What laptop would you recommend?

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  1. bsurb, Sep 30, 2013
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    bsurb macrumors member

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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
     
  2. r0k macrumors 68040

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    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

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

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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.
     
  5. MacCruiskeen macrumors 6502

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    This is probably a little over your budget but the hardware is pretty nice:

    https://www.mythlogic.com/configure.php?id=135

    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

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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.
     
  7. LeandrodaFL macrumors 6502a

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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.
     
  8. bsurb thread starter macrumors member

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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.
     
  9. NiKeZz macrumors 6502

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

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    Core 2 Duo. (CPU)

    Older processor by 3 or so gens.
     
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    I am also going to be using photoshop/illustrator and coding softwares.
     
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    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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    The Lenovo outlet site has great deals. Be prepared to check often and buy fast if you go that route.
     
  20. ecrispy macrumors regular

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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.
     
  21. KeegM480 macrumors 6502a

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    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

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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
     
  23. ecrispy macrumors regular

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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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