In the Market for a Laptop

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  1. vslyke

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    Does anyone have a suggestion for a patop in the 700-1100 range? I'm mainly looking for a laptop that I can type papers on (a big priority for a college kid), get on the Internet with, burn CDs, listen to some music, and watch the occasional DVD. Nothing too fancy, just the basics. The big things I'm looking for are battery life and reliability.

    Any help will be great!
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    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage...=toshiba laptop&type=product&id=1218040478391

    I've had this one for almost a year now and I'm yet to encounter problems. It's by far the best laptop you can ever get for its value. Don't believe what people tell you about HP computers. They aren't all that great. If you go to consumer reports, you'll see that Toshiba has the best reputation of all laptops out there.

    $599 for a great computer like this is a steal. I think this is actually a newer model of my laptop. Mine is an A305-S6837.

    P.S. the speakers on this computer are amazing... the sound quality is better than all of my friends' laptops.
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    Thanks RSB! How is the battery life on it? And how is the keyboard? And i'm not getting an HP, I hear really bad things about their customer service.
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    Macbook .
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    A little much for my price range. And I'm not into graphic arts or that kind of stuff. Doesn't seem like a great fit for me.
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    The battery life is average. I don't pay too much attention to it, but I'd say it's about 2 - 2.5 hours. I let it run close to dead, charge it up, unplug it when it's done, and repeat.

    This is the first laptop I've ever had so I'm not sure how the battery compares to others, but I'm pretty sure 2 - 2.5 hours is average battery life... not completely sure though. If you want long battery life, it would cost you much more.

    Since you're interested in a basic laptop, I'd say this would be the best.

    Macs are nice because they are immune to viruses, but they're a bit pricey if all you're looking for is a basic laptop.
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    I got this Toshiba and love it. Notice the screen size (17"). It also has ATI Graphics card which I like.
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    No, no it's not. $999 gets you a Whitebook. That's right in your price range. However, if you're "picky" you'll end up getting an expensive doorstop, I mean an HP - like in those new Microsoft commercials. (Why is Microsoft only pushing HP in those adds?)
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    Yeah, that should be fine. It's not a big deal.

    Macs are really nice, but I just don't think I'm a Mac person.
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    Not cool enough?:cool:
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