SCIENCE: Cheap laptop suggestions?

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  1. Agrul

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    Looking to replace my tiny shitbook:

    shitbook (actually I think that's slightly nicer than my shitbook, as that one has a 32GB SSD and I'm p sure mine's only got a 20 GB HDD)

    It's actually worked out a'right as I don't use it for anything that requires real power - it's p much just a mobile code editor, for running Python scripts on toy examples, web browser, and it's just barely able to play Youtube videos - but I find myself having to dance around it's 20 GB HDD a lot. I recently had to NTFS-compress almost everything on the drive that isn't Windows itself just to make room for installing a community version of CPLEX, heh.

    I'm currently planning on a $500 budget. Took a quick google about the interwebs and am thinking this looks about right

    2Ghz i3 2-core CPU, 6GB RAM, 1 TB HDD, Inspiration for $380-ish

    and has good on-average reviews. Figure I'll go with it unless THE HEADS OF TECH know of a sweet deal somewhere.
     
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  2. Fais

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    Had some experience with shitbooks lately. Your best bet is to walk your ass into a Wal-Mart and buy an HP there. The warranties are amazing and easy to deal with. You will get a better deal there.
     
  3. Agrul

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    There's a Wal-Mart not too far from Union State in DC. Maybe I'll take a look at what they have to offer before I settle on something.
     
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    My neighbor asked me to fix their granddaughters HP laptop. When I got it, it had cracks in the case, it was missing like 4 keys, and the hard drive had failed. She must have dropped it 100 times. So I was quoting them prices on parts to fix it (labor for free :angel:) turns out she had bought an extended warranty. I called them they couldn't fix the hard drive over the phone. Sent a box in the mail. Stuck it in the box and mailed it back. When it came back, the entire keyboard, case, and hard drive had been replaced and it looked pretty much brand new. Was bought at Wal-Mart we didn't even pay for shipping.

    Buddy just bought one at Wal-Mart a few weeks ago, and he got a display model and it was already discounted, he pointed out some nicks and got another 20% off that price. Ended up with a nice I-7 1tb for low $300's.

    I can't guarantee your experience will be the same but, its hard to compete with Wallies purchasing power.
     
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  6. Agrul

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    Damn, nice. Not a small jump in price, but in addition to the processor and SSD that's also got 1080 resolution and 2 extra GB of RAM. Fuck that's tempting.
     
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    I know, but you already have a beast PC, and this is starting to get out of shitbook range. DECISIONS
     
  8. Agrul

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    yeahhhhh.

    i honestly probably wouldn't get much out of the extra power given how i tend to use laptops, but the resolution increase would be nice

    altho what i would really would like is a bigger screen...
     
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  10. Agrul

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    That's a nice price for the power it gives but I think given how I use laptops I should probably focus on screen size/resolution more than compute specs. Looking on NewEgg, I actually got a bunch of hits for 17" laptops at under $500:

    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod...p&Submit=ENE&IsNodeId=1&N=4017 4018 4019 4020

    Wonder how large I can push the screen size without just ending up with a literal abacus or nothing at all.
     
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    Looks like going big screen likely means no SSD, unless I buy refurbished. Never done that before - seems like it would be difficult to vet quality?
     
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    I haven't bought from NewEgg in ages. On Amazon my experience w/refurbs has been great if they have a lot of good reviews like the one I posted. They're essentially retired corporate laptops which are usually in perfectly good shape - giant companies unload 1000s of them when they consider them obsolete, then some outfit cleans them up and resells.

    Obviously you have to decide what you need, but personally I'd go SSD over a giant screen because I cannot tolerate a slow HDD anymore. Seriously fuck 1 minute bootup times and slow disk access.
     
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    That makes sense. Guess I should try to figure out how to filter laptops on Amazon, or maybe search on NewEgg and then look up the same laptop on Amazon.
     
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    That's really weird - something seems off about those specs and price.

    64GB of RAM and 1TB SSD? I mean either of those components alone is like $400+

    For a full laptop with an i7 that computer should be in the $2k range. Dunno what the catch is (even with the shit battery life)
     
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    Yeah, I was very confused as well. That seller has a thousand similarly bizarre deals listed as used Amazon sales, all with pretty absurd specs, and all for exactly $500 a pop.

    They've only got 3 reviews on that laptop, so I'm a bit suspicious.
     
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    I think maybe Amazon search just really blows. Searching on NewEgg and then looking up the product name or # on Amazon, I can find laptops like this one:
    That trick won't work for SSDs, though, since they're only refurb'd for these screen size/res/price specs on NewEgg, and so are not likely cross-listed on both sites.
     
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