coming with the ability to upgrade the cards later or are they still integrated in?
A few that i've looked at say they have a Dedicated video card but I don't know if that makes them removable or not.

I'm working on finding all this stuff out, but in since I'm just getting into laptops and the tech changes so fast its hard to get good information that's current.

Thanks for helping me out and I'll take any other info/advice you may have

A:I'd like a some help on buying a laptop

Read other 12 answers

can anyone recommend a good laptop for college, powerpoint and small business?

A:Need help on buying new laptop

i have moved to hardware forum
a little more info - whats your maximum budget ?

Read other 2 answers

Hi Folks,

After a long time I decided to move from my current laptop and buy a new one for myself. However, I've zeroed the below listed laptop and is little confused on deciding which one to choose as they all are got almost the same configuration.

Thought of taking some smart and intelligent advice and nothing comes to mind except my folks at "sevenforums".

So, need suggestion and advice:

Lenovo Essential G505s (59-380146) Laptop (APU Quad Core A10/ 8GB/ 1TB/ DOS/ 2.5GB Graph) VS

HP Pavilion G6-2312AX Laptop (APU Quad Core A10/ 4GB/ 1TB/ Win8/ 2.5GB Graph) VS

HP Pavilion G6-2313AX Laptop (APU Quad Core A10/ 6GB/ 1TB/ DOS/ 2.5GB Graph)

Thank you!

A:Help with Buying a New Laptop

As you said, the specs on all three machines are pretty close. But I'd choose the Lenovo since it already comes with 8GB RAM. You'd probably spend more money shortly after getting either of the HPs just to upgrade their RAM. Also, HP computers seem to be a lot more bloated with unnecessary "stuff". One of the Forum experts prepared a tutorial on how to do a clean reinstall of an OEM computer with a special "note" at the bottom for HP owners. So that's my opinion and others may disagree. Don't know if this counts as smart or intelligent.

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Read other 7 answers

Im going to be buying a laptop today but i cant decide on which company to go with after a long frustrating thing of research.

Ive looked at alienware but there way to overpriced

ibuypower or cyberpower but ive heard that they are poorly built and havnt heard good things about them.

could someone enlighten me or give me a good company to buy a laptop for gaming from 1300 to 1600 thanks

A:Buying a laptop

Read other 12 answers

I found an Asus 650VT on Craigslist for $500. This is by far the best deal I've seen on CL lately. I'm going to suck it up and buy last generation hardware - the newest lineup is sexy but the only hardware intensive thing I'll be doing is playing SC2 and compressing the occasional movie to watch on my phone.

This brings me to my question. What should I look for when I'm checking out the laptop before I buy it? I'm planning on running Memtest86+, and doing some stress tests to make sure the temperatures aren't insane, as well as entering BIOS and confirming that nothing is overclocked (not that it wouldn't be easy to clock back to factory settings before showing the laptop off). Is there anything else I should check for? Are there hard drive diagnostic tools?

A:Buying a used laptop

Get one that has the install/reinstall/restore disk as part of the package... Sometimes they will throw in an older hard drive than the one that came with the machine... Find out what hard drive is installed... and avoid it if the drive is not a Western Digital, Seagate, or Fujitsu... If a solid state drive, avoid it.
Were it my choice, I would buy one from a regular store... there will be lots of sales now that school is out... and they will offer a warranty... Sometimes even a 30 or 90 warranty is all you need to make the computer as good as new.
I would think of that ASUS 650VT at $500 to be a price too high.

Read other 1 answers

I bought and installed a crucial M4 128GB drive in my desktop2 and now want to replace the HDD in the Toshiba laptop but am thinking of a different brand for this.

I was looking at the Intel 520 series 128GB @ $205 and was quite mpressed by the specs.

But as a matter of cost cutting I did also look at the Corsair Force GT series 120GB ? $160 (alternative Corsair Force series 120GB @ $195) and the Patriot Pyro SE 120GB ? $159 (alternative the Patriot Wildfire 120GB @ $225 ? a shade under the Samsung - $229).
The Corsair Force GT however looks to work only with a 6Gbs interface whereas the rest all support 1.5, 3, and 6Gbs. The speed of the Wildfire if the ad is right is amazingly fast.

A:Buying laptop SSD

Hi there
I'd go for the SAMSUNG -- the reason I say this (apart from the fact they make excellent phones and TV's) is that with the SSD you get quite a useful USB===>SATA cable connector -- this makes it easy to say use the usb disk you've taken OUT of the laptop like an external USB drive -- why not format that one and use it for backup.

