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28-11-2011, 07:15 AM
I'm looking to buy a Windows laptop for my son, under $900.
I'm not looking for an <$500 notebook - it has to be grunty enough to play games and he'll also use it for school work obviously (he goes into yr 7 next year).
- Minimum Core i5 (not i3)
- Either 13" or 15"
- Minimum 4G RAM
- Minimum 320G HD
- Windows 7 64bit
- Ideally dedicated graphics card, minimum 1G RAM
I'm thinking something like:
- this (http://www.i-tech.com.au/products/109839_TOSHIBA_L730__06C_i5_2430M_2 _4G_13.aspx)
- this (http://www.jbhifionline.com.au/computers-laptops/laptops/asus-u31sd-rx049v-13-notebook/653381)
- this (http://www.jbhifi.com.au/computers/toshiba/15-inch-notebook-sku-71506/)
Any other suggestions/recommendations?
Good places to buy from?
28-11-2011, 08:19 AM
Not a fan of Toshiba, however that ASUS looks pretty good for the price.
28-11-2011, 08:24 AM
I got one of these (http://www.jw.com.au/hp-dm13010au-ln374pa-p-2340). Plenty of grunt.
28-11-2011, 08:25 AM
Looks ok, Marc, but want something a little beefier.
I have 2 Toshiba laptops at home already and they've been pretty good.
28-11-2011, 08:32 AM
I know it says 'notebook' but I run CCDStack 64bit on it, MAXIM all my guiding programs, etc... I got an extra 16GB RAM. RAM is cheap. It has good video hardware acceleration. I'd assume it would work well within specs for what your son wants to do with it if it's for school. The only restriction would be the screen size. For the $1k ball park you can get a good TOSHIBA second hand (http://www.laptop.com.au).
maybe Dick Smith?
Aldi had a special on last Saturday for a medion 17.3" laptop with an i5-2430M 8GB RAM 1TB HDD W7 and a beefy GT555M graphics card for $899.
Can't get much better value than that for under $900 especially if you want it to play games. Pretty sure they would have sold out though =/
28-11-2011, 09:11 PM
We have Toshiba and Samsung core i5 machines and a Samsung netbook. Can't fault the Samsungs.
28-11-2011, 09:56 PM
Similar to Kal's suggestion except it's an ASUS http://www.catchoftheday.com.au/smallfish_info.php?products_id=4364 1
Might be a bit big to lug around though.....
Harvey Norman has an i7 15.6inch 1gb graphics etc. for around $900 with a free X-Box 360 (spare Christmas present?)
28-11-2011, 10:23 PM
I just got one of these and it is great! $675
29-11-2011, 05:12 AM
Thanks for the extra suggestions guys. I don't really want to get a 17" though, it'll be too big for him to lug around.
29-11-2011, 06:25 AM
These tick your boxes
There are plenty options in that price bracket
29-11-2011, 06:26 AM
I like the look of this, but it's getting a bit pricier than what I wanted to spend.
Good specs though.
29-11-2011, 06:33 AM
Thanks Trevor, some good options there.
You're right - there's heaps. Every now and then ASUS or someone comes out with a deal as well so I'm not sure whether to wait..
29-11-2011, 07:29 AM
If you jump onto CatchOfTheDay (http://www.catchoftheday.com.au) right now they have a couple of deals for laptops starting from about halfway down the page. The often have very reasonable deals pop up. Just check it every day after midday. I've bought a few things from them and most times you'll have the goods within 2 weeks.
29-11-2011, 07:52 AM
Yeh I've some stuff from CoTD before too :)
I don't mind the look of this one (http://www.catchoftheday.com.au/smallfish_info.php?products_id=4303 7)
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