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Best lappy under $500?

Which lappy under $500?

  • lenovo IdeaPad Z575 (12992KU)

    Votes: 5 83.3%
  • Samsung Series 3 NP305V5A-A09US

    Votes: 1 16.7%
  • Acer Aspire AS5560G-7809

    Votes: 0 0.0%

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OK. I have a buddy at work who is looking for the best lappy for some light gaming, under $500. He will not buy used. So, I thought maybe some of you might be able to help him out, since I'm not really a laptop guy. Any thought are greatly appreciated.
 
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yeah but no dedicated gpu, and hd3000 just sucks balls in everything else but browsing lol
 

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Gateway NV57H54u is under 500 bucks. (470-490)

2.3GHz Intel Core i3-2350M
4 GB RAM
500 GB HDD


edit newegg has it for 440$

Gateway NV57H54u Notebook Intel Core i3 2350M(2.30...
Both of these seem good, but can anyone find anything better than these three for the price? If these are the best three available, which would you choose, and why? He is leaning toward the Acer since it comes with the 7670M video, but I've had good experience with Lenovo, and the video is 6620g, which also seems decent. Decisions, decisions...

lenovo IdeaPad Z575 (12992KU) Notebook AMD A-Serie...

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2008029&sku=A180-156130

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006KYY0TC/?tag=tec06d-20
 
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Gateway NV57H54u is under 500 bucks. (470-490)
Intel HD graphics over the other 2 options? Personally i would go for the one with the 630M as OP stated its for light gaming, Intel HD can play minesweeper and solitaire :p

Didnt see you post Paulieg. Anything that has a somewhat decent gfx card should do the job according to Notebookcheck.com Most games can be played on medium with any of the above gfx
 

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Intel HD graphics over the other 2 options? Personally i would go for the one with the 630M as OP stated its for light gaming, Intel HD can play minesweeper and solitaire :p

Didnt see you post Paulieg. Anything that has a somewhat decent gfx card should do the job according to Notebookcheck.com Most games can be played on medium with any of the above gfx
Yeah, $500 is max budget, and that was streching things, so the 630M is not an option. I forgot to check notebookcheck.com. That would have been smart. :banghead:

So, if any of these will "do the job", which is the best bang for the buck? I'm struggling b/t Samsung and Lenovo quality, vs a better gpu in the Acer. I will also consider other options, but I'm not seeing anything better than what I listed.
 
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well quality in sub 500$ lappys are somewhat equal imo, its only when you comes to thinkpad, probook, precision and such you can tell a difference

so i would just pick the one with the best specs overall, and games these days really want a good gpu, and can be played with a lower end cpu without bigger problems

so yeah, best gpu with a decent cpu in that pricerange :)
 

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So, the Acer has the 7670M, so it obviously has the best gpu, but I've seem some question regarding quality of Acer products in this price range. The Lenovo has a slightly less powerful gpu in the 6620g, but I've owned 2 Lenovos, and despite price, the quality is always there, and it does thav 6gb ram instead of 4. The Samsung has a lesser gpu than both, but seems to have solid reviews. So, which lappy would you guys pick, given all of the specs?

Edit: Just added a poll.
 
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my gf has a sammy with the i3 and a gt620 i think it is, and honestly, the quality is plain out shit, no less.

but it performs well though.

about acer, i think its a hit and miss, either its good or bad, and ive think they steppud up a bit the past years
 

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i picked the lenovo based on build quality. if you buy a laptop the first thing you should consider is build quality. after all the thing is mobile and you will bump it, bash it, drop it, and smash it.

anyway, what qualifies as "light gaming?"
 

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i picked the lenovo based on build quality. if you buy a laptop the first thing you should consider is build quality. after all the thing is mobile and you will bump it, bash it, drop it, and smash it.

anyway, what qualifies as "light gaming?"
Light gaming, as in the ability to play mostt modern games on medium settings with playable framerates. He's not really a gamer, maybe playing 2-3 hours a week. Primarily games like Diablo 3, Witcher 2 etc.
 

