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    Thread: Recommend some non-disposable/repairable/upgradable laptops (Win)

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      08-04-2012 01:16 PM #36
      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainQualude View Post
      This has been common knowledge for at least a decade. Many of the boards are socketed so that the base systems use the same board, as well as mid-range, & more advanced systems. Many of them limit the FSB & the speed of the RAM you can use. What good is DDR3 1600 if it can only run at the boards max throughput of DDR800? Like I said before, at that point it's all BS marketing. If you want a board that is bottle-neck free, & there are people who want those, companies like Alienware & OCZ popped up to fill the need. You will need to pay for that though, dearly. ;-)

      Logic? Dude did you just wake up from under a rock? Companies have been praying on uninformed consumers in this country since it started. They do it because they can get away with it. Hell even McDonalds calls that double-slider they sell a Big Mac even though it takes 2 huge hands to hold it in the commercial. LOL
      I guess you know that Alienware is part of Dell now, right?

      Uninformed suggests buying without proper research.
      And while there are people that buy premade PCs without proper research, there are also plenty of people that buy PC parts to build a PC without proper research.
      On the spec front, some PC builder motherboards show higher specs that they really support (per buyer comments- max memory speed supported is common complaint).
      I have never had a spec on my premade PCs be wrong.
      But forget logic.. let's try and sound very knowledgeable by making a crass generalization like "all budget premade system buyers are uninformed and being taken advantage of."

      But I will admit this topic of ram speed did make me check mine. 1066... dang.
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      08-04-2012 03:37 PM #37


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      08-05-2012 01:22 PM #38
      This is my desktop:


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      08-12-2012 03:54 PM #39
      Quote Originally Posted by Aonarch View Post
      Winning.

      http://shoplenovo.i2.com/SEUILibrary...arnesnoblegold

      ^ Click on that link and create an account, it takes 30 seconds. You will get a student discount and an extra ~$80 off. Plus you can still use another coupon code. I have a 10% off code if you want it.
      This worked out nicely, just ordered an x230

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      08-12-2012 11:35 PM #40
      Quote Originally Posted by SSj4G60 View Post
      This worked out nicely, just ordered an x230
      Every two days they push back my T530 order another two days. I ordered it on July 29th. My ship dates have been August 5th, 7th, 9th, 10th and now the 13th. I called on the 8th and 10th, both times I was told my laptop would ship that day...

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      08-12-2012 11:43 PM #41
      Quote Originally Posted by Hostile View Post
      Every two days they push back my T530 order another two days. I ordered it on July 29th. My ship dates have been August 5th, 7th, 9th, 10th and now the 13th. I called on the 8th and 10th, both times I was told my laptop would ship that day...
      Dang, I ordered a customized T430 (added webcam,1600x900 screen, backlit keyboard, graphics card) and we got it right on schedule. It's been great -- there is a little bit of Lenovo bloatware you have to get rid of -- but the machine is really nice.

      At least you have been getting updated statuses -- the order status page was down for a week and a half for my order.
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      08-13-2012 08:21 AM #42
      There was nothing custom about my order either- the only options I changed were upgrading to a 9-cell battery and the 3 year warranty.


      Pardon any spelling or grammar mistakes, this was posted from my phone. Which probably means I was on the toilet.

    8. 08-22-2012 10:13 PM #43
      I'm pretty bummed. I bought an inexpensive laptop refurbished from Lenovo; G570. Really like the machine, my first PC, having used Mac's for a long time now. Same day I get it and the LED screen develops a dark gray shadow on the right portion of the screen. Lenovo's customer service is pretty awful too. So now I have to return it and have to find a replacement, but this thing was CHEAP! Less than $400, not much out there that comes close at that price point, any recommendations? I just need to work with MS Office, maybe stream Netflix occasionally, play older PC games, nothing cutting edge. Oh and I do need the number pad. Lenovo keyboards really are quite comfortable.

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      08-23-2012 02:57 AM #44
      Quote Originally Posted by aintnowookie View Post
      ...any recommendations?
      Make them fix it!
      I always plug in USBs right the first time.

    10. 08-23-2012 03:17 AM #45
      Their tech support said to just return it, go figure.

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      08-23-2012 01:44 PM #46
      Quote Originally Posted by Hostile View Post
      Every two days they push back my T530 order another two days. I ordered it on July 29th. My ship dates have been August 5th, 7th, 9th, 10th and now the 13th. I called on the 8th and 10th, both times I was told my laptop would ship that day...
      Just got mine

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      08-23-2012 02:10 PM #47
      Quote Originally Posted by SSj4G60 View Post
      Just got mine
      Mine showed up on the 20th...

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      08-23-2012 03:35 PM #48
      We have been fairly happy with Lenovo since leaving Dell to standardize on Thinkpads about 5 years ago. We narrowed it down to the T4x0s series a few years ago, and they are nice machines - basically the same as the regular T4x0 series, but slimmer and lighter. Just got our first T430s in and it's nice, other than the same crappy screens they've been using for the last 5 years or so.

      It used to be you could get nice IPS screens, but that hasn't been the case for a while. Hopefully they'll get back on the bandwagon of good screens sooner than later. I wish they'd never left.

      It's worth noting for people who buy even a few of these a year, that if you call Lenovo sales and ask for a best price quote, you can save a lot of money on customized machines. We only buy 3-6/year, but I've had the same sales guy for years, and he is able to typically discount our custom builds by over 40%. He's done this for years, right from the beginning of our relationship, and the price is typically better than even the basic standard builds on NewEgg or Amazon.
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