If you could get any "PC" laptop in the world, which one would you get?

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I've had my laptop for something crazy, like almost 10 years now and it's time to get a new one. A PC laptop. Do you guys have any suggestions?

Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author Ripster
    You should get a desktop so that you can mine Bitcons. Laptops suck when it comes to BTC mining.
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  • Profile picture of the author Elvis Michael
    Well, do you ever play video games (or do anything very intense) or are you strictly business? Thankfully most laptops are good for almost everything these days, with the exception of a few.

    But depending on what you need, get one with (at the very least) a decent screen size. I had a netbook several years ago and browsing certain sites was a pain, which certainly killed my productivity. The one I have now is 14 inches and i'm loving it, since it's not obnoxiously big but not too small either.

    A built-in webcam wouldnt hurt either, even if you dont like recording yourself (you never know when it might come in handy.)

    Ummm what else am I loving about mine..... Oh yeah, it'd be nice if your next laptop has a built-in keypad. It helps with my productivity/typing numbers, etc.

    Aside from this, its performance level would be completely up to you
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    • Profile picture of the author Iqball
      I know that if Newton were alive he would go for ....no doubt....Apple.
      Brad "stand on the shoulders of giants"
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    You should get an "Alienware" computer from Dell. Will cost around $5,000... but you won't be disappointed with it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Iqball
      Originally Posted by Randall Magwood View Post

      You should get an "Alienware" computer from Dell. Will cost around $5,000... but you won't be disappointed with it.
      $5000??!! For PC? I never heard of this model.
      What is special about this hardwares? You can make contacts with ETs?
      I am Googling now...
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      • Profile picture of the author Walter Parrish
        Dell was good at one time.
        IBM died as far as laptop and desktops.
        I have a sony now and and I am puzzled as to why the keys are falling apart
        after only 3 years.

        My next will be either of these;
        dell, toshiba (probably won't happen after the sony experience), hp or something cheap from bestbuy. lol
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          Originally Posted by Walter Parrish View Post

          I have a sony now and and I am puzzled as to why the keys are falling apart after only 3 years.
          My Toshiba's keys are doing the same thing. But it's been less than 2 years on mine.

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      • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
        Originally Posted by Iqball View Post

        You can make contacts with ETs?
        Damn near possible lol... direct line of communication with the aliens from the Sirius star system lol.
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    • Profile picture of the author Taniwha
      Originally Posted by Randall Magwood View Post

      You should get an "Alienware" computer from Dell. Will cost around $5,000... but you won't be disappointed with it.
      Yes, you will be disappointed. Alienware is TERRIBLE.
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  • Profile picture of the author koreancowboy
    You could get a PC laptop...or you could become a real IMer and get a Mac.

    Think about it this way: buy a brand new one with three years of AppleCare. Six months before the AC expires, sell it for roughly 60% of the purchase price, then apply that to your next computer.

    Rinse and repeat.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jon Patrick
      Originally Posted by koreancowboy View Post

      You could get a PC laptop...or you could become a real IMer and get a Mac.
      Not to be argumentative, but a lot of the things I've done in the course of making money online couldn't have been done using a Mac. There are many great, productive software tools out there that simply aren't available for Macs.

      I view Macs as computers for people who don't need all the "nerd tools," will never want to upgrade components, don't mind paying a lot more for the same system performance, etc. Not as some kind of superior platform or a prerequisite for being a "real IMer."
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    • Profile picture of the author Coby
      Originally Posted by koreancowboy View Post

      You could get a PC laptop...or you could become a real IMer and get a Mac.

      Think about it this way: buy a brand new one with three years of AppleCare. Six months before the AC expires, sell it for roughly 60% of the purchase price, then apply that to your next computer.

      Rinse and repeat.
      LOL!

      A "real" IMer would have heard of the OP...

      Go Google his name

      Originally Posted by Jon Patrick View Post

      Not to be argumentative, but a lot of the things I've done in the course of making money online couldn't have been done using a Mac. There are many great, productive software tools out there that simply aren't available for Macs.