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Light gaming, as in the ability to play mostt modern games on medium settings with playable framerates. He's not really a gamer, maybe playing 2-3 hours a week. Primarily games like Diablo 3, Witcher 2 etc.
ahh, then i think that lenovo lenovo IdeaPad U400 (099328U) Notebook Intel Core ... should do the job. really any of those 3 probably will do, but i go with the lenovo because of build quality and style.
 
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i would agree with lenovo before acer, i don't know of the samsung.
 

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i would agree with lenovo before acer, i don't know of the samsung.
my brother has a samsung and he likes it. the build quality seems a bit cheap to me though.
 
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In the $500 range you're dealing with the Core i3/i5 combo's usually with the HD 3000. There are pockets of water in the deep dry desert of the '$500 notebook that will play most modern games on medium settings'. Although, refurbs have been usually settled for. I myself ended up with the DV6-6135dx for $500. Best money I ever spent.

The notebook I linked to above is a little more than $500, but he'll be happy with it for years. I'm resisting buying one myself at this price.

I'll be looking at laptops today online, if I run across anything that even remotely fits the bill, I'll stop back in and throw up a link.

I'll add...as mentioned, it doesn't hurt to look at refurbs. Lenovo, HP, Dell Outlet. All of the major manufacturers have sites that cater to purchasing refurbs.

Best,

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ahh, then i think that lenovo lenovo IdeaPad U400 (099328U) Notebook Intel Core ... should do the job. really any of those 3 probably will do, but i go with the lenovo because of build quality and style.
my brother has a samsung and he likes it. the build quality seems a bit cheap to me though.
I just think the Z575 looks like a better value. It's cheaper, and has a better gpu, but I am leaning toward Lenovo at this point. I would like a few more opinions before I make a final decision.
 

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JrRacinFan has a point. I've seen a few guys mention the A10 alone without a discrete graphics card will do the job rather decently...

Finding that A10 on sale w/o the graphics card somewhere might be possibly for $500? I'll look around.

LC

P.S. If the budget...'is the budget'. That Lenovo doesn't look too shabby, but I've tried to game on my 6620...it blows. If I didn't have the HD6750m backing it up, I would have trashed it long ago.
 

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In the $500 range you're dealing with the Core i3/i5 combo's usually with the HD 3000. There are pockets of water in the deep dry desert of the '$500 notebook that will play most modern games on medium settings'. Although, refurbs have been usually settled for. I myself ended up with the DV6-6135dx for $500. Best money I ever spent.

The notebook I linked to above is a little more than $500, but he'll be happy with it for years. I'm resisting buying one myself at this price.

I'll be looking at laptops today online, if I run across anything that even remotely fits the bill, I'll stop back in and throw up a link.

I'll add...as mentioned, it doesn't hurt to look at refurbs. Lenovo, HP, Dell Outlet. All of the major manufacturers have sites that cater to purchasing refurbs.

Best,

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wow, $50 more bucks gets you A LOT more laptop.
 
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Ya the link that Liquid Cool posted would be the best option for gaming, $50 more.... your friend could wait 1 extra paycheck and be alot more satisfied IMO.
 

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My .02, I would shoot for an AMD APU based laptop. Wouldn't need the dedicated graphics, might help keep heat and battery consumption down.
lenovo IdeaPad Z575 (12992KU) Notebook AMD A-Serie...
Ya the link that Liquid Cool posted would be the best option for gaming, $50 more.... your friend could wait 1 extra paycheck and be alot more satisfied IMO.
He is too damn impatient, not to mention they will probably be gone by then. Oh, and with tax he will end up about $80 over budget.
 

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Other than that, all you can do is check a Costco, Sam's Club, Best Buy or Office Depot locally. =/ I think i have a guest pass to Sam's if you need it.
 

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