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Offline dean

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Laptop recommendations for the budget
« on: June 20, 2014, 10:10:56 AM »
Hi All,


My wife's laptop finally conked out after around ~3 years of service.  It still works, but seems like the repairs are gonna prove to be not-so-nice for an older and lower-spec'd laptop.  So now, we're considering purchasing a new laptop.  I initially set the budget to a max of 20k but I've seen something that caught my attention.  Here's the link:


The Lenovo Z360
http://villman.com/Product-Detail/Lenovo_Z360_5904-9365


selling points for us:
13" screen (just 1" bigger than the previous one, we don't like them big ones too much)
4GB memory (the villman site says it ships with 2GB and comes with a free 2GB module)
i3 2.53GHz (i suppose this will be better than the last one)
500GB (big enough hdd, twice the space of the old)
optical drive (yup, we still want one)


from the specs, the only thing i don't like is the fact that it only has 2 X USB ports....i don't have any device that uses an e-sata/usb port...or will older/legacy usb devices work fine with that?


but of course, i'm open to other suggestions.  i only looked up the villman site for now because i'm a regular customer.  any thoughts?
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Re: Laptop recommendations for the budget
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2014, 10:30:26 AM »
Not a bad one for the price IMO (then again out of the loop na rin ako sa tech). Keeping an eye on this thread as the wifey also needs a new laptop.

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Re: Laptop recommendations for the budget
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2014, 11:33:53 AM »
Processor is from 2010, as is probably the rest of the laptop.  There might be newer models which will last much longer for not much more.  (Granted, I still use a 2010 i5-540 laptop for daily use after upgrading the RAM to 8GB and adding an SSD).
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Re: Laptop recommendations for the budget
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2014, 11:35:16 AM »
I know you like necro, Dean, but that's a laptop from 2010. Might be better off buying a second hand Macbook if you want the Z360.

It's a nice laptop but dated already. That's probably on a second gen i5 if I'm not mistaken.

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Lenovo-IdeaPad-Z360-Notebook.39297.0.html

You'll want something newer. I suggest that you guys go to Megamall. There are a lot of laptops on display there from different companies. I remember that here was a Neo laptop that is similarly priced to this one but has an 11.6" screen with a mean GT635 video card. I would have bought it if I had the money at the time. I think it was on sale for like 21k.

http://www.pccorner.com.ph/products.do?action=showproductdetail&categoryid=64&productid=6375

^ similar unit but with largish screen

The Z360's Optimus was good at the time but now it's dated at best.

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Re: Laptop recommendations for the budget
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2014, 11:52:35 AM »
hmm... now that you mention it, that neo laptop does look interesting.  only gripe is the screen... too big.  then i suppose i can get a better deal if i get something smaller :)


what about this one? (edit)

this one instead
http://www.pccorner.com.ph/products.do?action=showproductdetail&categoryid=81&productid=6414


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Re: Laptop recommendations for the budget
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2014, 04:52:49 PM »
Onboard video?

For the Neo, they probably still have the 11.6" version somewhere.

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Re: Laptop recommendations for the budget
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2014, 08:37:12 PM »
Toshibas are hella tough! I still have my Centrino from when was it... 2004 or 2005 I believe.

Granted all I ever do on it is write code and occasionally remote desktop in to a server so it's not exactly a demanding life. But nothing has gone wrong with the hardware apart from the battery dying a slow death due to age and constant exposure to heat from being stored in the back of my car.
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Re: Laptop recommendations for the budget
« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2014, 10:10:31 PM »
so i went ahead to buy one today and we ended up with the neo Basic B5157N.

it's an i5-2410M 2.3GHz with 2GB of memory.  cash price was 18,100 so i threw in an extra 4GB of memory which brought the total cost up to 19,950 :)  the one louie was recommending was out of stock and we decided that 15" was just too big :)
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Re: Laptop recommendations for the budget
« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2014, 03:51:42 PM »
Excellent specs for the price and I'm assuming it's gonna be pretty tough since it's being marketed as a gaming laptop.


Since I am not the only one in this thread on the lookout for his wife's next laptop, I hope you could post some of your wife's first impressions. :)






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Re: Laptop recommendations for the budget
« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2014, 08:33:41 PM »
what i got wasn't the gaming version...just the basic i5 with onboard video :) i don't play games so it's works fine for me.
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Re: Laptop recommendations for the budget
« Reply #10 on: December 03, 2017, 08:42:44 PM »
Will a laptop with amd a6-9220 be good enough for Adobe Photoshop editing? It's a Lenovo with 4GB RAM.

I've seen some comparisons with an i5 but I'm not sure if it's the desktop or laptop processors.

Sorry, been out of the loop when it comes to hardware.

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Re: Laptop recommendations for the budget
« Reply #11 on: December 04, 2017, 09:00:46 AM »
Ryzen notebooks next year?
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Re: Laptop recommendations for the budget
« Reply #12 on: December 04, 2017, 10:09:24 AM »
There are some Raven Ridge models out now! Though you're right dunno about local availability. But I'm sure retailers would like to make it in time for Christmas.
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