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#31 tyreejames  OFFLINE  

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Posted Oct 18, 2017 - 6:36 am

I am looking for a deal on a chromebook for DD7. DS10 got the Samsung that was on sale last BF at Walmart and it’s still doing great for what he uses it for.

They use chromebooks in school and rarely have to print as they can just submit assignments online. The chromebooks work well for their YouTubing too.

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Posted Oct 22, 2017 - 1:05 pm

I ended up with a much better than BF laptop deal during the early November Best Buy sale last year.   It was one of those in-store sales that even the employees didn't know anything about until I asked and then they had to go find the laptop bundle (which was actually in a bundle box). $299 for an HP 15.6" laptop with touchscreen and optical drive, good AMD processor, decent graphics and 8GB RAM.  Accessories were way less important than the laptop itself.  If you're looking for a laptop this year, I'd say fixate on your specs first, especially if you're not overly brand-loyal, and then just start looking at the weekly ads for price comparisons.

Bought this for DD 14 last year in Sept/Oct and just hid it.  She loves it and it seems to be holding up to teenage care !  She plays SIMS on hers all the time - I have not heard any complaints.  I need a new one for me since mine is 7 yrs old and slooooowww... sorry I bought the red on for her now.... ;) 



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Posted Oct 27, 2017 - 7:11 am

https://www.officede.../?cm_cat=967604
 
$429.99 shipped free
Open a charge account for another $50 off.

 
I love my lenovo and this one has a big screen and next gen processor...

  • 17.3" display features HD+ (1600 x 900) resolution for crisp, clear visuals while working and gaming.  Anti-glare technology provides a clear view, even in brightly lit areas.
  • Powered by 7th Gen Intel Core i5 processor.  Runs your programs, apps, games and more.
  • 8GB of memory is available to run your powerful programs and games.  Memory can be expanded up to 16GB. Additional memory is sold separately.
  • Powerful 1TB (1000GB) hard drive holds your songs, photos, files and documents. 
  • Features Wireless-AC (802.11ac) for high-performance, cable-free networking.  Access wireless networks to share files, surf the Web and exchange e-mail. Fully compatible with 802.11b/g/n. Wired networking is also supported.
  • Plays and burns DVDs and CDs
  • Memory card reader for file transfers made fast and easy.  Transfer your digital photos, music and other files from 4 types of memory cards.
  • Features 2 USB 3.0 ports for ultra-fast data transfers.  USB 3.0 is up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0, yet fully compatible with USB 2.0.
  • Also includes 1 USB-C port for increased charging speeds. 
  • Features a built-in high-definition webcam and microphone, so you can keep in touch with others via video and voice messaging.  Supports video resolutions up to 720p.
  • 2 x 1.5W speakers with Dolby Audio™ provide an immersive audio experience while watching movies and gaming. 
  • Bluetooth® wireless technology permits short-range wireless data transfers at up to 30' with other Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as phones, speakers and printers. 
  • HDMI™ port lets you view videos and photos on your HDTV. (HDMI cable is sold separately.) 
  • Built-in fingerprint reader provides secure access to your data. 
  • Stays powered for up to 5 hours.  Battery life will vary depending on the product configuration, product model, applications loaded on the product, power management setting of the product, and the product features used by the customer. As with all batteries, the maximum capacity of this battery will decrease with time and usage.


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Posted Oct 28, 2017 - 5:27 am

I am wanting to get DD14 a laptop for Christmas. Sams Club is having a good sale on Nov 11. Is there a major difference between an i5 and i7 processor. She will be using it for school work, and would like to do some simple graphic design. Is there anything I should be looking for  This is the one in the ad I am looking at.

 

https://www.samsclub...plp:product:1:1



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Posted Oct 29, 2017 - 9:16 am

I'm looking forward to seeing what you can get on sale for Black Friday. But...the last time I bought a laptop, I found the prices before Black Friday in early November were as good or better.



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Posted Oct 29, 2017 - 6:05 pm

 

https://www.officede.../?cm_cat=967604
 
$429.99 shipped free
Open a charge account for another $50 off.

 

I love the specs, let's keep this on the burner for comparison in a few weeks. If someone really wants to bite now, what is the return window? The charge account discount could be a game changer if you really have the cash and pay it off without a fee.

