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What model to buy

2011-06-05, 21:38 PM

I sampled laptops at Best Buy- loved the feel of the touchpad on the IDEA pad Z565 but need a 6 hour batterylife and under 4 lbs. Can be a smaller screen of course. Does anyone know if any of the lighter laptops have this same touchpad as the Z565. thanks!

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06-03-2011

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Re: What model to buy

2011-06-06, 2:38 AM

Honestly, I used to think very highly of Lenovo but now I wouldn't even recommend you buy one. I absolutely love the keyboards and touchpad myself but it's not worth it. I got the y560p thinking I had a high end laptop, nope. Lenovo lied about the switchable graphics and the charger broke and broke the laptop within a month, it's been at the repair depot for almost a month with them lying to me the whole time giving me dates for its return that don't happen. I might just switch to dell honestly. The service is much better and the xps 15 they have now is pretty much the y560p equivalent if not better and for almost the same price. I loved my y560p but thought it would last for much longer, and the battery life is abysmal without the switchable graphics...

Lenovo y560p 2nd generation Intel® Core i7-2630QM Processor ( 2.00GHz 6MB 8 GB PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM and 500GB 7200
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03-30-2011

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Re: What model to buy

2011-06-06, 3:06 AM

Whew...such a hard topic to comment on:  what brand of laptops are the most reliable....I bought my Lenovo because I had had it with Dell.  My last two Dell's have been a reliability nightmare, with both having graphics card problems.  The first one died because it overheated and cracked the case on the GPU.  The second one would lock up at random times.  I had to reinstall Windows and everything and once I did that I had a workable laptop.  And going through Dell support for CONSUMER(note CONSUMER) laptops is a nightmare.  Their first response is to say it's a software problem and you have to pay $150 per support instance.  The only time Dell's support is worthwhile is if it's purchased as a BUSINESS line machine like a Latitude and so forth.  Then you get their business level support and you can talk to a coherent tech support specialist that actually seems motivated to help you.  But let's be frank, Dell has been caught with their hand in the cookie jar over the last few years dumping known quality problems on the public or worse yet dumping their dogs in third world countries.

 

My biggest suggestion to buyers of laptops is to decide what they really want to do with the laptop and that will drive you to a certain type of processor and GPU.  What I think many people ignore is that these laptops have to expel a lot of heat and heat is just about the biggest enemy of electronics.  So you have this small enclosure where you are trying to expel 10s if not >100 Watts of heat(think a 100W lighbulb wrapped up in some plastic and metal).  Now, you say "I want this laptop to be a desktop replacement so let's get a high end GPU in it!"  That high end GPU adds tons more heat to the equation. That extra heat=shorter life of the laptop.  Moral of the story:  if you aren't gaming stay away from the high end GPUs from ATI or nVidia.  The Intel integrated will do just fine.  You will have  laptop that runs many years and is reliable(and won't burn your legs when you actually use it as a "laptop").  There are only a handful of factories making laptops so that Dell you want is probably being built alongside an Asus or Acer laptop using the exact same components.  Another moral of the story:  the label on the outside of the laptop has less to do with the performance and reliability than what you choose to put on the inside of it(CPU, GPU, etc).

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Re: What model to buy

2011-06-06, 3:17 AM
True, the same concept applies to macs and people proclaiming they're so "powerful" but they have the same components regarding processors and such as most laptops. When I was researching the dells I talked to a tech who was so incredibly helpful over live chat, maybe it was just so refreshing after the treatment I've gotten from lenovo. I do game on my laptop which is why I wanted the switchable graphics for when I wasn't gaming. Maybe dell was only nice because they were trying to sell me something, but the guy upgraded the video card to the gt 540m for free and was offering the 2nd gen quad core 2.0 2030qm, 6gb ram, 750gb hard drive, blue ray, gt 540m 2gb card, all for 1000. I mostly use mine for med school and gaming so I went with lenovo for the $900 deal. Hopefully if and when I get my y560p back it'll be great henceforth. I wish there was something reliable out there but it appears they all suck lol. If it weren't for school I wouldn't even own a laptop. I'm a desktop kind of girl where if something breaks you spend $100 on a new part and go on with life, not some huge repair service ordeal or needing to get a new laptop. lol
Lenovo y560p 2nd generation Intel® Core i7-2630QM Processor ( 2.00GHz 6MB 8 GB PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM and 500GB 7200
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Re: What model to buy

2011-06-06, 12:46 PM

Just a quick FYI about switchable graphics/Optimus from nVidia:  not all games force the switch to the nVidia card, even if you force the switch via the nVidia software.  Before I purchased my Lenovo I purchased an Acer with a 540m in it.  I don't game much but the one game I did play would not force the switch to the nVidia card and always used the Intel card.  That obviously didn't cut it for me.  I had to send the Acer back and eat the restocking fee.  Before purchasing a model with the nVidia Optimus technology I suggest you do your research to make sure the games you do play will actually force the switch to the nVidia card.

 

And note that with Optimus the nVidia card uses portions of the Intel card in order to function.  Thus, you cannot force the nVidia card by disabling the Intel card in bios.  Optimus just appears not ready for prime time even though the concept is certainly viable.

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Re: What model to buy

2011-06-06, 17:54 PM

thanks so much for all the good info. 

 

I really liked the feel of the touchpad (synaptics v7.2) on the ideapad z565 but need smaller display (c. 13"), under 4 lbs, 6hr battery.  It's the touchpad that is the deal-breaker for me.  I've googled high and low for lenovo or other brand with that touchpad but no luck.  I live in rural area so computer stores are at best 100 miles away.  I got in that one trip to Best Buy, which let me identify the v7.2.  but type of touchpad is not a very effective search filter.  I do like what I've seen of lenovo in spite of some problems.

 

So can you help me identify lenovo (or other brand) with synaptics v7.2, approx 13" display, 4lbs or less, 6plus hrs battery life?  I surely appreciate your help.  Thanks.

 

sanmik

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Re: What model to buy

2011-06-06, 18:43 PM

They may seem to look nice and have good specs but in all honesty its crap. My y560 has been in repair 3 times already, its not even a year old (faulty gfx card, hard drive and mobo respectively). Three failures since november of 2010. This is the level of durablitiy you'd expect from a $250 e-machines from wallmart, not for a $950 dollar "gaming" laptop.

 

My mother's cheap hp has been running for 2.5 years with only a bit dull left click key... No other problems, ever.

 

 

Similar to Supergirl09 my y560 has been laying "on hold due to service part shortages" since may 23rd... I have no clue when I will get it back. Either lenovo has laid off alot of people or they should because somebody is not doing their **bleep**ing job here... As a corn shell on top of this big turd, lenovo's site for checking the status of repairs for some reason, just doesn't seem to work anymore. Possibly being bombarded by people who want to know where the **bleep** are their laptops.

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Re: What model to buy

2011-06-06, 18:51 PM
What I am looking for is lenovo with touchpad synaptics 7.2. Can you tell me which those are? thanks, sanmik
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