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#61 biggunslent  OFFLINE  

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Posted Nov 22, 2008 - 2:01 pm

Ok I was looking at the laptops Dell has on sale and I mainly want to use it to run Photoshop and surf the web. Are you saying the 3 laptops they have for under $700 aren't really good for that or worth it??


Any of the laptops that dell is selling for BF should run photoshop fine (except the Mini 9). I have a hp laptop right now with 2Gb ram and a 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo, and I can run it. The minimum specs for running photoshop CS4 are 512MB ram, 1Gb recommended. You'll have at least triple the recommended amount of RAM if you buy any of the laptops dell has for sale.

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Posted Nov 22, 2008 - 2:54 pm

Ok I was looking at the laptops Dell has on sale and I mainly want to use it to run Photoshop and surf the web. Are you saying the 3 laptops they have for under $700 aren't really good for that or worth it??

Honestly I'm not ready to line up outside of Best Buy or Circuit City or any of the stores at 10pm or so the night before and I know usually a lot of those doorbuster deals aren't available online b/c they want to drive in-store traffic.

Thank you in advance for your help.

I suspect that those Dell notebooks will be fine for what you want to do. Virtually all notebooks today are well equipped and capable of doing basic stuff like image manipulation and web surfing. The limiting factor is usually the amount of RAM installed. Max out the RAM 2GB for a 32-bit machine (4GB for a 64-bit, not really maxed out but very sufficient) and you'll be fine as long as the other specs (drive space, card reader, etc.) all suit your needs.

Generally speaking, the only time you have to worry about process type, speed, etc. is if you will be doing high-end gaming.

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Posted Nov 22, 2008 - 4:13 pm

Back by popular demand: The 2008 Laptop Comparison Charts! Enjoy! :D Sorry for the delay, folks. :o

http://blackfriday.g...ts/gdcc2008.php

Most of the info is finished and the rest soon to follow. A few things about the laptop charts:

Just mouse over a part of the chart for brief instructions on how to use it. You can sort something to the top, organize the laptops by a specific detail, etc.

Some of the laptops are BF and/or store exclusive (like Walmarts or Best Buys). Detailed info about those will come soon as we get it.

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Posted Nov 22, 2008 - 9:09 pm

Anyone know any specific details about Sony Vaio laptop that is for $899.99?


I am wondering the same thing, all I saw was that it is 16.4", 4gb ram, 250 gb hdd, blu-ray player. Basically this one: http://www.bestbuy.c...d=1218010849590 but w/ a blu-ray player and hopefully a faster processor:

if you dont want/need the blu-ray player theres this one at bj's (dont know if there is one by you) for $799: http://shop.bjs.com/...0VVviewprod.htm on BF

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Posted Nov 22, 2008 - 9:44 pm

Back by popular demand: The 2008 Laptop Comparison Charts! Enjoy! :D Sorry for the delay, folks. :o

http://blackfriday.g...ts/gdcc2008.php


Awesome!! Thank you! I was feeling very overwhelmed. I am trying to find something for my brother for $2-400.
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Posted Nov 23, 2008 - 4:44 am

Just saw Andrea's post from Oct... Anyone considering a laptop for a college student should keep in mind that many colleges/universities now sell laptops (often at a discounted student rate)that have free service and 24 hour repair to their students so you might want to look into that before purchasing. I found this out when I decided to buy my nephew one and his mother filled me in. :smart:

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Posted Nov 23, 2008 - 7:50 am

Thank you again for your help!!!

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Posted Nov 23, 2008 - 9:31 am

I think the best two laptops ive seen so far are the two dell inspiron 1525s. No waiting out all night and no mad rush for them, and they are about 30% off what you can buy them now for. Not a bad savings in my mind, and for education needs (non-video editing/high graphic stuff) I think its just the ticket

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Posted Nov 23, 2008 - 9:38 am

Oh, I just noticed that the Toshiba laptop is on sale right now for the same price as it is on BF. Perhaps I'll just get it now and avoid BF lines...

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Posted Nov 23, 2008 - 11:26 am

Where is the toshiba onsale now. I noticed CC has some 150.00 rebates today.