      I view Macs as computers for people who don't need all the "nerd tools," will never want to upgrade components, don't mind paying a lot more for the same system performance, etc. Not as some kind of superior platform or a prerequisite for being a "real IMer."
      It's funny how MAC users often consider themselves a different and "superior" breed. This reminds me of the Ford vs Chevy or Aweber vs GetResponse debate.

      Cheers,
      Coby

      P.S. To Brad - I normally grab the newest HP model when I upgrade my laptop or desktop and so far the ones I've had have been great and lasted many many years. My last laptop was still going strong after over 4 years. My desktop is working on 2 years and still runs like it's brand new.
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  • Profile picture of the author magiclouie
    I have 3 laptops.

    Asus
    Acer
    HP Pavilion

    So far, I prefer my Asus laptop. You need to consider the processor, RAM, video card, and hard drive as well.

    What kind of user are you? Are you a gamer, coder/programmer, graphic artist, video editor, all of the them, etc?

    Of course, how much is your budget.

    If only I have the $$$, I would surely get a Mac Laptop.

    More power!

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  • Profile picture of the author Gengis
    If you need a laptop and want to go with the best get yourself a Macbook Pro 13", forget the cd rom one it only makes it bulkier and besides when was the last time you used a cd on your computer ?

    If you go with a desktop get a 27" iMac ... I got the laptop and getting the Imac as a gift to myself for christmas .. Can't wait!!!

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  • Profile picture of the author shane_k
    Gateway is a great company.

    I bought my current laptop over 4 years ago and have had nothing wrong with it at all. This has been the best laptop I have ever bought.

    So for me Gateway is highly recommended.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brad Callen
    lol... thanks for the help guys but so far...

    half the replies are telling me to get a MAC and in the original post I said I wanted a PC, not a MAC :-P

    Other posts are telling me to get a desktop... I don't want a desktop. I want a laptop...

    And the other posts are telling me stuff that's wrong with their current laptops.

    So... takeaway is, nobody knows what to get. lol...
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    • Profile picture of the author TeamBringIt
      Originally Posted by Brad Callen View Post

      lol... thanks for the help guys but so far...

      half the replies are telling me to get a MAC and in the original post I said I wanted a PC, not a MAC :-P

      Other posts are telling me to get a desktop... I don't want a desktop. I want a laptop...

      And the other posts are telling me stuff that's wrong with their current laptops.

      So... takeaway is, nobody knows what to get. lol...
      Amazon.com: Toshiba Qosmio X75-A7298 17.3-Inch...Amazon.com: Toshiba Qosmio X75-A7298 17.3-Inch...
      Now, that is a laptop!
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  • Profile picture of the author Romeo90
    You don't want an Apple?

    Why?

    Once you have used an Apple, you will wonder how on earth people live through the stress of a windows based Laptop.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mohsin Rasool
      Originally Posted by Romeo90 View Post

      You don't want an Apple?

      Why?

      Once you have used an Apple, you will wonder how on earth people live through the stress of a windows based Laptop.
      Hmmm Brad is software developer, mostly for PC users.
      He must have PC to run all those development stuff to keep the develping going. That is why he will need PC

      However Brad, come on, you have no money issue... why not get best of both.

      Get best pc laptop, any latest model from HP (as already suggested) or DELL will do the job.

      Then buy one more, a MAC for your lesuire and travel computer time
      Also when is your team getting into IOS dev? (You may already be doing!) Your mac can help you get your iphone app and iOS stuff going

      Best of Luck,
      Mohsin
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      • Profile picture of the author Brad Callen
        Originally Posted by Mohsin Rasool View Post

        Hmmm Brad is software developer, mostly for PC users.
        He must have PC to run all those development stuff to keep the develping going. That is why he will need PC

        However Brad, come on, you have no money issue... why not get best of both.

        Get best pc laptop, any latest model from HP (as already suggested) or DELL will do the job.

        Then buy one more, a MAC for your lesuire and travel computer time
        Also when is your team getting into IOS dev? (You may already be doing!) Your mac can help you get your iphone app and iOS stuff going

        Best of Luck,
        Mohsin
        lol... My wife has a Macbook, and every time I use it, I want to punch it repeatedly afterward. haha... Nothing against MACs. They're obviously great, but I'm used to PCs and for my own needs, they work just fine :-)

        Brad
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    • Profile picture of the author TheNewGuy2010
      What "stress" do you speak about?


