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Topic # 206015 6-Dec-2016 19:58
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Wanting to get a good deal on a new laptop. Is it best to hang out for New Year sales or doesn't it make any difference?

 

That said, I've just read some info on the Samsung chrome book. May have to hang out for one of them.

 

(But any recommendations gratefully received!)


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  Reply # 1683513 6-Dec-2016 21:55
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Best time to buy these things traditionally is BEFORE christmas. Ie within the next week or 2. That's when laptops are cheapest. What's your budget and what you want to do with it.





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  Reply # 1684508 8-Dec-2016 10:57
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I want a fast laptop that will last a good while. I don't use it for work. Usual stuff, emails, social media, streaming movies, (Lightbox, Kodi/Wookie etc.) Excel, Word, or equivalent.

 

13 inch is a good size for me. Backlit key board essential as I am often doing emails etc. while my husband watches TV. Optical drive not needed. I like a touch screen. Battery life not a major factor. Would like SSD rather than HDD. I use external storage. A 2 in one option would be nice but not essential.

 

Budget about $1500. I can't afford more as I think I should be spending extra money on an extended warranty.


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1684510 8-Dec-2016 11:11
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I want a fast laptop that will last a good while. I don't use it for work. Usual stuff, emails, social media, streaming movies, (Lightbox, Kodi/Wookie etc.) Excel, Word, or equivalent.

 

13 inch is a good size for me. Backlit key board essential as I am often doing emails etc. while my husband watches TV. Optical drive not needed. I like a touch screen. Battery life not a major factor. Would like SSD rather than HDD. I use external storage. A 2 in one option would be nice but not essential.

 

Budget about $1500. I can't afford more as I think I should be spending extra money on an extended warranty.

 

 

I'm waiting on the Chromebook Pro from Samsung - it looks outstanding in all respects and streets ahead of any current options. It would meet all your requirements above.

 

Rumour re delay in release is that commentators think Samsung is waiting for android apps on Chrome to come off beta before releasing. Latest prediction is for a Jan/Feb 17 announcement.

 

http://www.androidauthority.com/leaked-samsung-chromebook-pro-product-page-724639/

 

 


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YvonneW:

 

I can't afford more as I think I should be spending extra money on an extended warranty.

 

 

Lots of threads on here about it, but wouldnt worry about extended warranty too much, CGA covers you for reasonable time and faults etc....





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  Reply # 1684515 8-Dec-2016 11:23
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I read about the Samsung Chromebook last night. Have they given an indication about the price in NZ?




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  Reply # 1684516 8-Dec-2016 11:24
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I will have to look at other posts re the CGA. Would it cover a laptop for 3 or 4 years?


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  Reply # 1684526 8-Dec-2016 11:33
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Laptop should be covered by CGA for up to 5 years according to consumer.

 

My wife like the 13" laptop size. Dell have a good option, reasonably priced. Lenovo do as well, more expensive but within your price range I think.





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  Reply # 1684527 8-Dec-2016 11:33
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YvonneW:

I will have to look at other posts re the CGA. Would it cover a laptop for 3 or 4 years?



Id say it will depend on the fault or the specs of the machine. Better specs should mean longer life? Or is that wishful thinking?

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  Reply # 1684584 8-Dec-2016 12:44
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YvonneW:

 

I read about the Samsung Chromebook last night. Have they given an indication about the price in NZ?

 

 

No idea yet. Rumoured at US$500, which, if correct, would probably be around $1,000 here after tax, tradtional NZ-mark up over US prices.

 

May be more given that it's a big 'Galaxy' and the phone equivalent is around $1,100


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