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Old 03-05-2009, 09:40 AM
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Default Laptop replacement.

Well,I'm in the market for a new laptop.Mine died yesterday.I really don't need much becouse I am on dial up at the house were I use it at only.I don't plays games or any of that other BS.

So,I am looking at this one;
http://www.dell.com/content/products..._great_deals_2~~


Or this one;
http://www.dell.com/content/products..._great_deals_3~~



Which ya'll think?
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The only difference I see between the two is that the second one ($699) has the premium edition of Windows Vista, and the first one $549) has a 2/10" bigger screen. I'd save the $150 & go w/ the first one.
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Any extras would you add?
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just posted this in the other thread for you:

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well, if you're sticking with a windows machine, i would just go to buy-dot-com and get a reconditioned IBM T-41/43 loaded with XP Pro. they're great machines and XP Pro was pretty stable. you may need a new battery, but that should be it. those machines are more than enough for email/websurfing/music and photos. and you can pickthem up for around $400.
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I bought an E-machine laptop from TigerDirect.com. $399 and it works great. Plenty fast on the Internet and seems to have everything I want/need. (i.e. Webcame, 2GB Memory, Vista, DVD burner, etc...)
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I bought an E-machine laptop from TigerDirect.com. $399 and it works great. Plenty fast on the Internet and seems to have everything I want/need. (i.e. Webcame, 2GB Memory, Vista, DVD burner, etc...)
which version of vista are you running on that emachine? what kind of processor? with only 2GB memory, you're not getting lots of freezing/BSoD?

i've heard/read: vista + any computer with 2GB memory = ginormous turd

but maybe that was just the vista enterprise version. if you have a "slimmed down" version of vista, maybe 2 GB is sufficient? ;?
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I'am on a dell laptop 6yrs and one thing that I think helps is I got one of those cooling fans foe the bottom. Before it was hot to the touch and now with the fan its cool. The hard drives these days are like spinning a pie plate and the heat these machines generate must over time warp or distort the drives can't wait for solid state.
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The E-machine for $399 is running Vista Basic. For another $25 I can get another 2GB of memory, which I may just do.
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Any extras would you add?
If you're not playing games & such I wouldn't waste the money on any extras. That $549 machine you posted has everything I'd look for (2 GB duo core, 4 GB memory, big hard drive) If you were going to play games (high tech ones) you'd probably want to upgrade the video card, but that would really be the only reason I could see to do that.
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I know, I know, I'm in the minority here but buy a cheap Mac laptop, they just work better not the machine but the OS.
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I'm real new to computers but I went Mac.
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I've heard good things about Mac, but some of my work programs aren't available in Mac.
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New Mac's will run Vista / Windows.
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I have had excellent luck with Dell laptops and bought a "new" one this week. I think a 15 inch display is a minimum, but I have another criteria. It has to have the highest resolution display I can get. It makes a huge difference in how easily you can read text - like when you are browsing around THT. A WUXGA is about the highest resolution they offer in a laptop at 1920 x 1200. Next down is WSXGA at 1440 x 900. Most latops with a widescreen are WXGA at 1366 x 768. The difference in the crispness in text and jpegs is significant.

If WXGA is the base resolution, going to WSXGA increases the pixel count by 24 percent and WUXGA increases it by 120 percent. Adding the high resolution dispay costs about $125 depending on screen size. You might think of buying a laptop with WXGA as being little like buying a standard resolution TV when HD is available.

Vista can be a memory hog and is still not widely enough accepted to be the prevailing format. XP continues to be offered on new Dells and the license cost less than Vista. Microsoft has finally acknowledged that many people and especially businesses won't run Vista, so they are close to releasing a new operating system to replace it. XP comes in home, pro, media edition and who knows what else. They all seem to be about the same to me. Good deals on Dells can be had by going to www.gotapex.com or going to Dell's outlet store.
I prefer the Inspiron series for home use and the Latitudes for travel because of size and weight
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Originally Posted by 29 NORTH View Post
I know, I know, I'm in the minority here but buy a cheap Mac laptop, they just work better not the machine but the OS.
I think the machines run better, too. Its too bad they cost a couple hundred more to start with, but that price difference shrinks when you consider the software that's already included with Macs. Since the Macs can now run just about every PC based software, that's no longer an issue either.
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New Mac's will run Vista / Windows.
That would defeat the purpose of switching........ the whole attraction of Mac is the OS
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Kerno,thanks for the PM.I talked to dell last night about the $559.Got an extra 15% off,free shipping,some software added.Price out the door was $482.

I did try to get inside my old one.After removing around 20 screws,the dam thing still wouldn't come apart.Anyway,I was able to get the harddrive out with no problems and will try to put it in another laptop so I can get to some of the info that I really need.
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Just got off the phone with Dell and canncel that order.Before that,My company top IT guy came thru and I showed him what I was ordering.What he told me was just to stay away from Vista if at all possible.He told me I would do better ordering a used one with XP.I did ask him about windows7 and he told me that chances are it will be no better then vista now,but would address some of the problems that vista has.

He will be looking into my old laptop.I asked him if I could just do a swap to a older laptop my daughter has which is running windows 2000.Nope! It would wipe out all info on the harddrive.Also,he said that if he couldn't get my old puter up and running,he still will be able to save all the info off of it. YES!

Now for a little more info.I asked Dell if windows XP could be loaded.Yes,at a fee of $150 more.WTF? Charge you more for an older program? I asked if the could leave off the OS,becouse I do have an XP cd program,Still another $150 more to leave Vista off.WTF! Dell can kiss my backside!

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I'm pleased to hear that his recommendation and mine are similar. I have a fair sized machine shop and we have quite a few computers. Every one is a running XP. I've tried Vista and it is both unstable and a memory hog. I don't need the system to load 1 meg of stuff into memory before it will run. I know they did it so you could make quick switches between programs, but I don't mind the extra second here and there in trade for it not locking up.

We also have a couple MACs left over from an earlier version of our programming system. They work just fine, but they are quite a bit more expensive to buy than equivalent PC based machines.
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Originally Posted by prockvoan View Post
Kerno,thanks for the PM.I talked to dell last night about the $559.Got an extra 15% off,free shipping,some software added.Price out the door was $482.

I did try to get inside my old one.After removing around 20 screws,the dam thing still wouldn't come apart.Anyway,I was able to get the harddrive out with no problems and will try to put it in another laptop so I can get to some of the info that I really need.
Getting it to work in another laptop is a crapshoot unless it's outfitted exactly the same. You can go to any computer store (take the hard drive with you) and buy a chassis for that hard drive for about $39 that allows you to connect it to your PC via a USB cable....Then you can just copy whatever info you need to your new PC. Once you're done, you can format that hard drive and use it to store all your backup stuff just like a big flash drive.

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