A list of links to help Rachel in her search for a laptop.
The laptops I’ve linked to here are just a small list of laptops that caught my eye after the conversation we had the other day. Basically everything these days has bluetooth and an HDMI output.
It turns out that 13" laptops are less common on the market than I thought and the ones that are available usually are marked up (because they are small and sexy I guess?). So for the value I’ve tended to list more 14" and 15" laptops here.
Currently my recommendation for you would be the VivoBook (S551LN-DS71T-CA) mainly because you are getting lots of hardware for your money while staying under the $1K price point. It’s more than you need, to be sure, the SSD will house the operating system and most of your programs and the other harddrive will hold all your files. Since the SSD is fast that means loading of programs will be pretty quick, as will booting up the computer. A 1T drive is also more than you need but for the price it’s pretty snazzy. It’ll let you download lots of stuff to watch without needing to prune things to make room.
Regardless of where you go I think the hardware with the best value will come with Windows 8 these days. Fortunately this means the hardware often will come with a touchscreen. Although I’m not sure how I would ever use the touchscreen for the things that I do, my dad has a Win. 8 touchscreen laptop and I think he likes using it. If the software you need can run in Windows 8 you are likely to find your best value for what you want.
- $899 - Asus VivoBook S551LN-DS71T-CA w/ Core i7-4500U, 6GB, 1TB + 24GB SSD, DVD+/-RW, 15.6in HD Touch, Nvidia GT 840M, Win 8
- Currently has a $100 rebate too… I think this would be a great choice for you.
- $799 - Lenovo G50 59421808 w/ Core i7-4510U, 8GB, 1TB, DVD+/-RW, 15.6in HD, Win 8.1
- $729 - Lenovo Thinkpad E540 w/ Core i5-4200M, 4GB, 500GB, DVD+/-RW, 15.6in HD, Win 7 Pro / Win 8 Pro
- $829 - Lenovo Thinkpad E540 w/ Core i7-4702MQ, 4GB, 500GB, DVD+/-RW, 15.6in HD, Win 7 Pro / Win 8 Pro
- Same as the first laptop from Mem-Ex, just with a faster processor. For the price it might be worth it.
- $699 - Aspire V5-473P-54208 w/ Core i5-4200U, 8GB, 500GB, 14in HD Touch, Win 8.1
- $669 - Asus K550LA-DS51-CA w/ Core i5-4200U, 6GB, 500GB, DVD+/-RW, 15.6in HD, Win 8
- A bit on the large size for what this is, hence the price. No touch screen but you are stuck with Win 8.
- $1198 - Acer TravelMate P6 14" Netbook - Black (IntelCore i7-4500U/500GB HDD/4GB RAM/Windows 7 Pro)
- Not sure why this one is so expensive… I guess you pay for the i7 class processor, or maybe to keep Windows 7.
- $849 - ASUS K450LD 14" Laptop - Black (Intel Core i7-4500U / 1TB HDD / 8GB RAM / Windows 8)
- $80 rebate/on sale, ends Sept. 11
- $579 - HP Pavilion 14" Laptop - Black (AMD A8-6410 / 750GB HDD / 8GB RAM / Windows 8.1)
- Great value…
- $649 - HP Pavilion 14" Touchscreen Laptop - Silver (AMD A8-6410 / 1TB HDD / 8GB RAM / Windows 8.1)
- Same as previous, but with processor and harddrive upgrade. Still great value…
- $599 - Acer Aspire V7 14" Touchscreen Laptop - Iron (Intel Core i5-4200U/ 500GB HDD/ 8GB RAM/ Windows 8.1)
- Similar to the Aspire I listed from Mem-Ex.
- $679 - Acer Aspire E 15.6" Laptop - Iron (Intel Core i5 4210U / 1TB HHD / 8GB RAM / Windows 8.1)
- $1099 - ASUS VivoBook S551 15.6" Touchscreen Laptop- Black (Intel Core i7-4500u/ 1TB HDD+24GB SSD/ 8GB RAM)
- Same as the VivoBook from Mem-Ex just marked up a bit. I like this laptop though.
- $1199 - Toshiba Z30-A 13.3" Laptop - Silver (Intel Core i3-4030U / 120GB SSD / 4GB RAM / Windows 7)
- Sexy 13" laptop with a relatively small SSD as the only harddrive. I think you pay a bit extra for the small package here.
- $899 - Dell Inspiron 15 15.6" Touchscreen Laptop - Silver (Intel Core i7-4510U/1TB HDD/8GB RAM/Windows 8.1)
- Pretty good value for what you’re getting. Also available with 16GB of RAM
- $799 - Acer Aspire V5 14" Touchscreen Laptop - Silver (Intel CoreTM i5-4200U/1TB HDD/12GB RAM/Windows 8.1)
- The same Aspire V5 that Mem-Ex has but this one has 12Gb of RAM - up from 8 - and 1TB harddrive - up from 500Gb - for only $100 more. The same one as from Mem-Ex is priced at $694 here.
- $1198 - Acer TravelMate P6 14" Netbook - Black (IntelCore i7-4500U/500GB HDD/4GB RAM/Windows 7 Pro)_
- Exactly the same as the one from Futureshop.