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    Default looking for advice on laptop shopping.

    As the tittle says Im in the market for a new computer. I havent had a laptop in quite a few years and im not sure what brands are worth getting. My last one was a toshiba I bought in 2009, since the screen broke Ive been using my iPad for the basics. Ill have to learn to use windows all over again, last I used was early Vista.

    Anyhow, Im planning on spending $600-$800. Im not planning on using it for gaming so I dont NEED to have dedicated graphics but if its there ill take it. I like a pc that runs Windows with some speed on decent settings, I hate slow speeds. Im not fond of the 2-in-one like surface. I could do the research but Id like to see what you guys would recommend, I figure CNET gets paid to put laptops on their top ten lists so I dont wanna trust em too much.

    Side question, how necessary has touch screen become on laptops?

    thanks for taking the time to suggest something.

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    Stick with Toshiba, I love mine. But my HP is great too.

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    PaddedPuppy

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    Touch screens are totally unnecessary unless you are wanting a hybrid laptop that can also be used as a tablet. When you have a keyboard and touchpad in front of you, the touchscreen is never of any use in my experience. The one time you do try using it, you just get the screen covered in fingerprints and you sit there cleaning it off.

    In my opinion, your best option would be to look for a laptop that has an AMD A8 or A10 processor inside of it. They are APUs which handle both your processing power, and graphics, meaning you get a much better performance without needing a dedicated card. The benefit of this though, is that it keeps the costs down, and uses less of your precious battery. While AMD chips were previously best avoided in laptops due to the heat that they used to produce, things have got a lot better in recent years.

    I've had a look on the Best Buy website, and all the laptops they have on there with the A8 or A10 chips look fine. The starting price is below budget too, so could possibly save you a bit of money. You never mentioned what screen size you had in mind so I can't give any recommendations of exact models from what I see.

    In terms of brands, Toshiba is generally ok but not what it used to be. Especially with their cheaper models you can really tell that they cut corners to get to this price. Previously they were good value for money, but these days the phrase "You get what you pay for" is definitely relevant. Poor build quality, and very cheap parts.

    HP/Compaq are a good brand to go for if you want quite a lot for a good price. The only problem with these is cooling. If you are using it anywhere other than on a table, you will block the vents and it WILL overheat. Other than their fanless computers like the Chromebooks, this has been a problem with every single model of theirs I have ever used.

    If you want something a little more tough, that is more portable, and that you can use on your lap, or on the bed without worrying about heat, then go with a brand like Asus. They are very well made, but you will pay a slight premium for it, You might struggle to find an Asus with these specs in mind too, as they usually only deal with Intel. At that price point you are probably looking at the integrated graphics if you go down the Intel route, so be careful depending on what you want to do. They are still just as basic as they were back when you had your old Toshiba one.

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    There's no need to spend $600-800 on a laptop if you're not doing any kind of gaming.

    You should include what you like to do on a laptop. If you're only interested in Web browsing and basic stuff like that, you could spend $200-400 on a laptop that is more than capable of doing that.

    Choose your screen size, make sure you get 4-6gb of RAM. Hard Drive size is based upon your needs.

    If you won't use or have no need for bells and whistles, then don't pay for them.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PaddedPuppy View Post
    Touch screens are totally unnecessary unless you are wanting a hybrid laptop that can also be used as a tablet. When you have a keyboard and touchpad in front of you, the touchscreen is never of any use in my experience. The one time you do try using it, you just get the screen covered in fingerprints and you sit there cleaning it off.

    In my opinion, your best option would be to look for a laptop that has an AMD A8 or A10 processor inside of it. They are APUs which handle both your processing power, and graphics, meaning you get a much better performance without needing a dedicated card. The benefit of this though, is that it keeps the costs down, and uses less of your precious battery. While AMD chips were previously best avoided in laptops due to the heat that they used to produce, things have got a lot better in recent years.

    I've had a look on the Best Buy website, and all the laptops they have on there with the A8 or A10 chips look fine. The starting price is below budget too, so could possibly save you a bit of money. You never mentioned what screen size you had in mind so I can't give any recommendations of exact models from what I see.

    In terms of brands, Toshiba is generally ok but not what it used to be. Especially with their cheaper models you can really tell that they cut corners to get to this price. Previously they were good value for money, but these days the phrase "You get what you pay for" is definitely relevant. Poor build quality, and very cheap parts.

