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User currently offlineBoeingflying31 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 165 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1015 times:

Hey everyone. I'm just wondering, what are the best notebook computers out there? I'm just about to go to college and I'm planning on buying one. Do you have any opinions? Thanks!

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User currently offlineArmitageShanks From Costa Rica, joined Dec 2003, 3925 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 997 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.

User currently offlineKLM777 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2003, 372 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 994 times:

The more money you want to spend on one, the more you get...

My only advise is, don't go budget and buy the non-mobile processors as they'll suck your battery empty in no-time and become as hot as....(fill in yourself)....

I have a HP omnibook and I'm more than happy with it, very stable. I can only tell you that as I cannot compare with other brands.

Kind regards,


Every landing is a controlled crash
User currently offlineMITaero From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 497 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 993 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.

User currently offlineAznjapken From United States of America, joined May 2001, 54 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 988 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.

User currently offlineCancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 985 times:


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.

"...cannot the kingdom of salvation take me home."
User currently offlineB757300 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 4114 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 984 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.

"There is no victory at bargain basement prices."
User currently offlineStartvalve From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 975 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.

User currently offlineBoeingflying31 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 165 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 955 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

User currently offlineJ_hallgren From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1507 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 932 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...

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User currently offlineKoreanair747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 930 times:

I am very happy with my new Fujitsu Siemens Amilo D 7830. Works great and if you are interested in usung FS2004 on it, I have to say, it makes lots of fun. Really very good laptop !


User currently offlineUTA_flyingHIGH From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 48
Reply 11, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 929 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 :
1) Sony
2) Toshiba
3) HP/Compaq
Forget about the other brands.


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User currently offlinePgh234 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 820 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 904 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


User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 904 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!


User currently offlineHawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3241 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 885 times:

PowerBook G4. You know you want one.

David / MRY

User currently offlineReguPilot From Puerto Rico, joined Jan 2004, 496 posts, RR: 22
Reply 15, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 869 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.

Hope this helps.


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