I'm looking forward to seeing what you can get on sale for Black Friday. But...the last time I bought a laptop, I found the prices before Black Friday in early November were as good or better.

Generally, all of November leading up to Black Friday is the proverbial Duck Season of purchasing. Check return policies as well.



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Posted Oct 29, 2017 - 6:23 pm

I am wanting to get DD14 a laptop for Christmas. Sams Club is having a good sale on Nov 11. Is there a major difference between an i5 and i7 processor. She will be using it for school work, and would like to do some simple graphic design. Is there anything I should be looking for  This is the one in the ad I am looking at.

 

https://www.samsclub...plp:product:1:1

Anytime someone mentions graphic design, I envision a laptop with an Intel i7 processor and a dedicated graphics card, since the verbiage "simple graphic design" may not be good enough to run a program once you buy it. Be sure to check the specs on the product packaging before buying any laptop. Do you have a program in mind?  Since you were looking at a $600 laptop, the i7 on page nine of the one day sale will have the same price and looks to have a dedicated card as well.



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Posted Oct 29, 2017 - 7:25 pm

Anytime someone mentions graphic design, I envision a laptop with an Intel i7 processor and a dedicated graphics card, since the verbiage "simple graphic design" may not be good enough to run a program once you buy it. Be sure to check the specs on the product packaging before buying any laptop. Do you have a program in mind? Since you were looking at a $600 laptop, the i7 on page nine of the one day sale will have the same price and looks to have a dedicated card as well.

I have no clue for a program and I don't think she does either still not sure yet what to do but thanks for the advice it helps


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Posted Oct 29, 2017 - 7:28 pm

You are welcome it is hard to judge exactly what a 14 year old would need anyway for class most of us would err on the side of frugality

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Posted Oct 30, 2017 - 5:07 am

I would agree with the pre-BF sales.  I got my new HP laptop last year from Sam's during their early/mid November sale.  

15.6" with optical drive, intel core I5 7th generation, 12GB RAM and 1TB hard drive, HD display.  There might have been a better deal on BF itself for these specs but honestly I was happy to get it at $379 and get it off my plate before the BF rush.  

 

I just looked at the Sam's one day (Nov. 11) sale ad this weekend.  Appears they have 3 HP laptops at good prices that day.  Of course my DD wants Dell not HP. I have pics on my phone of the three I'll try and post them.



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Posted Oct 30, 2017 - 6:37 am

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Posted Oct 30, 2017 - 8:59 am

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That Pavillion with the 8th gen i7 and the GT940mx graphics looks interesting.

Even has a DVD drive, number pad keyboard and a touchscreen. (though I don't see the optical drive in any of the pics...?)

Would love to see a bigger battery for it (it's only 3 cell 41WHr according to the website here).  


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Posted Oct 30, 2017 - 9:43 am

That Pavillion with the 8th gen i7 and the GT940mx graphics looks interesting.

Even has a DVD drive, number pad keyboard and a touchscreen. (though I don't see the optical drive in any of the pics...?)

Would love to see a bigger battery for it (it's only 3 cell 41WHr according to the website here).  

 

Is that one touch? I'll have to tell her to go look at it, as she wants a touch.  I'm so glad she's buying her own. lol



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Posted Nov 1, 2017 - 4:42 am

https://www.walmart....Gen-Intel-Core-

Thoughts on this laptop. Teenager for school work and games like minecraft

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Posted Nov 1, 2017 - 4:54 am

https://www.walmart....Gen-Intel-Core-

Thoughts on this laptop. Teenager for school work and games like minecraft

 

 

Link not working at the moment?

 

I guessed you're looking at this one:

https://www.walmart....-Home/677478400

 

 

There's a video of the same Intel i3 7100U processor with the onboard Intel HD 620 graphics just like this laptop has running minecraft right here.

It looks sufficient, but as the review says, this is with no addons.

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=VYVKZbv6m9E


Edited by Pnambic, Nov 1, 2017 - 5:01 am.

