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radiorunner

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Hello there, need to buy a notebook quickly to replace ancient desktop that died. i am lost in the sea of laptops. i think i am leaning towards 4 gb RAM, 320 gb HD, 14 or 15" screen, 14" might be a lighter & easier to tote to cafe to use wifi, wifi wireless capability built in, dual core rather than single core processor. maybe leaning towards asus or lenovo but which model & processor? if features are outside new price range what about rebuilt with features I'm interested in? the recommended asus & lenovo notebooks recommended at laptoplogic.com, pcworld.com, & some others are WELL OVER $700.

one 8/18/09 survey found asus as #1 for computer reliability, with apple #2, & lenovo #3: http://www.rescuecom...SCUECOM269.html .

another 11/17/09 survey cited asus #1, toshiba #2, sony #3, & lenovo #6 in laptop reliability:
http://www.engadget....a-win-hp-fails/

is it better to buy extended 3 yr warranty from manufacturer or from place purchased like staples or office depot?

i stayed away from black friday sales today because i saw alot of crap advertised (celaron & atom processors, etc). is cyber monday gonna be any better to pick up a nice notebook?

My budget for the new computer is: under $700. would prefer to pay under $500 if possible for what i want

What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)? email, web browsing, word & excel at home & in cafe

What software do you intend on using on the computer? vista 7, ms office (word, excel, ppt), adobe (read). Not interested in a Mac nor can I afford one.

Do you play games? no. If so, what type of games? NA

Do you tend to have a lot of programs running at the same time, or do you close every program when you are done using it? toggle between open email, & open MS applications like word or excel

Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer? no, use cde & external HD for pictures. don't store music at all

THNKS!

Edited by radiorunner, 29 November 2009 - 10:50 PM.

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radiorunner

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can anyone help me with my nov. 27th posting?

i found a dell inspiron 15 at dell.com w/ 4 gb ram, 320 gb hd, webcam, intel core 2 duo t6600 processor for $544 total w/ employee discount coupon. how does this compare to an asus or lenovo notebook?

also, would you recommend buying an extended warranty? at dell.com that inspiron 15 would cost $79, 179 or 269 for 1, 2 or 3 yr accidental damage/complete care warranty vs. 1 yr limited warranty included with notebook. thanks!
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I'm leaning towards a Asus or Lenovo 14 or 15" laptop under $700. I read that Asus laptop includes a 2 yr warranty & 1 yr accidental damage with no extra charge. Dell's cost for extended warranty was ALOT of $.

looking at the asus k40ij-d2 for around $579 or $530.55, both after $100 rebate from asus
http://1toppc.com/Me...;Category_Code=
http://www.amazon.co...r...amp;x=0&y=0

let me ask geekstogo community how this laptop would compare with a lenovo or dell with similar specs? ie 14.1" screen, 4 gb ram, 320 gb hd, 802.11 wireless a/b/g/n, Intel Core 2 Duo T6600, Win 7 Home Premium, web cam, DVD RW, 2 yr limited warranty & 1 yr accidental damage warranty, w/ some power saving efficiencies?

thanks

Edited by radiorunner, 09 December 2009 - 08:22 PM.

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