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Great Notebooks for Under $1,000

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I know how subjective this can be but I was asked by a DP member to do a Page on this topic so I did some research and came up with some good choices for under $1,000.

Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 20994KU 15.6-Inch Laptop
- $1,099 at Amazon but you will find it under a thousand somewhere.  In a few more weeks prices will plummet.  Lenovo is what used to be the IBM ThinkPaD

HP Pavilion dv6t-7000 Quad Edition Entertainment - $800 direct from HP. I gave you the Amazon link so that you can look at the specs but they are well over HPs price.

Sony VAIO S Series SVS15113FXS 15.5"
- Currently $1,1106 at Amazon but shop around and you should find this for about a $1,000. I am a huge fan of the VAIO series of computers.  Well built and great style.

Toshiba Tecra R950-SMBGX1 - $980 at Amazon but shop around  as you may do better.  Toshiba's are built tough and are quite relialbe.

ASUS N53SV-DH51 15.6-Inch Full HD Versatile Entertainment Laptop
- $924 at Amazon but, as always, shop around a bit. I love ASUS and you get a lot for your money with this model.

Dell Inspiron i17R-2617MRB 17.3-Inch Laptop - $999 gets you a tad over 17" of Dell notebook goodness.

erick99 posted Nov 21, 2012

Remember when NOTEBOOKS meant a pad of paper with a spiral on it?

MdavidK30 (rep: 3.7k) posted Nov 21, 2012


I'm the MM who asked the question. erick99, which do you use & which would you purchase if you had your choice of any? I have no idea but need a new one & can choose any I like for my Christmas present this year. I wore the keys off my current HP Pavilion dv7 model before it was 10 months old & it can't seem to handle all the internet travel I do.

deby32953 (rep: 260k) posted Nov 21, 2012


Another ??, I also need something FAST, is that in the computer, software or Internet company you go with? I'm a retired science teacher & basically had to learn a little about computers when I started doing this in 2007 but know NOTHING about the innards or what makes them tick!

deby32953 (rep: 260k) posted Nov 21, 2012


Unfortunately there is no easy answer to what is bottlenecking your speeds as your slowdowns may come from any one of those factors.

However, in general terms, you'd want at least a broadband (DSL, Cable, FiOS) internet connection and a computer with decent processing power (I recommend a current generation Intel Core i5 or equivalent). Software is normally not an issue as long as you use the right ones. Bloatware, unnecessary software usually packaged in retail laptops generally bog down your system. I would look into what software is currently running on your system and remove the programs you don't use.

Retrex (rep: 36.3k) posted Nov 28, 2012


That HP Pavilon is great, I use it at work and I really like it

marcemusza (rep: 1) posted Dec 07, 2012


I think Dell Inspiron i17R-2617MRB 17.3-Inch Laptop is really good.

cheapdvdhut (new user) posted Dec 13, 2012


I vote for ASUS N53SV-DH51 15.6-Inch Full HD Versatile Entertainment Laptop

brainsync (rep: 1) posted Dec 13, 2012