Need to buy a laptop ASAP! Budget- $600
Hey guys so I need a laptop. And I need to order it VERY quickly due to the one I'm using now not being mine.
I'm looking for a smallish (no bigger than 15.4 inches and no smaller than 12) laptop with an overall nice feel and at least enough power to play 720p videos without any problems and maybe some video editing.
I found two laptops so far.
One is the Inspirion 15 with:
Intel T4200 2.0 GHz
Vista 64 (free upgrade to 7)
250 GB HDD
Intel X4500 HD
8x DVD Burner
Webcam, 6 Cell Battery, and Wireless N card
Total without Tax: $585
Then there is a HP Dv3t
Same specs cept slightly bigger HDD (70 GB difference) and only 13 inches which I prefer. However its $605.
However with Dell I may get the $60 cashback with Bing. With HP I think I can get like $12 tops. However, this isn't my money and getting cash 6 months later isn't that appealing.
What I'm really looking for is opinions of my two choices and if you have any third choices, please speak up.
Don't buy the HP. I bought a Compaq recently, for about $400, and it already needs to go in for warranty repair (half of the numeric keypad no longer functions). With a Dell product, at least you may get a year or two out of it before it breaks, and not just a few weeks.
Ditto on the HP, all compaq/HP laptops I've owned had fallen apart at one point or another.
HP is a no-no in my book. My girlfriend got an HP laptop that died about 4 months after warranty. After a quick look online, it seems like a lot of the laptops they built that year had critical issues that caused about 50% of them to fail. (Mobo overheating)
They had extended the warranty on her particular model, so I got them to replace it. Who knows if it will die in a year from now anyway.
I love me some Dell. I got an awesome XPS 5 years ago that still works pretty fast. (The video card clunked out, but that was my fault not having the fans replaced. One of the fans started to die, and I didn't bother replacing it... stupid mistake)
I have a Compaq presario c500 who's fan has died twice now, the Hard Drive had a critical failure after a year, and now the Graphics card is beginning to stop responding. So, yeah, go with the Dell.
At the risk of repeating myself: Get an ASUS (if you can find one with decent performance for $600, that is).