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    Buying a new laptop

    And need some help since I don't know much about specs or anything like that. Not looking to spend more than $500. I'm not using it for any gaming, just for movies, music, schoolwork, etc.

    I'm looking at these right now:

    1. http://www.amazon.com/Dell-Inspiron-...zg_bs_565108_3

    2. http://www.amazon.com/U32U-ES21-Ultr...zg_bs_565108_8

    3. http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-A53E-ES92...g_bs_565108_42

    Any of these good for its price?
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    I'd go with the Dell with the i3 processor all day

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    That Dell is a steal for that price. I bought a Sony Vaio with a slightly more modern I3, 6GB, 500GB Ram, and a slightly faster core speed for $420 on tax free weekend. With a Blu Ray player that's a steal. The I5 processor is almost 200$ more. I'm not sure, but couldn't you sell that I3 and instal an I5 in there even if you really wanted to for maybe like a net cost of like $50-$60?


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    Good luck removing and installing a processor on a laptop.

    Anyways the Dell for sure out of those 3 but I am sure a better deal could be found.

    I remember they had an Asus I5 15" for 470 before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by homie564 View Post
    That Dell is a steal for that price. I bought a Sony Vaio with a slightly more modern I3, 6GB, 500GB Ram, and a slightly faster core speed for $420 on tax free weekend. With a Blu Ray player that's a steal. The I5 processor is almost 200$ more. I'm not sure, but couldn't you sell that I3 and instal an I5 in there even if you really wanted to for maybe like a net cost of like $50-$60?
    Is an i5 processor really necessary though? I'm only using it for movies, music, and school work really.

    Anyone know how reliable Dell laptops are? I've read comments on other sites and a lot of people seem to dislike Dell. Heard many praises for Asus.
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    DO NOT get the Dell, I have the same thing and I hate it. I had to have it fixed like 10 days after the return date expired (Dell customer service was pretty good though) but even then, you don't want a freaking machine to crap out a month or two after you bought it. They keyboard is pretty loud when typing also. And there is this little annoying *** noise, i think it is the hard drive whining or something.

    I really want to sell mine and get something better. Probably and Asus next. Hope this helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by *Superman12* View Post
    DO NOT get the Dell, I have the same thing thing and I hate it. I had to have it fixed like 10 days after the return date expired (Dell customer service was pretty good though) but even then, you don't want a freaking machine to crap out a month or two after you bought it. They keyboard is pretty loud when typing also. And there is this little annoying *** noise, i think it is the hard drive whining or something.

    I really want to sell mine and get something better. Probably and Asus next. Hope this helps.
    You had the same exact one I posted? I was leaning towards the Dell, mostly cause of the Blu Ray, but you're not the first I know to dislike their products.
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    Dell laptops are notoriously bad. I'd avoid them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BroadStBullies View Post
    You had the same exact one I posted? I was leaning towards the Dell, mostly cause of the Blu Ray, but you're not the first I know to dislike their products.
    Same exact thing. Hell I'll sell you mine if you want it. I was recommended it so I bought it ( ) and thought it was a good value at the time(pretty much because of the Blu Ray player and it had good space), I think I paid 500 for mine.

    There are a lot of little things about it that annoy me. If you aren't a really picky person and NEED the Blu Ray player in your laptop and are on a budget, I would say go for it unless you find a better deal/another company.

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    I could live without the Blu Ray on my laptop. I barely watch movies on computers anyway. Damn, I knew it was too good to be true. Thanks for the heads up.

    I'll probably look more into that lightweight $400 Asus. The thinness is a big plus for me.
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    The 3rd Asus you listed seems like a safe bet. To be sure just go into a Best Buy or something and test it out before you order through Amazon, if that is what you're planning on doing.

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    Yeah, that's definite for me. Wanted this: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Sony+-+1...&skuId=5660106

    Too bad it's not available anywhere near me.
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    I bought a $500 Lenovo based off of recommendations from PSD 2 years ago and I use it for school and a **** load of movie/show watching and I haven't had one issue with it yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BroadStBullies View Post
    Yeah, that's definite for me. Wanted this: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Sony+-+1...&skuId=5660106

    Too bad it's not available anywhere near me.
    It's funny I had a Vaio for like two weeks but returned it because it also had a whine noise that was annoying as ****. Kind of like this. But in the long run i think that beats the Dell I have

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjINGudIi-s

    I think a lot of Sony's have problems like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by *Superman12* View Post
    It's funny I had a Vaio for like two weeks but returned it because it also had a whine noise that was annoying as ****. Kind of like this. But in the long run i think that beats the Dell I have

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjINGudIi-s

    I think a lot of Sony's have problems like that.
    My sister has had a Vaio for 2 years without any problems.

    It's an E series laptop with i3 processor.
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