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Posted Nov 1, 2017 - 7:03 am

I am hoping someone can help me figure out the minimum specs I need in a new laptop. I know that it must have a 17-inch screen and have a full keyboard with number pad. I need it to be able to run Office and Quickbooks (Both memory and ram intensive from what I'm told) lite gaming (SIMS and Minecraft) and the usual email, youtube, and web surfing. I need it to be able to do all of these things without lag. I prefer HP but would consider other options and don't really have a set budget I'd like to stay around $700 but if I have to spend more to get the specs I need then I will. It's just very hard to even attempt to shop when I'm not sure exactly what it is I need in terms of the specs. Please advise....all replies are greatly appreciated.



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Posted Nov 1, 2017 - 1:26 pm

Link not working at the moment?

 

I guessed you're looking at this one:

https://www.walmart....-Home/677478400

 

 

There's a video of the same Intel i3 7100U processor with the onboard Intel HD 620 graphics just like this laptop has running minecraft right here.

It looks sufficient, but as the review says, this is with no addons.

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=VYVKZbv6m9E

 

Thanks.  That is the one, I think my copy from my phone cut some of it off.  Looks like it will work for what I want.  May just hold off a week or so to see what we get in any ads before pulling the trigger since I need 2 of them 



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Posted Nov 1, 2017 - 2:07 pm

that laptop doesnt have much memory at all

 

wait for BF you scan score one around $100 with those specs at Best Buy or maybe with better Ram in that price range



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Posted Nov 10, 2017 - 12:36 pm

I'm in need of a new laptop with i7 and an optical drive, and I can't find one anywhere! Has anybody seen one???

 

I do a lot of photo / video editing and all my stuff, including past work and 3rd party programs, is archived on dvds, so this is a must. I can't even find options to add an internal dvd drive on the hp and dell websites where you can supposedly "customize". The only option they have is a clunky, inelegant, pain in the neck external drive with a cord attached.

 

Help???

 

ETA: I see the one posted in the Sam's Club ad! Looks perfect! Although, like you said, I can't see the drive in the pics either (?)


Edited by mello, Nov 10, 2017 - 12:44 pm.

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Posted Nov 11, 2017 - 2:06 pm

Link not working at the moment?

 

I guessed you're looking at this one:

https://www.walmart....-Home/677478400

 

 

There's a video of the same Intel i3 7100U processor with the onboard Intel HD 620 graphics just like this laptop has running minecraft right here.

It looks sufficient, but as the review says, this is with no addons.

 

https://www.youtube....h?v=VYVKZbv6m9E

 

 

Okay now that all the ads are here I am leaning toward this one from Best Buy.  Any thoughts on it.  Not a brand I am familiary with but the review seem decent

 

https://www.bestbuy....p?skuId=5828300



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Posted Nov 11, 2017 - 3:23 pm

What about a laptop for school work, surfing, and Minecraft? What kind of specs would you need for that?


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Posted Nov 11, 2017 - 4:58 pm

In order to stay on budget, I went with the HP for $399 at Sam's. I think for right now this will make her happy and can handle what she needs and wants to do. I know it's crazy but she will love the fact it is blue too



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Posted Nov 11, 2017 - 5:54 pm

I am hoping someone can help me figure out the minimum specs I need in a new laptop. I know that it must have a 17-inch screen and have a full keyboard with number pad. I need it to be able to run Office and Quickbooks (Both memory and ram intensive from what I'm told) lite gaming (SIMS and Minecraft) and the usual email, youtube, and web surfing. I need it to be able to do all of these things without lag. I prefer HP but would consider other options and don't really have a set budget I'd like to stay around $700 but if I have to spend more to get the specs I need then I will. It's just very hard to even attempt to shop when I'm not sure exactly what it is I need in terms of the specs. Please advise....all replies are greatly appreciated.

 

Check out page 12 of the staples bf ad...I think I nailed it for you!

 

HP 17-bs062st 17.3" Laptop Computer (7th Generation Intel® Core™ i5, 1TB SATA HD, 8GB DDR4, Windows 10, Intel® HD Graphics 520)

$449.99

 

http://weeklyad.stap...ples-171123BFPV

https://www.staples....product_2721078



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Posted Nov 11, 2017 - 7:14 pm

also this: http://blackfriday.g...rei58GB1TB.html



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Posted Nov 19, 2017 - 12:41 pm

Help!  In need of 2 laptops for DD14 and DD17.  They each have a Samsung Chromebook for school work, but are super duper into league of legends and that is the one game they cannot play on the Chromebook.  Any ideas? 



