1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

Buying new computer, suggestions please?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by Swank, Dec 7, 2013.

  1. Dec 7, 2013 at 4:12 PM
    #1
    Swank

    Swank [OP] Certified Mall Crawling Instructor

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2012
    Member:
    #90979
    Messages:
    8,438
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Steven
    Greenville NC
    Vehicle:
    SOLD/TOTALED
    I'm looking to buy a new laptop because the one I have now has died on me. Won't even turn on anymore and it's not worth putting more money into it to get it fixed.

    The only feature that's a necessity is a backlit keyboard. I stay up late most of the time doing school work and it's a real pain in the ass to have to lower the screen to be able to see the keys good.

    My budget is >$600 (Give or take a bit)

    I want a reliable laptop that won't give me problems.

    Let me know what you guys recommend or ones I should stay clear of.

    I'm looking at all types of computers, so let me know what you have and if you recommend it!

    Thanks! :)
     
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2013
  2. Dec 7, 2013 at 4:43 PM
    #2
    coffeesnob

    coffeesnob Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2010
    Member:
    #30892
    Messages:
    8,811
    Gender:
    Male
    VA
    Vehicle:
    2010 access 4 cyl 2 wd







    we have had excellent reliability with dell laptops...I think they are built much better than the towers
     
  3. Dec 7, 2013 at 4:47 PM
    #3
    Swank

    Swank [OP] Certified Mall Crawling Instructor

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2012
    Member:
    #90979
    Messages:
    8,438
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Steven
    Greenville NC
    Vehicle:
    SOLD/TOTALED
    I believe i've only had 1 or 2 dells, both of them being desktops.
    The laptop I have now is an Asus. I'm just looking for an upgrade. Thanks for your input!
     
  4. Dec 7, 2013 at 4:49 PM
    #4
    2008taco

    2008taco Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2011
    Member:
    #52323
    Messages:
    2,251
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    chris
    san diego
  5. Dec 7, 2013 at 4:53 PM
    #5
    RearViewMirror

    RearViewMirror Saw things so much clearer once you... were in my

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2013
    Member:
    #102010
    Messages:
    22,570
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Craig Christ
    State of Love and Trust
    Vehicle:
    2013 DCSB 4X4 TRD Off Road *Sold*
    Honestly it really depends on what you need to do with it? It will be hard to get a Apple for $600 and honestly if you aren't used to them there is no need to learn a new OS unless you just really want too.
    I've got a Asus laptop but I spent about $2500 on it because I use it for online gaming and need something portable since I take it to work with me. This is my second Asus computer and so far both of them have been great. I've had 4 HP laptops prior to the Asus computers and never had any issues with them either. The only computers that I've ever had any issues with is a Toshiba laptop and a old Gateway tower. The Toshiba was a POS but I might have just picked up a bad one. I know many people that have them and have had really good luck out of them.

    In reality unless you are building a computer as long as you buy one from one of the major companies you should be okay. The most important thing that you can do (if it is a windows computer) is to do a clean install of the OS as soon as you get it. That gets rid of all the "bloatware" that is installed on the computer and allows you to install the latest drivers for the hardware that is in your computer.

    Hope this helps some.
     
  6. Dec 7, 2013 at 4:56 PM
    #6
    Swank

    Swank [OP] Certified Mall Crawling Instructor

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2012
    Member:
    #90979
    Messages:
    8,438
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Steven
    Greenville NC
    Vehicle:
    SOLD/TOTALED
  7. Dec 7, 2013 at 4:58 PM
    #7
    Swank

    Swank [OP] Certified Mall Crawling Instructor

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2012
    Member:
    #90979
    Messages:
    8,438
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Steven
    Greenville NC
    Vehicle:
    SOLD/TOTALED
    There are refurbished/used/older models of apples that are in the $600 price range all over ebay/Amazon/best buy. I've used my sister's MacBook Air and my grandmother's desktop MacBook. I like the way they are and the overall look and performance of them. That's why I'm leaning towards an Apple. Thanks for the information!
     
  8. Dec 7, 2013 at 6:04 PM
    #8
    2008taco

    2008taco Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2011
    Member:
    #52323
    Messages:
    2,251
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    chris
    san diego
    Amazon isn't the only place to buy those. I know bestbuy has the asus in the store and online. Im sure others do too.
     
  9. Dec 7, 2013 at 6:07 PM
    #9
    Swank

    Swank [OP] Certified Mall Crawling Instructor

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2012
    Member:
    #90979
    Messages:
    8,438
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Steven
    Greenville NC
    Vehicle:
    SOLD/TOTALED
    Yeah, i'm actually changing my mind on the MacBook. So i'm open to all suggestions now.
    When on bestbuy.com, it's not actually from bestbuy. It's a seller that lists up there.
    I'd have to go in store to get them from here.
     
