What kind of laptop would you buy right now?

By Leca
@lecanis (16661)
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
February 8, 2009 6:56pm CST
As soon as I get my tax return, I'm going to be buying myself a laptop. My husband wants our desktop, so the compromise was that I would get a new computer for myself when we get the return. I've decided I would rather have a laptop than a desktop, just because I like to have the freedom of moving around some while I'm using it, and I want to be able to use it in the family room with my son as well as in my bedroom. So, if you were buying a laptop right now, what brand and model would you go for? I'm looking to be able to use it for gaming, so it needs to have decent specs, but I'm limited to probably around $1000. Any suggestions?
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17 responses
@ahgong (10064)
• Singapore
12 Feb 09
Well, if you are looking for a laptop for gaming, a net book is definitely out of the question. If I were you and I had $1000 buget, I would check out all the laptops in that price range and select base on the following criteria: 1) Largest screen in the price range. 2) At least a 2GHz CPU with 1GB RAM. (Best if there is a free upgrade to 2GB) 3) At least a 160GB HDD. 4) MUST have a DVD rom or DVD/RW rom built-in in the laptop. This specifications should be enough to get you going on playing a lot of different games that are already in the market. But if you do not need the mobility, a desktop is definitely better for gaming purposes. Cos with a $1000 budget, you can get a really cool PC with some top end parts to increase your gaming experience!
@lecanis (16661)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
12 Feb 09
Thanks for such a detailed response! I think I keep thinking I need more than I do. I'm trying to get something with specs at least as good as the desktop of my husband's, but I probably could scale down a bit for price, honestly. I suppose you have a point. I really mainly want the portability so I can do things like lay in bed and chat with my friends, but for gaming a pc would really be better, because you can get systems with a lot more features for a lower price. I'll have to really think about whether it's worth sacrificing just to be lazy. :p
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@Ravenladyj (22918)
• United States
12 Feb 09
I really mainly want the portability so I can do things like lay in bed and chat with my friends yea thats what I needed, mobility...now I can sit outside (in the warm months) and write or up in bed, on the sofa, out in the woods etc...When I'm sick I can be online and stay in bed which is nice LOL...I'm taking it to the bfs next week so we can get started on our writing (we're writing a book together)
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@ahgong (10064)
• Singapore
12 Feb 09
yo Lecanis! I never realized I was responding to your posting! Heh heh... been a while since I read any of your poems. NO new ones to share? You into gaming too? What games are you playing right now?
@Ravenladyj (22918)
• United States
12 Feb 09
I just bought myself my first laptop back in September...I didnt need anything fancy shmancy mind you since it was originally for just writing but now I go online with it and so on as well..I forget all the details to the lap I have but its a Dell Inspiron and I love it..We (the kids and I) like the Macs too though (we play on my gfs when we go to visit) but it just so happens that all of our computers are Dells so we already have an account there etc so gttng a dell just was easier LOL
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@lecanis (16661)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
12 Feb 09
Hi!!! Yeah, I was thinking about getting a Dell for the same reason, because the last couple desktops I've bought have been Dells. I keep getting sucked in looking at the XPS ones, but I should check the Inspirons and see if I can get one with the specs I need, because they do seem to be quite a bit cheaper. The desktop I have is an Inspiron.
@joosh00 (121)
10 Feb 09
The Newest MACBOOK Thats Out :D
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@lecanis (16661)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
12 Feb 09
Macbooks are so tempting, but switching from Windows to Mac just seems like a lot of hassle to me! And finding software for Mac, when you want to be able to play specific games.
@arvaster (521)
• United States
10 Feb 09
I would buy another Lenovo ThinkPad. They're pretty, reliable, stable and I think their customer service is great :)
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@lecanis (16661)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
12 Feb 09
*adds to list* Thank you!
• United States
9 Feb 09
My husband says to go to apple (Mac) computers they seem to have less virus and Trojans in them...
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@lecanis (16661)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
9 Feb 09
Mmm that does make Macs tempting, but the idea of having to relearn everything and the compatibility issues with well... everything else, takes away a lot of the allure for me. Even if you can find mac versions of games, most of the add-ons don't work.
• United States
9 Feb 09
there is one on walmart.com i would to get it is an acer mini color for 298.00 i have my old one on ebay for sell so i can get the new one.
