Author Topic: Advice on finding a new laptop  (Read 7081 times)

Offline ara

Re: Advice on finding a new laptop
« Reply #15 on: May 09, 2011, 10:59:18 AM »
For 3-4 grand I would look at these:

Asus K52F-SX505R for about R 4,000
HP WT107EA 625 for about R 4,000
HP XN822EA 625 for about R 4,000
HP Probook 4525s - AMD Phenom Triple P820 for about R 4,600
HP Probook 4520s - Intel Core i3-370M (2.40GHz) for about R 5,200
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 15 Intel Core i3-380M for about R 4,600
Then there is always Dell, Samsung and Acer.

As to which brand I don't think it really matters. I had very good/bad service from HP, Dell and Acer. It only depends on who handles the service call. Most of the time though if you don't xpect much from service in SA then you never get disapointed  ;D (I know call me a pessimist).

Offline ghostinthemachine

Re: Advice on finding a new laptop
« Reply #16 on: May 09, 2011, 11:03:23 AM »
What about Toshiba? I only had good experiences with Toshiba laptops.
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Offline kamikazi

Re: Advice on finding a new laptop
« Reply #17 on: May 09, 2011, 11:03:43 AM »
I've been waiting close to 6 weeks for a replacement battery for my company HP Probook notebook... If it was my own business I would probably buy a Dell with business next day support. From what I've heard they are quite on the ball with that..

Otherwise I quite like Lenovo notebooks for their keyboards and durability and Asus makes some decent value for money offerings with a longer than standard warranty along with the notebook.

Offline Prince

Re: Advice on finding a new laptop
« Reply #18 on: May 09, 2011, 12:09:49 PM »
I've been waiting close to 6 weeks for a replacement battery for my company HP Probook notebook... If it was my own business I would probably buy a Dell with business next day support. From what I've heard they are quite on the ball with that..

Otherwise I quite like Lenovo notebooks for their keyboards and durability and Asus makes some decent value for money offerings with a longer than standard warranty along with the notebook.


Dell is very good with their next day business warranty. It always makes sense to buy the 3 year warranty with any notebook, even if you don't use it -peace of mind.
What makes Dell's service good, is that power/charger packs are included in the 3 year warranty, as well as the prompt service and repair. I had my Dell E6400 notebook repaired next day for a screen bezel and power pack replacement. Took all in all about 30 minutes for the technician to sort out. Besides these small issues and my Dell ran flawlessly.
Yes, I do agree, that their drivers are not the best, especially their audio drivers that they use.

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Offline The Godfather

Re: Advice on finding a new laptop
« Reply #19 on: May 09, 2011, 03:07:56 PM »
Yes, I do agree, that their drivers are not the best, especially their audio drivers that they use.

 ;D


Wahaha - I hope I am getting you correctly there. My Dell is actually the best sounding notebook I have ever heard. It does have a built in "subwoofer" though :D.

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Re: Advice on finding a new laptop
« Reply #20 on: May 09, 2011, 07:45:23 PM »
My Dell is actually the best sounding notebook I have ever heard. It does have a built in "subwoofer" though :D.

The HP I have now also sounds amazingly good. Doubt it has a "sub", but what it does, it does better than I expect from a tiny little speaker.
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Offline Prince

Re: Advice on finding a new laptop
« Reply #21 on: May 09, 2011, 08:19:59 PM »
Wahaha - I hope I am getting you correctly there. My Dell is actually the best sounding notebook I have ever heard. It does have a built in "subwoofer" though :D.

-my Lenovo X201 i7 Core 2.6Ghz with a conexant HD Audio chips kicks the Dell's ass!! Even my wifey's MSI Celeron notebook sounded better than the Dell...

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Re: Advice on finding a new laptop
« Reply #22 on: May 10, 2011, 05:33:49 AM »
You guys gotta be kidding me ::)
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Re: Advice on finding a new laptop
« Reply #23 on: May 10, 2011, 06:09:40 AM »
You guys gotta be kidding me ::)
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Offline kHz

Re: Advice on finding a new laptop
« Reply #24 on: May 10, 2011, 05:27:55 PM »
be amazed  :D :D

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Offline Crankshaft

Re: Advice on finding a new laptop
« Reply #25 on: May 20, 2011, 03:30:29 PM »
I have narrowed my options down to the following for now:

1.  Dell Vostro 1015 Core 2 Duo T6670 3MB RAM, 500GB 5400 rpm HDD, Windows 7 32 bit

2.  HP 4530s XX983EA Core i3 2310M 2 MB RAM, 320GB 7200 rpm HDD, Windows 7 64 bit

Both have Bluetooth, Intel HD Graphics, 15.6" widescreen etc.  I like the fact that they both have low-reflection screens.

The HP has full numeric keypad and HDMI, but the Dell has Firewire and better after-sales.

Any opinions?

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Re: Advice on finding a new laptop
« Reply #26 on: May 20, 2011, 03:42:05 PM »
The Dell is a solid machine but the HP will be faster (in the unlikely event that it does work). What's the difference in price?
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Re: Advice on finding a new laptop
« Reply #27 on: May 20, 2011, 03:45:50 PM »
5000 for the Dell, 5500 for the HP (+ VAT)

Are HP's really that unreliable?


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Re: Advice on finding a new laptop
« Reply #28 on: May 20, 2011, 03:47:52 PM »
The Dell is a solid machine but the HP will be faster (in the unlikely event that it does work). What's the difference in price?

Somebody please show Gert where the on-button is on his HP... ;D

Offline Crankshaft

Re: Advice on finding a new laptop
« Reply #29 on: May 20, 2011, 04:23:47 PM »
There's also the Vostro 3500.

I had a look at the Toshiba A660 17M.  Lot's of bang for the buck - but a little too shiny for my taste.

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