      Originally Posted by Romeo90 View Post

      You don't want an Apple?

      Why?

      Once you have used an Apple, you will wonder how on earth people live through the stress of a windows based Laptop.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mohsin Rasool
    Hi Brad,

    I use DELL laptop it was bought on tight budget.
    However one thing I got is, that it was special model with 6MB Cache,
    all other models were 2 or 4Mb in that budget.

    As I love to play GTA San and do some heavy text processing and this laptop has been very good.

    As you have good budget, I will recommend for any good laptop you like, but do not forget to have the max cpu cache you can get , get it as it really make the huge difference on performance wise.

    Good luck,
    Mohsin
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  • Profile picture of the author wolfe655
    Well if it was me I would have to go with Randell. I am into programming, 3D graphics and gaming. I would use that Laptop for those things which I would probably have some sort of online presence in. I would take this old Sony Vaio I am on now and wipe it out, set it back to factory condition and use it for nothing but IM. Even if I needed to create some graphics for a site, done on the other PC.
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  • Profile picture of the author seobro
    I would have told you to get a laptop with a fast processor years ago. However, laptops are passe. Most of us can use a desktop to edit videos for movies. Basically, laptops are under power. Also, they are very expensive. Well, the good ones any way. Get a new tablet because all the notebooks, net books, etc are going away.
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    • Profile picture of the author Brad Callen
      Originally Posted by seobro View Post

      I would have told you to get a laptop with a fast processor years ago. However, laptops are passe. Most of us can use a desktop to edit videos for movies. Basically, laptops are under power. Also, they are very expensive. Well, the good ones any way. Get a new tablet because all the notebooks, net books, etc are going away.
      lol... I want a PC laptop...
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  • I noticed that no one is really asking you the right questions. As in, what do you plan on using your new laptop for mostly? Are you the kind of person that has at least 10 software programs open while watching a movie and playing a video game at the same time? If so, then you will need a different kind of beast than a laptop configured for just the basics.

    Some things to consider are: internal hard drive memory if you work with thousands of large music and video files and you don't want to carry around an external drive, battery life if you like to work from the beach, size and weight so you are not doing a workout while carrying it around, proccesor and graphics so you can make use of the latest software programs etc, ports and expandability so you can plug in as many external devices as you need...

    So you see much of it depends on you and what you intend to do with it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Brad Callen
      Originally Posted by stoltingmediagroup View Post

      I noticed that no one is really asking you the right questions. As in, what do you plan on using your new laptop for mostly? Are you the kind of person that has at least 10 software programs open while watching a movie and playing a video game at the same time? If so, then you will need a different kind of beast than a laptop configured for just the basics.

      Some things to consider are: internal hard drive memory if you work with thousands of large music and video files and you don't want to carry around an external drive, battery life if you like to work from the beach, size and weight so you are not doing a workout while carrying it around, proccesor and graphics so you can make use of the latest software programs etc, ports and expandability so you can plug in as many external devices as you need...

      So you see much of it depends on you and what you intend to do with it.
      I want super insanely fast loading times. The ability to have 100 million programs open at once and not be able to tell that I do. And I want to be able to store planet earth on it. I think that's about it :-)

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      • Profile picture of the author ijohnson
        Originally Posted by Brad Callen View Post

        I want super insanely fast loading times. The ability to have 100 million programs open at once and not be able to tell that I do. And I want to be able to store planet earth on it. I think that's about it :-)

        Brad
        I waiting with "bated breath" on this answer because that is the laptop I want too!

        Also, I will like to know what desktop on the market meets the same criteria ... lightning fast loading times and almost infinite memory and storage?

        It would be really cool to get just a couple of great recommendations for a laptop and desktop that has what we're looking for.

        REMINDER: Please do not recommend any MACs!

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      • Profile picture of the author Fernando Veloso
        Originally Posted by Brad Callen View Post

        I want super insanely fast loading times. The ability to have 100 million programs open at once and not be able to tell that I do. And I want to be able to store planet earth on it. I think that's about it :-)

        Brad
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      • Profile picture of the author Johnny12345
        Originally Posted by Brad Callen View Post

        I want super insanely fast loading times. The ability to have 100 million programs open at once and not be able to tell that I do. And I want to be able to store planet earth on it. I think that's about it :-)
        Brad,

        For crying out loud, would you make up your mind! You said you DIDN'T want a Mac.

