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Best spot to buy laptops in Toronto

I want to get a new laptop before university hits and I need a nice place to find one that isn't too expensive but also works well. I'm not sure which stores are overpriced or have good deals so if anyone could help me, I would love you forever! xD
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Well, it ultimately depends on which laptop you want. You would also have to survey the stores for the cheapest price and specs.
Macbook - Apple Store - Summer Deal get a free ipod touch
Dell - Dell Store
HP, Compaq - FS, BB, HP site
ASUS, Futijsi(sp?) - check NCIX, TD, CC
Thinkpad - Lenovo site
Sony - FS, BB, Sony Store
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stay far away from pacific noteboooks
i've had bad experiences with them re: warranties, pricing, and they tend to be late on whatever dates they promise you
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sexpuppet6000 wrote:
Jul 16th, 2008 7:16 am
Yorkdale Mall - Apple Store
Eaton's Centre - Apple Store
That's if you want an Apple...

Check out MilestonePC. Lots of Asus selection on their site.
edit: they're gone??

That being said, stick to an Asus authorized retailer if you're looking for one.
Deal with it.
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i've used lucomputers for my asus purchases..


www.lucomputers.com


i would recommend asus if you're looking for power
and the best thing i love about asus, is the ONE YEAR FREE ACCIDENTAL WARRANTY

so anything happens, just bring it to the local asus repair shop (one up in markham) and ask for it to be repaired

i got my laptop lcd screen replaced in a day
it was amazing, best turn around time and customer service i've ever seen


usually i can get a 100-200 discount since i made almost all of my big purchases there and i recommend friends and such

try bargaining, theyre pretty open to the idea...

but to be honest....
buying a laptop really depends on what you want...

the best way to determine how to buy a laptop is to first set yourself a firm budget - VERY FIRM - don't cave in like me =P

then decide on what you want - power or portability or looks

after you have made those decisions, you can just ask us on RFD on what the best laptop is for your price range and preference

then it would be best to go looking for the best price for your laptop

for apple: REMEMBER, there is a student discount, so check your uni tech shop to see if its cheaper or at least ask for it when buying from the apple store

and i dunno about you, but my uni offers free MSWindows, so you can probably save a bit on OS as well
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aznangel wrote:
Jul 16th, 2008 10:01 am
i've used lucomputers for my asus purchases..


www.lucomputers.com


i would recommend asus if you're looking for power
and the best thing i love about asus, is the ONE YEAR FREE ACCIDENTAL WARRANTY

so anything happens, just bring it to the local asus repair shop (one up in markham) and ask for it to be repaired

i got my laptop lcd screen replaced in a day
it was amazing, best turn around time and customer service i've ever seen


usually i can get a 100-200 discount since i made almost all of my big purchases there and i recommend friends and such

try bargaining, theyre pretty open to the idea...

but to be honest....
buying a laptop really depends on what you want...

the best way to determine how to buy a laptop is to first set yourself a firm budget - VERY FIRM - don't cave in like me =P

then decide on what you want - power or portability or looks

after you have made those decisions, you can just ask us on RFD on what the best laptop is for your price range and preference

then it would be best to go looking for the best price for your laptop

for apple: REMEMBER, there is a student discount, so check your uni tech shop to see if its cheaper or at least ask for it when buying from the apple store

and i dunno about you, but my uni offers free MSWindows, so you can probably save a bit on OS as well
Thank you for the great advice on Asus! I am looking for a power Laptop more than anything, I'm not too worried about the portability, as long as it's not going to be big like a CRT monitor. xD

That being said, Dual Core with 1GB RAM would be minimum at this moment.
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lol
budget?

