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User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 911 times:

Hey Guys, looks like I will be buying a new (laptop) computer within the next few weeks. I have a general idea of what I want, but there are so many choices that its hard to even begin to narrow the selection down.

I'd like to know what you think about Compaq, HP, IBM, Toshiba, Sony, and Dell models. Any experiences would be awesome  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

In fact, if some of you know much about computers, I'd love if you could help me out... I'm looking for something with 1.1Ghz+ (anything is alright but a Celeron), 20gb+ harddrive, 256mb+ ram, DVD/CDRW drive, Ethernet, USB 2.0, and Firewire (IEEE 1394) capability. Basic XGA screen is fine, would like good battery life. Size/mobility is one of the most important considerations. I'd like it to be light and reasonably small, but not tiny. Not looking to spend more than $1800.

Thanks much!  Big thumbs up

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User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 894 times:

This has been done a few times, so I'll do it again....



Titanium G4 PowerBook

I have one and love it.

May be over your $1800 price range. If so, the iBook also gives you all you ask for above. Even gives you a bonus (Mac OSX)



"Shaddap you!"
User currently offline174thfwff From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 890 times:

Apple iBook is a phenomenal computer.

User currently offlineAirworthy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 882 times:

HP ZT series.

If you don't play games, you will not be disappointed.

Best looking Windows machine around, too. Go see it at Best Buy and configure your dream machine to order.



Had mine for 6 months now... built like a brick.


User currently offlinePHX-LJU From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 876 times:

I have a Sony Vaio and would highly recommend it; it's a great design and built really well. A few months ago, I dropped it on a marble floor -- it didn't even get scratched!

http://www.sonystyle.com/home/dept.jsp?hierc=9683&deptid=9683

There are a number of different Vaio models; here's what one of them looks like:



Image source: sonystyle.com


User currently offlineSAS23 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 873 times:

I'm on my second Sony Vaio and would definitely get a third. Excellent customer service for when things do go wrong as well!!

User currently offlineVictech From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 546 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 861 times:

I own both an IBM ThinkPad and a Toshiba Satellite. I love both to death. If you're looking for really long battery life, get the ThinkPad--you can put a 2nd battery in the UltraBay for 5-6 hours of battery life. I've dropped both onto my terrazo floors (quite by accident-I assure you!) and both survived with no problems. However, I believe that the only PC (i.e. Windows/Intel) laptop available with internal FireWire is the Vaio--also a good machine.

User currently offlineArtsyman From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4745 posts, RR: 34
Reply 7, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 853 times:

I have two dell laptops, and love them both

Dell Latitude PIII-850
512 MB Ram
20gb hd
ethernet / modem
dvd / cdrw

etc etc

If you go to dells main page, and then follow signs for the factory outlet, you can get refurbs (in most cases, the computer has never actually been touched by anyone, not even out of the box, yet as it is not its first sale, it cannot be sold as new)

I bought my laptop about 6 months ago for 850 dollars, when it was retailing from dell at 2400 dollars...oh the joys of refurb

Jeremy


User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 834 times:

Well, from the looks of it, one would assume no matter what I chose I would not be disappointed. I think I've narrowed it down to the Sony Viao R505EL, HP zt series (1155 or 1175) and the Compaq Presario (1500 or 2800). To get one that met all my requirements and was in the physical size range I'm looking for would be beyond my price range with the other brands.

I'd love any specific info about the above mentioned models. But, in the mean time, off to Compusa and Best Buy to do some researching!  Big thumbs up


User currently offlineGRZ-AIR From Austria, joined Apr 2001, 574 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 823 times:


I have a 12months old Sony VAIO and I love it.



When I joined A.net it was still free, haha ;).
User currently offlineFrequentflyer5 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 236 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 816 times:

I've got a super lite NEC LaVie NX that I bought in Japan. It cost me about $3000 and worth it. Planning to purchase a Sony Vaio very soon.

User currently offlineAA 777 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 808 posts, RR: 13
Reply 11, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 791 times:
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My dad just bought a TOSHIBA a week agao and it kicks ass. It has CDRW/DVD Combo drive, 40gb hard drive, Pentium 4 at 1.7, firewire, and a Ethernet card.

Its a TOSHIBA SATELLITE 5105-S501...he bought it for about $2,000 at BestBuy, but im sure that you can find it online for less.

AA 777
Matt




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User currently offlinePlanelover From United States of America, joined exactly 13 years ago today! , 321 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 782 times:

My dad has a Dell Latitude lap top as well. He got it refurbished. He hasn't had a single bit of trouble with it, and he has had it for 4 years. He did have a small plastic piece brake off, and Dell sent out a tech over to out house to fix it (we are 20 miles from the nearest town too).
Have fun.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
PL


User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 775 times:

Hey guys, I'm almost 100% sure I'm going to get a Compaq Presario 1500T. Seems like it best fits my needs and price range. Any comments on this computer?

User currently offlineFlyVirgin744 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 1313 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 770 times:

I like the 2800T, unfortunately, quite a few people I know who I value their opinion say no to Compaq. There's always something  Sad.

The Toshibas seem cool. Give their site a try.



Sometimes I go about in pity for myself and all the while a great wind carries me across the sky.
User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 765 times:

Well, I just bought the Compaq, hopefully I didn't make a mistake! Should arrive in about 2 weeks...

User currently offlineSAS23 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 758 times:

Whatever you do, don't buy Compaq ... I have several friends that have had them in the past who say that their after sales service stinks; that they have constant problems with software that they don't have with other systems; that they are clunky and slower than their competitors.

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