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Old 09-27-2009, 06:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I live in America. My price range is 800-1100. I don't want a Mac, and I don't want overheating to be an issue.

I will not be using it for gaming.
I want it to have great processing power, ram, etc. (so I can multi-task).
I want it to have a fairly high battery life.
I want it to be compatible with Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit.

Size and resolution isn't a great concern, portability would be nice. I also want it to be durable, don't want to replace it in 2-3 years.

Nothing else is really of any importance, at least not that I can think or right now.

Please let me know if you need more info.

I need advice on which laptop to get, and where to get it. Money is an issue, I just want the biggest bang for my buck.

Right now I'm just looking at some on Newegg.
I am looking at a "business" laptop, the HP probook - it has a great battery life, and I don't really care about high quality audio. What do you think of this?
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If I were shopping in that price range I'd buy a thinkpad X series.
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Yah, I don't see any reason why you shouldn't get a Thinkpad. I'm partial towards the thinkpad T400; the 14 inch will give you a good viewable space but with decent portability. Also, nothing will be sacrificed in terms of power to keep it in the 14 inch form factor.

But it's up to your preference whether to go with the x series of the T400 series. Either way, you can't go wrong.
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14.1" is also a very good size. I find 15.4" to be annoying to carry around. 14.1" is easier to carry. but 13.3" and smaller are different, because you can comfortably carry them with one hand without having to worry. I have a 14.1" for a while, took it everywhere, wished it was a tad smaller, and now I use an 8.9" netbook, and wish it was a tad bigger, heh.

14.1" is ideal for moving and setting up. A little smaller is ideal for using it while you are moving it.

I hold my netbook in one hand and type with the other while walking around my apartment quite a bit. Toyed with some 13.3" laptops and I think I could do it with them as well. Hopefully will be my next laptop size.
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I am deciding between the Lenovo Thinkpad T500 and the Lenovo Enhanced Thinkpad T500.

The enhanced is more eXpensive but from what I gather, the only difference is that the enhanced has the business version of Vista, dvd burner, and a different wifi card. The business version of Vista is irrelevant because I am going to get Windows 7 Pro 64 bit from my school. The dvd burner I can live without. And the different wifi card.. I think the Thinkpad Wifi is better even though the Intel one costs more. Therefore I'm going with the the regular T500, which is 160$ cheaper.

Here is a link for the model:

Lenovo - United States

It is 939$ - but I am thinking about doing a few upgrades, I put my justifications in parenthesis below, let me know if you think the upgrades are a good deal:

+ hard drive upgrade from 160 5400 RPM > 320 GB 7200 RPM (+50$) (faster and larger HD)

+ 15.4" WSXGA+TFT, w/CCFL Backlight (+75$ - this is so I can get 1680 X 1050 resolution and a better screen)

+ 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM (32.50$) (this is so I can utilize a 64 bit operating system)

+ 9 cell - Li-Ion Battery (70$) (much better battery life)

So after doing all that, the total comes out to:

$1,166.50 cents

After a coupon code (USPSEARCH), I save 175$, so it goes down below 1000$. After tax, it is back up to $1053.50 - that is the total after everything. This coupon code is very nice! It expires in two days though.


Is this a good deal? Any customizations that I included that are not worth it? Any additional customizations that I should consider?


One other concern I have is that in the customization screen, it says the current version of vista for this laptop is not eligible for a Windows 7 Upgrade. I'm pretty sure this means that they will not provide a free upgrade to Windows 7, which is fine because I get one through my school anyway. But I just wanted to make sure that by "not eligible" they do not mean that it is impossible for me to upgrade because of hardware limitations or something. This is not the case right? If I upgrade to Vista premium for 50 more bucks, then I am eligible for a free Windows 7 upgrade.
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I missed that the WSXGA+ had CCFL backlighting and not the LED. LED screens supposedly improve battery life and offers screen clarity, but the 1680 by 1050 resolution is also great, and only the + has that. I'm not sure which one to get anymore, based on this thread of people analyzing which one is better, there are mixed reviews of either choice. Some people think the LED screen is washed out.
Anyone actually own a T500 WXGA w/LED? - Notebook Forums and Laptop Discussion

I am leaning towards sticking with the WSxGA+ just because of the resolution, and I do not think I will be that picky about a CCFL vs LED screen.

For the warranty, I'm considering getting the "Mobile 1Yr Depot to Total 2Yr Depot Warranty" - which adds 69$

The return policy is not great - they charge a 15% restocking fee.

Also, I'm going to add the bluetooth incase I need to sync my contacts or something like that, and the camera in case I ever need that (total of +50$ for both)
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