        John
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        • Profile picture of the author Jon Patrick
          Originally Posted by Johnny12345 View Post

          Brad,

          For crying out loud, would you make up your mind! You said you DIDN'T want a Mac.

          John
          I'm beginning to think the Mac fanatics just can't help themselves. :p

          The guy made it clear he doesn't want a Mac.

          What he described can be acquired in either a PC or Mac system. Macs don't have a monopoly on performance. In fact, a PC with the same performance will be much cheaper.
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          • Profile picture of the author Johnny12345
            Originally Posted by Jon Patrick View Post

            I'm beginning to think the Mac fanatics just can't help themselves. :p

            The guy made it clear he doesn't want a Mac.

            Jon,

            Um... I was making a joke. I'm not a Mac fanatic (I like both Mac and PC). It was just a bit of humor, that's all. (Did you not see the little winking smiley?)

            John
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            • Profile picture of the author Jon Patrick
              Originally Posted by Johnny12345 View Post

              Um... I was making a joke. I'm not a Mac fanatic
              I could tell it was a joke, but it seemed like you were a Mac fanboy trying to imply in a clever, joking way that Brad's performance requirements described a Mac by default. I'm sure you can see how your comment could be interpreted that way, if you look at it again.

              Regardless, no hard feelings.
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        • Profile picture of the author Brad Callen
          Originally Posted by Johnny12345 View Post

          Brad,

          For crying out loud, would you make up your mind! You said you DIDN'T want a Mac.

          John
          lol... well played
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        • Profile picture of the author Joshua P
          Originally Posted by Johnny12345 View Post

          Brad,

          For crying out loud, would you make up your mind! You said you DIDN'T want a Mac.

          John
          And he even wants 100 hour battery life on a PC laptop
          Get a mac.
          I got mine on 28th and I'm never going back to PC unless I go broke some day and can't afford them..
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      • Profile picture of the author RobinInTexas
        Originally Posted by Brad Callen View Post

        I want super insanely fast loading times. The ability to have 100 million programs open at once and not be able to tell that I do. And I want to be able to store planet earth on it. I think that's about it :-)

        Brad
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        Originally Posted by Brad Callen View Post

        I want super insanely fast loading times. The ability to have 100 million programs open at once and not be able to tell that I do. And I want to be able to store planet earth on it. I think that's about it :-)

        Brad
        Good advice from ECTally above.

        You need a laptop with an SSD drive for the speed. Then throw in a newer Pentium i5 or i7 core processor and as much RAM as possible. Preferably around 8-16gbs.

        That will last you at least another 10 years and will blaze like nothing you've seen.

        As for brands, stick to Dell and HP. I've owned both and they make solid computers and won't disappear anytime soon.

        I've been building PC's a long time, so unlike many in this thread, I know what I'm talking about.

        I'll save you some time.
        New XPS 12 Convertible Ultrabook

        I couldn't find any SSD-ready laptops at HP.
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        • Profile picture of the author Walter Parrish
          Originally Posted by Jesus Perez View Post

          Good advice from ECTally above.

          You need a laptop with an SSD drive for the speed. Then throw in a newer Pentium i5 or i7 core processor and as much RAM as possible. Preferably around 8-16gbs.

          That will last you at least another 10 years and will blaze like nothing you've seen.

          As for brands, stick to Dell and HP. I've owned both and they make solid computers and won't disappear anytime soon.

          I've been building PC's a long time, so unlike many in this thread, I know what I'm talking about.

