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Old 03-01-06, 09:50 AM   #1
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Any good deals on laptops out there?

I need a very basic laptop. My only requirements are that is has a dvd, cdrw, 56k modem, wireless internet, usb port and enough memory to run it. It's main purpose will be to download my PowerTap and my Polar S725 heart rate monitor when I am out of town riding.

Anyone know of any good decent deals out there?
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Old 03-01-06, 02:14 PM   #2
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judging by your bikes i am guessing you are well off(money wise)

so i would, no doubt in my mind at all, go with an apple laptop. i dont know if you have ever worked on macs, they are totally different. much easier to use, much more user freindly, and less prone to viruses. i am using a mac right now, i would never buy a pc as my main computer.

the laptops are truely beautiful, they look nice online. in person they are stunning.


if you dont want a mac, hp makes nice laptops
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Old 03-01-06, 02:22 PM   #3
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I second the apple suggestion, but only if you can get mac versions of the software you need.

HP's are pretty good, so are Dell's. IBM is probably pretty good hardware wise, but their backup systems are pretty space-intensive I think... might have to reload the OS as soon as you get it if you want to use your entire HD. Stay away from the generic/bargain basement ones.
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Old 03-01-06, 02:26 PM   #4
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I love my Macs, but I won't tell you whether they're for you. If going Mac, your choices are easy. If going PC, Dell and Sony are nice in my book, though admittedly at a slight price premium. The configurations out there are highly variable, so perhaps drag along someone who knows his/her stuff. One should note that IBM no longer makes PC's. The Thinkpad name was sold to Levono last year.
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Old 03-01-06, 03:35 PM   #5
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This Dell is pretty cheap, and it would probably be fine.

But really, I'd recommend a Thinkpad since they are more well-made than any other type of notebook.

HP's and Dells are just not as durable as thinkpads. I've owned several different brands and if they are going to get any wear & tear at all, it's worth the extra few bucks to go with a thinkpad.
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^^^Have you actually owned a Thinkpad built by Levono? Remember, IBM sold the Thinkpad name to them.
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I use HP which I swear by...cheepo and great customer service.
I used Gateways at my job and they seemed to be OK enuff that
the IT dept. only bought them after trying out a few .
My Sons top model DELL laptop is completely the opposite.
The harddrive going a month after new was the first of a few
totally unacceptable problems. This however, was actually less
frustrating than dealing with thier oxymoronicly named customer service.
The expensive, home service insurance was meaningless. I would buy a
278.00 AOL optimized, spamicider E-Machine before I ever bought anything
Dell again !
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^^^Have you actually owned a Thinkpad built by Levono? Remember, IBM sold the Thinkpad name to them.
they only sold the name.
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IBM Thinkpad. X or T series.
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