Best Laptop for Business and Internet Marketing?

Profile picture of the author mobilebusinessads by mobilebusinessads Posted: 02/13/2012
In the market for a new laptop. Would like a screen size of not less than 14" and I hear i7 Processors are best- agree? Leaning on staying with Windows since many programs are not Apple compatible still. Appreciate the feedback- Thanks!
#business #internet #internet marketing #laptop #marketing

  • Profile picture of the author Toolkit
    Toolkit
    Just sold my Asus transformer tablet for a laptop that fits what you are looking for.

    Got a Samsung series 7, but not the model from best buy. Get the one with the built in SSD express chip, which makes it start, run, resume & shutdown much faster. You can get find this model for well under a grand, well under a macbook pro, which is what this pretty much is..

    The version I got has an i5 (plenty for anything other than heavy video production), graphics card, 6 megs ram, 750 gb drive, 14" hi-res MATTE screen, backlit keyboard and very light. Battery life is generally over 5-6 hours REAL WORLD, not brochure time. It is also pretty much as light and small as the ultrabook class, yet it still managed to include a slick slot optical drive, which is useful to install software, and burn disks for prospects.

    Love the backlit keyboard, but the matte screen is a bigger plus when you take the laptop out of your house because glare is a big problem in many lighting situations on a typical glossy screen, which is what most other laptops have.

    Only issue I found was poor internal wireless, but that was easily solved with a cheap usb plugin that is almost flush with the side.. Usb 3 is a nice addition, about 3-5 times faster transfer in my experience.

    Might go back to the next version of the Asus Transformer tablet, but right now found the total capability of a laptop is better for the jobs we need done.
  • Profile picture of the author Blinking
    Blinking
    Personally I used to have a Sony Vaio. Never again. I've used Windows since I was about 5 (I'm 15 now), and I honestly didn't think I would ever be able to use anything else. A couple weeks before christmas I made a leap of faith and jumped to a MacBook Pro. I am not being biased at all when I say I will never go back. It is the best laptop I've ever used, and whenever I go anywhere with it I get lots of starers, which is a negative, however I don't generally take my laptop everywhere I go. The total price was quite high, but that is only because I didn't want to be taking apart this laptop, and decided to have Apple install all the hardware upgrades for me. Here are the specs at $3900

    - 15" Antiglare Hi Res Screen (DO NOT GO GLOSSY)
    - 1GB Radeon HD 6770M Graphics Card + Intel 3000HD Integrated
    - 8GB of 1333mHz RAM
    - 2.5Ghz Quad Core i7 Processor with Hyper Threading (Virtual Eight Cores)
    - 512GB Solid State Drive
    - Super Drive (Obviously)

    The fact that I would be using this laptop alot for Business definitely effected my decisions. For example I know I am going to need my super drive for burning CD's and DVD's if a customer requests such a thing, so I did not get the normal hard drive and replace my Super drive with an SSD.
    I got the anti glare screen because first of all, as much as you think you are not going to like the silver bezel instead of black (I felt that way) the silver looks much higher quality, and makes the lid noticeably lighter to lift. Of course the obvious reason other than that was the actually accurate colors due to no saturation, and the antiglare, because I do travel with this and it makes a world of difference. Last of all I have one thing to say, buy the solid state drive. Whatever size you can afford it doesn't matter, buy it and if you run out of space get a time machine or an external hard drive, it is so worth it. The backlit keyboard is also a major plus. As for you saying you didn't want an Apple because of not being able to run Windows applications, you can pick up parallels very cheap, or just install windows onto your machine with Boot Camp. I am typing this on Windows while OS X Lion runs in the background via Parallels. It runs very easily and very fast.

    I hope I helped you make the right decision. Also, before people say 'Just because your parents bought you doesn't mean it's the best for the money". Well I bought it and I probably don't have as much money as you, even after mortgages, car payments, food, bills, etc.

    Dylan Hubel
  • Profile picture of the author somacorellc
    somacorellc
    I have a Dell Latitude E6410 refurbished.

    Core i7
    6 gigs ram
    14.something anti-glare
    backlit keyboard
    512 meg dedicated nvidia graphics
    wifi, bluetooth, etc.
    256 gig HDD
    3 year accidental damage protection

    all for about $1,200 from the Dell refurb site.

    best laptop I've ever used including (no offense to the guy above me) my mom's macbook pro.
  • Profile picture of the author jbreeden
    jbreeden
    I am a computer tech by profession and I will tell you what I tell everyone else.

    Go to BestBuy Office depot etc.
    Look at the high end laptops and then make notice of their specs.

    Then work your way down comparing the specifications.
    For most applications an i3 processor will do what an i7 will.
    Most of the time you can find a decent mid-grade laptop with last years high end specs and stay in your price range.

