Laptops! How expensive?

on May 05, 2011 @ 10:16 am

I've been recently looking for a new laptop as my current HP is starting to wear out (I have no T key!) 
So far, there's been some heavy lust over the new Samsung Series 9 that was just released in Canada Today (may 5, 2011)
but with a hefty price tag of $1700, I'm wondering if that is just too much for a laptop?

How much do you pay for a laptop? is $1700 pushing it?

12 Replies

wow! on May 05, 2011 @ 10:42 am

For $1700 price, I'd probably pay a little extra and spring for a Mac.

It really depends on your needs and your wants. I err on the side of practical (perhaps overly so at times) and would never buy something based on "want" when I can get what I need for less. Obviously, I do take quality into account, so spending more when justified is okay.

You can find quite a range of PC laptops for under $1000. I would love a Mac, but am very happy with my Toshiba PC laptop that we paid around $700 for (notably, we live in the US where prices are a little cheaper).


Ali de Bold
Get a Macbook on May 05, 2011 @ 10:49 am

It will cost you a lot less than that and will do a fantastic job for everything you need it for. That was my first Mac and I loved it. It's a very easy adjustment to switch from a PC to a Mac. Totally worth it.

mac all the way on May 05, 2011 @ 11:13 am

I had a PC before and it was nothing compared to a Mac. I understand that most people (including me) will never use all the functions of a Mac but it is just cool to have. Also, Macs are really good for editing and graphic design so if you are interested in that you should consider getting one. Plus it's cheaper than the samsung but I have to admit the one you want to get is really good!

pricy on May 05, 2011 @ 11:53 am

$1700 for a laptop is really pricey. Is there a specific feature that one has the would be really useful for you/you can find elsewhere? I think it's worth it if there's a particular need but otherwise it might be a little much.

I used PC's my whole life and it wasn't until I started at ChickAdvisor that I tried the MAC. It took me a little time to get used to the MAC but now I find that it's easier to use. They also don't seem to get viruses easily like I've found with PC's in the past, does anyone else find this??

Ali de Bold
Mac and viruses on May 05, 2011 @ 11:58 am

@cathy - that's one of the major perks of owning a mac. They don't get viruses like PCs do. I'm sure there are some out there, but I've never had one. I've owned several macs for the past 6 years and so far nothing.

Also, the regular macbook is a fair bit cheaper than $1700. Totally worth it in my opinion.

ooo laptops.. *drool* :-) on May 05, 2011 @ 03:11 pm

$1700 for a windows laptop is too much in my opinion. You can get very good
laptops from $500 to $700 dollars. If I were you I would:

Determine what do you need the laptop for: word processing? internet?
watching movies? video editing? photo editing? accounting? architecture?

Figure out how much you're willing to spend. Sure, all you may want to
do is watch movies and surf the web but that doesn't mean you want a PII
300Mhz... you want something pretty :) So how much are you willing to
fork out?

Make a list of the common specifications (hard drive, ram, processor) and compare brands. I also like to buy equipment that I can easily and cheaply upgrade. It's not possible to buy a new laptop every year, but it's very possible to upgrade here and there and bring your existing laptop up to speed.

Find your
top 3 or 5 that are comparable, within your price range and then go
online and read consumer reviews. Don't read reviews from the
manufacturers sites, they may be biased.

Two good sites that will give you a good idea of what's out there for laptops are:
Canada Computers
Tiger Direct

I briefly looked over the specs on the Samsung, and although it looks pretty sweet, I still wouldn't pay that much for it. It has 128GB SSD - which means it'll be faster than a sata drive & more stable (I'd rather drop a ssd than a sata hdd lol), but SOOOO much more expensive to upgrade.

SSD does have its advantages, so read up on it (if you haven't already) and decide if you want to sacrifice the storage capacity (SSD = low GB) for speed and durability.
I found a good article here

Most laptops come with 2 ram slots for easy upgrade. The Samsung has 4GB DDR3. It doesn't have any more memory slots, so if you want to upgrade it later, you can't just by 2GB and put it in to make 6GB. You'll have to take out your 4GB and buy a 6 or 8 GB.

