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User currently offlineJaSpiKE From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 1 posts, RR: 2
Posted (14 years 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 1637 times:

I'm looking to buy a laptop, because at the moment I'm using a PC.

I need a laptop for lots of reasons, but does anyone know where I can get a good one at a reasonable price?

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User currently offlineVgnAtl747 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1529 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (14 years 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 1608 times:

Depends on how much you want to spend. I would buy a dell. They have a refirb store, that you might get a good price on one at, but I'd buy new if possible. The Dell Inspiron 8100 is the best.

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User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (14 years 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 1606 times:

Laptops in terms of price are just like desktops, the more stuff you want with it the more it'll cost you. But here's the catch: you're gonna want to load up your laptop because deep inside you would want it to function just like your desktop. Also, generally, everything for a laptop costs more than that of a desktop (ie memory, hardrive, etc.).

I suggest you go to http://www.dell.com and see what you find there. I have a Dell Inspiron and it's been working great (my desktop is also a Dell by the way). I mainly use it for Microsoft Office Aps but sometimes I play games and such on it too. Anyway, you can customize your system for as cheap as $999 or go all out if you want to. Dell also has great Tech Support in case you run into problems later. I suggest purchasing the extended Tech Support with a laptop by the way.

Good Luck

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User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21599 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (14 years 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 1604 times:

Don´t forget to look at the Apple iBook and the PowerBook G4.
Just to set the scale... Big grin

User currently offline767ALLTHEWAY From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 659 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 1596 times:

While im away at school thats where i am now is use my HP Pavillion N5430 (notebook series) excellent and FS2000 runs excelent on it.

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User currently offlineCeilidh From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (14 years 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 1597 times:

If you're likely to use multimedia, I'd recommend what I have - a Sony VAIO. Robust, and comes with Win 2000 Pro (new models will ship with Win XP)

User currently offlineBH346 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3265 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (14 years 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 1593 times:

I would reccomend Sony, too.

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User currently offlineSophieMaltese From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2064 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (14 years 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 1591 times:

I have a Dell and love it. My brother also has an older Dell laptop and it's served him well.

User currently offlineWatewate From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 2284 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (14 years 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 1586 times:

I'd stay away from Sony unless you reallly need firewire. I have a Vaio (super slim) and the battery life is god damn miserable. If you start up your computer with your battery full, you'll use up at least 15-20% of your battery once it's been worked in. The thin-ness of you laptop really costs you in battery life. Of course, this is the case with most laptops, but seeing how many of my associates don't complain much about battery life of their ultra-lights from other manufacturers, I'd have to think that Sony cares more about looks and features than all important battery life.
The full-fledged Sony laptops are alright- if you want to carry the extra weight of such laptops. Personally, I dont think any laptop is worth 7-8 lbs. Just my personal opinion.

Good luck with your purchase.

User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4923 posts, RR: 22
Reply 9, posted (14 years 1 week 5 hours ago) and read 1586 times:

I've had no problem with my Dell Inspiron 8000 laptop except for a noisy hard drive that was replaced under warranty. The quality of components and choice of video is really a plus for Dell, as well as Firewire.

User currently offlineTim From Australia, joined Jun 2000, 707 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (14 years 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 1583 times:

Im sorry guys but your all wrong!!

Toshiba is the only way to go with notebooks! Seriously.


User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 17
Reply 11, posted (14 years 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 1581 times:

I have a Toshiba and so do a number of colleagues. Most are not happy with them (including me).
Quality is not the best (especially mechanical quality) and service is appalling (at least here in the Netherlands).Personally I would not buy one again, but rather look seriously at Dell or Sony.
Batterylife for laptops varries greatly between makes and models, and depends a lot on the way the machine is used as well. Extensive disk (and especially CDROM) use costs a lot, for example.

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User currently offlineLON-CHI From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 219 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (14 years 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 1580 times:

I had a Dell Inspiron and it was horrible. The processor easily overheated, resulting in shutdowns with no warnings. I sent it back to Dell twice and they couldn't find the problem. I later learned it was a design flaw with that particular model which Dell was well aware of. I will never touch another Dell laptop again.

I now have an IBM ThinkPad and it is great. Good battery life, a nice big 14' screen and slim design (unlike my 15' Dell which was a monster).

User currently offlineTimdapup22 From Australia, joined Apr 2001, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (14 years 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1576 times:

Working within a big companies IT department I see Laptops on a daily basis.. more importantly ruined laptops..

If you don't have much money - just be real careful with it, laptops still arent designed for heavy usage (unfortunately).

Any corrections to my statements are welcome.

By Brand -

Saw a gateway laptop user aboard a flight.. laptop looked nice.. until the screen fell out (the lcd part). Not sure if its a generic problem with the case manufacture.

Generally OK. One at office has had motherboard replaced 3 times due to long usage periods.

Blue Screen often due to overheating for use more than 3 hours sometimes.

Poor design and not very resistant to damages.

I have a thinkpad myself, it has been in for repairs 6 times. Due to faulty power supplies.

