Best $500 laptop for basic use?

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#1 Posted by Riadon2 (1598 posts) -

15 inch screen, preferably larger

4 GB of RAM (don't need more)

320-500 GB hard-drive

Fast(ish) dual-core

Decent integrated graphics

Decent speakers

Decent cooling

Good keyboard and touchpad

Non-hideous

4-5 hour battery life

Limited bloatware

Less than 6 pounds

I'm willing to spend a bit more than $500

The laptop is not for me.

I'd like to purchase it from a non-obscure website (Newegg, Bestbuy, Compusa, tigerdirect, etc)

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#2 Posted by JigglyWiggly_ (24599 posts) -

If you want to save money and want an extremely well built laptop
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dell-Latitude-D630-Laptop-2-4Ghz-T7700-1440x900-200GB-WiFi-Win-7-Office-2007-/181023509773?pt=Laptops_Nov05&hash=item2a25d78d0d

I had a d630, loved it.

Battery life isn't 4-5 hours, but you can replace the cd drive with a battery, and get a 9 cell battery for really long battery life.


I had pretty much the same model, with the same gpu. It's the quadro version of the 8400mgs.



You can just lookup "d630 1440x900" for more results and all that.

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#3 Posted by broken_bass_bin (7515 posts) -

I swear by ASUS for laptops personally. Good build quality, sleek looks, decent specs at a decent price.

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#4 Posted by JigglyWiggly_ (24599 posts) -

I swear by ASUS for laptops personally. Good build quality, sleek looks, decent specs at a decent price.

broken_bass_bin

I've seen a few of them, their build quality for their sub500$ laptops is pretty meh.

For sub500: I'd get:

A used macbook/pro (lol)

Some kind of latitude laptop

Build quality is the most important thing on these kinds of cheap laptops.

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#5 Posted by FelipeInside (28475 posts) -

I swear by ASUS for laptops personally. Good build quality, sleek looks, decent specs at a decent price.

broken_bass_bin
I second that, and they come with 2 Years Warranty off the bat on most models. All other brands only have 12 months.
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#6 Posted by nosferatu (4292 posts) -

What's the person you're buying it for planning on using it for? I ask because for many purposes handled by a laptop in this range, a tablet could be a serious contender and some usability and portability may be gained with it (eg: loving my new Surface for MANY of the tasks I used to use my laptop for and I can tote it around work and into and out of patient rooms much more easily).

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#7 Posted by Allicrombie (26207 posts) -
[QUOTE="broken_bass_bin"]

I swear by ASUS for laptops personally. Good build quality, sleek looks, decent specs at a decent price.

FelipeInside
I second that, and they come with 2 Years Warranty off the bat on most models. All other brands only have 12 months.

Have to add my thoughts on ASUS, My old G73 was great for gaming on. I would definitely look into buying ASUS again were I to get a new gaming lappie.
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#8 Posted by junky6 (52 posts) -
these are your best options: http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/gaming-laptops-under-500/ Currently, you can get the HP g6z-2200 for 455$ with A6-4400M and a radeon 7670M - probably about 500$ including tax and shipping
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#9 Posted by blaznwiipspman1 (6645 posts) -

[QUOTE="FelipeInside"][QUOTE="broken_bass_bin"]

I swear by ASUS for laptops personally. Good build quality, sleek looks, decent specs at a decent price.

Allicrombie

I second that, and they come with 2 Years Warranty off the bat on most models. All other brands only have 12 months.

Have to add my thoughts on ASUS, My old G73 was great for gaming on. I would definitely look into buying ASUS again were I to get a new gaming lappie.

I would not, all my asus stuff has broken down relatively quickly. This includes 1 laptop and 2 motherboards. Laptop barely lasted 3 years and the motherboard also failed after 3 years. The other motherboard failed after 3 months lol. Stay away from garbage asus.

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#10 Posted by Diwashb (519 posts) -

15 inch screen, preferably larger

4 GB of RAM (don't need more)

320-500 GB hard-drive

Fast(ish) dual-core

Decent integrated graphics

Decent speakers

Decent cooling

Good keyboard and touchpad

Non-hideous

4-5 hour battery life

Limited bloatware

Less than 6 pounds

I'm willing to spend a bit more than $500

The laptop is not for me.

I'd like to purchase it from a non-obscure website (Newegg, Bestbuy, Compusa, tigerdirect, etc)

Riadon2
Heres one with a 17 inch screen, i3 2nd gen, 6 gigz of ram and 750 gig hard drive. Go buy it first. Thank me later :) Cherios
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#11 Posted by FelipeInside (28475 posts) -

[QUOTE="Allicrombie"][QUOTE="FelipeInside"] I second that, and they come with 2 Years Warranty off the bat on most models. All other brands only have 12 months.blaznwiipspman1

Have to add my thoughts on ASUS, My old G73 was great for gaming on. I would definitely look into buying ASUS again were I to get a new gaming lappie.

I would not, all my asus stuff has broken down relatively quickly. This includes 1 laptop and 2 motherboards. Laptop barely lasted 3 years and the motherboard also failed after 3 years. The other motherboard failed after 3 months lol. Stay away from garbage asus.

User error? Lol (just kidding). I have a friend who works at the computer shop I used to work at, ASUS is the brand they get back the least (for motherboards, video cards and laptops). For laptops they get good reviews all around (most models). Not garbage at all.