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Q: New Laptop Recommendations

Hi, everyone. I'm looking to buy a new laptop within the next few months, and I was wondering what your recommendations would be.

In the past, I've been a big fan of Dell. I feel like they make a quality product and, if something goes wrong, they ship out a new part (usually overnight - I've had it arrive in less than 24 hours). However, I don't like the designs of their new notebooks. They are thick, made of plastic, and just cheap looking (and boring). Furthermore, they don't have both an eraserhead pointer and a touchpad (they just have the touchpad).

I'm also interested in IBM, but I don't know enough about ThinkPads. I hear they're the best, but IBM has also just been sold to that company in China. Do you think that will affect their quality? Anyone know how IBM's warranty operates? Also, does IBM ship a Windows disc with its computers (or one of those compaq-like "System Restoration" discs)?

I really like the WiFi on/off physical toggle switch on some HPs and Vaios, but I'm not too sure about the quality of their computers. I don't believe Dells or IBMs come with such switches, but I would really like that on my next computer.

Also, my price range is $2000 or less, after warranty and Office 2000 Small Business. I need 802.11 B & G.

I was thinking about getting Bluetooth support as well (for a Bluetooth mouse), but those that I've worked with (all have been the Microsoft version) have been very "unsensitive". They don't respond well. I don't use the computer for gaming, but I need accuracy in a mouse, and I'd probably stick with RF.

Lastly, what are your opinions on Centrino? I don't need ultraportability (I need an integrated/swappable CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive), but I'm not sure whether to go with a P4-M or Pentium-M processor w/Centrino. What exactly is the difference (since I can still get integrated wireless with a P4), and what will I notice?

Thanks so much the advice!

-Micky

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A: New Laptop Recommendations

I don't think the "IBM" PC products will be going down the drain for at least a year or two. The merger of such huge business takes time and until then everything will be done the good old way.

HP and Sony do make good notebooks. I don't really understand what is so good about the physical WiFi switch tho..

You do not want a bluetooth mouse. You avoid all kinds of compatibility problems by using a plain PS/2 or USB mouse.

Centrino has better battery performance since all the system components are designed with low power consumption in mind.

I am a big an of ThinkPads myself. Those things are literally bomb-proof. They also come with TrackPoint which IMO is way better than those touchpads thingies and IBM laptop keyboards are very good. The Darth Vader style looks may not appeal to everyone though.

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I'm looking to spend about 1000 dollars, maybe a LITTLE bit over on a laptop. I plan to use this for college uses ranging from essays, internet use, programming in C++ and higher, basic microsoft office things, video/audio editing, and maybe a little bit of entertainment on the side.

Also, I don't want it to be too heavy, I'll be bringing it with me to a lot of places. Also, i'll be working on it at home with my wireless network. Is there anything else I should describe?

So basically I'm just looking for a laptop within that price range that could do all of the mentioned above. ANy ideas? Show me like some links or names with prices...thanks!
 

A:Laptop Recommendations for PC?

any reccomendations?
 

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I could use some advice...

My computer recently bit the bullet and I am in the market for a new laptop. Its purpose will be solely for work use, which will include research and writing.

I was thinking about a mini notebook. I've heard some things about them - that you can hook up the computer to a larger screen when needed, though light enough for you to transport anywhere easily.

I really don't have much time on my hands at the moment to research, that is why I'm reaching out to the techspot community.

I am a new member; however, my several interactions with the techspot community have been favorable.


Thanks,


b
 

A:Laptop recommendations

Give us your budget and we'll take it from there.
 

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My boss wants a new laptop. He wants at least 80GB and wants it to be very light weight with a long lasting battery. Does anyone have any recommendations on a good quality laptop? Thanks.
 

A:Laptop Recommendations please

http://www1.us.dell.com/content/products/compare.aspx/latit?c=us&cs=04&l=en&s=bsd
 

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Hello all,

I'm looking to buy a used laptop in January, after the christmas season has died down. The purpose of this laptop is singular. I want to run Ubuntu 64 bit, with the cinnamon UI. As you can probably guess, I'm going to be using it to learn Linux. That is its entire reason for existence in my life.

