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bsurb

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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....

http://www.cnet.com/laptops/dell-inspiron-15r/4505-3121_7-34122503.html


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

http://www.amazon.com/Acer-Aspire-V5-122p-0408-Touchscreen-802-11b/dp/B00DQHZLO4
 
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r0k

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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....

http://www.cnet.com/laptops/dell-inspiron-15r/4505-3121_7-34122503.html


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

http://www.amazon.com/Acer-Aspire-V5-122p-0408-Touchscreen-802-11b/dp/B00DQHZLO4

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...
 
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bsurb

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Actually.... They just released a new program that is supported by mac for my plotter machine!
 
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dannyp1996

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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.
 
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jlehman

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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.
 
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LeandrodaFL

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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.
 
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bsurb

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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.
 
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NiKeZz

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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.

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.
 
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bsurb

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What is a C2D? Im going to search craiglist tomorrow for at least a 2010 version.
 
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bsurb

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I am also going to be using photoshop/illustrator and coding softwares.
 
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Consultant

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SmurfBoxMasta

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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 :)
 
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Tfb

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The Lenovo outlet site has great deals. Be prepared to check often and buy fast if you go that route.
 
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ecrispy

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Oct 27, 2013
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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.
 
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KeegM480

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Aug 13, 2013
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is this worth it? links below.. ALSO..... have a girl who said she has a 2010 macbook pro on mountain lion. 256GB SSD. she said she replaced the original hard drive. and has several cases. for $650

http://gainesville.craigslist.org/ele/4099045566.html

http://gainesville.craigslist.org/sys/4108081495.html

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!
 
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lurry

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

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Oct 27, 2013
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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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