    HP/Compaq are a good brand to go for if you want quite a lot for a good price. The only problem with these is cooling. If you are using it anywhere other than on a table, you will block the vents and it WILL overheat. Other than their fanless computers like the Chromebooks, this has been a problem with every single model of theirs I have ever used.

    If you want something a little more tough, that is more portable, and that you can use on your lap, or on the bed without worrying about heat, then go with a brand like Asus. They are very well made, but you will pay a slight premium for it, You might struggle to find an Asus with these specs in mind too, as they usually only deal with Intel. At that price point you are probably looking at the integrated graphics if you go down the Intel route, so be careful depending on what you want to do. They are still just as basic as they were back when you had your old Toshiba one.
    Thanks for taking the time to write such a detailed response. i was thinking around the 15 in screen size, preferably bigger than smaller. im not a big techie but i was still under the impression that amd was risky to get without knowledge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeTaLMaNN1983 View Post
    There's no need to spend $600-800 on a laptop if you're not doing any kind of gaming.

    You should include what you like to do on a laptop. If you're only interested in Web browsing and basic stuff like that, you could spend $200-400 on a laptop that is more than capable of doing that.

    Choose your screen size, make sure you get 4-6gb of RAM. Hard Drive size is based upon your needs.

    If you won't use or have no need for bells and whistles, then don't pay for them.


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    I do have a tablet for the most basic stuff like browsing. the laptop would be used for everything else, storage, music,movies, i miss usbs, and while i do not wanna game primarily, i will probably do some small stuff on there even if its on low settings. i might want to start doing something like making gifs for fun too. i just feel so limited with an ipad and "free" apps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sulqy117 View Post
    Thanks for taking the time to write such a detailed response. i was thinking around the 15 in screen size, preferably bigger than smaller. im not a big techie but i was still under the impression that amd was risky to get without knowledge.

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    I do have a tablet for the most basic stuff like browsing. the laptop would be used for everything else, storage, music,movies, i miss usbs, and while i do not wanna game primarily, i will probably do some small stuff on there even if its on low settings. i might want to start doing something like making gifs for fun too. i just feel so limited with an ipad and "free" apps.
    Check out Woot.com I've come across lots of great deals on laptops that are refurbished at great prices. I've used this company for years getting awesome deals on many things.

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    PaddedPuppy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sulqy117 View Post
    Thanks for taking the time to write such a detailed response. i was thinking around the 15 in screen size, preferably bigger than smaller. im not a big techie but i was still under the impression that amd was risky to get without knowledge.
    Without knowledge? I'm not sure I know what you mean there. If your computer runs an AMD chip its going to behave exactly the same as a computer with an Intel one, and run the same software without a problem. In the past they were known to run at a higher temperature than the equivalent Intel models, but the temperature difference has since reduced, and even then it still fine for anyone to use.

    As I said, the AMD APU route would be the best in terms of value as it gives you a powerful processor as well as pretty good graphics capabilities in your laptop without costing too much, and also saves on heat and power consumption too.

    There is one on clearance right now:
    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/lenovo-z...&skuId=4688100
    Its only $322.99 and has the AMD A10 processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB Storage, and has the 15" Screen you were looking for. Its also got some nice extras like a DVD drive (becoming increasingly rare these days) and Bluetooth connectivity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaddedPuppy View Post
    Without knowledge? I'm not sure I know what you mean there. If your computer runs an AMD chip its going to behave exactly the same as a computer with an Intel one, and run the same software without a problem. In the past they were known to run at a higher temperature than the equivalent Intel models, but the temperature difference has since reduced, and even then it still fine for anyone to use.

    As I said, the AMD APU route would be the best in terms of value as it gives you a powerful processor as well as pretty good graphics capabilities in your laptop without costing too much, and also saves on heat and power consumption too.

    There is one on clearance right now:
    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/lenovo-z...&skuId=4688100
    Its only $322.99 and has the AMD A10 processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB Storage, and has the 15" Screen you were looking for. Its also got some nice extras like a DVD drive (becoming increasingly rare these days) and Bluetooth connectivity.

    what I meant is I didnt do my research between AMD and intel. Thanks for the explanation and the suggestion, Ill look into it.

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    I really like having a slim, mobile, long lasting laptop. Currently I'm with the Lenovo X series. But an AMD chipset might be easier on the budget, don't know the best options there.

    Do get integrated graphics. Saves energy and space.
    Do get an SSD. Aftermarket if you have to. It's totally worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sulqy117 View Post
    ... i was still under the impression that amd was risky to get without knowledge.
    There's nothing risky about getting an AMD chip. The only things that matter are price and performance. :-)

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