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Old 10-10-2012, 04:01 PM   #1
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Looking to buy a mid-to-high-end laptop

Looking to see if any other tech junkies on here have bought a new laptop lately, or have any recommendations. I can go through by specs and find what I want, but sometimes first hand experiences with product quality are nice to have as well.

My basic requirements:
- Not a Mac (sorry, Apple fans)
- Not an 'ultrabook' or 'netbook' or the like (looking for at least 15" screen, possibly bigger)
- No firm price point, but I'm hoping to keep it under $1,000

Again, a big part of why I'm looking for advice are things like build quality, weight, "feel", etc.

Thanks all!
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Old 10-10-2012, 04:41 PM   #2
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I can tell you that our IT guy suggests HP laptops as his preferred brand.
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Old 10-10-2012, 05:15 PM   #3
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My husband is an IT guy and we use ASUS laptops.
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Old 10-10-2012, 05:48 PM   #4
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Asus, definitely. We've bought two and love them to pieces.
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Old 10-10-2012, 05:56 PM   #5
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Since you've already ruled out a Mac, my next suggestion would be to look at a Sony VAIO. That's probably the only other high-end brand I would buy. Sorry, but HP and Dell support is crap anymore! If you have a Sony store nearby I'd suggest trying them out before buying.
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:40 PM   #6
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Since Macs are out, I'd suggest ASUS. What will you be using the laptop for? That's the most important question. My Macbook Pro is a beast (16gb RAM, 1TB HDD) but, I shelled out that money because my work requires it (Motion Graphics Design Student here). If my work didn't require the heavy ram use, I'd be fine with a 4gb RAM 500gb laptop PC, that I could get for around $500.
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:25 AM   #7
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Excellent point about heat and battery life comparing i5 vs i7, and I appreciate the first hand experience of 1080p on the 15.6 screen.

Though I do agree apple has excellent build quality, the price point differences don't make a good value proposition (at least for me). To get the performance and features I'm after I'd be spending about 2100 on the MBP... I can match specs of component hardware on a non Mac for about half that. I don't mean that as anti apple commentary per se, but at least for me it just doesn't make sense.
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:55 AM   #8
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My DH is an IT guy and his go to is Dell. DD16 is using a Dell laptop DH bought 7 years ago (yes, it has been upgraded and things replaced), but it is a workhorse. I have had e HP laptops crap out on me since, and HP support is garbage. DH's last laptop was an ASUS, and he had so many problems iwth it, that they couldn't fix, so he sent it back.

Dell has excellent support, and they come to your home! Heck he had issues with his Dell and we were flying to WDW, and they sent someone to our hotel!

Go with Dell. Oh, also buy the laptop with an Amex or other credit card that will extend your warranty for free!
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I would suggest getting a Sony Vaio. I currently bought one after many people kept bragging about them and I am happy with my purchase.
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