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Jun 14, 2011 01:11 |  #1

where do you shop for your laptops?

anyone know of some good deals on a 15" laptop for under $800? Something that I can run lightroom 3 and photoshop CS5 on while listening to music. Hard drive size is not important (will be getting external). I'm thinking i5 or equivalent with 4GB + ram. how much of a difference does 5400rpm vs 7200rpm hd make?

any deals, sales, rebates, coupon codes out there?


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Jun 14, 2011 16:40 |  #2

Here (external link) is an example of an Asus laptop from Newegg that is a just bit more than your budget. It has one of the latest i5 processors - although not the top end of the i5 processors, it should be fine for Lightroom and work reasonably well for CS5 as well.

What I do is check out Newegg, Amazon and maybe something like CompUSA online to find a laptop in the approximate price range - then you can do some comparison shopping. Once you narrow things down, it's always a good idea to google reviews of the specific model you're looking for. Notebook Review is a good place to check reviews and user feedback. If you are more comfortable buying from a local store - like Best Buy, Costco, or a local computer store, you will be armed with info before you talk to a sales person.

If you have acccess to a discount buying program from work or school, it's also a good idea to check there - often companies that use Dell have employee discounts as well.


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Jun 15, 2011 18:22 |  #3

Check out the Lenovo G470. It is $549 until 6/20 I think. It has i5 processor, 4GB and 500GB hard drive, bluetooth. Pretty nice machine.


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Jun 15, 2011 18:43 |  #4

I found the big stores like Best Buy and Office Max to be completely useless when it came to variety. I used Amazon.com for my laptop. If you sign up for them and start browsing for laptops, they will send you emails when there are good deals. I got mine for $100 off because they sent me a "one-day-only sale" email.
My laptop is a Acer Aspire series (15.6 inch) and I have found its power to be just what I need. Starting up Photoshop or Gimp takes a bit but I dont know if thats just how those programs are.
Also, you might wait until back to school season for more discounts at stores.


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Jun 16, 2011 21:51 |  #5

fotocrack wrote in post #12600236 (external link)
Check out the Lenovo G470. It is $549 until 6/20 I think. It has i5 processor, 4GB and 500GB hard drive, bluetooth. Pretty nice machine.

where is this at?

thanks for the other suggestions everyone.


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Jun 16, 2011 22:05 |  #6

Here's a link for the Leno G470 (it's a 14" display - looks pretty nice for the price)

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