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Dissembled

join:2008-01-23
Indianapolis, IN
reply to Dissembled

Re: Help Me Spec a Laptop for My Wife

Ended up going to Fry's on Saturday to look around at laptops. Suggested to the wife we go look and see what they had although I had no intention of getting anything from there. Cool place to go wander around anyway, so it was all good. I had checked out several custom build sites and everything I put together was similar to Kris' suggested build that was coming to around $1,200.

Well, we found one that she and I both liked and ended up getting it. It's a Sony Vaio with a 1080 17" screen and backlit keyboard. Specs are an i7-3632QM, 8GB, 1TB 5400RPM, 1GB Radeon 7550M, and BluRay read/DVD writer.

It was on sale for $950. So, I didn't get a second drive/SSD or the 16GB of RAM, and I think the 7550 is pew pew but at least it's dedicated and has some decent memory. She loved the screen and the backlit keyboard (a combo I was actually struggling to find). It did come with Windows 8 though.

All in all, it's a hell of a machine compared to her (my old) desktop that she's been on and as long as she's happy.....



drew
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Port Orchard, WA
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If she's storing stuff off the laptop, just replace the HDD with a SSD. She's worth it, right?



Dissembled

join:2008-01-23
Indianapolis, IN

said by drew:

If she's storing stuff off the laptop, just replace the HDD with a SSD. She's worth it, right?

I wouldn't be nearly as comfortable replacing a drive in a laptop, but it is a possibility because she has a 1TB and 2TB external. The only real data that she needs HD space for is photos and videos which are easily offloaded to the externals.


drew
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It's dead simple so long as you have OS install disks.



Krisnatharok
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join:2009-02-11
Earth Orbit
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said by drew:

It's dead simple so long as you have OS install disks.

+1. I've done laptop HDD swaps several times--they are always easily accessible with minimal case deconstruction.
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Dissembled

join:2008-01-23
Indianapolis, IN
reply to drew

said by drew:

It's dead simple so long as you have OS install disks.

Unfortunately, that would be the one problem then. This laptop didn't come with a Win8 OS disk. You think I could contact Sony (I doubt I'd get far with the retailer) and get one?


Krisnatharok
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Earth Orbit
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Every laptop comes with an ability to burn system restore DVDs. I would burn two copies ASAP and keep them in a safe place.

They will only be available from the manufacturer at cost.

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