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A lot of computer noobs I talk to like to compare their $2500 Mac to their $300 PC. "I had a PC, then got a Mac, which was WAY faster than my PC. PCs suck."

"What PC did you have?"

Any many times it turns out their PC was running Pentium 4 2.4 Ghz w/cheap integrated graphics, or some crap like that.
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I Currently have a Acer aspire 5532. It works/runs well, just a little slow to start up, and while multi-tasking. I am currently looking at the HP Probook line, the lenovo thinkpad line and the dell latittude line. with the windows pro OS loaded in them. From $650 to $900 and change.

Any suggestions?

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Specific model recommendations, or just in general?

I've owned a Thinkpad and Latitude. Hard to beat a Dell Latitude with Complete Care warranty and Pro Support. Especially if the machine is likely to see some hard use. They'll repair or replace it with next day on-site, or overnight shipping. You only talk to top tier techs in the US. However, that option will likely kill your budget. Thinkpad's are rock-solid platforms too. Support just doesn't match that offered by Dell. I've owned a couple HP consumer notebooks, but not a Probook. They really don't compare so I can't offer much insight.

My Dell Latitude was a D430, "thin and light" notebook. It was amazing the abuse that it took. It survived many falls, a couple of toddlers, and even a spill. It was finally done in when I landed on it after slipping on the ice. While they offered to send someone out next day, I opted to send it to the depot for repair. The notebook I got back looked brand new. New case, keyboard, touchpad, screen, etc. They overnighted me a prepaid box to mail it in, and sent it back second day air. Took only a few days.

The only other time I had an issue the wireless card died. Within 5 minutes of calling, I had talked to a tech and had a new wireless card on the way. It arrived the next morning, along with a new case back (in case it was the antennae). Came with clear instructions, and I replaced it in another 5 minutes. None of the long hold times, or walking through scripts making sure you had it plugged in, etc.
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Well I did it!! I went out and found what I think is a good work laptop. It is a Dell E6410 with a Intel®core™i7 CPU M640 @2.80 GHz 4 GB memory windows 7 pro with a 500 GB HDD. back lighted keyboard fingerprint reader and extended run battery. I also went with the Dell 2year warranty. So far I Really like it!!!!
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