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Discussion in 'Band of Glockers' started by Kiddo, Dec 5, 2006.

  1. Kiddo

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    Hey BOGs! I am currently looking for a laptop with a pricetag under 50k. Could anyone recommend a brand/model? My current computer is a desktop pc and I was thinking that my next PC should be a laptop so I could bring it to school since we already have free WiFi in the campus. Thanks.
     
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    Compaq there is around 40k-50k,Acer 35k-50K,Twinhead 40k-50k.Try V-mall or Cyberzone.
     
  4. Eye Cutter

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    I just recently found out that you can now have a notebook customized to your specs and your budget just like your desktop. Ang daming shops sa SM and Greenhills.

    The other day, dumaan ako sa Villman sa west ave. Meron silang Zero interest promo right now in all branches.

    I saw that their house brand notebook pc, Viper, starts at 39k with the m740 processors and 80 gig hd. Yung mga core duo processors from Blue Technology starts at 49k. Meron fujitsu lifebook with intel m750 processor, 80gig hd, 14in screen going for 40k.

    lahat yun wireless LAN na.
     
  5. horge

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    WiFi, eh?

    There's an ACER Pentium M 740 selling for P39.9k:
    Acer 3628ANWXCi
    Intel Centrino® Mobile Technology
    Pentium M 740 (1.73Ghz, 2MB, 533FSB)
    Intel® 915GM Chipset
    256MB DDR2
    14.1" WXGA TFT Crystalbrite LCD, 1280 x 800
    Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 900
    128 MB Shared Memory ( DVMT 3.0 )
    60 GB IDE HDD
    Combo Drive (DVD player, CD-writer)
    Weight 2.35 kg
    Dimension 334 (W) x 243 (D) x 28.6/35.2 (H) mm
    Linux Operating System
    56K Modem, Built in 10/100 Mbps LAN
    Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200( 802.11b/g)
    Free Card Reader
    6 Cell Battery, 42W Li-ion battery pack
    2.5 hour Battery Life

    Specs are decent for an entry-level non-gaming platform,
    and actually excellent relative to the pricetag...
    The downside is it's preloaded with Linux LINPUS, which is the
    unwashed armpit of the Linux OS world. No GUI, so uninstalling the
    stupid little puke is a line-by-line affair, before you can even
    try to install a decent Linux or oh-so-plebeian WinXP.
    I bought the ACER for my mom from Accent Micro-Mall of Asia,
    who were completely useless for tips on how to uninstall LINPUS
    (Did I mention it's the armpit of the Linux OS world?).
    I exorcised LINPUS, installed XP and Office 2003, and
    my mom's been insanely happy with her Acer.


    For my own use, I went P70k for an MSI with the AMD Turion X2;
    The MSI MegaBook S271 (a Vista-ready notebook with XP preloaded)
    Dual core AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-50 - 1.60GHz, 2x256KB L2 cache
    1GB DDR2-533 memory (sometimes units are sold with HALF of this!)
    128MB ATI Radeon Xpress 200M Integrated Graphics (shared memory)
    12.1in WXGA high-contrast TFT (1280x800)
    80GB Toshiba MK8025GAS 2.5" hard disk drive (4,200RPM, 8MB cache)
    Pioneer DVR-K06 slot loading daul-layer DVD Writer
    Gigabit Ethernet
    802.11b/g Wireless
    Bluetooth
    Realtek ALC882 HD Audio module
    SD/MMC/MS combo reader and an Express Card slot
    Windows XP Professional SP2
    4 hour batt life
    1.9 kg
    11.93" x 8.86" x 1.1"


    The MSI's fast enough, small and light (under 2kg), and won't
    overheat as fast as some of those dual-core Intel notebooks out there
    but it's saddled with the keyboard from hell. If you don't
    touch-type, and I don't, the harder banging of 2 or 3 finger typing
    causes occasional, unintended function-key BS. I had to get a USB
    keyboard for home-use, hardcore type-athons, and restrain myself when
    on the road. Got it from Silicon Valley SM MegaMall, who were
    surprisingly tech-competent.

    Ermmmmm, my sister loves her Mac :upeyes:
    All 100k worth of it.




    If your notebook runs hot, get one of those 300-700 peso USB fans
    meant for the PS-2 (the exposed foam propeller on a bendable arm)...
    It's a lifesaver when doing research in room-temp archives
    and overly warm reading rooms.



    hth,
    horge
     
  6. Eye Cutter

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    if you're looking for 2nd hand Macs or Windows notebooks, check out this place in the strip mall along Ortigas Ave. and Madison St. in Greenhills leading to Xavier School.

    Doon nabili nung kasama ko mac book niya for less than 50k. Madami raw kasi nag u-upgrade to Mac Pro so they're selling a lot of Mac Books now.
     
