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User currently offlineAmerican_4275 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1076 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 2 months 23 hours ago) and read 732 times:

Hey all,
My dad is looking for a laptop that is fast, slim, and well built. He doesn't need a gaming computer he just wants it for basic things. He prefers 1+ GIGS, 256 RAM, a zip drive (if possible), CD ROM and that's about it. It needs to be a PC, btw. I've been looking mainly at the Sony VAIO and some of the Dell. The VAIO looks better. Any other suggestions? Anyone own a laptop that they're very happy with?


Thanks for the help,
American_4275

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User currently offlineIbizaJet A330 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 months 23 hours ago) and read 712 times:

Dell Latitude CS.

User currently offlineRolex01 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 months 23 hours ago) and read 709 times:

I am shopping for one now, my brother in law works in the computer industry and also has an evening job at Best Buy for the discounts...

Anyway, he said Dell was the best... If you want to buy it from a store.. Go for Toshiba... Sony and Hewlett Packard and Compaq are the one that give people the most trouble with Glitches..

So Toshiba or Dell...



User currently offlinePHX-LJU From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 months 23 hours ago) and read 705 times:

I use a Sony VAIO and I'm very pleased with it.

You said you wanted your laptop to be well-build. Well, a week ago my VAIO fell from a table onto a marble floor (screen down, no less!). Hearing the crash, I thought the computer would, at best, need major repairs. But guess what? When I turned it on, it performed flawlessly. It wasn't even scratched! After having it for almost a year, I can say that using this computer has been a joy.

I don't have experiences with Dell, but I love my VAIO and would definitely recommended to you!


User currently offlineMbmbos From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2597 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 months 23 hours ago) and read 702 times:

I am partial to the IBM ThinkPads, particularly the T-22/T-23 lines. This line features full form factor (i.e., decent screen size and a keyboard size) although they are thin and light. Given all the features offered, the T-22/T-23 notebooks weigh a reasonable 6 pounds. They also feature an ultra bay that can be used to swap out a variety of media components, including ZIP drives, DVD-ROM drives, CD-RW drives, floppy drives, etc.

The ThinkPads are not cheap, but then again, there's no reason to purchase top of the line. You can purchase one with a 1 Gig MHz processor, 30 Gigs disk, 128 MB RAM, running Windows XP Pro for about $2400. You can purchase a refurbished ThinkPad with similar features for about $1500.

I think that IBM produces the finest notebook keyboard and TFT screens. Their production quality is unmatched.

By the way, I'm also a fan of Dell Inspirons, but they generally weigh a couple of pounds more. If your dad is using his laptop while traveling every ounce of additional weight takes it toll. Believe me, I've been there.

- M


User currently offlinePHX-LJU From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 months 23 hours ago) and read 699 times:

I wrote:

>>After having it for almost a year, I can say that using this computer has been a joy.

This sounds weird, doesn't it?  Smile I wanted to say "After having it for almost a year, I can say that using this computer is a joy."

Anyway, definitely look at Sony VAIOs before you decide.


User currently offlinePHX-LJU From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 2 months 23 hours ago) and read 695 times:

BTW, Sony VAIOs also have top-of-the-line screens.

User currently offlineBH346 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3265 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (12 years 2 months 23 hours ago) and read 694 times:

The only laptop I've really experienced is an HP, but it was a piece of crap. I'd recommend a VAIO, too. Sony has a good reputation with me as a good brand.


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User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21353 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (12 years 2 months 23 hours ago) and read 690 times:

I´d look at an Apple iBook or PowerBook.

Excellent quality, outstanding battery endurance and quite a few additional benefits (like AirPort, FireWire, Ethernet).

If "it needs to be a PC", there´s two things to be said for that:

Files are usually compatible anyway; MS Office is also available (and compatible).

If you should really need to start a Windows Application (not very likely), Virtual PC lets you run Windows as well (or Linux x86, OS/2, ...).

It´s not nearly as difficult to switch as many people perceive.