You don't need this cable to install the disk in your laptop - just plug it in to the same place where you remove the old one --takes literally seconds.

Another use for this cable is that you can then after imaging your OS (backup) restore it to the SSD easily and you can then boot your computer straight away.

The price of all these 128 GB SSD's is around the same and performance on these newer models is also outstanding.


Read other 8 answers

I'm not entirely certain this is the right part of the forum for this question, but it seems like the best place.

My HP Pavillion broke down recently, seems to be the hard drive. It's about four or five years old and I'm considering buying a new laptop even if it can be fixed without great expense, because the keyboard and mouse click area also failing, and it's been problematic from the first few months I've had it.

So my question is whether now is a good time to buy a new laptop, and what I ought to get. I have up to about £500 to spend, although I could spend a bit more if there was a very good reason to. (I'm in the UK if it matters.)

I use my laptop mainly for browsing, multimedia and messengers, but also want one able to run games. Obviously I want something that's going to last, not one that will break down of be obsolete within a few years, I don't want to be asking this same question again for at least another 5 years.

A:Buying a new laptop - what to get?

ASUS makes the most reliable laptops, but Dell and HP offer better support... so theirs one key question to consider.

I would look for a Core2Duo, 4GB RAM and a good integrated graphics card, also make sure the Hard drive is 7200 RPM, since you care about performance.

Read other 3 answers

I'm really interested in buying a new laptop. I hate Windows Vista very much, so I would like it to have Windows XP on it. I can't seem to find any sites where I can customize laptops to have Windows XP on them though. So, could anyone provide me some links to customizable laptops that have an option to come with Windows XP instead of Windows Vista?

Thanks in advance

A:Buying a new laptop

Hi and Welcome to TSG,
Where in the world are you? That'll affect where/who you buy from and who here at TSG can point you in the right direction.


.... in the UK.

Read other 2 answers

i am looking to buy a used laptop off of ebay.i only need it for 3 sems. of school and will only be using it for writing papers when away from the desktop at home.what are the key elements i need to look for (mhz, petium,drives etc.).i dont need to much and i dont want to spend alot.i notice alot of used laptops come with no os loaded is this ok and is it easy to load a os.if you know of any other web sights that would have a better deal let me know.thanks

A:buying a used laptop ????

Read other 10 answers

hello , i would like some advice on which laptop i should bu i have 450 pound and i wont a laptop that can brows the internet quick and so i can do some gaming i would like to have 2 ghz or over and more then 2.00 GB ram thanks

A:buying a laptop

for laptop, i would suggest to get Lenovo T400

Read other 2 answers

Need help buying laptop...I prefer HP since thats what i already have. Looking for something for everyday web searching, web cam, cd/dvd built in player, watching videos etc...im not a gamer. and as far as memory/hard drive, whats the MINIMUM to go after? looking to spend no more that about $650. doesnt have to be fancy, BUT do want something nice (planning to buy at best buy)

A:buying new laptop

Hi, My suggestion: go to Best Buy and ask them to have a list of full models around that price and post back. We may be able to compare and let you know which one is better. Note: some models won't be available at Best Buy and also some models may ONLY available at Best Buy. Regards

Read other 1 answers

I am going to buy a laptop and I'm lost about which one to buy. I just need it for the basics: Word, Excel, the Internet... any suggestions?

A:Buying a Laptop

Hello and welcome to TSG!

Take a look at my post at http://forums.techguy.org/t269675.html.

I'm going to ask that this be moved to hardware where more people will see your post.

Read other 1 answers

I want to buy a new laptop for my partner as his is very old and slow. He's mentioned how much he likes his currect Fujitsi Seimens (Amilo Pro V2030D). Anyone know what the newest (and good) equivelent is of this?


A:Help buying a new laptop

What does he like about it? If you're looking for a simple system I'd recommend the Acer V5-571. the 571G variant has a more powerful CPU and discrete graphics good, but it's a bit more expensive.

Read other 2 answers

Vista Installed
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo Mobile Processor 1.66GHz
Screen Size: 15.4" WXGA Acer CrystalBrite LCD TFT
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8600M Dedicated Graphics 256mb (HDMI output)
Memory: 2GB
Hard Drive: 160GB 5400rpm
Optical: Blu-ray BD-ROM
Operating System: Windows Vista Home Premium
5 in 1 card reader (SD), (MMC), (MS), (MS PRO), (XD)
Networking: Wireless LAN IEEE 802.11b/g, Wired Ethernet LAN, 56K V.92 Fax Modem

Thats the spec's

What do you guys think is a good price to buy for ?

