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Old 03-10-2011, 01:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Want to buy a new laptop whasgood?

I need something pro and light and for a decent price. I'm gonna be running software like Solidworks and MATLAB and some CFD programs, so I like i5 or some good processor.

I found this one, Samsung Q430. Looks pretty nice, can pick it up for ~650 on ebay. Anyone had/has it?
How bout this one? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834157408
Does HP still have bad rep for reliability? My last trash was HP and it broke.

I don't want to go much more than about $700. My only problem is that I want a reliable rig, my last laptop broke after not even 2 years. Plus this will be hauled around to a lot of places, so it better be tough (good mobo etc.)

Anyone got good suggestions?
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Default Re: Want to buy a new laptop whasgood?

The cheap HP's have something like a 25% failure rate within 3 years of a laptop's lifespan. The pricier ones get better but overall, still not very reliable. I try to get everyone to avoid HP.
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Default Re: Want to buy a new laptop whasgood?

Ditto, Yami. HP is just, meh.

I'd recommend this one:

Newegg.com - ASUS UL80 Series UL80JT-A2 NoteBook Intel Core i3 330UM&#40;1.20GHz&#41; 14&#34; 4GB Memory DDR3 1066 500GB HDD 5400rpm DVD Super Multi NVIDIA GeForce 310M&#43;Intel GMA HD

I have the very same. Just a slight difference in model. Only, mine was recertified. Still a great system. I know it's only i3, but it can OC on the fly.
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Old 03-10-2011, 09:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Eh, that has the exact same specs as the samsung except its i3... and same price.

How is samsung with reliability?
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Samsungs are new to the USA as they actually were an OEM for Dell and manufactured some of the Dell models. Samsung and Dell did have a non-compete deal in the USA that kept Samsung from selling their laptops in the USA until recently. LG and Lenova also had a non-competitive agreement. Not sure if that one is still going but it may be since i don't see too many LG laptops in the USA. Samsung laptops seem tgo be getting good ratings in the USA now.
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