I'm not even thinking I'm going to be doing anything crazy with it either. Web browsing, email checking, word processing, music listening, movie watching. Its going to be a basic end-users machine. I do know I want a quad core processor, 6-8 gigs of ram, and I want the weight to be under 5lbs. But everything else I'm up in the air about.

My price ceiling is $350. Not one penny over.

I wanted to make sure I wasn't missing a website, or a place to search around on. So I came here and wanted to ask, does anyone have any suggestions on laptops with all this in mind?
 

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I am looking to buy a laptop for under $1000 Canadian that has the capabilities to stream my external HD webcam onto a chatroom of a maximum of 200 people will potentially viewing up to 4 cams myself without any lag or crashing as this is a quick way to lose potential money. I know a bit about computers but not enough to make a confident decision on which to invest my money on. Anyone have any thing they think would be #1?
 

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Hi guys
I have been trawling to web to try and find a reasonably priced laptop, basically for web and office applications, anyone come across any good bargains lately?
Thanks in advance
 

A:Laptop recommendations (UK)

whats you budget and is that all you need it to do - simple business use?
i have found the HP dv5094ea an excellent machine £799 from staples/johnlewis
 

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Hey Guys,
I'm looking to buy a new laptop in the near future,
I'd preferably like it to be 64 Bit with a good processor,
A Good Nvidia Graphics Card,
Not a Mac,
4 Gb Ram,
15'' + Screen,

Any recommendations?

Thanks
 

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Anyone has any recommendations on what would best laptop be in the 1100-1400$ price range?

Should i go for macbook?

And any place where i could get one that works on 220Volts electricity?
 

A:Laptop recommendations

Depends on what you want to use the laptop for? Gaming, word processing, etc...? Can we assume that since you are asking if it can run on 220 volts that you live somewhere in Europe?
 

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I need a laptop that is:
~$1000. (less preferred ) (rebates are good also)
Light (um... 4ish lbs?)
Screen size doesn't really matter.
60gb or more hd
512mb or more ram.
That about covers it...
(I'm just looking for a REALLY good computer around my price range)
oh yea, please no dells... i don't like them personally, and they're pretty heavy.
 

A:Laptop Recommendations needed!

Have a look at the toshiba laptops.

http://www.toshibadirect.com/td/b2c/srch.to

They seem to have quite a few in your price range.
 

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I'm trying to help my mom buy a new laptop, but I don't have much experience with lower-end computers. I'm hoping someone can help point out a good laptop or laptop maker.

She will be using the laptop for simple tasks: email, web browsing, and Netflix watch now. Because she is using Netflix watch now the laptop will need a video output, preferably HDMI to minimize cables. She would prefer a larger screen, so web books are pretty much out of the question. Battery life, portability, touch pad, etc don't matter because she will use the laptop at home 99.99% of the time. Also, she doesn't have a need for an HDD larger than a few GB.

She wants to spend as little as possible, and is not willing to pay more than $500.

Any ideas/input? Thanks!
 

A:Laptop recommendations wanted

Jesse

Check out the Dells:
http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-laptops?~ck=anav
 

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Hi all! This place has always provided some good information, so Im hoping you can do it again! I'm on the verge of purchasing a laptop/notebook computer. I would mostly be using it to play games on while I have down time during my job (breaks, etc.) and like a portable DVD and to hook-up to my network at home. My problem is I know little about laptops - never have worked on one, fixed one or really used one. I am currently thinking of getting an HP or Toshiba - both with 3.0/3.2 Ghz, 17 monitor, 60-80gig HHD, Nvidia 5200/5600 video, 512 or 1gig memory, DVD/CD-rw, wireless "g", etc.

What whould you recommend? I was told that the CPU on a notebook is not the same as a CPU on a desktop (quote from someone else :"1.7 ghz mobile is equal to a 2.6 desktop cpu"), is this true? Also, is there a site that gives information on notebooks/laptops - CPUs, memory, etc.? Any and all help would be appreciated.

TY!
 

A:Notebook/Laptop recommendations please!

ANyone?
 

