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#1 6 years ago

It seems that indecisiveness syndrome has hit again. Anyways, now I'm looking for a semi-decent laptop to hold me over for a few years, rather than an expensive one, due to the price/performance factor (to name just one) vs. what a desktop can deliver. Found a used laptop for $400 that I'm going to look at tomorrow: Newegg.com - TOSHIBA Satellite A505-S6035 NoteBook Intel Core i7 720QM(1.60GHz) 16" 4GB Memory DDR3 1066 500GB HDD 5400rpm DVD Super Multi NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M . Question is, is it worth it? It's a bit more than I'd like to pay, but the specs make it look like a steal. I tend to get delusional when looking for goods for extended periods of time, so I was hoping to get some opinions to make sure it would be a rational decision to buy it.




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#2 6 years ago

Memory is good, GPU is decent, core is last generation, and it's a Toshiba meaning you'll need to either melt or superglue the powerjack in as a precaution. $400 for a working modern laptop isn't a bad deal if you need a year's holdover, but it seems like it may become obsolete rather quickly :/ That and looking at the reviews for that particular model it looks like it blue screens a lot. I'd be a bit hesitant.


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#3 6 years ago

Looks like the blue screens are from overheating. A few people said they've alleviated the overheating by cleaning the ventilation out once in a while. My biggest concern is battery life. How do similar era laptops fair in terms of battery life? This one seems abysmal at 1 hr at its best.




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#4 6 years ago

Much better, my netbook lasts 3h on a full charge with wifi, my old laptop (which died last near and may she rest in peace, I still carry her brain with me) when she was new nearly 5 years ago had up to 7h life. 1h for a clunker that has horrible ventilation that is very easily clogged, just seems like a lot of maintenance to me.


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#5 6 years ago

TBH, for what I'd be getting I wouldn't have a problem cleaning it out every few months. The kicker for me is the battery life. Can't have the battery dying on me while taking notes in class. I thought about getting a high capacity battery, but that brings the price up way too much. Probably just gonna let this one pass by. Thanks for pointing the reviews out.




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#6 6 years ago

No worries, you are welcome to call upon my womanly shopping intuition any time! Hope you find something that fits your needs. If you don't mind not having a gaming platform, those little Acer Aspire One netbooks aren't bad, and if you catch them on sale you can find them for about $250 online at walmart :) If you want something that will run games decently, I suggest expanding your budget a little, at least get a processor that is 1.8Ghz or higher :)


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#7 6 years ago

I've thought about a netbook, but I couldn't stand such a small screen and keyboard. A number pad is a minimum requirement for me.




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#8 6 years ago

If you are wanting a note-taking laptop a netbook is the way to go. Sadly they're getting really expensive now because of the ultrabook fad.

Full-sized laptops suck for taking notes, and if you want a numpad you're going to need a HUGE laptop with almost a guaranteed crappy battery life.




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#9 6 years ago

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Full-sized laptops suck for taking notes

Care to explain why you think that? I think just the opposite would be true.

Also, it seems like newer laptops boast pretty good battery life. HP's site estimates between 5-6 hours for most of its laptops. Is there any truth to that, and if so, could I expect anything like that out of an older laptop?




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#10 6 years ago

The Soleutator;5607474Care to explain why you think that? I think just the opposite would be true.

Also, it seems like newer laptops boast pretty good battery life. HP's site estimates between 5-6 hours for most of its laptops. Is there any truth to that, and if so, could I expect anything like that out of an older laptop?

Carrying around a big laptop all day sucks, coupled with the fact that depending on the classroom (and your school) the desks can be too small for a fullsized laptop.

5-6 hours if you dim the screen all the way, turn off wifi, and do word processing. Some laptops with low power components and tons of power saving features can last a really long time but for the most part alot of laptops have battery length really exaggerated.




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