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Agree with CM and Dkaile that Toshiba is very good rugged product though underrated in India, in UK Toshiba is quite popular after HP, so is Fujitsu in low cost category.

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Hi Everyone again.

I am looking to buy another Laptop. What I have in mind are these specs

  • AMD Processor, preferably better than Athlon Dual Core, but that will do.
  • 14'' Screen
  • 3GB DDR3 RAM

I am looking at a budget if below 25K. Can someone suggest a good model. Last time thanks to Rajan Mehta, I bought this great Toshiba L640 which is sadly no longer available in market in Kolkata.

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Hi Sadik,

This time Intel Core i3 & i5 prices have gone down substantially and at a sweet/similar spot to AMD.... So makes sense to go for it...

Take your pick from any of the following...

Toshiba C660 INTEL CORE I3 PROCESSOR Rs 23,390 http://cgi.ebay.in/w...#ht_6713wt_1249

Asus A43E Rs 25,990 http://cgi.ebay.in/w...5#ht_4831wt_938

Lenovo Z460- Intel Core i3-390M Rs 26,990 http://cgi.ebay.in/w...8#ht_5575wt_965

Acer Aspire 5742 Notebook With 500GB HDD 2GB RAM Rs 27,990 http://cgi.ebay.in/w...#ht_4404wt_1139

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Hi Rajan bhai

Thanks again for the great references. However the thing is this laptop is for my wife. Now she insists she will not buy a laptop with screen size more than 14 inch. So all 15.6 inch laptops are out. I thought AMD would come at a lower cost hence the AMD preference. Also 3 GB so that performance is good.

Now these two look good. But both have 2 GB RAM.

http://cgi.ebay.in/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=180674754835#ht_4831wt_938

http://cgi.ebay.in/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=300562452568#ht_5575wt_965

I also found these two, but can't locate them on ebay.

http://www.gadgetsguru.in/compaq-presario-cq41-221au-price-specification-buy-india-10108.aspx

http://www.flipkart.com/computers/laptops/samsung/itmcyswyewppxqeb?pid=comcwaucnfpuxfuy

Are there any others I am missing? Thanks again... :)

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Benefit of having a 15.6" Screen is that you may get a better keyboard & In some models, you also get separate number key pad which helps greatly while working with spreadsheets. And there really isn't a huge difference with weight, size between a 14" & 15.6". More of a mental block. Can understand if the choice is between 15.6" & a 10" netbook. Try your luck in explaining her the LOGIC.

A daunting task with any lady, more so if she's your own.. nono.gifdoh.gifboxing.gifcatfight.gifduel.gif

Also don't eliminate 2GB models outright because one slot will be avilable for adding more RAM. By doing so you may restrict your choice in a better VFM model..

And do you have a BUDGET in mind OR money no bar becuase it's for the lady luck!!! Sorprendido.gif

Will provide further input when things are clear... :)

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Benefit of having a 15.6" Screen is that you may get a better keyboard & In some models, you also get separate number key pad which helps greatly while working with spreadsheets. And there really isn't a huge difference with weight, size between a 14" & 15.6". More of a mental block. Can understand if the choice is between 15.6" & a 10" netbook. Try your luck in explaining her the LOGIC.

A daunting task with any lady, more so if she's your own.. nono.gifdoh.gifboxing.gifcatfight.gifduel.gif

Also don't eliminate 2GB models outright because one slot will be avilable for adding more RAM. By doing so you may restrict your choice in a better VFM model..

And do you have a BUDGET in mind OR money no bar becuase it's for the lady luck!!! Sorprendido.gif

Will provide further input when things are clear... :)

First off, love the smilies! :clap::SI:

Well I guess I can try to convince her about the 15.6 inch thing. The budget is 25K. Any idea how much a 1GB DDR3 RAM costs, because I can then purchase a 2GB model and ADD ram if things remain within budget! :thumb:

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Two good choices...

1. Toshiba Satellite C Series C660-P5012 at Rs 20,320 http://www.flipkart....ff-d3f890c5b78d

2. Toshiba C660 INTEL CORE I3 PROCESSOR at Rs 23,390 http://cgi.ebay.in/w...#ht_6713wt_1249

Both are mostly similar except the processor... Essentially you will be paying around Rs 3,000 more for that which frankly does not make sense unless of course there is an app specific more power requirement. 1st one has been bought by Dhirajbhai and he is pretty happy about it's performance running Win 7 Ultimate even on stock 2GB Ram. For normal usage 1st one should suffice.

Can add 2 GB DDR3 RAM which will cost approx Rs. 1,200 to make it 4GB in either of the above.