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Posted Nov 19, 2017 - 1:28 pm

Given these recommended specs...

Here are the League of Legends system requirements (minimum)

  • CPU: Info
  • CPU SPEED: 2 GHz processor (supporting SSE2 instruction set or higher)
  • RAM: 1 GB RAM (2 GB of RAM for Windows Vista and newer)
  • OS: Windows XP (Service Pack 3 ONLY), Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10
  • VIDEO CARD: Shader version 2.0 capable video card
  • FREE DISK SPACE: 8 GB

League of Legends Recommended Requirements

  • CPU: Info
  • CPU SPEED: 3 GHz processor
  • RAM: 2 GB of RAM (4 GB of RAM for Windows Vista and higher)
  • OS: Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10 with the latest service pack installed
  • VIDEO CARD: Nvidia GeForce 8800/AMD Radeon HD 5670 or equivalent video card (Dedicated GPU with 512MB or higher Video Memory(VRAM))
  • FREE DISK SPACE: 12 GB


 
Top 5 list of best budget laptops for League of Legends (2017). All laptops should be under $500 and exceed the recommended system requirements for LoL. For example, the first ASUS will play League of Legends with 60+ fps on high settings. All of those will also run Minecraft very well, and games like DOTA 2 and Sims 4 on medium settings.
 
1. ASUS X555DA-AS11: http://amzn.to/2fBW75W (Amazon) Quad Core 1.8 GHz A10-8700P 8 GB DDR3 256 GB SSD AMD Radeon R6 15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080)
2. HP 15.6 Inch Touchscreen Notebook: http://amzn.to/2fCXmBE (Amazon) Intel Core i3-7100U Dual-Core 2.4GHz, 3M Cache 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 1TB 5400 RPM HDD Intel HD Graphics 620 15.6" HD WLED Backlit Touchscreen (1366 x 768)
3. Dell Inspiron 15 5000: http://amzn.to/2fCnw7G (Amazon) Intel Core i3-7100U Dual-Core 2.4GHz, 3MB L3 cache 6 GB DDR4 RAM 1TB 5400 RPM HDD Intel HD Graphics 620 15.6" HD LED Backlight Touchscreen (1366 x 768)
4. Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM: http://amzn.to/2fBvRse (Amazon) Intel Core i3-7100U Dual-Core 2.4GHz, 3MB L3 cache 4GB DDR4 RAM 1TB 5400RPM HDD Intel HD Graphics 620 15.6" Full HD LED-Backlit Widescreen
5. Lenovo Ideapad 310: http://amzn.to/2uzYdtw (Amazon) Intel Core i3-7100U Dual-Core 2.4GHz, 3M Cache 4GB RAM 1TB 5400 RPM HDD Intel HD Graphics 620 15.6" Display (1366 x 768)

 

I would think any gen 7/8 i5 with 8g of ram would do the trick.  

 

 

Staples $369.99 HP Pavilion laptop w/ Intel Core i5 processor HP Pavilion 14-bk09st -2802787 Windows 10 Home 2 to 2.9GHz 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-7200U 8 GB DDR4 RAM 1 TB 5400 RPM SATA ? Intel® HD Graphics 620 14.0 SVA WLED 1x USB Type-C™; 2x USB 3.1; 1x RJ-45;combo jack Yes Up to 9 hours (mixed usage) 802.11 a/c WLAN & Bluetooth® 4.2 ? 3.63 ?

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Posted Nov 19, 2017 - 6:40 pm

Okay now that all the ads are here I am leaning toward this one from Best Buy.  Any thoughts on it.  Not a brand I am familiary with but the review seem decent

 

https://www.bestbuy....p?skuId=5828300

I bought a high end Lenovo (about $1100) about 2 years ago and the hard drive died in 2 months.  Took it back to Best Buy and they refused to exchange it.  Sent it in for warranty service and I had to wait about 6 weeks to get it back because the drives were out of stock.  After getting it back I had problems with the WiFi and discovered the WiFi card wasn't powerful enough, so I had to buy a better one and install it.  I chose it because of the great reviews both with customers and pros, but I would be hard pressed to recommend them.



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Posted Nov 24, 2017 - 4:20 am

$179 laptop is live on Bestbuy.com

 

https://www.bestbuy....p?skuId=5828200


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