what laptop should I pick

Hi, a customer brought me there laptop, a dell inspiron and it has a bad motherboard. They want to purchase a new laptop but have a budget of $300, so I found a few on sale at my local staples.

Out of the following three, what one would you pick?

hp pavilion E1X73UA#ABA $236 after rebate - http://www.staples.com/HP-Pavilion-156-Laptop/product_61911

hp laptop D1E92UA#ABA $279 http://www.staples.com/HP-156-Laptop/product_188412

toshiba  C855D-S5950 $279  http://www.staples.com/Toshiba-C855D-S5950-156-Laptop/product_49560

I was looking at all the specs and I was leaning towards the first one, does anyone agree that the first one is the biggest bang for the buck?
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Haresh NikumbhSr. Tech leadCommented:
of course first one

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Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
Absolutly the first one.  I would also suggest they spring for the extended warranty if possible to take the coverage to 3 years instead of just 1.
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aadihCommented:
Amswer: hp pavilion E1X73UA#ABA.
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Ess KayEntrapenuerCommented:
You get what you pay for, just saying
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Ess KayEntrapenuerCommented:
FYI, cheap HP products have about 1 yr life
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Ess KayEntrapenuerCommented:
Of you can try this one for $289

http://gr.pn/16xjCPQ
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Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
I would not touch a refurbished laptop with a 90 day warranty.  You're better off with the new HP that comes with a 1 year warranty, just saying.
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hydrive1902Author Commented:
So does that mean that the first laptop E1X73UA#ABA should be expected to fail within a year or so?

The user only uses it to check email and occasionally go on the web.
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aadihCommented:
No.  This one or a brand new laptop: it's a matter of chance.  :-)
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Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
No it doesn't.  Most laptops will last a long time as long as they are properly taken care of.

Some examples would be:

1. Minimizing dropping and sudden shocks
2. Only using on a hard, flat, clean surface.  This promotes good airflow and longevity.
3. NEVER use on your lap, pillow, or while using laptop while it is sitting on your bed.  These all restrict airflow and shorten life.

Have the user get the first laptop and then purchase the extended warranty.  They will be covered for 3 years.
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Ess KayEntrapenuerCommented:
presonally, my experience with HP is just as aadih said. a Matter of chance. Usually one of the parts will go within a year. perhaps two years if youre lucky.

The reason is, they use a very cheap aluminum based metal for the connections. they tend to burn out. So you have to weigh out Price with Quality
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hydrive1902Author Commented:
I see. well thanks for the info.

I know what you mean about luck, specially with HP. I am currently on a DV9000, people always say they overheat and have LCD / wifi problems.

I have been running it since 2008 AND I purchased it as a refurb, and to this day it runs great. Well nearly great, infact today I just broke the hinge on it when I went to close it. But I am rather rough on it (take it back and forth with me to work every day) and open and close it several times every day. I also have a second hard drive installed, so it runs hotter then if only one drive is installed. But mine did not ever heat yet!
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hydrive1902Author Commented:
thanks for all the info everyone!
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aadihCommented:
Great. You made up your mind. :-)
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