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Looks like I need a new laptop. Probably will look in the $400-$700 range - I need something functional, and speed never hurts, but I'm not gaming or anything like that. Durability is very important - my current (dead) lappy was a Dell that lasted more than 5 years.Prefer 15.6" to 14", and it doesn't travel much, so weight isn't an issue.Any recommendations? For someone non-sophisticated, is my best bet just the standard Dell Inspiron 15? In terms of long-term usefulness, how beneficial is getting the 8GB RAM instead of 4?Thanks, friends.

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I like the Sager NP7282http://www.sagernotebook.com/index.php?pag...del_name=NP7282But got a Sony, well made and worth the premium you payDon't get the bottom end i3, an i5 is worth it and make sure not to get stuck with the first generation, if you want it to last 5 years get one with Blu-Ray like thishttp://www.bestbuy.com/site/Sony+-+VAIO+E+...p;skuId=3504885Going south of the boarder can be worth it.

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If you were in the Twin Cities, I'd recommend here:http://www.striketwice.com/documents/Garagesale.pdfThese people are the kind of people who figure out how to fix computers because they can't stand not knowing. Their prices on used equipment is really good, and I'd trust them to give me something really high quality.But I don't know if they ship to other cities.So no, I can't help. Sorry.(Unless you want me to pay me to buy one and ship it to you, but I doubt that would be a good deal).EDIT: Sorry, just saw you wanted a sober response. Disregard.

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Sorry Shakey.Anyone sober have any suggestions?
I was sober! I was going for a lebowski reference.but yeah, my next computer's more than likely going to be an apple, especially now that hp's done, so I think our price ranges are sliiiiightly different, so I doubt I'd be of any help (doubt = know).
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I like the Sager NP7282http://www.sagernotebook.com/index.php?pag...del_name=NP7282But got a Sony, well made and worth the premium you payDon't get the bottom end i3, an i5 is worth it and make sure not to get stuck with the first generation, if you want it to last 5 years get one with Blu-Ray like thishttp://www.bestbuy.com/site/Sony+-+VAIO+E+...p;skuId=3504885Going south of the boarder can be worth it.
The Sager looks amazing. Also, over 2 grand. The Sony is a bit on the high end for me, but it does look sweet. Is that a significant upgrade over an Inspiron 15R or 17R? Could pay the $80 to upgrade to 6GB RAM.
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I have been working a little bit in a computer store with a friend of mine who owns the place so i will give you my 2 cents worth. First, what not to buy. I would stay away from HP, they are going out of the computer business. Stay away from AMD chips and NVIDIA graphic chips, they often overheat and that means a new motherboard which is big $ to repair, often not worth it. Ironically, if you have a laptop with both, it is often too hot to even put on your lap. Dell, poor design and you have to use their parts when repairing = big $We also see a lot of ACER laptops in for repair. What to buy, try toshiba, lenovo or Asus. The most expensive part to replace on a laptop is the screen, usually the part price alone is around $100. So try not to break yours. The 15.1" screens might be a little cheaper to replace. Don't buy any extended warranty from Best Buy or Future shop, some credit cards will have their own warranty for what you buy using it. Check with American Express or if you have a visa platinum. I thing 4 gb ram would be adequate for most users running windows 7. If you want more, you can always add later, just make sure your laptop has the slots available. Go to the library and check out consumer reports magazine. They will educate you and they do some good test on laptops, dropping them, spilling water on them, etc...Take care and good luck with your laptop shopping.

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Wait to buy your new piece of crap until windows 8 comes out in the spring.

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Alright, think I have it narrowed down to:http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/sony-s...a335f7f2799en02orhttp://configure.dell.com/dellstore/config...piron-15r-n5110Would possibly pay the $80 to upgrade the latter to 6GB RAM.Same processor - am I getting anything worthwhile for the extra $50? I know the HD is 640 MG vs 500, but that doesn't matter much to me. Is the Sony brand materially better than Dell?Thanks friends. And Shake.

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