Trickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (14 years 7 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1859 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.
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Watewate From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 2284 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (14 years 7 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1839 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.
CPDC10-30 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4986 posts, RR: 22
Reply 9, posted (14 years 7 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1839 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.
Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 17
Reply 11, posted (14 years 7 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1834 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.
LON-CHI From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 219 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (14 years 7 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1833 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).
DesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7896 posts, RR: 14
Reply 19, posted (14 years 7 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1809 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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Tsully From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 651 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (14 years 7 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1806 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 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...
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