Great laptops except power life.

Generally high quality for new machines, non G3 series laptops have many design flaws - parts falling off, screen failing.. hard to upgrade RAM.

HP: No problems reported. Bad customer service.

Dell: Never touched one.

User currently offlineHustler From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 325 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (14 years 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1571 times:

I'm selling an IBM A20m. Here are the specs:

Win2K Pro
Office 2000
6gig HD
64mb ram - expandable
24x CD-rom - can also use a DVD drive in this bay
12.1 active matrix display

I can't remeber the other specs right now.

I believe this machine sells for $1,400 - $1,600.

I am giving it away for $800. I've had it for six months. It is like new because I take very good care of my stuff.

e-mail me for more info.


User currently offlineJaSpiKE From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 1 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (14 years 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1569 times:

Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I'm going around the net now looking for good laptops at good prices.

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User currently offlinePHX-LJU From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (14 years 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1565 times:

I bought my Sony VAIO at CompUSA and I'm very satisfied with it. As Ceilidh mentioned, the computer is especially good for multimedia.

User currently offlineTupolev154B2 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1332 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (14 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1559 times:

Dell, Gateway, Toshiba and Apple are the best.

User currently offlineJaSpiKE From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 1 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (14 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1558 times:

I'm still looking....I've also entered a few competitions that I've seen. (Oh dear...)

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User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7875 posts, RR: 14
Reply 19, posted (14 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1556 times:

I'll be eventually looking for a notebook myself, and here are my basic guidelines.

Size does really matter. If you are going to be carrying it around pretty much anything more than 7-8 pounds will get painful. Why buy a heavy notebook to just keep it at home... you would have been better off with a desktop.

First and foremost buy the screen... it is the one thing you really cannot change. Sure that DVD-ROM is great and the PIII800, but what good is it behind a 12.1" HPA screen. Go for the biggest and best one you can get for the money and size.

As for everything else it is pretty much even. A Celeron vs. PIII isn't going to matter on a laptop in my opinion. If you want to play FS2000, use your desktop. I think DVD-ROM is pointless on a notebook... major user of battery power for sure. I would sooner have a Zip drive than a DVD drive or even a burner in a notebook.

Also, make sure you look at both consumer and business notebooks... you may find more of what you want in a business notebook vs. a consumer notebook, plus they maybe a little bit tougher too.

Finally, invest in a program like Norton SystemWorks... as long as you maintain your computer well. Keep the hard drive defraged and generally clean and virus-free your computer will run well for years to come. Barring any hardware meltdowns.

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User currently offlineJaSpiKE From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 1 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (14 years 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1556 times:

Good advice, thanks Big thumbs up

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User currently offline174thfwff From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (14 years 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1555 times:

Hey Why don't you look into a Apple, or better yet a Win Book? They are awesome.

User currently offlineJaSpiKE From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 1 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (14 years 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1554 times:

I iz lookin'

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User currently offlineTsully From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 651 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (14 years 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1553 times:

I just got a brand-spanking-new Dell Inspiron 8100 and love it. My system cost about USD 2k, but I didn't go overboard when customizing it (so as to keep the price low). I only use my 8100 at college and in between college and home. My 10GB hard drive is plenty for my purposes as I am always transferring data from the 8100 to my desktop at home. That way I keep my laptop clean and moving quickly.

By the way, opt for the Ultra XGA screen. I paid the extra money for it, and you wouldn't believe the incredible resolution!! It is the best screen technology currently on the market. You will not believe how clear the image is. Truly worth the extra money…

The standard Harman Kardon speakers (only on the 8100) are awesome too.

I also like having the touch pad AND finger stick mouse. Sometimes I get fed up with the touch pad so I'll use the stick instead. It is nice to have both, unless you are completely partial to one.

Look for promotions when buying your Dell. When I ordered mine in August, they were offering $100 cash back with the purchase of an 8100. Although I've yet to receive that rebate, I'm glad I get cash back as opposed to a free CD RW drive or the like. I also got a free printer with my computer. It's not the world's best printer, but it works fine. And it was a free bonus  Smile/happy/getting dizzy It's a Lexmark z32.

Anyway, they are always running promos and you may be interested in checking what their current promotion is, if you are interested.

I would stay away from anything NOT Dell. In my opinion, Dell is superior in all aspects.

In contrast, some friends of mine purchased Gateway laptops, and they are nowhere as satisfied with their purchases as I am with mine.

…so we'll see, if I get my $100 rebate, I'll be one very satisfied customer. And if I don't get my rebate, well, that will be a different story...  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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User currently offlineJaSpiKE From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 1 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (14 years 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1547 times:

It seems like Dell is the favourite Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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25 PHX-LJU : Maybe, but you should definitely look at Sony's VAIO models as well. They're a bit more expensive, but definitely worth the extra money IMHO.
26 Post contains images JaSpiKE : So, Sony & Dell. JaSpiKE
27 Jwenting : yup, Sony and Dell. I've heard some people complaining about Sony batteries which could be a problem in the field unless you bring spares and/or a car
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