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http://www.xoxide.com/coolermaster-notepal.html

Just googling around and saw that one.........mind not set on anything, but I have a 17" Toshiba Satellite GIANT
 

A:Recommendations for laptop cooler

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Hello everyone!
I'm a newbie to PC gaming, I have been playing "Dayz" on my HP laptop, but the graphics quality and lag I experience is rather annoying! So I'm looking to replace a few components on my laptop but I have no idea where to start or what to change, so I've come to Techspot looking for advice!
bear in mind I don't want to blow the bank on loads of expensive upgrades
here are the specs, any suggestions?

Microprocessor AMD Quad-Core A4-5000M APU with Radeon HD 8330 Graphics (1.5 GHz, 2 MB cache)
Chipset AMD A76M FCH
Memory 4 GB DDR3
Video Graphics AMD Radeon HD 8330 Graphics (up to 1.98 GB)
Hard Drive 750 GB 5400 rpm SATA
Up to 24 GB partition for system recovery

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...foCategory&cc=uk&dlc=en&lc=en&product=5399488

Thanks in advance
 

A:Recommendations for my laptop upgrade

Unfortunately most laptops do not have the option of replacing components. Your options for this HP Laptop is: upgrading your RAM to 8GB (or more depending on how much max RAM the laptop allows) & changing the Hard Drive from the 5400 rpm to either a 7200 rpm or better yet a SSD. Laptops are not component swappable like the Desktop computers are. Most laptops have parts soldered in on the motherboard. You might be able to eliminate some "Lag" with the RAM and Hard Drive changes, but if you are looking for a drastic improvement, I would suggest a laptop more suited for gaming.
 

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(Terribly sorry if this is in the wrong section)

I'm looking for a new laptop to buy, but i'm really not sure how to find one that will match my needs.

Here is what i'm looking for:
-Dedicated GPU for mid-end gaming (games like DOTA 2, TF2, and maybe Tribes:Ascend)
-Decent processor for mid-end gaming
-A moderately light design for carrying around in a bookbag (meaning a maximum screen of 14'' in. is preferred)
-Long-lasting hardware
-An absolute maximum pricetag of $1000, prices significantly lower than that are very welcome
Thanks a bunch to all those who reply
 

A:Solved: Laptop Recommendations?

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Hi,

Right now I am in the market for a VERY basic laptop, which will be used for internet browsing. Of course it needs to have a wireless card.

I'd like to keep the price under $600-650, keeping in mind that I don't want any crappy brand.

~Simon
 

A:Need A Basic Laptop -- Recommendations?

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Hello all,

Planing to grab a new laptop in the near future and wanted to do some educating for it.

Not sure what type, but I will be doing a clean install, putting in an SSD and replacing the memory. I want to do this correctly so if I was setting this computer up today, would following these tutorials in order be a good start?
1. Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

2. http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ndows-7-a.html

3. RAM - Test with Memtest86+

4. Internet Troubleshooting Guide

5. Reliability Monitor - Reset

6. Optimize Windows 7

7. System Repair Disc - Create

Edited: removed original step 2 process dealing with ssd drives, and just sticking to standard SSD instillation

There are so many tutorials that offer so much info, but too many to narrow down. Just looking to the pros for some advice, but if it's already a tutorial it makes it a lot easier so if there is something else to read I'd appreciate any advice. Thanks

A:Tutorial recommendations for new laptop

You don't need to tweak the SSD unless problems arise then one of our SSD experts will advise you. The optimize steps are the only tweaks I would consider otherwise.

Once you swap in the SSD and check it's detected in BIOS setup, just proceed with the steps in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

If you choose to use a secondary HD for data, then copy your backed up User folders there, rightclick each to link it to the related Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums.

But I'd get a large enough SSD so all the programs, page file and hibernate file (if you use it) fit on it, since they benefit most from the speed.

