Flyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 900 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
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.
Victech From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 546 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 850 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.
Artsyman From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4745 posts, RR: 34
Reply 7, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 842 times:
I have two dell laptops, and love them both
Dell Latitude PIII-850
512 MB Ram
ethernet / modem
dvd / cdrw
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
Flyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 823 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!
Planelover From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 321 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 771 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).
SAS23 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 747 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.