[COLOR=orange]Those of you who are familiar with me may remember a post I made a couple of years ago detailing how one of my children decided to dump a gallon of paint through the top fan of my PC tower - they have struck again! While I learned my lesson (installed a keylock on my office door), my wife did not. Long story short, child gets a hold of my wife's laptop, child places laptop on floor, child proceeds to interact with laptop as if it were a trampoline.[/COLOR] [COLOR=orange]Results: seven keys broken off, mousepad buttons broken, battery lock broken, motherboard cracked, HDD connector/pins broken. Don't ask me how the screen survived, because I don't know. :uhm:[/COLOR] [COLOR=orange]It was fairly low-end, so it wasn't a big loss, but now I am going to have to buy a new one for her. I found a couple of them on sale at a local electronics store that sound like a good deal. The externals are virtually identical. Both have 40cm (15.6 in) screens, Win7 Home Premium x64, 4GB DDR3 1333 RAM, webcam, wireless, media card reader, super-multi DVD etc. [/COLOR] [COLOR=orange]The first is 599 USD and has a Core i5 2410, Intel HD 3000 graphics, and a smaller, but newer single-platter 500GB HDD. The second is 529 USD and has a Phenom II X4 N970, Radeon HD 4250 graphics, and a larger, but older dual-platter 640GB HDD. There is also a third for 599 USD with a 44cm (17.3 in) screen, an AMD A6-3400M CPU, Radeon HD 6520 graphics, a 640GB HDD and similar accesories to the other two.[/COLOR] [COLOR=orange]I am having a hard time finding performance comparisons of midrange mobile platforms on the web, so I thought I would ask here. I also realize that I could get a better deal at Newegg, but I don't have a charge account there. =p[/COLOR] [COLOR=orange]Any advice would be appreciated![/COLOR]
Buy one second hand from ebay that someone's selling because they didn't realise that Vista needs more than 256MB of memory to run at a usable speed. Available for ~£100 from ebay, and a £20 2GB memory chip gives you a reasonably fast mid range machine at about 1/5th of the cost of buying a new machine.
I take what n0e says way too seriously
20th November 2007
Or install winxp on said ebay laptop.
[COLOR="Orange"]Thanks for the idea, but I went ahead and bought the third one. It was a Toshiba and was actually on sale for $499 (about 309 GBP) and I also got 18 months same as cash (no finance charges).
The only model they had with the Sandy Bridge Core i5 was an Acer and was actually $649 with a $50 mail-in rebate, not to mention it was out of stock and I would have had to order it. Anyhow, my wife wanted the bigger 17.3 inch screen and it ended up being significantly cheaper.[/COLOR]
Haha I remember the paint incident, I think valuables should now be left in said upgraded office!
Shoulda checked buy.com
They have a few pretty nice 14" lenovo sandy-bridge based laptops for around $500
LMAO...AGAIN!!!??? Those kids of yours have a serious grudge against your technology.
[COLOR="Orange"]@ Jim, Choc - Yeah, you can say that again. Death comes upon swift wings to those who enter my office! I believe my wife has now learned her lesson too...at least I hope she has.
@ Kow - My wife's destroyed laptop was a 15.6" Lenovo and she always complained that the screen was too small, so I ddn't want to go smaller than that. I know I could've got a slightly better deal elsewhere, but I got great financing terms and I am pleasantly surprised by the performance of the new laptop. It is considerably faster than the old one (Pentium t4400), especially after I removed all of the Toshiba crapware.
As I said, I was having trouble finding performance comparison data on the web. The best I could do was a Passmark bench that indicated that the A6-3400M had no problem besting the 1st gen mobile Core i3's and i5's (380M, 480M and 580M), but nothing on mobile Sandy Bridge CPU's.[/COLOR]
Isn't that what laptops are for, breaking,? I still don't trust laptops.