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Topic # 112077 25-Nov-2012 19:19 Send private message

Hi there. I am looking at upgrading my Desktop PC and I am thinking about getting a Laptop. I currently have this PC (http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01674762&tmp_track_link=ot_faqs/top_issues/en_nz/c01674762/loc:2&cc=nz&dlc=en&lc=en&product=3888575#N210).

Something I find with my current PC is that it takes 5-10 minutes to be useable, the net connection will drop for the first 20-30 minutes of daily usage, sometimes IE crashes and some folders can take a while to load up, mainly just all round lag). So pretty much anything will be an upgrade :D

I mainly use for computer for Media type stuff. This includes Youtube (uploading + watching mostly), watching Movies/Tv Shows and the occassional gaming (Although I may increase my gaming soon). I would like my new laptop to have a HDMI port (This is a must), Blu-ray player (This isn't a must have, but would be cool to have) and also the more USB ports the better but 3/4 would be enough I guess.

Screen size must be at least 15". I wouldn't want to spend anymore than $2k, but even then im hoping for something no more than $1500/$1600 (I really hate spending money, even $5 I hate lol).

If you would like to reccommend me a laptop that would be cool, but not bothered as I have been doing a tiny bit of comparing models seeing what I think is the best value for money.

I also have some questions regarding processors/Hardware in laptops. What is the better brand processor? AMD or Intel? Im pretty sure it is Intel based on my research? What is the better brand for a graphics card, Nvidia? Radeon? Is there any sort of hardware I should definitely be staying away from?

Anymore advice on selecting a new Laptop would be greatly apprecated. Thanks for all the help :)

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  Reply # 722816 26-Nov-2012 08:45 Send private message

If you're tight with money here's a special which may fit (clearance stock at $999).

http://www.dicksmith.co.nz/product/XC7889/acer-as5560g-8358g75bnkk-notebook

It's an AMD A8 with built in Radeon HD6470M graphics, 8GB Ram and blu-ray player.  It also has a decent 750GB hard drive.

They pretty much all have HDMI these days although the specs on the DSE website are a bit light.

It is an Acer though.

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  Reply # 722862 26-Nov-2012 09:34 Send private message

If you will be watching blu-ray movies or tv on the laptop screen, and you are willing to spend up to $1500, aim for one with a full HD screen, rather than 1366x768.

Something like this Dell one, to compare against other similar spec'ed models, ticks all the boxes:  http://www.dell.com/nz/p/inspiron-15r-se-7520/pd.aspx



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  Reply # 725078 30-Nov-2012 11:28 Send private message

http://www.dicksmith.co.nz/product/XC8572/hp-envy-dv6-7215tx-notebook

I just found this one. Seems quite good and quite a good price aswell? Comes with HDMI + Bluray player so thats great.

Seems good to me, but maybe I am missing something?



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  Reply # 725337 30-Nov-2012 22:32 Send private message

http://www.dicksmith.co.nz/product/XC8572/hp-envy-dv6-7215tx-notebook

What am I missing here? It seems like such a good price. Is there a big negative in some of the hardware? Ive tried to look for a review on "HP ENVY DV6-7215TX" But cant find anything.

Maybe some of the specs listed are wrong or the price is because its $280 cheaper there than anywhere else..

http://www.priceme.co.nz/HP-Envy-DV6-7215TX-i7-3630QM-15-6in/p-887159448.aspx

I do notice the specs on the DSE website says 3632Qm processor, yet priceme only lists 3630QM processor which makes me think the specs on the DSE website arent what they seem?

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  Reply # 725342 30-Nov-2012 23:17 Send private message

They'll be the same specs - looks like a good deal. The graphics card is pretty good, i7 processor, HD screen, good sound etc.  HP Envy is the premium make so should be good for build quality.  It's a bit hefty at 4.4kg but not a problem if you aren't carrying it round alot.



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  Reply # 725694 2-Dec-2012 10:46 Send private message

http://www.dicksmith.co.nz/list/hplaptopsale

DSE is having a sale on laptops, up to 25% off. The laptop I am heading towards ( http://www.dicksmith.co.nz/product/XC8572/hp-envy-dv6-7215tx-notebook ) Doesn't say it has a discount.

Could this be because it has already been discounted (Doesnt say that anywhere though) or maybe they missed it? It is on the HPLaptopsale page after all. Could I go in and ask for a discount?



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  Reply # 735210 19-Dec-2012 22:21 Send private message

Well. Just tonight I bought myself the Laptop I posted about, the Hp Dv6-7215TX for $1400. Tried at $1300 but the guy said no, tried at $1350 and the guy said no otherwise they would probably be selling at a loss.

A bit of a shame they couldn't do it for cheaper but obviously they dont want to lose money. Seems like a great price for the specs anyway. Merry Xmas me :)

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