#71 biggunslent  OFFLINE  

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Posted Nov 23, 2008 - 11:30 am

The toshiba 15.4" L305-S5907 is on sale at Office Depot right now.

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Posted Nov 23, 2008 - 12:18 pm

What about this one???

http://www.bestbuy.c...prd101500050006

Which one is better??

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Posted Nov 23, 2008 - 3:58 pm

Update to the Laptop charts: Staples and Walmart laptop deals are up with complete specs. Enjoy! ;)

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Posted Nov 23, 2008 - 4:02 pm

I am wondering the same thing, all I saw was that it is 16.4", 4gb ram, 250 gb hdd, blu-ray player. Basically this one: http://www.bestbuy.c...d=1218010849590 but w/ a blu-ray player and hopefully a faster processor:

if you dont want/need the blu-ray player theres this one at bj's (dont know if there is one by you) for $799: http://shop.bjs.com/...0VVviewprod.htm on BF


I hope it has HDD with 7200RPM and FullHD (not ECO) screen.

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Posted Nov 23, 2008 - 4:49 pm

I hope it has HDD with 7200RPM and FullHD (not ECO) screen.


Is the HDD different than the SATA hard drive that the other Sony Vaio has, and whats the difference between the FullHD and the ECO?? Sorry but I haven't looked at laptops in a while so not sure what specs are better than others.

I wish the ads gave all the specs on these since they aren't current items in the store, and I doubt if you take the ad to BB they will give more info on it right?

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Posted Nov 24, 2008 - 3:33 pm

Office Depot, OfficeMax, and Radio Shack's laptop specs are up as well as Sam's Club's Acer netbook. The BF laptop charts should be complete now except for Best Buy's and Circuit City's laptops, which info isn't released yet. Those will go up probably at the last minute.

http://blackfriday.g...ts/gdcc2008.php

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Posted Nov 24, 2008 - 6:59 pm

I hope it has HDD with 7200RPM and FullHD (not ECO) screen.


I went in and looked at a comparable Sony Laptop. I think it actually might be the exact same as the one on Black Friday. It said "FULL HD 1080P" on it.

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Posted Nov 24, 2008 - 8:13 pm

Iwen BB and got some info from the employees onth Sony VAIO. Its a model right in between the FW-235 and FW-270. Has the 250gb hd of the 235 but the blu-ray of the FW-270, white keys. I kinda got turned off from that one when I saw the VAIO's, was hopingthey had the new style touch-sensitive music keys and what not. Still seems like a good deal, but might now look at the HP 17" one

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Posted Nov 24, 2008 - 8:18 pm

Does anybody know how the build quality and customer service is for toshiba laptops? I'm specifically looking at the L305-S5907 at OD.

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Posted Nov 24, 2008 - 8:21 pm

oh yea also saw a sign that you get two free blu-rays (out of rudy, the patriot, n 2 other ones i frget) when u buy a sony blu-ray laptop n the guy said should apply to the BF deal

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Posted Nov 24, 2008 - 9:16 pm

Is the HDD different than the SATA hard drive that the other Sony Vaio has, and whats the difference between the FullHD and the ECO?? Sorry but I haven't looked at laptops in a while so not sure what specs are better than others.

I wish the ads gave all the specs on these since they aren't current items in the store, and I doubt if you take the ad to BB they will give more info on it right?


If I am correct, then the HDD on this lappy might be 5400RPM (revolutions per minute). Right now, almost all new laptops have 7200RPM. this is faster. But it is SATA.

XBRITE-FullHD™ : 1920 x 1080 resolution (1080p)
XBRITE-ECO™ : 1280 x 800 resolution (~720p)

Also, I hope it has BR burner (not just player)...

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Posted Nov 24, 2008 - 9:19 pm

I went in and looked at a comparable Sony Laptop. I think it actually might be the exact same as the one on Black Friday. It said "FULL HD 1080P" on it.


Really? 1080P? Which model did you compare to?

