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# 175283 23-Jun-2015 18:59
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looking for brands or laptop advice In  the $1500 or less range.. would like 1080 p screen...decent amount of not a gamer...used for general surfing...downloading etc ...size probly 15'' maybe more...seen a 17'' toshiba I quite liked anything considered....ty for  any advice I may receive


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  # 1330152 23-Jun-2015 19:02
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Dell are worth a look web specials


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  # 1330337 24-Jun-2015 07:45
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I now you said 15" but have you thought about a 13" MacBook Air?


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  # 1330341 24-Jun-2015 08:00
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Surface pro 3  

deal here

Add another $150 - $200 for they keyboard (if you sweet talk them they can knock the price down from $200).

Not as big as a 15" but the screen is good and very portable.

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  # 1330361 24-Jun-2015 08:43
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I'll never buy a laptop again, I'm sorry I bought my last one a few years ago. Too big to lug around, too underpowered for what they cost and too clunky form-factor wise to make a good desktop substitute which is where mine is parked now, hooked up to an external monitor and keyboard and wireless mouse.

I'm about to switch from tablet plus laptop to a Surface varient I think. One ring to rule...oh, erm, one device to do it all.

I'm just having trouble weaning my brain from my iPad, which is such a terrific tablet within its limitations. I'm still worried a Surface won't be as good of a user experience as a tablet but I really do need a portable Windows machine. Or rather, I find it very inconvenient not to have one and not having one is sometimes complicating tasks I need to do.

Are you sure you want a laptop?

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  # 1330925 24-Jun-2015 18:41
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haven't considered apple...not really a fan...I have a acer tablet..with keyboard loads of battery not really intrested in another small device..ave been on just laptops they seem to have some ok deals..ome ex lease not sure on that though..may consider surface pro have Lumia phone so like windows...need to daughter uses tablet a bit..


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  # 1331918 26-Jun-2015 09:47
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I have a Hewlett Packard Pavilion which I got especially for video editing that's pretty nice. I'm a Mac user normally, but the editing programme I prefer is Windows, and I like to have a dedicated machine for it. I don't think my specific model is for sale any more, but I remember I got it for around $1400 on sale and it has a 15.6" screen, i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, which I upgraded to 16GB quite cheaply, a 750GB fusion drive, and a dedicated 2GB Radeon graphics card. 

Looking on PB Tech's site, there's a very similar model to my HP:

This Acer also looks nice:

And though it's out of stock, if you could get this HP Envy, it'd be very nice indeed: It would handle almost anything you want to throw at it. 

For what you want to do you could get away with a lower spec, and probably pick up something quite adequate in the sub $1000 range, but that few extra hundred dollars really gets you a lot more in terms of power and future-proof-ness.

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