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Old 10-06-2012, 16:36   #1
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Need a quick Laptop Review

Need to buy a laptop today -

Budget less than 500.00

General use web surfing and paying bills

15.6" screen, nothing smaller. Anything bigger is too bulky to move around.

Looking at the Lenovo IdeaPad P580

Can GT suggest anything better for the same or less money? Is Lenovo quality?

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Old 10-06-2012, 17:36   #2
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Lenovo is good stuff - Usually...

My daughter is running an old C2000 from 2004 right now that my wife ran for years, and it's still ticking along.

My suggestion is to hit NewEgg and check the notebooks in your price range - Read The Reviews - you will get the story.

PS - "Say Only Good Things About Everyone You Know" - until I find out it's Best Buy - My daughter showed up to pickup her notebook at Best Buy and found that the ONLY notebook that matched her online searches were in the hands of the Geek Squad who was "optimizing" the system by removing the 'crap-ware' from the MFG.

The cost of the "optimized" notebook was *only* $100 more...

That's not the first I have heard of this practice from Best Buy...

Friends don't let Friends Best Buy...

That's all I have to say bout that.

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Old 10-06-2012, 17:48   #3
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Old 10-06-2012, 18:25   #4
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I recently purchased a Lenovo Thinkpad from the Lenovo web site's outlet. Not the model you are looking at but I had also considered buying one at Best Buy.

The price at BB was around 500.00 for the model I wanted. I ended up getting it at the Lenovo outlet for 380.00 and tax. Shipping was fast and free. Painless experience.

The laptop itself is great. I have the x130e which is more of a netbook than a laptop.

Excellent keyboard
Excellent battery life
matte screen
4gb RAM
7200 rpm HDD 320gb
Windows 7 Home Premium
Very clean desktop with some bloatware that was easy to remove.

Trackpad but that is a downer on this model I have in particular. I hate trackpads and use a mouse so its not an issue for me.
Screen is not as bright as most but that is probably why the batt life is so good. Also one of this model's quirks that may not be on Ideapads.

That model you are looking at should be a real good performer. If memory serves, it comes with an I5 processor, 6 gig of RAM, etc. Should handle pretty much anything you toss at it.

I can recommend Lenovo but I haven't been that excited by Best Buy in the past. If it is in stock locally and you can't beat it at Lenovo's site, pick one up and wipe the bloatware off of it.

Pc decrapifier is a good site to go to for that. I also wax Norton and go with MS Security Essentials and Malwarebytes for antivirus jazz.

Here is a Thinkpad in your price range but has an I3 processor instead and a smaller HDD.

You can configure it the way you want.

Good luck. Oh yeah, I'd pass on the Windows 8 upgrade. Haven't heard anything good about Win 8 yet. From what I gather, it is more geared towards tablets. I am sure someone will chime in on that but Windows 7 seems to be the preferred OS of the two.
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Old 10-06-2012, 18:40   #5
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Check Sams Club if you have a membership. I thought I saw one for $359.00 and thought it was an HP. Down side is you have to buy MS office etc. to make it usable. Also make sure you have a voucher or what ever to upgrade to Windows 8 for free.

Saying that, I'd save and get a Mac, but I'm within your parameters...
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Old 10-06-2012, 23:40   #7
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Thanks for help everyone. I ended up picking up the model I was asking about for my dad, who is bored to death in I.C.U. Now he can play on the hospital's WIFI for the duration of his stay.
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