ArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3662 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 779 times:
Well, I did the same as you when I went to college. I wanted a DESKTOP replacement notebook. That is one that has all the features of a desktop with a cheaper price. Because of that, it is just a tad thicker and heavier than other laptops. I would recommend Gateway 350X. They are by no means big, just a little bigger than others. Its great so far. 2.8 GHz, 512 RAM, CDRW, Wireless internet, memory card readers, the whole lot.
MITaero From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 497 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 775 times:
I would recommend a Dell laptop for college. Might not be the cheapest, but they are very customizable, and their customer service (as much as people put it down) is excellent. For a college laptop, I'm not so sure that thin/light matters that much. You'd rather have a quality machine, relatively top-of-the-line specs wise, so it lasts a few years.
I even shorted out my motherboard doing something dumb, and they replaced it. Even better, they sent an Airborne Express package to my room, and then a guy to pick it up the next day.. they had it back within 4 days (total). Free.
Aznjapken From United States of America, joined May 2001, 54 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 770 times:
Not a Compaq, mine overheats constantly. It usually happens when I use programs that use more resources, but Photoshop isn't that demanding of a program. For some reason the hard drive went out, which they replaced even though it took a while. I coudn't bring my laptop overseas, which is why I bought it in the first place.
Also, the build quality on my friends Toshiba isn't as good as I thought it would be. The keys rub against the LCD screen, leaving marks. The keys and buttons don't have a quality feel like my Compaq. Ask around, check out displays at Best Buy or other stores, read some online reviews, and you should be good.
under the products tab select gaming systems, then mobile and look for the area 51. that's going to be my next computer purchase. it has the capabilities to rival any other computer manufacturer. by the way, thier desktops systems are just as good.
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B757300 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 4114 posts, RR: 22
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 766 times:
Definitely go with Dell. We have over 100 where I work and rarely have had a problem. If you're planning to use a wireless network, get a Latitude instead of the Inspiron series. They're a little more expensive but well worth it. The newest Latitudes are designed for wireless networking and all I've used work great.
Startvalve From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 757 times:
Ranked in order of most reliable, best service, best built, and all around best computer for the money
In the world of laptops if it ain't Dell it ain't shit. I have seen a few new Gateways and HPs and honestly, they are pieces of shit. The displays are weak, the keyboards are cheap and the computer just is not a quality product. The new Dells are truly works of art. Great displays, great keyboards, well built, killer service, they do cost more however, but yet again, you get what you pay for.
Personally, as a college student, I have yet to see what everyone needs a damn laptop for. I occasionally see someone working on a paper in the hall but otherwise its just being used for playing games in class. I would suggest getting a desktop, you get more power for less money. Once again in Desktops, if I had to get a computer that I did not make myself it would be a Dell. I am now a junior in college and have yet to need a laptop. I get along just fine with my large, overpowered desktop.
Boeingflying31 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 165 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 737 times:
Hey guys, thanks for your help! I found a computer i'm slightly interested in...but this is really expensive for a computer with only 1 ghz? What do you guys think?
Here is the link:http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/eCS/Store/en/-/USD/SY_DisplayProductInformation-Start;sid=7H4QKnSx9h8QAjTpJQUaITu-EvDPy1xYnc4=?CategoryName=cpu_VAIONotebookComputers&ProductSKU=PCGTR3AP2
J_hallgren From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1507 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 714 times:
I'm using a 4+ ys old Dell Latitude...works just great...bought it used from Dell Financial...not sure if deals now as great BUT might be way still to get one more cheaply...look at DFSDirect.com...these are off-lease units so not new but price might offset lower specs...
UTA_flyingHIGH From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 11, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 711 times:
Rhaaa, steer well clear of Dell.
The price seems low, but if you compare with other brands in similar configuration, then the price doesn't look that good after all. You also get the nastiest tech support/after-sales service available, at least in Europe (source = ComputerActive).
My rating :
Forget about the other brands.
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Pgh234 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 797 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 686 times:
Boeingflying31...that has the new pentium chipset that is faster than the older chipsets (i.e. a 1.5Ghz old equals the speed of a 2.4Ghz new chipset or something similar to that) The primary difference between the two chipsets is that the new ones are more efficient w/battaries (which I dont feel is too important of an issue for students) However, reguardless, that computer seems pretty expensive. I too recomend a Dell. My Dell notebook is primarily used as a desktop but it goes mobile a few times a week to go to the library or to work on a group project somewhere else. I recommend a notebook
Sabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 686 times:
I have an "Acer TravelMate 291LCi" and I am very satisfied with it, I had a "Fujitsu/Siemens Amillo" with a Pentium IV mobile, but since I have this Intel Centrino in my new notebook, I would never choose again another processor.
I think that the label of the notebook is not important, just what it is inside, My tip: Make sure you get a Intel Centrino processor!
ReguPilot From Puerto Rico, joined Jan 2004, 495 posts, RR: 24
Reply 15, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 651 times:
One of the best laptops you can buy with LOTS of stuff and not pay space prices its the Acer Aspire 1710. It sports a Pentium 4M at 3Ghz, 1GB DDR RAM, 120GB Hard Drive, 17"TFT Screen, DVD+/- RW and CD-RW, Wireless G networking and a GeForce Go5200 wuth 128MB RAM of dedicated memory. It has Video Out (S-Video) Firewire ports, USB2.0, NIC, Modem. What else you would want on a Desktop Replacement? A Zip? An external Hard Drive?
Anyways.. all this sells on www.cdw.com for an amazing price.. try to guess! Hou much? $4,000.00? Naa! Only $1,899.00. How about that?
Something else. Intel Centrino its not a processor, but a combination of 3 components, where the Pentium M (no numbers) its included. You can have a Pentium M non Centrino notebook. And you cannot have a Centrino notebook without a Pentium M. The other two components are a set of chips (chipset- things that controls traffic and some other task on the mainboard of your notebook) and a Intel Pro-Wireless 802.11b Wireless Network Card. Without these three, there's no Centrino thing. You might get the same chipset, and Pentium M as a Centrino notebook, but with a better (faster) 802.11g Wireless Network Card on your notebook, and just because of that, it looses its Centrino name. It is Intel stuff, not somebody else.