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Looking fora nice laptop

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by SlammedDime, May 29, 2005.

  1. SlammedDime

    SlammedDime G23 Member

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    I'm gonna be starting at ASU in the fall, and I'm looking to get a nice laptop to go with. I got about $1200 to spend. Anyone have any recommendations? Anything I should look for? Whats the word on Dell and Gateway laptops? I'm a desktop kinda guy, so I know what good components are for desktops, but laptops, i'm at a loss for. Would I be better off going to like Best Buy or Circuit city and getting a brand name laptop?
     
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    LittleLebowski Urban Achiever!

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    Dell or IBM. Toshiba perhaps. IBM is best by far in quality but not cheap. Get a Pentium M proc and get a warranty. Avoid Worst Buy and avoid their warranty. If you really want a quality computer, get an Apple Ibook.
     

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    Alienware is running a special for a few more days with laptops starting at $999

    Check it out HERE
     
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    LittleLebowski Urban Achiever!

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    Apple iBook. Lasts forever, doesn't crash, no spyware, no viruses, no Windows, everything JUST works. It's as simple as that.
     
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    I'd like an ibook, but I don't think that would flow with my Computer science curriculum very well. Yes, I could get a windows emulator for it, but thats just more work.

    I'll check out alienware... thanks.
     
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    My choice would be a Dell Lattitude D610
     
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    Speaking from a network adminstrator's experience the Dells are cheap but poorly made. The IBMs are built like tanks and very Linux friendly and my favorite PC laptop. Toshibas are not bad. Avoid HP/Compaq.
     
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    Yea, I think I may get an IBM... I think i'll be willing to spend a lil more if I have to
     
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    Get a powerbook.
     
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    K, here's what I've come up with from IBM:

    • ThinkPad R51
    • Model 1836Q4U
    • Free ThinkPad Port Replicator II
    • Intel Pentium M processor 725 (1.6GHz 2MB L2 Cache 400MHz FSB)
    • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
    • ATI Mobility RADEON 7500
    • 15.0 inch XGA (1024x768) TFT Display
    • 512 MB (2 NonParity DDR SDRAM SoDIMM PC2700)
    • ThinkPad 40GB Hard Disk Drive
    • ThinkPad 24X/24X/24X/8X Max CD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo V Ultrabay
    • Enhanced Drive
    • 10/100 Ethernet and 56K V.92 designed modem
    • Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG
    Cost: $1199 Shipped

    Hard drive space is a non issue. I have 200+ GB in my desktop here if I ever need extra storage space, and I'll prolly get a 160GB ATA drive and put it an external box and hook it up via usb.... that way I can use it on my desktop too.
     
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    LittleLebowski Urban Achiever!

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    Do you need a port replicator? I doubt it personally. I order and issue out the R51s and that's one sweet laptop.
    I'll put it this way, if I was buying a PC laptop, that's EXACTLY what I would buy. See if you can dump the port replicator and get an extended factory warranty.
    Seriously, good choice. Big screen, fast, thin profile, built in wireless, fast chip.
     
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    I don't need the replicator, but it comes free with the laptop, so why not? heh. As far as the extended warranty, I'll probably go with one, just not sure which one yet.
     
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    Nope, you're on track. Better deal than what I pay for corporate R51s. Think you'll like it.
     
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    Check the Dell coupons online (do a search). I found one for $750 off selected model notebooks priced at $1499. I got free delivery, too.
     
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    K, I know its a Dell, butttttt, it seems sooooo much better. And it has a 3 year Limited warranty, which would work for me while I'm in school.

    • Dell Inspiron 9300
    • Intel® Pentium® M Processor 730 (1.60 GHz/2MB Cache/533MHz FSB)
    • Microsoft® Windows® XP Media Center Edition 2005
    • 17 inch UltraSharp™ Wide Screen XGA+ Display
    • 512MB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz 2 Dimm
    • 64MB ATIs™ Mobility Radeon™ X300
    • 80GB Hard Drive
    • Integrated 10/100 Network Card and Modem
    • 8x CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) with double-layer write capability
    • Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200 Internal Wireless (802.11 b/g, 54Mbps)
    • 3Yr Ltd Warr,At-Home Service,and Tech Support plus Nights and Weekends
    • Free Dell Color Printer 720
    • 1Yr Ltd. Warranty- Advance Exchange
    Only $1246 shipped, same as the IBM above (I forgot Tax when I listed the IBM price above, and I had to go down to 256MB of ram to get it $1242 with tax)
     
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    Good deal but like I said, in the business world I want to buy laptops that will last anything. It's your money and you will be happy with it regardless. I would get a 15" screen for the best combination of viewability and portability.
     
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    FWIW

    I know this is kinda like the Ford vs Chevy discussion. I bought an IBM laptop several years ago, had nothing but trouble with it. Batteries were crap, had the motherboard replaced. Corporately my company bought IBM laptops for several of us. Again nothing but trouble with them. Company finally started replacing them with Dell laptops. I have had 3 different Dell's now. Great computer, no problems. If I needed to buy a laptop for myself today, it would for sure be a Dell.

    Just my .02, YMMV

    Good luck, Mike
     
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    I decided to go with the IBM. Thanks to a very good friend of mine who I trust who deals with laptops and many clients daily, and thanks to LittleLebowski, I felt that, for my needs, the IBM is the better bargain for me.
     
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    let us know how you like it.