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Those two look like fantastic options. I think we will go for Toshiba Satellite C Series C660-P5012 and add a 2 GB RAM to it. That should make for a very good Laptop performance wise too. I will be going to the market tomorrow to see if someone can improve the Flipkart rate of Rs 20,320

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any good deal for 12 " or 13 " screen laptop for office use . mainly for excel , outlook express , internet

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MSI X320 13.3" Screen Rs 15,700 http://cgi.ebay.in/M...=item25640169c4

MSI X340 13" Laptop Rs 18,499 (This may be available at cheaper rates elsewhere, check..) http://cgi.ebay.in/M...=item256433d5f7

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anybody having any feedback on this brand and deal

Asus 1215B(Marble Silver)

AMD Brazos Dual Core

2 GB DDR3 RAM

12 Inch Screen

Price: Rs. 20030

http://www.flipkart.com/computers/laptops/asus/itmcygjaszpg4xh9?pid=comcygjaszpg4xh9

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yes . nothing much . anybody used asus model .or any better price of this model elsewhere

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Hi Everyone again.

I am looking to buy another Laptop. What I have in mind are these specs

  • AMD Processor, preferably better than Athlon Dual Core, but that will do.
  • 14'' Screen
  • 3GB DDR3 RAM

I am looking at a budget if below 25K.

Here is what I found for you Sadik,

Compaq Presario CQ42-451TU

IntelĀ® PentiumĀ® P6200

2 GB 1066 MHz DDR3 (1 x 2 GB)

Supports up to 8 GB DDR3 memory (Phew)

320 GB SATA (5400 rpm)

DVD RW

14.0" High-Definition LED HP Brightview Widescreen Display

1 VGA port

1 HDMI port

1 stereo headphone-out

1 microphone-in

3 USB 2.0 ports

1 RJ45 ethernet port

5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader for Secure Digital cards, MultiMedia cards, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro or xD Picture cards

Webcam

Altec Lansing Speakers

Weight 2.20 kg

MRP Rs21860 + Taxes

Link: http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/in/en/ho/WF06b/321957-321957-3329742-89318-89318-4346196-5040879.html

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Thanks a lot Venkat for the suggestion! That machine also looks fantastic... but I am afraid it's a little late! :P:D

I bought today Toshiba C660-P5012 :cheer: !

Again Thanks very much to Rajan bhai. It's now the second great machine I have bought on your advice! :signthankspin:

So, the Toshiba shop here charged 19500+5%Vat+1500 Rs for 2 GB extra RAM (ya RAM me thoda jyada kharcha kar diya, i should have bargained it's price)

So they charged me a total to 21800 Rs. That's for an excellent Toshiba machine with 4GB now! I just finished installing all the programs for the Mrs. and the laptop is really fast. It seems faster than my AMD Athlon II Dual Core L640 M04010, but that may be because this one is new and mine has been going on for many months now. :)

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Hmmm. I am looking to buy a laptop for myself. Will consult this excellent thread then. I am looking for 13-14 inches screen.

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Watch out for Acer batteries. I have an Acer 3810T and the second battery ha just died on me (2 years). My son has the same and is currently on his fourth battery. A colleague has had a couple pack up as well. Acer said that the early batteries (pre Sept 2009) had problems, but after that it seems to be still there.

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one of my friends is getting a laptop for him and myself from US. i need to help in finalising the specs. i thought of following:

- Intel iCore 5 (2nd Generation preferred)

- 500 GB HDD

- Min 3GB RAM

- max 14" LCD (if budget permits then LED)

- 1GB Graphic card

- Brand: Any (but no Compaq)

- Budget: Rs 35000/- (+/- 10%)

- Good battery life

pls provide link to your suggestions. i need good battery life.

Check this on best buy...

this is not 2nd generation core.

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^ ^ ^

Why bother for US..

Get this one right here in india.. Exceeds most of your specs, fits your budget..

HP 431-452TX - Notebook 2nd Generation Intel i5-2410M Rs 34,490 http://cgi.ebay.in/w...#ht_8129wt_1151

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:previous: thanx rajan....

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I would not look to the US. Warranty is invalid in India. I am not aware of many laptops which did not need attention in Year 1 itself. The only recent one I can recall is a Toshiba!

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:previous: i dont agree with you doctor. international warranty is available for the most brands and in the past i've purchased many from different countries and never had problem with any warranty.

Toshiba is no doubt good but others are also there. laptops are like any other electronics and if you are unlucky can go bad any time..

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@csmart; So did we think. My daughter had a Compaq. Went to the UK, had a breakdown. The reply was that since that particular model is not for sale in the UK take it back to India. I told her to reveal that she is a lawyer, and threaten them. She was doing a LLM in criminal justice.

She got a reply pronto to take the unit to a facility right on the campus. The laptop was fixed in three days flat with change of the motherboard (which they got from Germany). This was just before Xmas.

There are more holes in the so called International Warranty than in Swiss cheese. Have you ever read the 15-20 pages of it? I was talking to an CEO of a listed co. He happened to check the terms and declined the warranty extensions in the US.

replaced the Acer battery (See post 92) with a third party battery - 4400mAH against 5600mAh. Has a one year warranty. Half the price. Let me see how long this lasts.

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:previous: what you say may be correct in some part. i got my toshiba from singapore and replaced its DVD drive in India. I just showed them email and they replaced it.

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may be the japs are more customer friendly.my canon digicam's sensor was replaced free of cost after warranty period , owing a self admitted design defect by canon

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