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Old January 24, 2009, 08:27 AM
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Looking to buy a new laptop.
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At least 2GB of memory and a decent graphics set up.
$500-$600 laptop.
15" Display

best bang for the buck.
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Old January 24, 2009, 08:54 AM
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Acer Extensa EX5630-4250 Refurbished Notebook PC - Intel Pentium Dual-Core T3200 2.0GHz, 802.11bgn WLAN, 3GB DDR2, 250GB HDD, DL DVDRW, 15.4" WXGA, Webcam, Microsoft® Windows® Vista Home Premium RB-LX.EBW0X.008 in Canada at TigerDirect.ca
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Old January 24, 2009, 09:05 AM
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DO NOT GET AN ACER! Especially a refurb. We get those brought back to the store daily. If I had a nickel for every Acer I've seen dead....
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Old January 24, 2009, 10:18 AM
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You can probably pick up an HP or Toshiba from BB or FS with a T3200-T5550 C2D, 14"-15", 2-4GB Ram. You can definitely get an Acer with good specs on paper, but quality is always a gamble with them. Too bad you weren't looking over the holidays. Laptops were starting at ridiculous prices. At Dell you can probably get an Inspiron 1525, similar specs as above. There's also Dell refurbs.

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Old January 24, 2009, 12:17 PM
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DO NOT GET AN ACER! Especially a refurb. We get those brought back to the store daily. If I had a nickel for every Acer I've seen dead....
Why the hate? I got an Acer Aspire 5601 with 2GB RAM and I love it. Problem free since I got it 3 years ago.

Go to RedFlagDeals. Every once in a while, someone will post some good deal on a laptop.
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Old January 24, 2009, 03:59 PM
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Why the hate? I got an Acer Aspire 5601 with 2GB RAM and I love it. Problem free since I got it 3 years ago.

Go to RedFlagDeals. Every once in a while, someone will post some good deal on a laptop.
I just see them broken almost everyday and with the most stupid problems... The newer models are ok (ones built within the past year or less) but anything older appears to be garbage... Unless your extremely lucky.
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Old January 25, 2009, 01:24 PM
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I just see them broken almost everyday and with the most stupid problems... The newer models are ok (ones built within the past year or less) but anything older appears to be garbage... Unless your extremely lucky.

Funny, it's about the exact opposite from what I've seen. 8 dead HP's (the DV series) in the last 2 months that have blown SB chips, and that all happens about a month after the warranty expires.

Don't even get me started on Toshiba's.

Acer (also Emachine and Gateway) would be one of my first choices along with a Dell if I were going to buy from a major manufacturer. My old Aspire 3010 is still kicking after about 6 years and I have never had an issue.
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DO NOT GET AN ACER! Especially a refurb. We get those brought back to the store daily. If I had a nickel for every Acer I've seen dead....
I would have to disagree. I have had NO Acer problems at all. Compaq and Dell on the other hand.........
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Depends on your experience I guess...I have a Toshiba and many others and have had no issues and been quite happy
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I had a toshiba for 2 years, no problem. Before that, i had an Acer. After about a year and a half, the screen broke :(. I now have a sony viao.
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