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Hi All

We are looking for Recommendations for a Laptop/Notebook for a 6 year old that is very gentle with computers who has some physical disabilities, (so easy to use with as few detachable parts as possible)
We are looking for recommendations for a laptop/notebook as per below

Dvd player
More than one USB port
Touch screen
(No detachable keyboards)
Easy to use built in keyboard
Wifi
Ethernet port
Pen (if needed) for whichever Laptop is mostly recommended
I have looked at so many but would really love to hear from those with laptops with the above needs as to which they would recommend the most, as her school uses a Windows environment and she does do homework via online, it would be best i think (do not really know) for a Windows computer

Thanks in Advance for any suggestions

Cheers

Serena
 

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I want to get a laptop cooler. Can anyone recommend one that is comfortable while it sits on your lap. I'd like to sit on the couch with laptop without my legs getting hot. Thanks.
 

A:Recommendations for a laptop cooler

This is the way I'd go. Aerogel is our nanotechnology future with a R50 per square inch rating.
 

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Yo guys,
Just interested in getting a laptop which can play pretty much all the latest games to a decent standard, under 750 quid, I mean I was thinking about the Alienware M11X but it has no CD-drive, but the Dell Studio 17 looks pretty decent

http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/p.../studio-1747?c=uk&l=en&s=dhs&cs=ukdhs1&~ck=mn

Any other recommendations?
 

A:'Gaming' Laptop Recommendations <£750

http://www.coastwaycomputerstore.co.uk/product/Acer+Aspire+5942G%7B49%7D524G64Bn+%7B49%7D+Core+i5+520M+2.4+GHz+%7B49%7D+15.6%22+TFT -- £810.69.

Cheapest I've seen. Although seems to be priced between £800-900.

Been using one of these for a while. Only bad thing is the widescreen tft is only 1366 x 768. But for me, I wanted it to be able to play current titles for a while so thought a lower native resolution might be one way of making it last a bit longer.
 

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So, I sold my old PC, and now I (well, not I in particular) need a laptop which would be about as powerful, preferably a bit better. Specs of old computer:
Celeron D 2.66 GHz
1 GB DDR 400 RAM
80 GB SATA HDD
Radeon X800GT 256 MB
XP pro

So, any cheap laptops that would match this PC?
 

A:Solved: Laptop recommendations...

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So on my main PC I run without any antivirus software, and while dangerous, I'm usually very careful with what I download. I know I should have something monitoring my computer, and between my main PC and laptop (which I share with gf), I think it may be time to get a non intrusive antivirus software running. I always see stuff like Norton but from what I hear it's bloated. I want something small and effective, and something people on this forum would run.

Thanks for any suggestions!

A:Got a new laptop, need antivirus recommendations

You ask a question we got a lot here at Bleeping Computer. We created this topic to help you get started with getting that answered. Please take a look here: Answers to common security questions - Best Practices Prevention & Choosing an Anti-virus or Firewall and here How Malware Spreads - How did I get infected. That will give you the foundation to refine your search. Once you have read those please don't hesitate to ask any questions you may still have.

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Hello everyone:

Back in 2014, I purchased a Dell Latitude e6500 laptop computer used from eBay. It has been a good laptop for me, and I like the build quality of the computer.

Due to the age of the computer, it's pretty much impossible to upgrade the computer unless I'm willing to shell out lots of money. With the amount of money that it would cost for me to upgrade that computer, I'd be better off buying a different computer. I only paid $200 including shipping for the computer back then. Even if I were to upgrade the computer, I still wouldn't see the speeds I'd hope for because of how old the computer is.

So here's what I'm looking for. I'm looking to buy either a new or used laptop computer. I've got up to $350 to spend on one. I would like at least an intel i7 processor of some sort, 8GB or more of RAM, would prefer an SSD drive. DVD drive is still a requirement for me, backlit keyboard, at least 15 inch screen or larger. legitimate copy of Windows 10 home or professional. Primary use for this computer would be web browsing, use of microsoft office applications, I need to run a VM on it with no problems because I am taking a linux class, and I might do a little gaming with the computer too as well as some video editing.

I would prefer that it is a business style type of laptop computer as they tend to be built with better quality components compared to other laptops anyone can buy. I would prefer not to get an ... Read more

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I'm looking for a laptop that will snap into a docking station. I haven't been very successful so far. What I find primarily are docking stations that plug into a laptop's USB port. The two problems that I have with these are that they generally don't seem to do video well, and they generally don't let you close the laptop, which leaves a clumsy setup for staff as they use it. I have a few Targus docking stations, but they're really not being used much. I'd like to simply replace desktops with the docking stations, and it seems that finding a laptop with a snap-in bottom would be ideal.