User currently offlineTurbineBeaver From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1199 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 2 months 22 hours ago) and read 682 times:

My father is looking to purchase on too. His biggest request is that it be very THIN and LIGHT. He also wants some decent performance.

Any suggestions?

TB


User currently offlineBH346 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3265 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (12 years 2 months 22 hours ago) and read 678 times:

I know VAIOs are known to be good for being portable. Here's their website if you want info: http://www.sony.com/vaio


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User currently offlinePHX-LJU From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (12 years 2 months 22 hours ago) and read 675 times:

TurbineBeaver,

If your dad wants a computer that is very light and still has plenty of features, he should consider the Sony VAIO R505 SuperSlim Pro (which, according to Sony, is "4.37 lbs. light, about 1" thin"):

http://www.sonystyle.com/vaio/r505/index.shtml

As I've mentioned, I really like Sony VAIOs!  Smile



User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (12 years 2 months 22 hours ago) and read 670 times:

Have any of you checked out www.transmeta.com they
company that make the chip inside of some of the mentioned laptops? Mr "Linux" Thorvalds works for transmeta developing the chip and the big gain according to them is the better battery life time and less heat...


User currently offlinePHX-LJU From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (12 years 2 months 22 hours ago) and read 671 times:

As BH346 mentioned, even Sony's non-SuperSlim notebooks are pretty light (around 6 pounds) and they have more features than the R505. It depends on how light you need the computer to be...

User currently offlineAmerican_4275 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1076 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (12 years 2 months 22 hours ago) and read 662 times:

Awesome. Thanks for all the replies!

 Big thumbs up

American_4275


User currently offlinePPGMD From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2453 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (12 years 2 months 22 hours ago) and read 659 times:

Well I use the Dell Inspiron 8100, it has everything. CD-writer, DVD-ROM, Zip Drive, floppy drive 256MB RAM, 40 gig HDD. Mine is rather large, but your father can get one from one of the smaller lines that are smaller over all. I paid for one with everything $3,000

Well that just what I got from using this computer for the past 6 months.



At worst, you screw up and die.
User currently offlineVgnAtl747 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1502 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (12 years 2 months 20 hours ago) and read 648 times:

Dell Inspiron 8100. Mine was just over $2,300...
1.2Ghz / 256Mb PC800 RDRAM / 32Mb GeForce2



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User currently offlineJared From United States of America, joined May 2001, 685 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (12 years 2 months 20 hours ago) and read 645 times:

I too have to go with an Apple Powerbook G4. Why does it need to be a PC?

User currently offlineWatewate From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 2284 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 624 times:

If he's on the road a lot, he should go for the slim models on the market. Sony's Superslim line is probably the flashiest, but they're tad slow compared to other laptops. One caveat; make sure you're willing to fork out extra 300+ for extra set of batteries.

User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 621 times:

Too bad on the PC criteria. That rules out the best laptop on the planet - the Macintosh Titanium.


"Shaddap you!"
User currently offlineJared From United States of America, joined May 2001, 685 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 616 times:

Yes, JetService.

However, he may be misled on the whole topid as Klaus stated above.

Us Mac people still want to know WHY you (American_4275) need the machine to run Windows.


User currently offlineEg777er From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 1834 posts, RR: 14
Reply 21, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 612 times:

I've had a Dell Inspiron 3700 for about 2 years now. Very reliable, good TFT screen. Not the most flashy or up to date machine, but very dependable and it handles the important thing well: air travel!!!

We have two Sony VAIO's in my family - my bro has the full-form-factor model with DVD etc and my mum has the slim one (T600 I think). Both are excellent machines.


User currently offlineAMSMAN From Ireland, joined Jan 2002, 1016 posts, RR: 6
Reply 22, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 608 times:

Go for the IBM Thinkpads Good strong well built Laptop


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User currently offlineDell_dude From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (12 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 603 times:

*VrgAtl747 is lying about his laptop configuration.*

DELL's are good , but i'd buy an IBM if it was up to me.



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