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@lecanis (16661)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
9 Feb 09
I was looking at Acer Aspire Ones back when I was thinking about getting a mini. They get such good reviews, too! I have a friend who has one that just loves it, and I think I would enjoy it more than the Eee I'm using right now. Of course, they're not good for what I need right now. :P
@vicky30 (4771)
• India
9 Feb 09
I would also like to buy a gaming laptop.You need the laptop with ta 256 MB graphics card installed in it.You also need your screen to be very wide to play comfortably.You also need to have good sound configuration in your laptop.If you play network games you need to have good internet speed.
@lecanis (16661)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
9 Feb 09
Nodnod. I'm pretty sure about the specs I want/need, but I'm more wondering about brands and models, because there are a lot of options that can be customized to fit those specs these days. Most companies have lines of high-end laptops for gaming, but fitting a really good one into my budget will be difficult.
• China
9 Feb 09
I think IBM is suitable work. it has a stable property,but his style maybe formal and have little attraction to woman. Sony always be loved by youngsters for his fashional design. The laptop of Sony can have different color for your choice,and have different hardware specification for your purpose.So the brand is appreciate by girls
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@lecanis (16661)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
9 Feb 09
I'm more worried about specs than colors. What I'm really interested in is sound and graphics quality for gaming, mostly. That and performance that will allow me to not get slaughtered in MMORPG's. I suppose that makes me a pretty atypical girl.
• India
9 Feb 09
i think hp is best for you. have a nice day.
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@naka75 (796)
• Singapore
4 May 09
I have a HP laptop for 3 years now and it's very reliable even though the battery has degraded. I've upgraded it to Windows 7 beta and it is running as good as new! Actually I'm also considering of buying a newer one, which should be smaller and lighter so I can fit into a small bag, but does not compromise on the graphics and processing power. I believe that most of the new laptops have enough processing and graphics power to allow playing of latest games, and still within your budget. Personally I like the HP Mini 1122, but you can consider getting the mid-range HP Pavilion dv series of laptops.
@kiobug (2250)
• United States
3 May 09
I'd say apple but I don't think they are very good for gaming. Did you get a computer yet?
@kiobug (2250)
• United States
3 May 09
I'd say apple but I dont think they are very good for gaming.
• United States
12 Apr 09
I am getting one in may and only gonna cost me 330$ http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=10929406 but this may not be the kind you are looking for
@lampar (7591)
• United States
25 Feb 09
I like sonny and apple , i think few of their laptop modals design are slick and very attractive, you should take a look at them.
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
24 Feb 09
Lecan, you may want to look at Cyberpowerpc and I have samples here from $789 to $879 http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/Xplorer_X5-2900_Notebook/ http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/system/Xplorer_X5-5900_Notebook/ Or you can try Ibuypower, I found a sample one here from $750 to $999 http://www.ibuypower.com/ibp/store/configurator.aspx?mid=370 http://www.ibuypower.com/ibp/store/configurator.aspx?mid=320 http://www.ibuypower.com/ibp/store/configurator.aspx?mid=338 In terms of getting a custom build from those advanced sites take note of some of the following: OS - Your choice on XP or Vista, but you may want opinions on the matter. NVIDIA is the best way to go for gaming video cards (ATI you've failed me enough for one lifetime) - 9600s are decent and typical for laptop builds. Plus most cards come with a sizeable video memory 256MB-512MB (1GB+ gets costly). Internal memory - 2GB should be plenty (unless you go Vista, then its only moderate). Some of the setups I picked should have 4GB memory. If you do use 2GB and Vista most games will run on it, but the ones demanding technological and financial slavery will not obviously. Hard Disk - For the most part bigger is better and the sizes of 160GB to 250GB should be enough for your gaming (especially THAT game)
@olivemai (4738)
• United States
18 Feb 09
I would buy a dell laptop. I saw one for only 399 dollars! It looked good enough for me.
• United States
14 Feb 09
I like the idea of using a lap top and the convince of being able to be mobile with it. I do not know what brand to get. You where gone when I told the rest of my lot for Christmas my son bought me a new computer for Christmas and it is a Dell desk top. He did not get a monitor but the computer was such a great gift and such a surprise. How is your son? Did they get his seizures under control? Take care my friend