in this case, i almost certainly recommend an asus at this point

edit: dual core and 1gb ram is a minimum, you almost never see any laptop below that these days...
probably wanna focus on clock speeds and whether you want dedicated graphics or not
which i think you do

my recommendation
- asus F8SV-B1 or C1 or F8SN...too many models nowadays ><"
don't remember which one was more powerful...
whichever ahs the 1440x900 resolution is the best

also has a 8600 GT if i remember correctly
its an amazing laptop
i just wish i could get it ><"

also
- may wanna look at a company called Zepto and try out alienware too
but i prefer Asus the most mainly for that local service center and amazing warranty
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hey im same boat as OP. but my budget is under 2k or around that at most, was debating on dell xps 1530,1330 or macbook pro... min. requirements core2duo 2.0 ghz, 2-3 gb ram, and a dedicated video card.
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aznangel wrote:
Jul 16th, 2008 10:01 am
i've used lucomputers for my asus purchases..


www.lucomputers.com


i would recommend asus if you're looking for power
and the best thing i love about asus, is the ONE YEAR FREE ACCIDENTAL WARRANTY

so anything happens, just bring it to the local asus repair shop (one up in markham) and ask for it to be repaired

i got my laptop lcd screen replaced in a day
it was amazing, best turn around time and customer service i've ever seen


usually i can get a 100-200 discount since i made almost all of my big purchases there and i recommend friends and such

try bargaining, theyre pretty open to the idea...

but to be honest....
buying a laptop really depends on what you want...

the best way to determine how to buy a laptop is to first set yourself a firm budget - VERY FIRM - don't cave in like me =P

then decide on what you want - power or portability or looks

after you have made those decisions, you can just ask us on RFD on what the best laptop is for your price range and preference

then it would be best to go looking for the best price for your laptop

for apple: REMEMBER, there is a student discount, so check your uni tech shop to see if its cheaper or at least ask for it when buying from the apple store

and i dunno about you, but my uni offers free MSWindows, so you can probably save a bit on OS as well
Laptops on lucomputer site don't seem to be great deals. They don't seem close to flyer deals at Future Shop or Best Buy for example. The deals must be in the bargaining - how much wiggle room is there?
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novembersnews wrote:
Jul 16th, 2008 11:22 pm
They don't seem close to flyer deals at Future Shop or Best Buy for example.
FS and BB do not sell Asus laptops.
Deal with it.
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Someone I know is willing to sell me their Asus S96J Laptop for $600. The specifications are:

Dual Core 1.83Ghz processor
2 Gbs Ram (Brand new)
512mb Video card (Ati X1600XTX)
80Gb Seagate
15.4" Glossy Widescreen WXGA

Does that seem like a good deal?
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@ Duality
doesn't seem bad
- if the condition of the laptop is good
then seems like a worthy buy

if OS installation is not a big issue
i suggest ditching that 80gb hdd once you get it and get something thats at least 200gb in size

and for the ram
2x1gb or 1x2gb?
just nice to have an extra slot open
thats all
but aside from that
not a bad purchase

if you want, you may want to look for a A8Js or any A8J series laptop...

thats what i have now...
14" and 1440x900 rez (this is amazing for a laptop of this size)
GeforceGo 7700 or 1700 depending on which one you buy
and T7500

i think prices range around 800 for used..(you'll need to do a bit of searching since this laptop is about 1.5 yrs old)
i'll try and do some searching for you since i have some spare time on my hands xD
http://www.techonweb.com/products/produ ... LXA&src=PG
F8Sn-D1 can be found for sub 1k ;) if you look hard enough
go to any place that has them and try to do some crazy PMing xD

@ novembersnews

look at the specs on the Asus and compare it with the ones sold at BB
they simply don't compare...
Asus is all about power and they aren't sold in big box stores like BB or FS

wiggle room for the prices can be arond 100-200...
depends on how well you are at bargaining, multiple purchases...stuff like that....
and if you speak chinese i guess XD since its an azn place (easier to bargain in canto and mando ;) )....
look around, you don't have to go to lucomputers,
just use the comparison shopping feature on RFD and you can find a bunch of other places

@ Brianjai

maybe go for Asus G1 series?
i would much rather get that then an xps if your budget is under 2k

build quality and specs are better...and the G1 is really tailored for gaming...
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