Any good recommendations for this?

Thanks.
 

A:Laptop docking station recommendations?

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Hello, I'm currently trying to buy a laptop for college and I would like people's opinion on what a good laptop would be for a video editting. What specs would I be looking for a laptop that can edit videos smoothly? I'm currently considering on getting an Asus G73JH-A2 (http://www.amazon.com/Republic-Game...ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=pc&qid=1271822651&sr=1-1). I know this laptop is designed more for gaming, but is there any other laptops that would be render videos and edit? My main concern is that the graphics card is not as suited for video editting and more towards games. I'm opening to any suggestions to other laptops or tips. Thanks in advance!
 

A:Thinking of buying a new laptop, recommendations?

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Hello every one...

Am in need of some quick advice... Am mainly a desktop gaming guy and fairly new to laptop gaming.. you could say a fish out of water when it comes to laptops.

Any ways, am about to be deployed with the Army and in the market to purchase a good gaming laptop to take with me in the range of 800-1200$.

I been looking and there are way to many options to pick from. I mostly been looking at Toshibas (A355D model) and recently at ASUS (X83Vb-X1 model) laptops. The main use will be primarily for gaming and web chatting with the fam back home while am overseas.

Suggestions and recommendations will be highly appreciate it.
 

A:Gaming Laptop Suggestions/Recommendations

have you thought about the HP dv5t? it has some serious graphics with a Nvidia 9600m GT. i do not know what it would cost but from videos i have seen on YouTube it is pretty impressive. you should look at the reviews for it. the only con i have found is the battery life and it can run a lil hot.
 

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I recently purchased Windowsģ 7 Home Premium 64bit MSI G Series GT780DXR-405US laptop (http://www.msimobile.com/level3_productpage.aspx?id=336) and SAMSUNG S27A950D monitor (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=982723).

I am now looking to purchase a Universal Docking Station and hence looking for your recommendations. I should be able to connect multiple monitors in the future.

I looked at Plugable USB 2.0 Universal Laptop Docking Station with DisplayLink DVI/VGA up to 1920x1080, Audio, Ethernet, and 4 Available High-Speed USB 2.0 Ports @ http://www.amazon.com/Plugable-Univ...NXAI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1323381796&sr=8-1 But not sure how good this is.

I am REALLY looking forward for your recommendations.

Thanks a LOT in advance.
 

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Hi there everyone I'm a noob and a first time poster and I admit these things freely. I'm looking into taking some free intro level computer science courses and possibly more later on. I need some advice on an affordable laptop that will suffice. I currently have an approximately 7-8 year old Dell that has been through a lot. It's time for an upgrade.

Thanks all.
 

A:Laptop recommendations for free online CS courses

Budget and currency....?

T.
 

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I would greatly appreciate any suggestions or comments on my desire to purchase an inexpensive (but decent quality) used laptop to purchase for Web surfing primarily...almost only.

I have an existing desktop connected to a cable modem via a USB connection, but I would greatly appreciate also being able to use a laptop for Web surfing while I'm sitting in my nearby armchair watching TV....okay, I'm a type "A"...so what!?...hah!

I would especially appreciate comments on how inexpensively this can be done, while at the same time trying to acquire a quality viewing screen and reliable (although dated) brand of laptop. Given that my technical knowledge is very limited, I'm assuming that the processor power/speed and RAM amount are only somewhat relevant, but the other components are largely irrelevant for web surfing purposes.

The only other types of info I would appreciate are recommendations on how best to connect this laptop to my cable modem. I'm not sure yet whether it would be more practical to use a (split) wired connection somehow, or would it be necessary to purchase a router and receiver cards for both computers.

I have seen on Ebay that there have been Pentium III, IBM, 14 inch screen laptops, supposedly in good working condition, that have sold (by firms with a very high feedback rating) in the $60-$90 (approx) price range. Would a model such as that be considered recommendable for my purposes, or am I asking for trouble buying a (too)... Read more

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I'm looking to replace the battery in a Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop and I'm looking for recommendations on a good place to get one. I usually purchase from BestBatt.com but they don't carry a replacement for the Dell Inspiron 1501. So, I'm looking for another place.