A:Buying a used laptop

I am talking Australian Dollars :)

Read other 2 answers

i am buying a new laptop and i need some help. here is the link to my laptop.


it comes with windows vista and i need more ram, about 2g is the reckomended so ime getting 2g. here is a link to the 2g i wanto buy.


will this ram plug into my lap top? how do i install ram on a laptop? i have installed ram before on a desktop but never on a laptop, is it any different? everyone tells me laptops are harder to work on. how do i install ram on a laptop? just open it uP? please help me. :'( If anyone here can help me, Please respong here or email me at [email protected] thanks you for you time guys ^_-

A:Buying new laptop need help

Read other 7 answers

OK I do some gaming a bit of shooters RTS's and Im also going to school and sometimes wish I had a laptop so does anybody have any suggestions on a specific model mind you my budjet will be around $1,200.00

A:maybe buying a new laptop

The HP Pavillion series has been good for me, and my father swears by the Sony Vaio brand.

What games are you looking to play, exactly?

Read other 3 answers

I need a laptop that can be used for Graphic Design, Animation, Programming, and Gaming/Recording Gameplay. I need a laptop not a PC. Here are the two options I have decided:


Thank You,
Connor G.

P.S. Just view it as whichever would be optimal for my needs listed above.

A:Buying a Laptop Help

Depends on specs, but the Lenovo.

Read other 2 answers


So, I'll be buying a new laptop - sometime before Sept. 2013.
I live in India, so prices here are close to 50% higher than US prices.
(Which is why the only decent laptop for my budget that I can get here is an AMD APU, whereas I can get an Intel core i7 from the US)
[I have a few cousins in the US, who can get a me a laptop from the US if required.]

I have two in mind :

1. HP Pavilion G6-2313AX Laptop ( in India, 700$ )

CPU - AMD APU A10 4600M ( 4 core, 2.3 ~ 3.2 GHz )
GPU - AMD Radeon HD 7660G + HD 7670M Dual Crossfire ( 0.5 GB + 2 GB DDR3 )
Display - 15.6 " 1366x768 LED backlit
HDD - 1 TB

2.HP DV6TQE Series Custom ( in USA, 710$ )

CPU - Intel i7 3610QM ( 4 core, 2.3 GHz )
GPU - NVIDIA GT 650M ( 1 GB DDR5 )
Display - 15.6 " 1366x768 LED backlit
HDD - 1 TB

The biggest difference here is the CPU+GPU combo.
According to benchmarks and real-world tests on modern games - notebookcheck.net shows a huge difference between the two GPUs and cpubenchmark.net shows a huge difference between the two CPUs.
And, the overall winner is the Intel option.

However, I'm yet to find a good comparison between battery consumption and performance in moderate usage and gaming.

I'm going to be using the laptop for moderate gaming (maybe some 1-2 year old games), multimedia usage (movies, music) and general internet and software usage.
I also need moderate battery life ( 4 hours atleast ). Which one offers more?

What looks like a ... Read more

Read other answers

Im trying to decide between these 5 laptops. I Want a Gaming laptop that I can also carry around to classes because I use my laptop everyday in college, but Im tired of having to replace my laptop every year or so so I want something good that wont be out of date in 2 years but isnt super heavy or overpriced either.. Heres what im thinking of:

Samsung - 15.6" Geek Squad Certified Refurbished Laptop - 8GB Memory - 1TB Hard Drive - Titan Silver

3rd Gen Intel® Core? i7-3635QM processor- 6MB L3 cache. 2.4GHz processor speed.Turbo Boost=3.2GHz.
8GB DDR3 memory
Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive with double-layer support Records up to 8.5GB of data or 4 hours of video using compatible DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL media.
15.6" LED high-definition widescreen display
1TB Serial ATA II hard drive (5400 rpm)
NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M graphics
Built-in 1.3MP high-definition webcam and microphone
Weighs 5.3 lbs.

2. ASUS N56DP-DH11 15.6" Laptop Computer - Black $529


AMD A10-4600M Quad-Core Processor
Microsoft Windows 8 (64-bit)
8GB DDR3-1600 RAM
1TB 5,400RPM Hard Drive
8x Super Multi Double Layer Drive
Memory Card Reader
AMD Radeon HD 7730M
10/100/1000 Network
802.11b/g/n Wireless
Bluetooth 4.0
15.6"... Read more

A:Buying a Laptop

What did you decide on?...

Read other 5 answers