need upgrade my laptop, any recommendations

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I had a budget of $1500 for a laptop and I got a $400 laptop that I have no issues with (outside of mousepad orientation, bleh). What's with all the big spending?
closed account (3qX21hU5)
That is true, only thing that I ever do that ever pushes the limits of my hardware is play games (The new Crysis 3 pushes is to extremes lol), but other then that you can get by with cheaper models.

I also purchased my laptop for about $350 on sale at newegg and have not had trouble with it at all for coding, 3d modeling, and image editing.
Cash was tight back when I was in college, so I bought a [refurbished] laptop for $250 on tigerdirect if I complaints! Then again, my projects rarely see over a few hundred files not including dependencies.
Cheap laptops usually:
- have poor plactic casing
- have TN displays with poor viewing angles, low luminance and low resolution like 1366x768 (low-end TN is much worse than high-end TN which is much worse than PVA or IPS).
- have low-capacity batteries lasting for only a 2-3 hours instead of 6-10
- have poor-quality batteries that are gone after a year or two
- have slow spinning HDDs (usually 5400 RPMs) instead of SSDs or SSD+HDD hybrid - this alone is a tremendous performance difference even for simple tasks like launching a webbrowser or booting a system
- are noisy - the fans run all the time,
- don't offer a docking station solution
- are not Linux compliant
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closed account (S6k9GNh0)
Herm... I can relate to all of these actually. Although most top end laptops don't give a f*#k about Linux compliance either or I would have looked more into it.
You've described the POS Toshiba I picked up for like $200 for taking notes in class when my friggin ancient Gateway died.
closed account (3qX21hU5)
I have none of them problems except the battery (Which can be replaced but I never need to have it unplugged for more then 3 hours anyways) with my Samsung laptop I purchased for $350 and then spent another $70 bucks for a SSD instead of paying $200 or more that high end ones charge for it.

And personally them issues don't warrant me spending a extra $2,000 on a laptop. But that is just my opinion.
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It is quite simple, you get what you pay for.
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