  10. Dec 7, 2013 at 6:10 PM
    #10
    JeffRock

    JeffRock Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2009
    Member:
    #14910
    Messages:
    1,198
    Gender:
    Male
    Capital region, NY
    Vehicle:
    09 Tacoma accesscab 4x4 SR5 2.7L
    Toyota all weather floor mats. Mag light that clunks around in the jack compartment. Dog hair. Dog drool on the windows.
    Apple is ok if you want to be locked into apple. $600 wont touch a new one. Reliable usually means more money though. With computers you get what you pay for.
    Watch out for walmart though. They may have something cheaper, but they also tell the manufacturer what to build for them. My brother recently got a Samsung laptop, And he loves it.
     
  11. Dec 7, 2013 at 6:11 PM
    #11
    RearViewMirror

    RearViewMirror Saw things so much clearer once you... were in my

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2013
    Member:
    #102010
    Messages:
    22,570
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Craig Christ
    State of Love and Trust
    Vehicle:
    2013 DCSB 4X4 TRD Off Road *Sold*
    Again.. What do you plan on doing with it? Just surfing the web or do you need more processing power for graphic intensive programs etc...?
     
  12. Dec 7, 2013 at 6:14 PM
    #12
    Swank

    Swank [OP] Certified Mall Crawling Instructor

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2012
    Member:
    #90979
    Messages:
    8,438
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Steven
    Greenville NC
    Vehicle:
    SOLD/TOTALED
    The only thing it'll be used for is school work, papers, skype and tacomaworld :cool:
    I don't play any computer games or anything.
     
  13. Dec 7, 2013 at 6:15 PM
    #13
    Swank

    Swank [OP] Certified Mall Crawling Instructor

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2012
    Member:
    #90979
    Messages:
    8,438
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Steven
    Greenville NC
    Vehicle:
    SOLD/TOTALED
    Appreciate the input! I actually work for walmart :spy:
     
  14. Dec 7, 2013 at 6:18 PM
    #14
    RearViewMirror

    RearViewMirror Saw things so much clearer once you... were in my

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2013
    Member:
    #102010
    Messages:
    22,570
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Craig Christ
    State of Love and Trust
    Vehicle:
    2013 DCSB 4X4 TRD Off Road *Sold*
    Then pretty much any cheap laptop from one of the major companies should be fine. A clean install will also help once you get it no matter the price.

    Like others have said... You won't be able to touch a "new" Apple for that price. But, like Beavis mentioned... like a iPhone.. it just works.
     
  15. Dec 7, 2013 at 6:18 PM
    #15
    Swank

    Swank [OP] Certified Mall Crawling Instructor

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2012
    Member:
    #90979
    Messages:
    8,438
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Steven
    Greenville NC
    Vehicle:
    SOLD/TOTALED
    I understand, but I think just a basic one will work for what I need without breaking the bank account
     
  16. Dec 7, 2013 at 6:19 PM
    #16
    Swank

    Swank [OP] Certified Mall Crawling Instructor

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2012
    Member:
    #90979
    Messages:
    8,438
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Steven
    Greenville NC
    Vehicle:
    SOLD/TOTALED
    Yeah I'm going to look for a basic laptop that'll be cheap w/ backlit keyboard.
     
  17. Dec 7, 2013 at 6:20 PM
    #17
    JeffRock

    JeffRock Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2009
    Member:
    #14910
    Messages:
    1,198
    Gender:
    Male
    Capital region, NY
    Vehicle:
    09 Tacoma accesscab 4x4 SR5 2.7L
    Toyota all weather floor mats. Mag light that clunks around in the jack compartment. Dog hair. Dog drool on the windows.
    They work until they drop support for them in five years.
    Quality? Sure most of them work fine, but when they screw up, they screw up big time.
     
  18. Dec 7, 2013 at 6:22 PM
    #18
    Swank

    Swank [OP] Certified Mall Crawling Instructor

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2012
    Member:
    #90979
    Messages:
    8,438
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Steven
    Greenville NC
    Vehicle:
    SOLD/TOTALED
    So does anyone have recommendations? Links to laptops they'd recommend. With the backlit keyboard, please.
     
  19. Dec 7, 2013 at 6:22 PM
    #19
    JeffRock

    JeffRock Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2009
    Member:
    #14910
    Messages:
    1,198
    Gender:
    Male
    Capital region, NY
    Vehicle:
    09 Tacoma accesscab 4x4 SR5 2.7L
    Toyota all weather floor mats. Mag light that clunks around in the jack compartment. Dog hair. Dog drool on the windows.
    Yeah, yeah.. I live in both worlds. I have two MBP's and a mac pro. but also three pc's in this house. I know the pro's and con's of both.
     
  20. Dec 7, 2013 at 6:24 PM
    #20
    RearViewMirror

    RearViewMirror Saw things so much clearer once you... were in my

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2013
    Member:
    #102010
    Messages:
    22,570
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Craig Christ
    State of Love and Trust
    Vehicle:
    2013 DCSB 4X4 TRD Off Road *Sold*
    Since you plan on using for school I don't know what you use for word processing and spreadsheets etc... I use Open Office and since it is open source it is free and works just as well as word / excel for the things that I do.
     

Products Discussed in

To Top