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 Post subject: Sub $1100 Laptop for College
PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2009 6:35 pm 
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I am looking to purchace a laptop for college use.

I want to be able to play decent games and have ok battery life. I don't need anything too powerful, but i would like for it to last all four years of college.

Right now I am thinking about the Dell XPS m1530.

http://www.dell.com/content/products/pr ... =dhs&cs=19

I would like to know if you think this is a good value for the parts. I can find laptops with similar specs for slightly cheaper but i have been looking at reviews and i think the XPS is fairly good quality.

Any comments or suggestions would be welcome.

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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2009 6:55 pm 
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the XPS 1530 is nowhere near high end especially for $1100, and to be honest, it has terrible value.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp ... 8044029168

Take a look at that one.


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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2009 12:27 am 
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Thanks

Also, what are your thoughts from buying refurbished? Are the trade offs worth it?


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Open box and refurbished are fine, BUT, look at the warranty first!! Often times, open box and refurbed laptops have short as hell warranties.

For example, there was a refurbished Gateway laptop on Tigerdirect I was looking at a few months ago. I had it in the card, and I was about to pull the trigger, but decided to look at the specs one last time. Towards the bottom, the 3 MONTH standard warranty caught my eye.. Chances are, the laptop will work GREAT the first six months, then it might fizzle out later on.


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If you want a laptop that will last 4 years, play close attention to build quality when buying a laptop for school. As in, how sturdy is the case, lid, hinges, etc.

I have seen many people run through laptops VERY quickly, because it is sharing space in a backpack with heavy books getting jostled and slowly crushed.

A laptop that mostly sits on a desk and travels on occasion is one thing. but routinely sharing space with heavy objects on a day to day basis = short life span. Even in a heavily padded targus laptop backpack compartment, and in a neoprene sleeve, I had a laptop quickly become eaten by law books.

A lid that flexes overly, or if you press on the back you can see the LCD change colors on that spot = very bad sign. Grab the corners of the chassis and twist a bit and see if there is any flex.

Not sure how the XPS stacks up, but Lenovo's are well known for their durability, and I have impressed with many (but not all) Asus models.


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