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    I'm currently looking at the Acer Aspire 3628 ANWXCI notebook. Is this the Acer notebook that you were mentioning horge? It goes for 39k which would leave me some extra cash for other things. Could anyone give or point to a review? Any other recommendations? Thanks. :)
     
  8. horge

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    The very same one, Kiddo.
    There is a more expensive 'model' (same specs, but with Windows XP).
    The price diff is because Linux is free. Kaso lang, bakit naman
    bulok na LINPUS (stress on the "Pus" part, kasi parang nana nga)
    ang ginamit ----ka-daming matinong Linux releases diyan, and with
    free StarOffice, you don't really need MicroSloth software).

    The Acer is a good "student's" notebook.
    No bluetooth, and CD-burner lang, hindi DVD writer.
    I like the magnesium alloy case: guapo na rin ang appearance.
    If you buy the Acer and need help killing the LINPUS and
    Linux partition (to install WinXP) just let me know.

    You will then need a 'factory-type' XP installer, for a virgin drive,
    as opposed to an 'upgrade-type' installer.



    IIRC, there's an ASUS that matches the price of the abovementioned
    Acer, but I remember nothing of the specs.



    hth
    horge
     
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    para saan ba gigabit ethernet?

    what specs do you recommend for gaming and video editing?

    i'd love to get a mac pero wala akong alam saan makakakuha ng mga programs for Mac na mura!
     
  10. horge

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    Gigabit Ethernet is a LAN standard, updated to meet
    present trends in hi-bandwidth transfers. Must have, ngayon.

    I'm not a fan of gaming on a notebook:
    depending on the game, the keyboard can get worn out quickly,
    and it's not as cheap replacing a notebook's keyboard as a desktop's.
    But anyway, just check the machine's video card spec.
    Kita naman kaagad (shared memory? Bwahahahaa!!! :D )
    if it can handle the workload.


    Mac programs:
    AFAICT from my sister's experience, parang libre lang ang
    download ng most software if you bought your MAC b/new
    and legit from an authorized dealer.

    Easy to download free PC emulators (meron ngang PlayStation emulators),
    to run your old Windows proggies on a Mac if you want to.
    And Alvin, did you get the donation I dropped off at CMC?
     
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    Wow.. Very impressive specs for a mini notebook.. Very nice:thumbsup:
     
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    Thanks, Kevlar :)
    Part of me still feels I should have waited for higher-end
    dual Turion platforms to roll out in 2007. The anemic video card
    can be an issue... but then (again), I really don't believe
    in notebook gaming. (keyboard damage aside, the sound is lousy,
    etc. etc.... hehehehe.) Good enough for juvenile video and photo
    editing naman.

    Tinawad ko ng tinawad 'yang MSI S-271 sa Silicon Valley.
    They wouldn't back down on tag price, but they threw in a few
    1Gb thumb drives and other petty shyte to seal the deal.

    Very stable machine, except for the keyboard touchiness.
     
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    horge: yup, i got the money you left. I posted a report doon sa bog anniversary thread and made an accounting of the expenses and revenues for the shoot.

    i'm thinking of getting a new laptop. can't decide on whether to get the mac platform or stick with windows. the keyboards should not be an issue.

    si mco kasi engot! dapat ako bibili ng sony vaio niya kaso nalubog sa baha noong milenyo! i'm currently looking at the lenovos and the asus notebooks at villman.
     
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    horge: why'd you go with the amd athlon and not the intel?

    say you're using your word processor, surfing GT and other sites on the web, waiting for the videos to load, one or 2 or more programs running and in the background, you have the same hard drive and RAM installed, will the dual core models really spell a big difference over the m740 and single core cpu's? kasi the price diff is almost 30-40% cheaper with the single core cpu's
     
  15. mc_oliver

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    Doc sa usage na yan kahit 486DX2 gamit mo solb ka na. Just throw in a couple more on the ram pang porno sites flash. :animlol: :supergrin:

    Actually, you don't really need the fast-burner stuff. I'd have to say 95% ng regular PC users use PC's that are way to over-powered for their needs. Kaso nga lang driven ka by the market now, kasi kung ano available yun ang mabibili.

    Putting a little bit of perspective of what an AMD Duron 800, 512MB of PC-133 RAM, and a 20 GB hard drive can do; yung BOG vids 1-7 natin. Of course if I had the machine then that I'm using now, kalahating araw ko lang gagawin yung vid. Dati I had to wait 3 continuous days for the damn thing to finish rendering the whole flick. Tapos meron pa magpapa-dagdag ng ganito at ganyan after the render...GAH!

    +++++++

    Horge, yung winXP mo pang duo core na talaga? Dalawang CPU
    na nakikita mo sa task manager? How much mo nabili at saan? And do you really get 4 hours out of that batt?
     