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Posted Nov 24, 2008 - 9:20 pm

Iwen BB and got some info from the employees onth Sony VAIO. Its a model right in between the FW-235 and FW-270. Has the 250gb hd of the 235 but the blu-ray of the FW-270, white keys. I kinda got turned off from that one when I saw the VAIO's, was hopingthey had the new style touch-sensitive music keys and what not. Still seems like a good deal, but might now look at the HP 17" one


Is 250GB 7200RPM? FullHD? Can you please (if possible) try to get those two answers from a BB employee?

Which HP 17" you are talking about?

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Posted Nov 24, 2008 - 10:15 pm

Really? 1080P? Which model did you compare to?


All the Sony Vaio laptops they had in this style, they had three, were FullHD 1080p. I asked a sales rep if all the Sony Vaio's they sold with blu-ray were FullHD 1080p and he said he hasn't seen one in months that wasn't. Then I brought up the Black Friday laptop and he said he couldn't imagine it not being 1080p....so i guess we'll see. Hope that helps.

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Posted Nov 24, 2008 - 10:31 pm

Anyone know any specific details about Sony Vaio laptop that is for $899.99?


I recently bought a Sony VAIO VGN-NR220E for $357. It only has 1GB RAM (at the moment,lol) but I only use it for online. I have an online job and it works great. I did have issues with low wireless signal even with a new expensive router, Sony fixed it over the phone. Then I still had dropped connection and they fixed that via remote screen control thing,lol. Works perfect now! I'd recommend them,lol.


BTW, mine is way thinner than my SIL's laptop and I have a widescreen.....I think the VAIO's are sharp looking,lol.
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Posted Nov 24, 2008 - 11:30 pm

does anyone have an opinion on the following? i grabbed the 389 acer in office depot's sun-wed ad. i was also looking at the 349 hp they will have on friday. do you recommend one over the other? is it worth a wait (wont be too long at my local store). i'l just use for microsoft office and surfing mostly.

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Posted Nov 24, 2008 - 11:52 pm

If I am correct, then the HDD on this lappy might be 5400RPM (revolutions per minute). Right now, almost all new laptops have 7200RPM. this is faster. But it is SATA.

XBRITE-FullHD™ : 1920 x 1080 resolution (1080p)
XBRITE-ECO™ : 1280 x 800 resolution (~720p)

Also, I hope it has BR burner (not just player)...


the bb guy told me that it wont be able to burn blu-rays, only read :(

Is 250GB 7200RPM? FullHD? Can you please (if possible) try to get those two answers from a BB employee?

Which HP 17" you are talking about?


I was looking at the dv7-1132 (http://www.staples.c...ent Notebook PC)
not too sure of the reputation HP carries, my parents have one just a few years old and its a pos. Was also considering splurging and extra 100 to get the Dell 17" one, but then again if I'm spending 800, may as wel spend another 100 to get the sony w/ the blu-ray, even if im not a fan of the non-touch sensitive buttons... haha i'm picky i know but hell i'm greek its in my blood to look for the best deal possible


All the Sony Vaio laptops they had in this style, they had three, were FullHD 1080p. I asked a sales rep if all the Sony Vaio's they sold with blu-ray were FullHD 1080p and he said he hasn't seen one in months that wasn't. Then I brought up the Black Friday laptop and he said he couldn't imagine it not being 1080p....so i guess we'll see. Hope that helps.


BB said the BF Sony will be 1080p, like I said above, basically a model in between the 235 and 270

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Posted Nov 25, 2008 - 1:17 am

I'm gonna TRY to buy one of those $399 laptops. I dont require much because I mostly do school work. I want to feel the rush of using a 1GB memory computer because I'm using a desktop with 256 mb. And oh yeah hopefully I can play that Grand Theft Auto PC Game.

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Posted Nov 25, 2008 - 2:44 am

HP Laptop - Pentium Dual Core T3200 with 2 GB Ram and Cannon 3 in 1 Printer $280 (BB In-Store) SKU: 9999102200050001 Sorry guys, I don't have enough posts to put the URL but you can search the SKU on the BB website.

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Posted Nov 25, 2008 - 2:45 am

^^^^ I forgot to mention the deal should be good now assuming this is not a price mistake. I'm going to check this out tomorrow.




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