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New laptop time, suggestions and opinions needed

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New laptop time, suggestions and opinions needed

Postby DMS Tech Team » Tue Nov 15, 2011 8:41 pm

So I am tired of constantly having to get my good 'ol Toshiba L455D-S5976 fixed. It's been through one hard drive already and I think the other is going. The fans can no longer keep the hardware cool, so it randomly just shuts down. I know these things are cheap to fox, but the computer is old, beat up, and slowly going downhill.

I am looking at an Asus A53SV-SX825D. I don't really know much about Asus, but everything I read says they are good - they compare them to eMachine, which I have as my desktop and I love.

The laptop runs about $650, and its specs are as follows:


Platform Notebook PC
Processor Type Intel Core i3 Processor
Processor Onboard Intel® Core™ i3-2330M Processor (2.20 GHz, 3M Cache)
Chipset Intel® HM65
Standard Memory 4 GB DDR3 PC-10600
Max. Memory 8 GB (2 DIMMs)
Video Type NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M 2 GB
Display Size 15.6" WXGA LED
Display Max. Resolution 1366 x 768
Display Technology LED backlight
Audio Type Integrated
Speakers Type Integrated
Floppy Drive Optional
Hard Drive Type 750 GB Serial ATA 5400 RPM
Optical Drive Type DVD±RW
Networking Integrated
Network Speed 10 / 100 / 1000 Mbps
Wireless Network Type Integrated
Wireless Network Protocol IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
Wireless Bluetooth Available
Keyboard Type Full size
Input Device Type Touch Pad
Card Reader Provided SD, MMC, Memory Stick / Stick PRO
Interface Provided 1x USB 3.0, 3x USB 2.0, VGA, HDMI, LAN, Audio
O/S Provided Pre-sales Request Available
Battery Type Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
Power Supply External AC Adapter
Dimension (WHD) 14.9 x 1.1 ~1.4 x 10 in.
Weight 4.85 lbs.
Standard Warranty 2-year Limited Warranty by Authorized Distributor

What do you guys and gals think?? Any other suggestions for the $500 - $700 range?
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Re: New laptop time, suggestions and opinions needed

Postby D.H. » Tue Nov 15, 2011 9:27 pm

Asus has been making motherboards for 20+ years. They are a quality manufacturer and their laptops are well above average. I have an Asus netbook that I hackintoshed. Very happy with it. Their customer support is atrocious.
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Re: New laptop time, suggestions and opinions needed

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Re: New laptop time, suggestions and opinions needed

Postby EnigmaticJack » Tue Nov 15, 2011 11:10 pm

Asus rocks. Never dealt with their customer service, but they made some damned nice laptops.
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Re: New laptop time, suggestions and opinions needed

Postby The Batman » Tue Nov 15, 2011 11:23 pm

I have an Asus laptop. It's very nice. You will probably eventually have a problem with the video card. Asus + Nvidia = runs very hot. It wasn't a problem for me for about a year and a half. Now, it causes some keyboard keys not to work for awhile if I let it get hot. It's workable at those times with some remapping of keys. As long as I turn off the laptop at night and run Linux. If I boot into Windows, it'll get too hot pretty quick and I have to remap keys for a week.

The DVD drive causes the same heat problems too. I rarely use it. I installed a new distribution from a DVD a couple of weeks ago. Yesterday was the first day I didn't have to remap the keyboard just to use all the letters in the alphabet.

Even with that issue, I would buy an Asus again. It's much better than anything else I've had. (Actually, I really want a System 76, but only because they replace the Windows key with an Ubuntu Key.) I've never had a reason to contact Asus support.
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Re: New laptop time, suggestions and opinions needed

Postby DMS Tech Team » Tue Nov 15, 2011 11:27 pm

That video card thing concerns me a little, since I am not good with diagnosing computer issues. Besides that, it seems like the Asus is a good deal. The only thing I do not like is that it doesn't come preloaded with an OS, which I am sure true computer people love that it has no OS lol.
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Re: New laptop time, suggestions and opinions needed

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Re: New laptop time, suggestions and opinions needed

Postby The Batman » Wed Nov 16, 2011 12:03 am

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Re: New laptop time, suggestions and opinions needed

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Re: New laptop time, suggestions and opinions needed

Postby DMS Tech Team » Tue Nov 29, 2011 12:32 am

Okay, so I have whittled my laptop selections down to just two. What do you folks think??

First is an Asus A53SV - SX710D
Core i5 2430 2.4Ghz (Max 3.0 Ghz)
15.6" WXGA display
4GB DDR3 RAM
750GB HDD
GT540M 2GB DDR3 Video
DVD-RW
Camera
Wifi,
Bluetooth 3.0
USB3, Card Reader
DOS (No OS)
With Windows 7 installed it is about $900

Second is an MSI CX640-i7 2630
Intel Core i7 2630QM 2.0Ghz (Max 2.9 Ghz)
4GB DDR3 RAM
500GB HDD
DVD-RW
Wifi
Nvidia Geforce GT520M 1GB Video
Camera
Bluetooth
15.6" WXGA
Win 7 Home Premium

Price $1025
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