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[jennilee]
Which one should I buy? (Please don't say none of them.) Which one is the least terrible?


HP ENVY M6 15.6" Laptop - Black (AMD A10-4600M / 1TB HDD / 8GB RAM / Windows 8)

Lenovo Ideapad 15.6" Laptop - Grey (Intel Core i7-3520M / 750GB HDD / 8GB RAM / Windows 8)

Samsung Series 3 15.6" Laptop - Silver (AMD A10-4600M / 750GB HDD / 8GB RAM / Windows 8)
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[User Picture]From: euphrosyna
2012-12-26 05:14 pm (UTC)

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I've always been under the impression that Intel is best, but I'm not sure my info is up-to-date. I'd say number 2 based on that, though.
[User Picture]From: mikehz
2012-12-26 05:20 pm (UTC)

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My wife's Samsung laptop runs circles around my HP laptop. I've had issues with every HP computer I've ever owned, laptop or desktop. They seem to come shipped with loads of ad-rich bloatware.
[User Picture]From: tamaracat
2012-12-26 05:26 pm (UTC)

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My mom, brother, and I all have older versions of the HP Envy and love it. We just bought my husband one for his birthday, the same model you posted.
[User Picture]From: st0neface
2012-12-26 05:28 pm (UTC)

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The Lenovo and the HP both have dedicated video memory which is good, the Lenovo has the faster processor but the HP is a Quad core which I think mutitask a bit better and a bigger HD

so a tentative vote for the HP
[User Picture]From: fieryphoenix
2012-12-26 05:59 pm (UTC)

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What will you be using it for?

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Core+i7-3520M+%40+2.90GHz&id=890

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=AMD+A10-4600M+APU&id=10

That aside, Samsung is good, Lenovo's on the rise and I'd consider it good.I tend to hear tons of complaints about HP.

Do you think you'll need the extra 250GB? Would it be feasible to just buy an external drive if you need more space?

Given the 2GB of video memory pointed out, I'm leaning strongly toward Lenovo.

Edited at 2012-12-26 06:04 pm (UTC)
[User Picture]From: jennilee
2012-12-26 06:05 pm (UTC)

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oh well shit

thank you for your comment, this was the kind of thing i was hoping for but didn't know how to look for it

in the hour since i posted this entry the samsung and lenovo were both sold out (boxing day sales in canada are insane)

so i scooped up the hp in a rush lol
[User Picture]From: fieryphoenix
2012-12-26 06:14 pm (UTC)

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Admittedly the complaints I hear about HP is somewhat old data. Others seem not to be having many problems, so they may have cleaned up somewhat.

What mikehz said about bloatware is true, though. The HP computer is still a worthy one, but do yourself a favor and reinstall only what you need fresh when you get it, unchecking any little "extras" that different programs want to put on. It'll run a LOT better.
[User Picture]From: jennilee
2012-12-26 06:26 pm (UTC)

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yeah, for sure. i haven't had a new computer in, well, over 10 years so i will probably be wowed by all the bells and whistles but i'll remember this.

do you have any advice for what kind of anti-virus protection i should get? i'm average in the web-savvy in that i can recognize and don't download things that are bad for my computer but i'm not exceedingly knowledgeable.
[User Picture]From: fieryphoenix
2012-12-26 06:38 pm (UTC)

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The computer I'm using now is one I built myself to replace my 9 year old one. The bells and whistles are indeed wowing!

If you're looking for free anti-virus software, Avast! Free is pretty solid. It has really good detection rates and pretty much runs with as much or as little input from the user as you like (meaning super-savvy or completely new, it's very usable). The only downside is that you can't schedule system scans with the free version, but that's no biggie; Windows itself lets you set reminders via Task Scheduler.

For a firewall, Windows Firewall, which comes with Windows, is good. IF you want to take a dive into something for the more experienced, Comodo Firewall is even better (just the firewall; don't run two virus scanners on the same computer).

And for Spyware detection, You can run either SUPERAntiSpyware, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, or both.

Edited at 2012-12-26 10:09 pm (UTC)
[User Picture]From: jennilee
2013-01-03 10:14 pm (UTC)

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hey i forgot to thank you for your recommendations!

i am downloading superantispyware and avast right now :)

i am finding it difficult to decide what to keep and what to uninstall but i'm trying to not be a hoarder, especially when i really don't need any of these apps haha
[User Picture]From: fieryphoenix
2013-01-04 12:49 am (UTC)

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You're quite welcome!

If you're uninstalling programs, a good program to sweep up with is CCleaner. The uninstallations sometimes leave things in your registry that can slow your computer down, and CCleaner will fix all that, as well as do other things to keep your machine tody.
[User Picture]From: shinygobonkers
2012-12-27 12:49 am (UTC)

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I'd probably go for the lenovo