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Topic # 113516 19-Jan-2013 09:35 Send private message

Anybody have any recommendations and\or lines on current good deals for a decent laptop around $700?   It would mainly be used for web browsing, email, very basic photo manipulation (picasa), word\powerpoint and occasional movies playback to a TV.

It's for my father and he does get a bit frustrated when things are slow; I've played with a couple of netbooks and they seem very sluggish.  Also a decent sized screen for him would be a plus. Doesn't need amazing battery life as it will probably mostly be used at home. 

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  Reply # 747262 19-Jan-2013 09:39 Send private message

Why not a desktop in that case, more value for money?

Actually desktops don't seem to be much cheaper than laptops anymore!



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  Reply # 747264 19-Jan-2013 09:44 Send private message

Yes I was considering that too; I generally build my own desktops and know I can put a decent one together for fairly cheap, but then factoring in a new screen, etc and the convenience of a laptop the advantages become a little less clear!

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  Reply # 747267 19-Jan-2013 09:54 Send private message

for example Playtech are selling a desktop for $579

http://www.playtech.co.nz/afawcs0139234/CATID=139/PlayTech-Home-PCs.html

and then add a 23" full HD monitor for $179

http://www.playtech.co.nz/afawcs0139235/CATID=507/ID=17128/SID=584533377/productdetails.html

Total $760

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  Reply # 747291 19-Jan-2013 10:45 Send private message

You could check out PB Tech's latest weekend sale.

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  Reply # 747418 19-Jan-2013 16:59 Send private message

Newer machines will come with 8. That may or may not be a problem for the user.

Btw, what are the specs and o/s of the current machine?

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  Reply # 747440 19-Jan-2013 17:27 Send private message


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  Reply # 747457 19-Jan-2013 17:53 Send private message

Lenovo has 30% off till sunday midnight. Edge E330 is $730 incl GST. You can add more RAM etc for cheap too.

http://shopap.lenovo.com/nz/en/deals-and-coupons/


Edit - If you select 4GB RAM in the upgrade screen instead of adding $44, it only adds $2 more to the order. Good spec laptop. i3, 4GB RAM, 320GB 7200RPM for $732 incl GST.




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  Reply # 747473 19-Jan-2013 18:15 Send private message

+1 that imho. Good find!

This model has a thinner screen bezel than the traditional chunky lenovo design. Thicker bezel is only in T series now. Lenovo design and build is miles ahead of anything like Acer and similar so I would not expect any problems. But tell the user to always lift the screen from the middle as best practice. User should be doing that anyway.

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  Reply # 747477 19-Jan-2013 18:21 Send private message

I bought a HP Probook 4530s which can do all that a year ago for $700.  Was brand new through Laptop Battery.  They get new ones at times but also a lot of good used laptops.  The HP was cancelled orders as they were supposed to have usb 3.0 ports but there was a shortage of chips apparently so they were fitted with standard usb 2.0.  Has been an excellent unit.  I wouldtnt touch a home HP laptop but the business ones seem okay




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  Reply # 747616 20-Jan-2013 08:33 Send private message

billgates: Lenovo has 30% off till sunday midnight. Edge E330 is $730 incl GST. You can add more RAM etc for cheap too.

http://shopap.lenovo.com/nz/en/deals-and-coupons/


Edit - If you select 4GB RAM in the upgrade screen instead of adding $44, it only adds $2 more to the order. Good spec laptop. i3, 4GB RAM, 320GB 7200RPM for $732 incl GST.


Only a 13" screen though - will that be big enough?  OP says he was looking at netbooks so maybe but then says he wanted a decent sized screen.  If 13" is big enough then the Lenovo is a good prcied laptop.

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  Reply # 747825 20-Jan-2013 15:41 Send private message

you can get the E530 with a 15.2 inch screen for about the same price (although it is not listed on that coupon screen but from the link I posted earlier)
The difference is it has an i3 processor instead of an i7.
The E530 with an i7 processor is about $900

Here is the direct link

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Reply # 754624 2-Feb-2013 00:11 Send private message

Have you considered the Hewlett Packard pavilion sleek book at dick smith http://www.dicksmith.co.nz/product/XC8569/hp-pavilion-14-b013au-notebook-red

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  Reply # 754637 2-Feb-2013 01:38 Send private message

hatchi: Have you considered the Hewlett Packard pavilion sleek book at dick smith http://www.dicksmith.co.nz/product/XC8569/hp-pavilion-14-b013au-notebook-red


I have one of those, it's boxed up, served me well for a year or so before I found the CPU to be very sluggish, ended up buying a Core i5 Toshiba laptop.


Lenovo has 30% off till sunday midnight. Edge E330 is $730 incl GST. You can add more RAM etc for cheap too. 

http://shopap.lenovo.com/nz/en/deals-and-coupons/


Edit - If you select 4GB RAM in the upgrade screen instead of adding $44, it only adds $2 more to the order. Good spec laptop. i3, 4GB RAM, 320GB 7200RPM for $732 incl GST.


I'd highly recommend that laptop, my flatmate bought one and shoved a SSD in it and it flies - very good performance, excellent screen (slightly makes me jealous due to it's viewing angle + lack of gloss) and runs Linux very well (if you're into that) - also as a bonus has a charging port which charges devices through USB even if the laptop is turned off.




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  Reply # 755221 3-Feb-2013 21:16 Send private message

Thanks chaps, that lenovo deal looks pretty good and seems to still be going...? - I'm actually looking at the E530 i3 with 4GB, 500GB HD and upgrade to 1600x900 screen which brings it up to $810 and seems pretty good to me. My old man will probably appreciate a bigger screen of the E530 and won't be too fussed stretching the budget a bit. Is the screen upgrade worth it to 1600x900 though - it only adds $12.50 and while it's the same size I the higher res would seem worthwhile to me.

Any other recommendations if I suggest he spends a wee bit more and goes up to around $900 or am I unlikely to find something to rival the lenovos? I've looked a bit at the deals\sales at various other places but they often seem to have lower end (or netbook) type CPUs and fairly plasticy type builds.


EDIT: Also can anybody tell me how long lenovo takes to ship them to NZ?



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  Reply # 755794 4-Feb-2013 21:34 Send private message

sidefx:  Also can anybody tell me how long lenovo takes to ship them to NZ?


And finally can anyone tell me if one orders from Lenovo would that be considered an import and so you might be stung for GST + IETF(Import entry transaction fee) or since they seem to trade as Lenovo New Zealand, is it like buying from a local company?

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