American_4275 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1076 posts, RR: 0 Posted (13 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 882 times:
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?
PHX-LJU From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (13 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 855 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!
Mbmbos From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2714 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (13 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 852 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.
Alessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (13 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 820 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...
PPGMD From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2453 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (13 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 809 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.
Watewate From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 2284 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (13 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 774 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.
Eg777er From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 1844 posts, RR: 13
Reply 21, posted (13 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 762 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.