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    video editing:

    yun nga problema! pag video rendering na, it takes forever bago matapos. sa desktop ko, which is a Pentium 4 2ghz with 1gb ram, it takes on average more than 10 minutes to render a 300-500MB movie clip! i know the Macs are better suited for this but i'm still partial sa windows!

    so ano magandang specs???
     
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    Hi Alvin :),
    Why the dual cores? Well...
    I'm deeply suspicious of the internet and Microsoft kasi.
    It's still true that you can surf with a much older machine,
    if you go free-license OS. However, Windows and other software
    publishers keep adding more and more script as 'standard' to
    both OTC applications and web-content.

    Conspiracy talaga 'yan, di ba?
    You're forced tuloy to keep upgrading your OS, which in turn
    requires a more and more powerful machine. Microsoft is coming
    out with Vista, and I just wanted to stay ahead of the curve.

    Bad experience ang pinsan ko with Lenovo. Maybe Lemonovo ang nakuha
    niya, but having it fixed under warranty has been a nightmare.
    The only worse experience I know, has been with Twinhead.
    Keyboard replacement lang 9,000 feyshosh na agad?
    :shocked:
    Hang lufet, man.


    My machines presently are
    -the MSI Turion 64 X2 notebook for real work
    -an (extremely grungy) AMD Sempron desktop for surfing

    The speed difference between the two (with my usual applications)
    is actually not that huge, but greater computing power in the
    notebook has kept it from crashing. My desktop WILL freeze up from
    time to time if I actually try to get real work done on it.

    I grew up on AMD. My two experiences with Intel were disappointing,
    and I'm super-kuripot --don't like spending more for just a name.
    I also don't do a lot of video editing: clip-splice, dub and burn
    lang ako. I'm not familiar w/ what you want to do, so medio delicado
    to recommend specs, hehe.



    Hi Oliver :),
    Yes, the WinXP factory-bundled with the machine sees the twins.
    It cost 73k after VAT, Silicon Valley MegaMall. Verify the
    RAM and HDD spec ---sometimes it isn't as advertised, and
    I'd rather not use this machine with less than a Gig of memory.

    With the add-on USB fan, its battery usually lasts 2 hrs 50-odd.
    If the place is airconditioned and I eschew the plug-in fan,
    the little bast goes past 3 and 45.

    [​IMG]

    Nice, small size and weight (the power cord and adapter will
    add a fair bit of mass, though --the new Macs weigh more on paper,
    but actually weigh less, once all accessories are included).
    I've dropped it from lap height twice (yikes!), and it seems to be
    none the worse for it.

    It is a very staid black. Businesslike ba. Some would say boring.
    The touchy keyboard is the main downside for me.
    The free MSI (satchel-type) carrying case is worthless.
    But hey, I like its reliability, durability and speed.
     
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    Build to Order

    here's the laptop king's BOT site. about 30-50% less than branded names with the same specs! Matignan nga.
     
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    McO gave me a copy of Sony Vegas Video for video editing. Ang tindi kumain ng cpu power! Gumagapang talaga pag render ng vids.

    here's a sample from the BTO site. Same as your MSI Chassis with 12 inch screen. With dual core CPU. Similar spec'ed branded notebooks will cost more than 120k

    Chassis Base: Apex MX1057 - MSI OEM - Core Duo (BTO) chassis:

    the only 12in.-Duo Core profile in the Philippines . . . power + aesthetics + value !!!

    > supports 667MHz FSB, Intel® 945GM chipset, DDR2, 12.1in. WXGA display, Intel® GMA 950, 10/100/1000Mbps LAN, 56Kb Modem, 3 x USB 2.0, PCMCIA, 1394, VGA-out, DVD writer, SATA, 6-cell Li-Ion battery, 1.86Kgs., 3-in-1 multiple card reader

    42,777.00


    Intel® Mobile Processor: Intel® Core™ Duo T2500 (2.00GHz / 2Mb L2 / 667MHz)

    The Intel® Core™ Duo processor breaks new ground. Its dual-core technology rewrites the rules of computing, delivering optimized power efficient computing and breakthrough dual-core performance with amazingly low power consumption.

    Intel® Core™ Duo T2500 (2.00GHz / 2Mb L2 / 667MHz)

    19,888.00


    Memory Module: 1.0Gb DDR2-667MHz (Best for Napa Core !)

    7,788.00


    Mobile Hard Drive: Seagate Momentus 100Gb PATA

    9,950.00


    Wi-Fi Adaptor: Intel® PRO Wireless LAN 3945

    3,998.00



    Total Price: PhP 84,401.00
     
  20. horge

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    84K for all that?
    Interesting! I'd love to know the final weight spec.
    Is an OS (WinXP or other) bundled in, under the price quote?