    Key points to remember:
    The more ram the better.
    High end graphics are not important unless you play games or do alot of video editing.

    Just start at the top and work your way down and you will end up with a laptop you are happy with.
  • Profile picture of the author David Miller
    David Miller
    When I read the initial post I thought to myself, how long will it take before someone pops in with the usual "mac is my god" bs even though you clearly stated that you plan to stay with windows.

    I've always used Dell with no problems but about 6 months ago I purchased an Acer from Newegg with i7 and 8gig, replaced the HD with a 7200rpm WD and it's as good as any other laptop I've had the occassion to use.

    I once read somewhere, perhaps in this forum, "people would buy a steaming pile of dog crap if it had a glowing purple apple on it"...

    And now, by popular demand and with my complete apathy, you can begin your mac vs. pc diatribe. Enjoy...I have money to make.
  • Profile picture of the author mobilebusinessads
    mobilebusinessads
    Thanks for your replies! All very helpful and useful. Have a great one and enjoy this V-day today with your loved one!
  • Profile picture of the author Eric S
    Eric S
    I've had a Dell for a number of years and it still runs like a champ! In my experience, it's more about whats on the inside though than the name on the outside.
  • Profile picture of the author ballanrk
    ballanrk
    I can't stress enough how much a difference a Mac has made in my online and offline business. It's hard to explain but here are examples.

    I still use a 2007 Macbook that out performs any laptop I've toyed around with since becoming a Mac user. Granted, it's an initial investment but I have not one time been down for any reason either due to virus's, hardware issues, etc. Obviously, I have newer Macs but to be able to run anything and everything on a 5 year device with no problems and $30 for an OS update. That's crazy!

    Another example:

    2 years ago my wife dropped her Mac and damaged the DVD drive. I didn't know it at the time and shortly afterwards for the first time I was reinstalling the OS just to be doing it. Needless to say it wouldn't load. I could've diagnosed the problem but just did not want to deal with it so I took it to the local Apple store. After 15 minutes not only did they tell me what was wrong but had my OS back on my Mac via a USB copy. All this was done for FREE! How much would that cost at a PC store?

    Mac's can run windows just as well as pc's and when it comes to design aspects related to IM there is no contest. Meaning any software needed for IM is compatible on Macs.

    Believe me...I'm not a PC hater. I've used PC's and worked on them since the late 90's but to use a laptop for 5 years now with no problems and no hardware updates means something.
  • Profile picture of the author Gage Roof
    Gage Roof
    Dell is always good for business. It is used more than hp or anything plus it is very reliable. Dell XPS?
  • Profile picture of the author Mr.Otto
    Mr.Otto
    You can browse the net, watch movies and run almost every application with a basic dual or "multicore" processor, make sure there's enough ram (2gb +) for Windows. You can can get a super fast laptop for under $300 for business task and even more. You might wanna get an external drive instead of getting a larger size internal hard-drive for the laptop, work out cheaper.
  • Profile picture of the author stone2010
    stone2010
    I use my macbook pro i7 with a 23inch monitor attach to it. A lot of my favorite tools are not MAC compartible so i use Parallels Desktop and I couldnt be happier!!!
  • Profile picture of the author stone2010
    stone2010
    I use my macbook pro i7 with a 23inch monitor attached to it. A lot of my favorite tools are not MAC compartible so i use Parallels Desktop and I couldnt be happier!!!
  • Profile picture of the author Blinking
    Blinking
    Originally Posted by jbreeden View Post
    I am a computer tech by profession and I will tell you what I tell everyone else.

    Go to BestBuy Office depot etc.
    Look at the high end laptops and then make notice of their specs.

    Then work your way down comparing the specifications.
    For most applications an i3 processor will do what an i7 will.
    Most of the time you can find a decent mid-grade laptop with last years high end specs and stay in your price range.

    Key points to remember:
    The more ram the better.
    High end graphics are not important unless you play games or do alot of video editing.

    Just start at the top and work your way down and you will end up with a laptop you are happy with.
    This is very good advice. I'm not a computer technician but I've been heavily interested in them since I was a toddler (Got my first computer when I was five) and can tell you this is good advice. Something else to note, a processor is not changeable (well it is but it's very hard), so I would also recommend picking up a future proof processor (dual core is a little old now).

    Originally Posted by David Miller View Post
    When I read the initial post I thought to myself, how long will it take before someone pops in with the usual "mac is my god" bs even though you clearly stated that you plan to stay with windows.

    I've always used Dell with no problems but about 6 months ago I purchased an Acer from Newegg with i7 and 8gig, replaced the HD with a 7200rpm WD and it's as good as any other laptop I've had the occassion to use.