I've found one on Amazon.com for $30 or so but the mixed reviews make me cautious since other sites list the same battery for $60 or more.

I have also had a good experience with ebatts.com but they sell a replacement for more than I would prefer to pay.

Any recommendations on reputable sites for laptop batteries?

Thanks!

Peace...
 

A:Solved: Replacement laptop battery: looking for recommendations

Got the 7800 mAh for my 1501 about 2 years ago from Battery Depot. Don't recall what I paid for it, but way less than Dell. You might also want to take a look at Amazon.

Raybro
 

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I am looking for affordable recommendations for a laptop or chrome book for my 9th grader. She's not a gamer, btw. Thanks!
 

A:laptop recommendations for high schooler needed

What do you consider 'affordable' ? What are you willing to pay ?

Is she familiar with a Windows computer already, and/or a Chrome book one ?
 

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This would be primarily for a Dell Precision M6400 laptop which is running Windows 10 Pro 64-bit.
It has a Dell Wireless 1510(Broadcom 4322) 802.11b/g/n wireless device, but its speeds are very slow in Windows 10, even with my 200 Mbps cable service.
I would prefer a USB2 model with a single or dual antenna, but a small "thumb drive" looking one would be okay.

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Hi! I'm looking for a hard shell case for my laptop. I found many for Yoga and X1 but nothing for T470. Can you recommend me one?

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Hallo.

I'm looking to buy a new laptop. I could say I'm spoilt for choice and just want someone to decide for me, but the truth is that I'm kinda bewildered by the number of options out there. The last time I bought a laptop was back in 2007, and with new-fangled things like i5s and i7s, I haven't a clue about what I should buy.

I will be using this new laptop for the following things, in order of their importance:

1. Producing music
2. Viewing high-resolution videos
3. Less-intensive stuff like surfing the Internet and listening to music

Some more stuff of importance:

1. The main software I use for music production is Ableton Live. I also use various other VSTs. My current laptop only has a GB of RAM [remember, I bought this in 2007], so it has a hard time running all these things together, poor thing. On top of that, my current OS is Windows Vista Basic 32-bit, so you can imagine how slow things can get. Considering all this, I think an i5 processor and around 4GBs of RAM should be good enough for me. All laptops seem to come with Windows 7 64-bit, so it's not really like I have a choice there, but that's alright.

2. I watch a lot of anime [Japanese animation], which is mostly released in 720p/1080p resolutions. My current laptop has integrated graphics, so there's quite a bit of lag when it comes to rendering the aforementioned resolutions. So, something with a decent enough graphics card [say, a GB of dedicated memory] will ... Read more

A:Laptop recommendations for music production and hi-res video viewing.

I'm not going to recommend a model, just make a couple of comments. I have a 17" laptop and like the large view on it. I write/perform/produce music as well, so I don't know if I'd put money in a separate laptop soundcard. The cards you mentioned are not pro-level cards... you may want to look into a separate usb sound device from Focusrite, Tascam, or Avid. You can still use the internal card for portability, but for multi-I/O and midi recording and high fidelity you want a good audio interface. Look on zzounds.com, musiciansfriend.com, sweetwater.com or other music equipment sites.
 

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Since more and more software/games are being released on DVD and back-up capacity is ever increasing, I need a DVD-RW for my PC. I'll give my system specs and set-up and please recommend a dependable, economical unit.

Specs: 6-year-old home-built PC. ASUS P4B266-C mobo, Intel P4 2.4Mhz Northwood CPU, 2GB PC2700 DDR memory, 80 GB 7200 RPM WD HDD, PlexWriter 40/12/40A CD-RW, LiteOn 52X CD, W2K Pro/XP Pro dual boot OS.

The PlexWriter and LiteOn are on one IDE channel with the PlexWriter set as master and the LiteOn as slave. My WD HDD is on the other IDE channel. I want to replace the PlexWriter master with a new DVD-RW unit as master.

