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Old 12-05-2005, 03:37 PM
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I need to purchase a laptop before the end of the year. This is a very confusing process. Most of my research has been on the internet. I have not done a lot of store browsing. I would welcome recommendations. I'm not a gamer. I'll be using it for business. I would like wireless capability and to play a DVD while travelling. I would like to keep it in the $1500 to $2000 range. I'm afraid it will be obsolete in a year. Your input is appreciated.
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Mac: iBook G4
PC: Sony Vaio

The good thing about an iBook G4 is that it can do almost everything a regular laptop can, ant a fraction of the cost. Mine only cost me about $1000, and I have the Airport Wireless and Bluetooth network card. I also have Microsoft Office, for all the usual windows programs. Also, with a mac, you dont have to worry about viruses.

If your gonna go PC, I would recommend the Sony Vaio. Its a sweet unit and has amazing capabilities. It may be quite expensive though (Im not sure on the price)
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Look at the Toshiba. Wider screen and brighter than all of my Sony’s.
It comes with the wireless Ethernet installed.
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I bought a Spartan a couple of years ago and really like it.

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So do any of the Dell or Gateway enter into this race for quality?
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I would prefer Dell, I now have a Gateway and I have had numerous problems. Even though their customer service has been great I have lost some of my work (they replaced 3 hard drives this year alone) and I had to go a week with out my laptop.
I will admit their (Gateway) turnaround time on the service each time has been less than a week including shipping.
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Great Post and timely for me also.

I have just been talking to Garret about this.

Do you have to compare speed and memory and disc size and all those things - or are they pretty much standard? Wallmart has a Toshiba for 1000 this week that seems to have all the above features -Any thoughts on that?
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my last laptop was an HP with the Centrino processor. Battery life was great with the centrino chipset. I could get nearly 3 hours of contant use before it prompted me for recharging. I never had a single issue with it nor did the any of the other 30 in our group. My only problem with it was that I had to return it when I changed jobs.
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SONY hands down for a lap top.

Dell and the cow people can kiss my butt. Never, ever again with those folks. Desk tops I'll let my neighbor build em. The customer service is without a doubt the best. He even does road trips for us.
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Is there a particular processor I should lean towards? Processor speed?
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We buy nothing but HP. Good price, good quality.

I would only opt for an Intel Pentium "M" Mobile Processor. You won't be sorry. It will out perform all others in the mobile class.

I do not get concerned with weight nor size. I have never liked the ultra slim machines like the Sony. They are unreliable and do not hold up well to the rigors of travel. If you need access to other peripherals, you will end up carry more crap around that is not integrated into the chassis.

HP and Dell have the laptop market this quarter.
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You guys make me feel good. I got a deal at Circuit City about 5 months ago. For $550 I bought a:

Compac Presario M2000 (Same as an HP)
Mobile AMD Sempron 2800 (1600MHz)
256 MB RAM
40GB Harddrive
DVD Playerr and CDRW
Windows XP SP2
WLAN Ready ( I grab signals everywhere I go)
ATI Radeon Express Video Integrated
4 USB Ports

This laptop has been great but I would reccomend 512MB RAM. I will buy another stick and throw it in one day. It does a good job playing DVD's when I am away from home. Also no interest for a year.

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I have emachine (gateway) and have never had any proccesser/hardrive issues - did have the hinge crap out, but even after the warranty was out they replacede free, shipped to and back within 48 hours - amazing service.

The only thing I really hear negative about gateway is proprietary parts.

my buddy just found one in the best buy site, about 20 layers deep in the darkest corners of the website, for $1000 with centrino proccessor.

also, mine a a wide screen, and I live in Excel spreadsheets, so that's nice. I bought mine reburb and my battery only goes around 45 minutes.
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I just bot the admiral a Dell 9300 notebook.... Its pretty well outfitted and I did upgrade to the 9cell lithium battery. "If mommas happy, everbodys happy"
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You really have to think what you're going to use it for. Light means more fragile. Questions to consider.
How large do you need the screen?
Will it strictly be for business use (with the occasional DVD)?
Will you or wife be travelling much with it. They get heavy in a hurry in the airport.
Do you need a full size keyboard? Some of the smaller laptops have much smaller keyboards.
Do you want floppy, DVD, etc. enclosed in the laptop? All of these can be external and can save weight if you don't use them often. Load what you need on the laptop and leave the externals at home when you travel.

Also, Dell has a link to the Dell Outlet. These are new pc's that were returned or are refurb's. All come with the same warranty as new pc's, but you can save a few hundred bucks. PM me if you have questions.
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I use a Toshiba Tecra M2V, light enough to travel, long life battery....4-6 hours, 80 gig HD....only downfall is I don't have a S-Video Port to play my video games on my big screen.....the wife has the Dell Latitude model, its a little more weight but it has the hardware as mine and a S-Video port ......as for lighter is more fragile I have to disagree, I dropped my Toshiba 6 feet and only dented the case no internal damage, my wife had here laptop in the overhead bin of the plane that went through some turbelance and the lcd screen broke......must of been a bowling ball in that bin too


just my 2 cents.....
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the Dell 9300 is nice and it comes with a 17 inch screen.

I got a deal on a dell b120
512mb
40gb hard drive
1.40g celeron M processor
14.1 screen
wireless card and free printer for $449.

is more than enough for me, but for business a 9300 will make you happy.
there's alot of fortune 500 co that use dell, so they cannot be that bad.
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wife has a Dell for the last 6 years, that she works 8 hours a day 5days a week, Progressive is trading it for another Dell-
0 problems, stay away from gateway, toshiba can have some great laptops.
I'm not familiar with their models in the last years,
I know the satelitte was a good model but that was 9 years ago .
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Dell Dell Dell Dell -- I have two Dells, one is three years old and acts like its new. It is a Latitude C400, very small - great for travel. I am sure they have an updated version. The otherone is an Inspirion 8600. Big but very functional, like a desktop. Bothe wireless (C400 has a wireless card) and with DVD. Never had any sort of problems with either.

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