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Which laptop to get?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by iweb, Feb 25, 2006.

  1. iweb

    iweb

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    Thinking of getting a new laptop to replace my desktop so any input on which brand is better and where to buy it? I spent hrs looking at HP and Dell websites and even looked on Ebay and holy crap how do you chose which one? I know I want 15.4 or 16" screen and wireless stuff.
     
  2. Chevytuff19

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    HP's are actually very good laptops. I have a zv6000 I bought from Circuit City about 7 months ago and it still works great. The only problem I have is that they put crappy hard drives in their laptops (mine was an 80 gig 4200rpm with 2 MB of cache). I upgraded to an 80 gig 7200rpm with 8 MB cache and 1 Gig of ram (up from their 512). The upgrades weren't a necessity, but sure improved gaming performance. So I guess what I am trying to say is go to Circuit City or Best Buy and look around. I paid $949 for mine but I am sure they hae better ones in that price range now. But, in the end, it all comes down to what you like/want.

    Wes
     

  3. CheesyD

    CheesyD Nyet to Marxism

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    I bought an Acer TravelMate 8104 about a month ago and love it. Beautiful screen(15.4" SXGA), Pentium M 760 CPU, 1GB DDR2 533 RAM, 100GB HD, ATI Radeon X700 video 128MB, 4 USB ports, and built-in wireless. I did download the free Intel PROset/Wireless software from the Intel site to use instead of the Acer wireless software... works much better connecting.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16834115320
     
  4. tarpleyg

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    +1 on Thinkpads. Having used many different laptops, this is the only one I would seriously consider. Also, despite what you see on their website, you can customize them much further. I have T41p which is listed only at 1024x768, yet I have 1400x1050 display which even drives my monitor at home at 1900x1200 DVI.

    Also, Thinkpad keyboards are fantastic. After using a Dell Lattitude my hands would hurt for hours (I have CTS). I can type on a Thinkpad without any side effects at all.

    Don't just look at laptops online. Go bug your friends, use some.
     
  6. mattyk6

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    I just recently spec'd out a Dell Inspiron 600, 1.73 Pentium, 1.0 GB of RAM, 80 GB HD, DVD-RW/+RW for about $1050. This is what I will be getting soon.
     
  7. m2hmghb

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    After all the problems I've had regarding my dell 9100 I'd have to take the high end notebooks made by dell off the list. I dont know about any others tho.
     
  8. doktarZues

    doktarZues I'm anti-anti

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    All preference really, I happen to think Sony and IBM make the best laptops, but they're also the most expensive. If possible try and get hands-on as much as possible until you find one you like, or vice-versa find a good price and specs on the net and try and find one to get hands-on.

    It's a really good idea to purchase whatever extended warranty the manufacturer offers with laptops, they're much more likely to break compared to a desktop computer and cost a fortune to fix. -dok