What would be a good unit? Thanks.
 

A:DVD-RW Recommendations

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Hey everyone. I am very into video editing. I'm not into feature length movies, but simple videos that range from a couple minutes, up to 20 minutes or so. I've been using my laptop to edit videos, but it's just not powerful enough anymore now that I edit in HD. Does anyone out there have any recommendations on any desktop PCs that would be ideal for video editing? I'm not looking for anything top of the line, but I'm not looking to buy the cheapest I can find either. I'm just looking for something affordable, whether it be pre-built, or something that I can build myself. I know it's probably best, and cheaper for me to buy the parts and build it myself. I know many of you will probably recommend a Mac, but I can't afford one, and I'm sure I can get an equally powerful PC for much cheaper. Any recommendations would be great! Thanks in advance.
 

A:PC Recommendations

Without a budget the list is infinite.
May I suggest you go to an online retailer make some choices (complete system or parts) and post the results here.
We can then help you make your choice
 

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ive been using my inspire 5100 5.1 surround for about 7 years & want to replace them. I had a glance at gigaworks g500 & decided against them coz i dont want to skyrocket my electricity bill.

I was thinking of going for Creative Inspire 7.1 T7900 but at the moment im not sure i have enough room for 2 other speakers. If i bought these & decided not to plug the side speakers in would it work as 5.1?

A:5.1/7.1 recommendations??

Hi fieseler,

Yes, that should be possible. You should be able to configure the audio output so that it can operate in 2 channel mode for stereo speaker output, 4 channel mode for 4 speaker output, 6 channel mode for 5.1 speaker output and 8 channel mode for 7.1 speaker output. Note that it will only work correctly in a specific mode if you set it to that mode.
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Hello all,

I've decided to build my own PC over the summer but I've ground to a halt with these two. I've found processor, mobo, RAM etc. and I'm down to the last few thing: the PSU. I've read a few issues of PC Format magazine but it didn't really enlighten me about it.

Does anyone have any recommendations on what PSU to get? I'm looking for a 750W PSU in the region of about ?70 ($115 for my friends over the pond). I would prefer to have a modular one, but it's not essential.

The best one I've found has been this: OCZ ZT Series 750W Modular PSU | Ebuyer.com

But it's a little pricey

Thanks in advance,

Tom

A:PSU Recommendations

PSU requirements depend on the components.

List them up, and i can answer you better, but unless you are running dual gpu's, 750W isn't needed. Even a nvidia 580/680 gpu can be done easily on 600->650W

Oh.. if you get a non modular psu, itll be abit cheaper. Just remember though, always go quality as if your psu fails, it can blow EVERYTHING else.

http://www.ebuyer.com/257232-corsair...mpsu-650txv2uk
or if you need modular
http://www.ebuyer.com/279547-corsair...-cp-9020002-uk
or
http://www.ebuyer.com/246651-antec-6...761345-06209-1

Basically i'm saying don't cheap out on a psu... plus they outlast all other components.

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I need to upgrade my psu, and was wondering if anyone could recommend some good ones. I was thinking of this one. MSI TurboStream 460W BTX. What do you guys think? Dont want to skimp idont wanna fry anything but want to stay $100 and under. Intel 945p pentium d 2.8 1gb ram 7300le 500gb and 2 dvd drives. reason for psu is upgrade ordered 8800 gts 500gb (wd) 2gb dualchannel memory (Corsair). I got xps400 btx. I'm not sure how to figure out how much power i need. Any help will be appreciated.
 

A:Psu Recommendations

You might want to bump the power supply up to a 600 watt. Many people swear by Antec. I have been using Ultra for over 2 years now and have never had a problem with one. I upgraded in December and installed a 700 watt Ultra because I also installed an XFX 8800 GTX. The 8800 GTS doesn't call for as much power as the GTX flavor, so a 600 watt psu should give you plenty of juice with some headroom to spare.
 

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Hi... My last PSU blew up and now I'm looking for a replacement. I was wondering if Enermax is a good brand. I've heard good things from Antec but those are quite expansive so I'll only consider it if all other brands are completely worthless...