          I'll save you some time.
          New XPS 12 Convertible Ultrabook

          I couldn't find any SSD-ready laptops at HP.
          lol nice try I doubt 16gb of ram will be good for the next 10 years. And don't assume that everyone doesn't know computers.
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  • Profile picture of the author pinkgorilla
    You don't need a one thousand dollar laptop if all you are using it for is browsing online, using simple software and just doing general internet marketing. Anything with 4GB of RAM, 500GB HDD should be enough. You only need to get fancy and expensive if you are using high intensive programs or are considering bitcoin mining.
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    • Profile picture of the author Brad Callen
      Originally Posted by pinkgorilla View Post

      You don't need a one thousand dollar laptop if all you are using it for is browsing online, using simple software and just doing general internet marketing. Anything with 4GB of RAM, 500GB HDD should be enough. You only need to get fancy and expensive if you are using high intensive programs or are considering bitcoin mining.
      Ok. If I were to "get fancy and expensive" what would you recommend?
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  • I'm a huge fan on Macbook Air due to its wise balance between power and mobility, so if you want a PC alternative (known as ultrabooks) I'd go for the Asus Zenbook, Acer S7, Dell XPS 13, Sony Vaio Pro 13 or Lenovo U300S. All of them 13" and all of them well over $1,000.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheNewGuy2010
    Hey Brad,

    I've had HP Pavilion and I currently use a Toshiba.

    I've been happy with both.

    If I were to pick a good, quality machine, I'd go with a HP.

    They're easy on the pocket, even if one can afford more, they're still very affordable for the quality that you get.

    My vote for HP.
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    • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
      Get any laptop.

      It's what you do with your tools that counts!
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    I've been wanting to get myself one of these for my next laptop: Razer Blade Pro: Extreme Performance Gaming Laptop - Razer United States
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  • Profile picture of the author tritrain
    I'd lean toward Asus. I've had Dell, Toshiba, Samsung, and Asus. Asus is my favorite. Also, check out NewEgg and others for any specials.

    A desktop is nice in addition, but I always prefer to build my own. Having one of each is a great way to go.
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    • Profile picture of the author Brad Callen
      Originally Posted by tritrain View Post

      I'd lean toward Asus. I've had Dell, Toshiba, Samsung, and Asus. Asus is my favorite. Also, check out NewEgg and others for any specials.

      A desktop is nice in addition, but I always prefer to build my own. Having one of each is a great way to go.
      Great. Thanks.

      Any chance you have a URL to a specific asus laptop that looks amazing?
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    Third vote here for Asus. Expensive but good and reliable.
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    • Profile picture of the author Fernando Veloso
      Originally Posted by Istvan Horvath View Post

      Third vote here for Asus. Expensive but good and reliable.
      Hope so - just bought two of them for my office, but these are desktops.
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        How portable do you want it to be? IE Battery life.
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        • Profile picture of the author Brad Callen
          Originally Posted by Yanni6 View Post

          How portable do you want it to be? IE Battery life.
          Battery life that lasts 100 years without a charge :-P
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  • Profile picture of the author MarketMaster13
    Go for a desk top instead and i would recommend 27" Apple iMac 2.93 Ghz i7 Quad Core/16GB RAM/1TB/SD/AP -Isn't it a great one?
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      Originally Posted by MarketMaster13 View Post

      Go for a desk top instead and i would recommend 27" Apple iMac 2.93 Ghz i7 Quad Core/16GB RAM/1TB/SD/AP -Isn't it a great one?
      I'm by no means a Mac hater or anything but you could get the same PC with the same specs for a lot cheaper and as far as I know, he is used to the Windows interface anyway. No need for a Mac
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    Also this is expensive, but fast Alienware 14 review | The Verge
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  • Profile picture of the author rmolina88
    I have 3 laptops, so I think I'm all good.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lloyd Buchinski
    You might enjoy checking out lenovo.com. I got a laptop there 3 and a half years ago that's been the best computer I've ever had, and that includes a mac. (The mac was actually the worst or close to it.) I needed a second one lately and checked Toshiba, Dell, Asus and a couple of others.

    I just couldn't get what I wanted with my slightly unique requirements. I wound up back at Lenovo. Around the $900 mark you start being able to customize it. One of the choices is even Windows 7 or 8. You can get an extra hard drive in the dvd bay, that sort of stuff. I use a second drive much more than the dvd player, but it's needed for some things, so I got a usb version.

    Dell used to do this but their customization was much more limited than Lenovo's.
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  • Profile picture of the author 2amtraffic
    I've had good luck with HP. I just recently bought the HP envy 23 in. screen 10 point touch display all in one pc with blue ray player, built in tv tuner, dvd, dvdrw, with I-7 core 8megs of ram for under $1,000 of Hp's site.

