What laptop would you recommend?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by bsurb, Sep 30, 2013.

  1. bsurb, Sep 30, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2013

    bsurb macrumors member

    Oct 1, 2012
    My dell inspiron desktop is taking a crap on me so I am thinking about going with a laptop so I can have it mobile. I do vinyl graphics so I have a machine that needs to work with windows. Unfortunately it is not supported by Mac :/

    I was at best buy today looking at laptops but most of them were all touch screens it seemed like. I'm not a big fan of them.

    What laptop would you guys recommend for me for internet searching, blogging, photoshop, illustrator, few other designer programs.

    I do not game. And I don't really want something big like a 15 inch. So when I carry it around its not all bulky and heavy.

    What would you recommend for a price range around $500-$650ish tops. ? Something with a good amount of space and a good processor. With good battery life is a +.

    My friend said she has this dell inspiron n5010 that hasn't been used 20 times. She said $300 for it....


    Seen this at Walmart for $400 on sale for like $350. But I don't think the battery is good enough.

  2. r0k macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    This is an Apple forum so my first advice to you is to consider a Macbook. Of the two you have listed, I would be inclined to get a new machine over anything used. For Windows laptops, I like Lenovo better than HP, Dell or Acer.

    The Acer you are considering has a dual core AMD CPU while the Dell has a dual core Intel CPU but the Dell was released way back in 2010 so it is a pretty old (designed) machine (even if it was purchased somewhat recently).

    I saw a very nice Lenovo ultrabook in Office Depot for about $600. I think it was on sale. It was very nice and reminded me of the construction of a Macbook.

    Hope this helps...
  3. bsurb thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 1, 2012
    Actually.... They just released a new program that is supported by mac for my plotter machine!
  4. dannyp1996 macrumors member

    Apr 15, 2011
    United Kingdom
    i just bought a 2013 MacBook Air, and it runs parallels like a dream. You could consider that.

    It is a 13 inch model with the full 8GB RAM, i7 and 512GB SSD, and still pulls between 13 and 11 hours of battery with regular web browsing.
  5. MacCruiskeen macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2011
    This is probably a little over your budget but the hardware is pretty nice:


    They're built to order on Clevo shells. I just got the 13", and it's quite nice. They'll even preconfigure it with Linux if you want to avoid Windows.
  6. jlehman macrumors member

    Apr 16, 2013
    The Clevo Shells are nice, i had one back in 2006. But i would still definitely look into a Lenovo for budget reasons. If you do go the Dell route i would look at Vostro / Lattitude series. Lenovo and Dell (business) both have decent ultrabook laptops and they are actually pretty nice. I think you'll easily find something in the ~$600 range.
  7. LeandrodaFL macrumors 6502a


    Apr 6, 2011
    I would recommend you go get a macbook and install windows.

    If you want a soloely windows machine, I like the sony Vaios, cause they have a very beautiful design and Sony has retail stores with easy support.
  8. bsurb thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 1, 2012
    I cant afford a 2013 mac book pro. I am going to try and get one from somebody in a cash/trade. Maybe a 2010 one or 2011 possibly. Dont have the cash for a brand new one.

    And I dont feel like financing one at best buy.
  9. NiKeZz macrumors 6502


    May 28, 2010
    Topeka, Kansas
    For what it's worth I'm still running a 2010 Macbook Pro C2D. I've upgraded the RAM to 8GB and it works very well for my uses. I'm a sports photographer and a student.
  10. bsurb thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 1, 2012
    What is a C2D? Im going to search craiglist tomorrow for at least a 2010 version.
  11. bkribbs macrumors 65816

    Jan 15, 2012
    Core 2 Duo. (CPU)

    Older processor by 3 or so gens.
  12. bsurb thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 1, 2012
    I am also going to be using photoshop/illustrator and coding softwares.
  13. bsurb, Oct 4, 2013
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    bsurb thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 1, 2012
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    Oct 1, 2012
  15. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
  16. SmurfBoxMasta macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2005
    I'm only really here at night.
    FYI...New lappies = Windblows 8 = touch screen- by default.....

    3 ways to get around that:

    A) buy a mac

    B) Wipe W8 & install other version (if possible)

    C) Buy refurbed/used older model w/ W7....many of which are easily found @online stores for ~$2-300 :)
  17. Ranuy macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2013
  18. coliny macrumors newbie

    Jan 3, 2013
  19. Tfb macrumors member

    Jul 9, 2012
    The Lenovo outlet site has great deals. Be prepared to check often and buy fast if you go that route.
  20. ecrispy macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2013
    Both Dell and Lenovo outlet sites have good deals, incl both new and refurb models.

    Also look on the deal sites like slickdeals.net, can save a lot of money. I have not been able to afford a Mac as yet, hopefully soon since been saving.

    One of the things which is tempting me is the good resale value of Macs, although I don't know if a 3 year old Mac also qualifies for that.
  21. KeegM480 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 13, 2013
    Orlando, FL
    That is a pretty good deal, and doesnt matter what OS it has if its a 2010 MacBook Pro, The newest (OS X 10.9 Mavericks) is free. A 256GB SSD can run very high in pricing so that sounds like a good deal!
  22. lurry macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2013
    On the budget, I suggest you the Lenovo G505s
    AMD A8-5550M 2.1 GHz
    500 GB 5400 RPM
    4GB DDR3
    Radeon HD 8550G
    Windows 8
    You can get it under $500 now
  23. ecrispy macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2013
    I would suggest buying a new Windows laptop in your price range over a 2-3 old Macbook. People often recommend AppleCare with Macs, and a new latop will come with a warranty.

    Also don't let talk about touchscreen and Windows 8.1 scare you - as with any computer tech, unless you try it yourself you can never be sure.

    OSX/Mac will likely be more friendly but you will be taking a chance on used/older parts, its your call.

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