Anyway, I've found the model EG 425p VE "Noise Taker" (420W) to be of reasonable price and within my budget... Does anyone know if that's a good one?

Also of point, my PSU before this also went up in flames (literally). Am I doing something wrong? The tower has plenty of ventilation and I don't over clock my PC... Why do PSU tend to explode in my presence? Do I have some sort of super power that can destroy PSUs?

System Specs:
Gigabyte K8NF-9
AMD 3500+ (939)
OCZ PC3200 512 x 2
WD SATA 120Gig
ATI X700 PCIE
 

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Looking to buy some new DVD Drives that are SATA made by any company besides LG. Have worked with LG for sometime and I am quite satisfied. Looking into maybe Pioneer or Samsung depending on models that are suggested.

Also, need some help deciding as I am unsure what to do:

Currently I have a 512MB Sapphire Radeon 2600XT BNIB that I want to use for photo editing, watching movies, hopefully go into video recording (making tutorials etc..).

My question, should I upgrade or stick with the card I have right now? If upgrade, then to what? 3870?

All help appreciated!!

Skullz.
 

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I am thinking of replacing my linksys model BEFCMU10 modem and router because it constantly every couple of minutes disconnects and reconnects. I am looking for recommendations for a new one.
 

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I am getting a new DVD-ROM. Anyone know where I can get a good quality 16X drive or faster for a good price ($0-$50?).
 

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Once more I bow the the experience of the TSG community and ask for a bit of advice.

The PSU on my machine is on its last legs, I base this on the fact it has started to smell of hot plastic and consequently my machine is not in use until I can replace it.

I have about bad / good PSUs on here many times so I thought I would ask for a bit of advice on a replacement.

My specs are at the top and in addition to that I have the following that needs power:

Aftermarket GPU cooler and 82mm fan
2x 120mm Case fans

I'm also after a bit of future proofing for upgrades as I plan to do some soon (it needs it in a few areas). Asus website power checker recommends at least 600W.

Im in the UK so relevant suppliers would be appreciated.

Many thanks
 

A:PSU recommendations

Here is my basic rule for ANY machine using a PCIe video card.

Because of ATX design criteria anytime you are using a PCIe video card you should look for a power supply that either has a large single +12v rail (50-60 amps) or at least three +12v rails at 17-19 amps per rail. ATX specs specify that the +12v2 rail should be dedicated and isolated for the processor auxiliary power. If you purchased a power supply with two +12v rails and +12v2 was dedicated and isolated for the processor auxiliary power you would only have the +12v1 rail to supply all of your +12v system needs. Power supply's with two +12v rails are fine for machines with integrated, PCI or AGP video cards, however by design they are lacking in power if you are using a PCIe video card.

Of course if you are considering a high wattage processor and a high power video card or cards you would need a power supply with a large single +12v rail of around 80 amps or if you want a power supply with multiple +12v rails look for a unit with four or more +12v rails at 18 amps or more per rail. With ANY unit the power output should be calculated at 40-50C NOT 25C.

You should also have approximately 40-80 amps combined on the +3.3v and +5v rails.

In my opinion a power supply with a large single +12v rail is generally a better selection than a power supply with multiple +12v rails since you don't have to worry about rail power sharing with a large single +12v rail.

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I need a couple of new HDs for a secondary rig that I'm equipping, and that should be simple enough, but when browsing the choices, I start getting confused. This is primarily due to the pricing of various sizes are so close together. For instance, I can get a new SG 500GB like I have now for ~$60, but a new SG 1.5TB for ~$99, and that is after only a very quick search.

Perhaps it's a no brainer, but when looking at the larger drives, with low prices, I get to wondering if there is some other factor to consider? If I recall, there is a problem with booting to a HD of 2TB or more, but what about 1.5TB?

A:HDD Recommendations

I always get the best buy for the money at the largest storage size.

But make sure it is compatible with your Bios & motherboard, IDE & Sata connections.

Plus prices keep getting lower & storage size keeps getting bigger

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Does anyone have any recommendations as to a decent e-mail program along the lines of Outlook Express?

I've tried Incredimail, but it's heavily memory intensive.
 

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