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brettw 01-21-2010 8:43 AM

I've been looking at new laptops for a couple of months. One thing I've been considering is getting one with Bluray. I've found a couple I'm interested in, and one has this: <BR>Bluray ROM LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-RW with Double Layer Support <BR> <BR>So it sounds like it plays Bluray but only had DVD write capabilities. Do very many laptops out there come with Bluray write drives at reasonable prices? The one I found has a i7-720QM processor, 4G RAM, 15.6" monitor (don't want bigger), and I can get it for just under $1000. <BR> <BR>If my primary concern for writing to DVD/BluRay is for backups of my files/pictures, is there much of a benefit for having a Bluray write capable drive? <BR> <BR>Any other suggestions/comments would be helpful.

bendow 01-21-2010 9:35 AM

Are you looking at the dells? <BR> <BR>I'm in the same boat, I figured go for the blu ray with rw capabilities so it will be future proof...at least for a few years

brettw 01-21-2010 10:02 AM

The best deal I've found so far is on an HP dv6t.

bendow 01-21-2010 10:11 AM

yeah, I've been looking at that one too. I also looked at the ASUS, they offer a nice bang for the buck. The dell xps16 have caught my eye as well, a bit pricier, but can be had for a decent price on dells refurb site.

zo1 01-21-2010 10:15 AM

I am not sure about the dv6t but I run a dv7 as my primary machine with win 7 and (knock on wood) it is the best box I have had yet. No doubt that 7 plays a role in that but narey a hardware issue to speak of. I skipped the br so can't help there...

brettw 01-22-2010 12:40 PM

Just thought I'd follow-up. Skipped on the Bluray for now and picked up this today: <BR> <BR><a href="http://www.frys.com/product/6128179" target="_blank">http://www.frys.com/product/6128179</a> <BR> <BR>$599.99 with $50 mail-in rebate. <BR> <BR>Also Norton is $60 but comes w/ $50 rebate when bought with the laptop. I'll actually use it, but suppose you could sell it if you didn't need it. <BR> <BR>OPERATING SYSTEM: Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit <BR> <BR>PROCESSOR: Intel® Core™ i3-330M Processor, 2.13GHz, 3MB L3 Cache <BR> <BR>MEMORY: 4GB DDR3 System Memory (2 DIMM), Max supported =8192MB <BR> <BR>VIDEO GRAPHICS: Intel® HD Graphics with up to 1696MB Total Available Graphics Memory <BR> <BR>HARD DRIVE: 320GB (7200RPM) Hard Drive (SATA) <BR> <BR>MULTIMEDIA DRIVE: LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD±R/RW with Double Layer Support <BR> <BR>DISPLAY: 15.6" Diagonal High-Definition LED HP BrightView Display (1366x768) <BR> <BR>NETWORK CARD: Integrated 10/100BASE-T Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector) <BR> <BR>WIRELESS OPTION: Wireless LAN 802.11b/g/n WLAN &amp; Bluetooth <BR> <BR>DIGITAL MEDIA: 5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader for Secure Digital cards, MultiMedia cards, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, or xD Picture cards <BR> <BR>AUDIO: Altec Lansing with SRS Premium Sound <BR> <BR>WEBCAM: HP Webcam with integrated digital microphone <BR> <BR>PC CARD SLOTS: 1 ExpressCard/54 Slot (also supports ExpressCard/34) <BR> <BR>EXTERNAL NOTEBOOK PORTS: 4 Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0, 4th port shared with eSATA, 2 Headphone out, 1 microphone-in, HDMI,1 VGA (15-pin), eSATA + USB 2.0, 1 RJ -45 (LAN), 1 notebook expansion port 3, 1 Consumer IR (Remote Receiver) <BR> <BR>BATTERY: 6-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery <BR> <BR>. <BR> <BR>SOFTWARE: Symantec Norton Internet Security ™ 2010 60-day Trial, HP Support Assistant, HP PC Recovery, HP Advisor, HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection, Microsoft® Silverlight, Sun® Java, Microsoft® Office 2007 Home &amp; Student 60-day Trial, Microsoft® Works, Adobe® Reader, Adobe® Flash, Corel PaintShop Pro Photo X2, Corel Video Studio X2, eBay®, HP MediaSmart, HP Webcam, HP Games Powered by Wild Tangent, HP Music Store powered by Rhapsody®, Netflix, Hulu, Cyberlink DVD Suite, Pandora® Internet Radio, Sling Media® sling player with Sling flash tour, Windows Live™ Photo Gallery, HP Set Up, HP Quick Web, Windows Live™ Messenger, Windows Live™ Mail, Windows Live™ Writer, Skype, MSN Toolbar, Microsoft® Portal, Accellor (Broadband Aggregator in HP Setup)

zo1 01-22-2010 12:46 PM

Nice. Enjoy. My 2 cents. the first thing i would do is get rid of Norton.

brettw 01-22-2010 1:14 PM

You know, I used to hate Norton because it kept running and hogging resources on my previous laptop. I dumped it and have been using AVG for over a year. Then I started having problems where sometimes when my laptop was online, by other computers on my router would lose their internet connection temporarily. Then I got a warning online from my internet provider (time warner) about some virus. Then we got a phone call and said to look up our IP on <a href="http://cbl.abuseat.org/lookup.cgi" target="_blank">http://cbl.abuseat.org/lookup.cgi</a> <BR> <BR>It was listed there as having an issue. I ran spybot, updated AVG and ran a full system scan, and downloaded and ran the Microsoft malicious tool removal thing. None of them found anything, and I've continued to have problems with my laptop. I just installed the Norton I got, and it found a hacktool.rootkit virus along with tons of other tracking cookies not previously picked up. So for now, I'm keeping Norton and will see how it runs. Maybe in a year, I'll go to something else.

bobbym 01-22-2010 4:04 PM

I'm shopping for a laptop as well, and that fry's deal looks really good. If it was an i5 processor and a 14 inch screen I would pull the trigger for sure. <BR> <BR>Right now I see nice HP's and Asus computers around my price point (~700). Blue-ray would a bonus, this is a laptop for me to take on the road AND use in my office (I hook it up to two external monitors and a wireless keyboard and mouse). <BR> <BR>For Virus protection the newer norton stuff has been good for me. <BR> <BR>Brett, let me know how that HP goes. <BR> <BR>As far as backing up, I reccommend a NAS drive, plugged into your wireless router at home - then use some auto back up software. It takes the lazyness out of writing to disks all the time. <BR>SimpleTech has a few cheap ones. <BR><a href="http://www.amazon.com/SimpleShare-500-Network-Attached-Storage/dp/B000G18NRA/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&amp;s=electronics&amp;qid=12642 04988&amp;sr=1-6" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/SimpleShare-500-Network-Attached-Storage/dp/B000G18NRA/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&amp;s=electronics&amp;qid=12642 04988&amp;sr=1-6</a>

zo1 01-22-2010 4:11 PM

^^^ agreed on the nas drive. I have used that method for years and recently added Carbonite for disaster relief. <BR> <BR>I am not A fan of virus software personally. Smart usage can prevent a virus without the need of resource jogging sw. <BR> <BR>If you lappy is anything like mine you'll love it!


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