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    Dude wheres my guads? skinnyone's Avatar
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    Laptop handwringing thread

    I am a bit removed from the computer industry these days and no longer know much as to what the killer deals are. I am trying to buy a cheap utility laptop for browsing and running a few applications(none too memory intensive). I think i might still need Windows since I get a lot of MS documents.

    I am not a gamer but good audio would be cool. That being said, I think i will still go for > 1GB RAM. Cure 2 duo processors seem to be pretty cool but the dual core (prev generation) seems to be cheaper. Probably prefer 14" screen as it will be lighter and more portable.

    So with all this said, what companies and price points to look for. Dell Inspirons are between 600-800. Would like to keep it closer to 500 bucks. What about HP, Lenovo, Toshiba?

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    Consider the vostro model from Dell (small business). The one on my screen (1000) has got $210 instant savings, though you may need to alter some components to match your requirements. They seem to start about 450 after this discount. I can't get near that price for a similarly equipped Inspiron.

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    Could you please turn your screen around so we all can see it?

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    I'd go with Dell, after seeing how many Toshibas we got coming in for repairs when I was working at the comp repair shop I wouldn't want one.

    Seemed like every Toshiba we got in had some sort of hardware issue that couldn't be fixed without replacing the entire motherboard.

    And, for the love of all that's two-wheeled, don't get Vista if you can avoid it, it's a day-glow nightmare that's years away from being usable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stacey View Post
    Could you please turn your screen around so we all can see it?



    j/k

    Try this:
    http://configure.us.dell.com/dellsto...=bqdwixa&s=bsd

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    Quote Originally Posted by skinnyone View Post
    I am a bit removed from the computer industry these days and no longer know much as to what the killer deals are. I am trying to buy a cheap utility laptop for browsing and running a few applications(none too memory intensive). I think i might still need Windows since I get a lot of MS documents.

    I am not a gamer but good audio would be cool. That being said, I think i will still go for > 1GB RAM. Cure 2 duo processors seem to be pretty cool but the dual core (prev generation) seems to be cheaper. Probably prefer 14" screen as it will be lighter and more portable.

    So with all this said, what companies and price points to look for. Dell Inspirons are between 600-800. Would like to keep it closer to 500 bucks. What about HP, Lenovo, Toshiba?

    I've been shopping for the last few weeks too. I'd say the best values are with HP. Check in their business section. You can find some laptops that you can 'customize' with windows XP rather than Vista.

    I suspect you'd be better off using an abacus than running vista on a sub-$1000 laptop.

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    [QUOTE=v1k1ng1001;5677661
    I suspect you'd be better off using an abacus than running vista on a sub-$1000 laptop.[/QUOTE]




    The Dell Vostro looks pretty good and I also get a dell discount from my company on the Inspiron models so its slightly cheaper. I am looking at the HPs right now.

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    Non Tribuo Anus Rodentum and off to the next adventure (RIP) Stacey's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by StupidlyBrave View Post
    Ah, much better. Thank you. Kisses to you too.

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    Just to give a heads up on the IBM Lenovo Tablet PC's, they aren't that great. I have an X60 and its pretty crappy. The design is not bad, but the latch mechanism, and all other parts are flimsy. The computer freezes to many times and is pretty slow.

    Also, the Function key is in the way all the time because they moved the CTRL key over one spot and put the Fn key there. The mouse is uncomfortable as well, it takes time to get used too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by russiankdi View Post
    Just to give a heads up on the IBM Lenovo Tablet PC's, they aren't that great. I have an X60 and its pretty crappy. The design is not bad, but the latch mechanism, and all other parts are flimsy. The computer freezes to many times and is pretty slow.
    Thanks Dude. I have heard a lot of bad stories on Lenovos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skinnyone View Post
    Thanks Dude. I have heard a lot of bad stories on Lenovos.
    My school gave it to me to use for school, so im not complaining. If i were to buy a laptop, i wouldn't even consider it.
    It does use the previous generation of Dual Core processor. It is 1.66GHz with 0.99GB of ram. To me that is not enough. Not to mention the writing system is simply ********. It says that it will recognize your handwriting, that is a load of bull. I have been using mine for 3 months now and it still doesn't know my handwriting.

    I can take some pics if you would like of the damage i have on it from the carrying case slipping off my shoulder .
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    Looks like HP is the way to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by russiankdi View Post
    The mouse is uncomfortable as well, it takes time to get used too.
    You can always get one of those small mini mice to hook up to it, they're small enough to drop in a laptop bag and don't need much room to use, I have one for when I need more accuracy than the touchpad allows, like for graphics editing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marrock View Post
    You can always get one of those small mini mice to hook up to it, they're small enough to drop in a laptop bag and don't need much room to use, I have one for when I need more accuracy than the touchpad allows, like for graphics editing.

    I already have a Logitec notebook mouse, but sometimes i don't have enough room to use it at school so i have to use the mouse on the laptop.
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