    Best purchase I've made so far. Thing is lightning fast and has a gorgeous display.
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  • Profile picture of the author Radium
    To be completely honest, a MacBook Pro is probably one of the best PC laptops out there. They're built from stable components as opposed to regular PCs that may vary like surprise eggs. Additionally, regular PC manufacturers put a lot of crapware in their computers by default.

    I would totally go for a fully specced 15" MacBook Pro and perform a clean installation of the good old Windows 7 on it through Boot Camp, so it becomes exactly like a Windows PC, plus the additional benefit of having OS X on the side.

    In case you're not willing to get a MBP, I'd recommend a laptop with at least the following tech specs:
    - 512GB SSD with about 250MB/s read/write speed
    - 16GB RAM with 1600MHz clock speed
    - Dedicated GPU with at least 1GB GDDR5 Memory (I prefer NVIDIA)
    - Intel Core i7 processor with Haswell architecture is a MUST (unless you go AMD)

    I don't have a specific model to suggest but as long as the laptop fulfills the above criteria, it will literally fly.
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    • Originally Posted by Radium View Post

      To be completely honest, a MacBook Pro is probably one of the best PC laptops out there.

      I would totally go for a fully specced 15" MacBook Pro and perform a clean installation of the good old Windows 7 on it through Boot Camp, so it becomes exactly like a Windows PC, plus the additional benefit of having OS X on the side.
      While I agree that Macs are great (I type these lines from my Mac), I believe that the new Macbook Pro 15" series are absolutely out of whack price wise ($2,500 aprox), and if you intend to run Windows on it... then why pay the premium?
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  • Profile picture of the author ragnartm
    Hopefully you've found what you were looking for by now, but on the off-chance you haven't: 5 Best ASUS Laptops . (not my site) I am an advocate for Asus as well, as you might have guessed. I also rather like Acer and agree with the top picks here. 5 Best Acer Laptops | Top Acer Notebooks

    If you want a smaller ultra portable one, I'd recommend the acer C7 Chromebook, it depends on your budget, and what you primarily look for in a laptop.

    Have a nice Sunday.
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  • Profile picture of the author HzCy
    Puh, PC Laptop is a pretty hard question, but I would get the same as some worker in our business have:


    MSI GT70SR2-X80M43237BW Notebook

    Its a really hardcore laptop, mainly for gaming, but we use it for heavy graphics.


    So if you really want to spend that money, go for it.
    But normally, a Laptop with the same performance is about 40% more expensive than just a tower.
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  • Profile picture of the author sandman123
    I never buy a 'Named' PC .. they are always overpriced because of their name .. Dell, Allienware etc.
    If you don't want to build your own try somewhere like this .. PC Specialists where you can tailor make a PC to suit either a budget or a Gaming or Office PC.
    Select the individual components and then do a web search for the best price and see how they compare to the package offered.
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  • Profile picture of the author ECTally
    Originally Posted by Brad Callen View Post

    I've had my laptop for something crazy, like almost 10 years now and it's time to get a new one. A PC laptop. Do you guys have any suggestions?

    Thanks!
    Brad, once upon a time, I was deeply involved with the supply chains of multiple computer companies. And one thing I've learned is, a single manufacturer typically supply the same part to most of the major brands. What I'm trying to say here is, most off-the-shelf PCs, regardless of the brand, are essentially the same product - bar one, Thinkpad (two, if you include Panasonic Toughbooks - handy if you have a tendency to smack people on the head with a laptop). Thinkpads are ridiculously durable, reliable, and look very professional.

    Anyway, when IBM sold Thinkpad to Lenovo several years ago, I was heartbroken. But would you believe it, they've actually maintained the same manufacturing standards since then. However, this shouldn't matter much if you're not the type to lug your laptop around town.

    Right. To cut a long story short, your new laptop should minimally have these specs:
    • Processor: Core i7 Gen. 3
    • RAM: 8GB DDR3
    • HDD: Use SSD, no matter how tempting the sizes and prices of the normal 2.5" drives are (You'll thank me later)
    • Graphics: A card w/ 1GB DDR5

    Screen sizes, weight, audio, camera, etc - secondary.