    I once read somewhere, perhaps in this forum, "people would buy a steaming pile of dog crap if it had a glowing purple apple on it"...

    And now, by popular demand and with my complete apathy, you can begin your mac vs. pc diatribe. Enjoy...I have money to make.
    I am not saying that Mac is god, I am just stating my experience and honest opinion. I have worked with PC's for the most part of my life, and have only used this mac for a couple months.

    Originally Posted by Mr.Otto View Post
    You can browse the net, watch movies and run almost every application with a basic dual or "multicore" processor, make sure there's enough ram (2gb +) for Windows. You can can get a super fast laptop for under $300 for business task and even more. You might wanna get an external drive instead of getting a larger size internal hard-drive for the laptop, work out cheaper.
    You cannot get a 'super-fast' laptop for under $300. It will probably also have an 11" screen also.
  • Profile picture of the author David Miller
    David Miller
    Just thought I'd stop back and see how the mac pc nonsense war was going.....

    This is really a simple deal for the op of the thread and it's all about budget. It's a matter of what percent of his operating budget he is willing to assign to his computer.

    That's all there is too it.
  • Profile picture of the author jayspann
    jayspann
    I won't even post in a thread that mentions both Macs and PCs!

    Doh.

    Anyway I moved away from PCs shortly after Vista came out. What a nightmare that was at first.

    Between work and play computers we have about 8 Macs and run Parallels/Win7 on 3 of them for a handful of apps that are not Mac friendly.

    Now I'm not limited by budget but if I was a Mac would not likely be my first investment. I would check Craigslist and Ebay and try and find a great deal on a PC from someone upgrading to the lastest and greatest.

    I sell my Macs on CL and they really hold there value. Great from a seller stand point but not a buyers. You can however find great deals... some steals if your fast on PCs via Craigslist.

    Keep us posted,

    Jay

    P.S. Yes I know that Macs are technically PCs too (personsal computers) anyway good luck.
  • Profile picture of the author professor x
    professor x
    I chose to go with a highend pc and ipad w/wireless keyboard.

    I work mostly from home, but when I need to be out and about, I bring my ipad and keyboard and connect as needed to the desktop.

    Internet Marketing doesn't require graphics design or tools. Just text and web.

    What I don't have on my Ipad, I connect to my desktop.

    So far it's been working well for me. I used to lug around my laptop. I kinda miss the mouse, but I can still get work done via iPad when I'm remote. I got more bang for my buck on a desktop and great mobility on my iPad for almost the same price if I had gotten a high end laptop
  • Profile picture of the author Seantrepreneur
    Seantrepreneur
    I have a Toshiba Satellite with an i3 and it works awesome. I rock dual monitors at the office and a bunch of browser windows open and it never really slows down. Only cost like $450ish too. Worth every penny.
  • Profile picture of the author jimmytailors
    jimmytailors
    Lenovo is good, because it provides a high-pressure sodium lamp. I do not care about the Samsung line - the touchpad is terrible. Dell has some nice units, but you have to go business class.For business it is best to use lenovo laptops for the better use.
  • Profile picture of the author KyleGolemMedia
    KyleGolemMedia
    Originally Posted by David Miller View Post
    When I read the initial post I thought to myself, how long will it take before someone pops in with the usual "mac is my god" bs even though you clearly stated that you plan to stay with windows.

    I've always used Dell with no problems but about 6 months ago I purchased an Acer from Newegg with i7 and 8gig, replaced the HD with a 7200rpm WD and it's as good as any other laptop I've had the occassion to use.

    I once read somewhere, perhaps in this forum, "people would buy a steaming pile of dog crap if it had a glowing purple apple on it"...

    And now, by popular demand and with my complete apathy, you can begin your mac vs. pc diatribe. Enjoy...I have money to make.
    Your initial rant thread is spreading like a disease, I see.

    -------------

    To answer your question, OP: you shouldn't have to spend more than 1k to have a good running computer for IM. Components will depends on what YOU plan to do with the thing. Plan on running tons of programs at the same time? You'll need plenty of RAM. Intend on keeping a copy of all IM files on your computer? Get a large hard drive (500gb to 1tb). Ever consider editing video? Go with a better graphics card and an above average CPU.

    This is something you need to think about before you ask our opinion. Anybody with a proficient background in computers will be able to help you once you understand what you need. Feel free to PM me when the time comes


    Kyle
  • Profile picture of the author Emkayu
    Emkayu
    Why is this in offline marketing? I don't know, but don't buy into macs unless you actually have a real need for it, it's a pretty big investment going for the higher end models and you can find yourself suffering from shiny object syndrome if you do!

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