Also, It's a "Laptop" not a "netbook" but it doesn't have a DVD Rom drive? Hmm.....

At a brief glance, this laptop looks to me like something that is how it is. You can't tweak it or upgrade it later (you can but it'll cost quite a bit more). I just don't think its bang for the bucks.

Although I have a Macbook Pro, I'm still a PC girl at heart. I don't know, mac just hasn't won me over yet. However, if you want something light to carry, fast, good battery life, less prone to virus, and you have the extra cash, then a Macbook may be just what you're looking for.

ps. on May 05, 2011 @ 03:12 pm

sorry for the weird spacings in my previous post ... don't know what happened there!!

WOW!!! on May 05, 2011 @ 03:24 pm

Thanks for the advice everyone!

Yeah, the biggest selling point of the Series 9 was definitely the SSD. I love quick start ups!

I was considering Mac for a while, but realized that despite it's great usefulness in graphic design and the like, I'm wondering how comfortable everyone is using Microsoft Office on a mac?

I am looking for a laptop that can handle multiple programs being used at the same time? i liketo have photoshop open while watching movies, and msn, or microsoft word up for homework :P
I also really love dual-screening my laptop unto a bigger screen so i can have all these programs open at once.
Also, the weight is very important to me, and I can't go anywhere lower than 13inch screens.
Durability is also an asset, as are fast computers, which is why I was drooling over the SSD

Wow you really know your stuff! thanks for the advice!

me again.... on May 05, 2011 @ 04:02 pm

Sorry for my long posts, I just love gadgets and I hate seeing people get ripped off. NOT that you're getting ripped off, but why not know your options before spending your hard earned money, right? Right! :)

Almost all laptops can have the multiple display. In fact at home I have a laptop connected to my big screen LCD TV via HDMI. I can play everything from my PC (including anything off the web like youtube videos) on BIG screen lol :) So yes I totally love that feature too. I actually love dual screen. I'm using one as we speak. Doing my actual job on one screen and browsing chickadvisor on the other lol!

From what you're describing, you want something that's
>Light to carry around
>Can support heavy apps (So big HDD space to install the app and big DDR3 ram to run it)
>Supports dual monitor
>Fast to boot up (remember, with DDR3 RAM, it'll be fast to run anyways! The SSD will only significantly speed up the bootup process, imo).

HDD vs SSD startup time, we're talking about the difference being seconds apart, not minutes by the way. If your regular HDD takes a while to load, then most likely you have applications opening in the background during startup that is making it take forever. There are very easy ways to check that if you're interested. The only reason at this point in technology-time I would want an SSD over a HDD, the SSD has no moving parts, so no head, no pin, no disk, no spinning, etc. so its more durable, less easy to damage. The HDD has all those things so if you drop your HDD it may be gone. I'm saying may be gone, I see people drop laptops all the time and it's still OK. The screen gets busted, but the HDD is ok! lol

I installed Photoshop CS3 on a laptop the other day and noticed it took over 1GB hdd space to install! Keep that in mind when wanting a low storage space SSD drive... you're going to run out of disk space fast after you've installed a few heavy duty apps.

You want a laptop that can perform, and I can bet you a few months from now heavier software will come out, not to mention existing applications will be updated and will become heavier. You want a laptop you can easily upgrade to still take the load. The fact that this Samsung doesn't have any extra memory slots is a downer. You can't easily upgrade.

P.S. as for the MS Office concern, iWorks for Apple works pretty good with MS Office. You can use documents between both apps just fine as far as I'm aware. I'm not promoting mac, but you know, just sayin' .. :)

Any recommendations? on May 06, 2011 @ 11:05 am

Becky, i'm so glad you were able to give me such helpful tips!

I do have an external that I use for other things, like videos, images, music and such (i use up alot of space for those!)

Is there any laptop right now that you would recommend? My hp is about to die on me, and I've been having the black screen of death for a while now :O

P.S I'm apparently not allowed to get the new Sony 13.3 inch, because my sister has placed "dibs" on it. ...


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