    Good luck, and post a picture, will ya?
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    • Profile picture of the author Tam Chancellor
      Originally Posted by ECTally View Post

      Brad, once upon a time, I was deeply involved with the supply chains of multiple computer companies. And one thing I've learned is, a single manufacturer typically supply the same part to most of the major brands. What I'm trying to say here is, most off-the-shelf PCs, regardless of the brand, are essentially the same product - bar one, Thinkpad (two, if you include Panasonic Toughbooks - handy if you have a tendency to smack people on the head with a laptop). Thinkpads are ridiculously durable, reliable, and look very professional.

      Anyway, when IBM sold Thinkpad to Lenovo several years ago, I was heartbroken. But would you believe it, they've actually maintained the same manufacturing standards since then. However, this shouldn't matter much if you're not the type to lug your laptop around town.

      Right. To cut a long story short, your new laptop should minimally have these specs:
      • Processor: Core i7 Gen. 3
      • RAM: 8GB DDR3
      • HDD: Use SSD, no matter how tempting the sizes and prices of the normal 2.5" drives are (You'll thank me later)
      • Graphics: A card w/ 1GB DDR5

      Screen sizes, weight, audio, camera, etc - secondary.

      Good luck, and post a picture, will ya?
      I'm surprised that you are the only one to mention ThinkPads. I won't even think about buying anything but a ThinkPad. They are durable and travel well. They also stand up to a lot of abuse. Well worth the investment. I own three, one was a gift. I can't remember when I purchased the oldest one, but it was originally running Windows 98SE.
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    • Profile picture of the author Brad Callen
      Originally Posted by ECTally View Post

      Brad, once upon a time, I was deeply involved with the supply chains of multiple computer companies. And one thing I've learned is, a single manufacturer typically supply the same part to most of the major brands. What I'm trying to say here is, most off-the-shelf PCs, regardless of the brand, are essentially the same product - bar one, Thinkpad (two, if you include Panasonic Toughbooks - handy if you have a tendency to smack people on the head with a laptop). Thinkpads are ridiculously durable, reliable, and look very professional.

      Anyway, when IBM sold Thinkpad to Lenovo several years ago, I was heartbroken. But would you believe it, they've actually maintained the same manufacturing standards since then. However, this shouldn't matter much if you're not the type to lug your laptop around town.

      Right. To cut a long story short, your new laptop should minimally have these specs:
      • Processor: Core i7 Gen. 3
      • RAM: 8GB DDR3
      • HDD: Use SSD, no matter how tempting the sizes and prices of the normal 2.5" drives are (You'll thank me later)
      • Graphics: A card w/ 1GB DDR5

      Screen sizes, weight, audio, camera, etc - secondary.

      Good luck, and post a picture, will ya?
      Hey, thanks :-) Do you have a link to one that matches those criteria? :-)
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      • Profile picture of the author ECTally
        Originally Posted by Brad Callen View Post

        Hey, thanks :-) Do you have a link to one that matches those criteria? :-)
        Sure, man.
        ThinkPad T430 Laptop | Lenovo (US)

        Several must-have upgrades, though:
        • Processor: Upgrade to Intel Core i7 (Add +$235)
        • Graphics: NVIDIA NVS 5400M (Add +$85) (The NVS range is not the typical gaming card, and is targeted for business and design applications)
        • Memory/RAM: 8GB DDR3, 1 DIMM (Add $130)
        • Drive: 256GB SSD (Add $320) (You can get a second drive in the swapable DVD bay if size is a concern)


        Recommended Upgrades:
        • OS: Win 8 Pro (64 bit) (Add $50)
        • Display: 14.0" HD+ (1600 x 900) (Add $15)
        • Camera: 720p HD Camera (Add $25)
        • Battery: 9 cell (Add $50) (The 9 cell sticks out a little at the back)
        • Bluetooth (Add $5)


        Optional Upgrades:
        • Fingerprint Reader (Add $5) Useful if people have access to your work area
        • Wireless Card: 6300 AGN (Add $40) Future proof your wireless card

        Total: $1,716


        Originally Posted by Jesus Perez View Post

        I've been building PC's a long time, so unlike many in this thread, I know what I'm talking about.
        A kindred spirit.

