North wrote:So my laptop just died on me mid-1L because of hardware issues. It's a three year old Dell Studio 1558 with Intel Cose i3 M730 @ 2.4 GHz, 4 GB RAM, and 64-bit OS. The power cuts out about 50% of the time when I touch the screen, and occasionally when I look at it wrong. Already spent $100 to get it fixed (plus a trip back to the shop on warranty when it kept doing it) with no luck. Can't trust it anymore, not for exams. Want to go Lenovo to not have problems like this, but I don't know where to start.
Per ITT, I'm going to go for a SSD. Otherwise I'm lost. Don't want to downgrade from my current specs if that's reasonable. Should I do refurbished?
Looking to spend between $600 and, if it's really worth it, $1000. I want the best combination of value, good specs, and durability, but don't know enough about this to be sure I'm balancing those/spending money wisely.
I trust TLSers over the random customer reviews I'm finding.
What should I look at?
i copped an ideapad yoga, along with two other TLS-ers ITT. Office Depot had a good deal for an i5, 128 gb ssd, 13 inch for as low as $799 (i got mine at $899), but i'm sure you can find deals online still.
honestly, i do like the yoga and it has been perfect so far during 1L. after 6+ weeks of use, the build quality is solid, i don't even notice the fan. although i must say that i rarely ever use the touchscreen and use it as a "tablet".