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    Default Laptop opinions please

    I have been looking at laptops. Satisfied with my HP desktop so figure I would stick w/ HP. Not sure what is the newer and/or better model between the g7 and the dv7 but I found this "17 at a good price. Can someone let me know if it's a good laptop?

    HP HP G71310US Intel Core i3-2350M 17.3" Notebook

    General:

    Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition
    Recommended Use: Home use
    System Type: Notebook

    Processor / Chipset:

    64-bit Computing: Yes
    Cache: L3 - 3 MB
    CPU: Intel Core i3 2350M / 2.3 GHz
    Number of Cores: Dual-Core

    Product Overview:

    Touch Screen: No
    Operating System Type: PC
    Features: Webcam
    Memory: 6 GB or more
    Processor Speed: 2.1 to 3 GHz
    Screen Size: 17 in. or more
    Weight: 2.6 to 5 lbs.
    Hard Drive: 501 GB or more

    Storage:

    Hard Drive: 640 GB HDD / 5400 rpm
    Interface: Serial ATA-300

    Display:

    Features: HD+ BrightView
    LCD Backlight Technology: LED backlight
    Resolution: 1600 x 900 ( HD+ )
    Type: 17.3"
    Widescreen: Yes

    Audio & Video:

    Camera: Integrated webcam
    Compliant Standards: SRS Premium Sound
    Graphics Processor: Intel HD Graphics 3000
    Memory Allocation Technology: Dynamic Video Memory Technology
    Sound: Altec Lansing speakers , microphone
    Total Available Graphics Memory: 1696 MB

    Input:

    Features: Built-in numeric keyboard
    Type: Keyboard, touchpad

    Communications:

    Network Interface: 10/100 Ethernet
    Wireless: Bluetooth, 802.11b/g/n

    Battery:

    Capacity: 47 Wh
    Run Time: Up to 5 hour(s)
    Technology: 6-cell lithium ion

    Software:

    Microsoft Office Preloaded: Includes a pre-loaded image of select Microsoft Office 2010 suites. Purchase an Office 2010 Product Key Card or disc to activate preloaded software on this PC.
    Software Included: Microsoft Windows Media Player, Adobe Flash Player, Adobe Reader, Skype, ebay, Microsoft Silverlight, Microsoft Windows DVD Maker, LoJack for Laptops, HP Recovery Manager, HP Support Assistant, HP QuickWeb, Bing Toolbar, Adobe Shockwave Player, EverNo

    AC Adapter

    Output: 65 Watt

    Connections & Expansion

    Interfaces: 3 x USB 2.0
    Headphone output
    Microphone input
    VGA
    LAN
    HDMI
    Memory Card Reader: Yes ( SD Card, MultiMediaCard )
    Miscellaneous:

    Dimensions & Weight:
    Depth: 10.6 in
    Height: 1.5 in
    Weight: 6 lbs
    Width: 16.2 in
    Environmental Standards:
    ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
    Manufacturer Warranty:
    Service & Support: Limited warranty - 1 year
    Technical support - 1 year
    Memory:
    Empty Slots: 0
    Form Factor: SO DIMM 204-pin
    Max RAM Supported: 8 GB
    RAM: 6 GB ( 1 x 4 GB + 1 x 2 GB )
    Slots Qty: 2
    Technology: DDR3 SDRAM
    CPU:
    Processor Brand: INTEL

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    No input? Anyone?

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    There are so many ways to advise, and so many questions that need asked to advise properly.

    Basically, buy what you can afford.
    If you're into gaming, you'll be needing high Ram (4GB+), a quad core processor minimum and a dedicated graphics card with at least 1GB onboard memory just for graphics.

    if all you do is facebook, then 2GB ram, dual core processor and shared graphics will do.

    When i buy a laptop, i make sure the processor and graphics card are up to speed, as i can add RAM and hard drives if i need it later.
    I also look for an SD card slot for my camera's card, and now i look for ones with a USB 3.0 slot (around 10x faster than USB 2.0)
    I also look for a HDMI output so i can use my TV as a display for my Scuba Diving videos.
    I also like a Lightscribe DVD drive, so i can make fancy disks.
    built in webcams dont bother me at all, but i like a big screen.

    The next person to advise will be in total conflict, as their needs are much different to mine.

    My advice is this: find one you like the look of, get the model number, check it out online for prices and other users comments, then barter with the salesperson to get the best deal. Sometimes, you can get a laptop bag, and perhaps an external drive for a discount as a bulk deal. Don't fall for the 50% off antivirus tho... you can get great ones for free, regardless what the salesperson may tell you. And yes, they DO remove the viruses as well! (a common sales tactic is to tell you the free ones only quarantine the virus, not remove it. Truth is, thats basically what they all do! )
    Always remember you're unique.


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    Hi turquoise 122,
    Over the years of being here at H2G and from personal experience, I've come to the conclusion that HP has had its problems re: laptops .. certainly from my own experience for sure. Hp has not had a great record in coming clean with installing hardware that should have been recalled (other companies too, but HP has been in the spotlight more often). What I will tell you though is that Toshiba, while nothing is perfect, seems to come out tops with our membership and personally (I'm not on their payroll!!!).

    Others will have their preferences, so stay tuned, these are my own thoughts on the subject.


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    Thanks!!

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    Hi, turquoise122. My daughter collegekid and i both have toshiba laptops, and are very happy with them.
    She has lugged hers to school everyday, and uses it alot. We have had no quality or reliability issues with either one.
    Just my opinion, good luck. crash

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    If I were purchasing a laptop I'd strongly consider an IBM thinkpad.

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