        Originally Posted by Tam Chancellor View Post

        I'm surprised that you are the only one to mention ThinkPads. I won't even think about buying anything but a ThinkPad. They are durable and travel well. They also stand up to a lot of abuse. Well worth the investment. I own three, one was a gift. I can't remember when I purchased the oldest one, but it was originally running Windows 98SE.
        Another kindred spirit.
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    • Profile picture of the author Lloyd Buchinski
      Originally Posted by ECTally View Post

      when IBM sold Thinkpad to Lenovo
      That's one of the problems with the brand. When it does get recommended, it is by any one of those names, IBM, Thinkpad, or Lenovo. People who aren't familiar with them don't always understand that it's the same recommendation.

      I have 2 ThinkPads, but recommended them as Lenovo earlier in the topic.
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      • Profile picture of the author Tam Chancellor
        Sorry! I completely missed your post.
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  • Profile picture of the author BarbaraGalle
    "Apple" is the best choice.
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    • Profile picture of the author Brad Callen
      Originally Posted by BarbaraGalle View Post

      "Apple" is the best choice.
      An Apple PC?
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  • Profile picture of the author ivcan
    I will get a MacBook Air or a MacBook Pro Retina Display. The air for general business, and the Retina for heavy duty and light gaming. Now if budget is on your mind, you don't like Apple computers or you want more bang for the buck, i recommend Asus, my second hardware and computers provider. Apple first! :p
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  • Profile picture of the author thatjc
    I'm a long time PC consultant and have specified a large number of computers over my 25 years of service. For PC laptops, these days, I always recommend Lenovo.

    High quality + reasonable price = high value.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brad Callen
    Ok, so I ended up buying an Asus. Looked cool. Received it the next day. Started typing on it. The "U" key didn't work unless I pounded it extremely hard. Packaged it back up. Shipped it back. Refund.

    Drove to Best Buy the same day. Got an HP in 2 minutes. Half the price of the Asus, with better specs. Good enough :-)

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    • Profile picture of the author ECTally
      Originally Posted by Brad Callen View Post

      Ok, so I ended up buying an Asus. Looked cool. Received it the next day. Started typing on it. The "U" key didn't work unless I pounded it extremely hard. Packaged it back up. Shipped it back. Refund.

      Drove to Best Buy the same day. Got an HP in 2 minutes. Half the price of the Asus, with better specs. Good enough :-)

      Brad
      Congrats.
      If you're anything like me (minus the good looks and charm), then the laptop will quickly become your best friend.
      Further, with HP, you can depend on their excellent after sales service.
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      • Profile picture of the author GlenH
        I started with a few basics like:

        Must be SSD Hard Drive
        Intel Core i7 - 4770 processor
        32GB Ram (yes..32GB). (Better than lightening fast. Blink and you miss a program opening. Producing videos is so quick. And you can keep as many programs open in the background as you want and nothing slows.)

        Then from there, I just added Video Card, Sound cards etc..
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnFreshLeads
    Hey, Brad. It depends on what your needs are from the pc laptop. Is it simply for internet, email and social, or do you do more processor-intensive tasks such as music creation, video creation, sound editing, video editing, etc.?
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  • Profile picture of the author palmtrees
    We are just trying to help you. Once you go mac, you don't go back.
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  • Profile picture of the author salnetparadise
    Brad, I really like my Asus laptop. Perhaps you got a dud.

    Very reliable, great specs. And they are a true IT company with roots in tech.
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  • Profile picture of the author theone121
    Originally Posted by Brad Callen View Post

    I've had my laptop for something crazy, like almost 10 years now and it's time to get a new one. A PC laptop. Do you guys have any suggestions?

    Thanks!
    I recently purchased Lenovo Ideapad A10. It's like a tablet plus notebook in-one. It's pretty awesome because it has a trackpad and built-in keyboard. Just try to do more research and read reviews like this one: IdeaPad A10

    I personally like a desktop better when I work. But whenever I travel, I prefer bringing a tablet or notebook.

    Regards,
    Theone121
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  • Lenovo ThinkPad. Very reliable and durable.
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