Jaspike
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Best Laptops To Buy

Fri Oct 05, 2001 2:53 am

I'm looking to buy a laptop, because at the moment I'm using a PC.

I need a laptop for lots of reasons, but does anyone know where I can get a good one at a reasonable price?

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RE: Best Laptops To Buy

Fri Oct 05, 2001 7:01 am

Depends on how much you want to spend. I would buy a dell. They have a refirb store, that you might get a good price on one at, but I'd buy new if possible. The Dell Inspiron 8100 is the best.
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RE: Best Laptops To Buy

Fri Oct 05, 2001 7:02 am

Laptops in terms of price are just like desktops, the more stuff you want with it the more it'll cost you. But here's the catch: you're gonna want to load up your laptop because deep inside you would want it to function just like your desktop. Also, generally, everything for a laptop costs more than that of a desktop (ie memory, hardrive, etc.).

I suggest you go to http://www.dell.com and see what you find there. I have a Dell Inspiron and it's been working great (my desktop is also a Dell by the way). I mainly use it for Microsoft Office Aps but sometimes I play games and such on it too. Anyway, you can customize your system for as cheap as $999 or go all out if you want to. Dell also has great Tech Support in case you run into problems later. I suggest purchasing the extended Tech Support with a laptop by the way.

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RE: Best Laptops To Buy

Fri Oct 05, 2001 7:55 am

Don´t forget to look at the Apple iBook and the PowerBook G4.
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RE: Best Laptops To Buy

Fri Oct 05, 2001 9:13 am

While im away at school thats where i am now is use my HP Pavillion N5430 (notebook series) excellent and FS2000 runs excelent on it.

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RE: Best Laptops To Buy

Fri Oct 05, 2001 9:16 am

If you're likely to use multimedia, I'd recommend what I have - a Sony VAIO. Robust, and comes with Win 2000 Pro (new models will ship with Win XP)
 
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RE: Best Laptops To Buy

Fri Oct 05, 2001 9:21 am

I would reccomend Sony, too.
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RE: Best Laptops To Buy

Fri Oct 05, 2001 1:08 pm

I have a Dell and love it. My brother also has an older Dell laptop and it's served him well.
 
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RE: Best Laptops To Buy

Fri Oct 05, 2001 3:03 pm

I'd stay away from Sony unless you reallly need firewire. I have a Vaio (super slim) and the battery life is god damn miserable. If you start up your computer with your battery full, you'll use up at least 15-20% of your battery once it's been worked in. The thin-ness of you laptop really costs you in battery life. Of course, this is the case with most laptops, but seeing how many of my associates don't complain much about battery life of their ultra-lights from other manufacturers, I'd have to think that Sony cares more about looks and features than all important battery life.
The full-fledged Sony laptops are alright- if you want to carry the extra weight of such laptops. Personally, I dont think any laptop is worth 7-8 lbs. Just my personal opinion.

Good luck with your purchase.
 
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RE: Best Laptops To Buy

Fri Oct 05, 2001 3:39 pm

I've had no problem with my Dell Inspiron 8000 laptop except for a noisy hard drive that was replaced under warranty. The quality of components and choice of video is really a plus for Dell, as well as Firewire.
 
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RE: Best Laptops To Buy

Fri Oct 05, 2001 5:24 pm

Im sorry guys but your all wrong!!

Toshiba is the only way to go with notebooks! Seriously.

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RE: Best Laptops To Buy

Fri Oct 05, 2001 6:08 pm

I have a Toshiba and so do a number of colleagues. Most are not happy with them (including me).
Quality is not the best (especially mechanical quality) and service is appalling (at least here in the Netherlands).Personally I would not buy one again, but rather look seriously at Dell or Sony.
Batterylife for laptops varries greatly between makes and models, and depends a lot on the way the machine is used as well. Extensive disk (and especially CDROM) use costs a lot, for example.
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RE: Best Laptops To Buy

Fri Oct 05, 2001 7:49 pm

I had a Dell Inspiron and it was horrible. The processor easily overheated, resulting in shutdowns with no warnings. I sent it back to Dell twice and they couldn't find the problem. I later learned it was a design flaw with that particular model which Dell was well aware of. I will never touch another Dell laptop again.

I now have an IBM ThinkPad and it is great. Good battery life, a nice big 14' screen and slim design (unlike my 15' Dell which was a monster).
 
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RE: Best Laptops To Buy

Fri Oct 05, 2001 11:17 pm

Working within a big companies IT department I see Laptops on a daily basis.. more importantly ruined laptops..

If you don't have much money - just be real careful with it, laptops still arent designed for heavy usage (unfortunately).

Any corrections to my statements are welcome.

By Brand -

Gateway:
Saw a gateway laptop user aboard a flight.. laptop looked nice.. until the screen fell out (the lcd part). Not sure if its a generic problem with the case manufacture.

Compaq:
Generally OK. One at office has had motherboard replaced 3 times due to long usage periods.

Acer:
Blue Screen often due to overheating for use more than 3 hours sometimes.

Toshiba:
Poor design and not very resistant to damages.

IBM:
I have a thinkpad myself, it has been in for repairs 6 times. Due to faulty power supplies.

Sony:
Great laptops except power life.

Apple:
Generally high quality for new machines, non G3 series laptops have many design flaws - parts falling off, screen failing.. hard to upgrade RAM.

HP: No problems reported. Bad customer service.

Dell: Never touched one.

 
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RE: Best Laptops To Buy

Sat Oct 06, 2001 12:22 am

I'm selling an IBM A20m. Here are the specs:

PIII
500mhz
Win2K Pro
Office 2000
6gig HD
64mb ram - expandable
24x CD-rom - can also use a DVD drive in this bay
12.1 active matrix display

I can't remeber the other specs right now.

I believe this machine sells for $1,400 - $1,600.

I am giving it away for $800. I've had it for six months. It is like new because I take very good care of my stuff.

e-mail me for more info.

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RE: Best Laptops To Buy

Sat Oct 06, 2001 12:28 am

Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I'm going around the net now looking for good laptops at good prices.

Thanks,
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RE: Best Laptops To Buy

Sat Oct 06, 2001 2:51 am

I bought my Sony VAIO at CompUSA and I'm very satisfied with it. As Ceilidh mentioned, the computer is especially good for multimedia.
 
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RE: Best Laptops To Buy

Sat Oct 06, 2001 4:17 am

Dell, Gateway, Toshiba and Apple are the best.
 
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RE: Best Laptops To Buy

Sat Oct 06, 2001 4:19 am

I'm still looking....I've also entered a few competitions that I've seen. (Oh dear...)

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RE: Best Laptops To Buy

Sat Oct 06, 2001 4:48 am

I'll be eventually looking for a notebook myself, and here are my basic guidelines.

Size does really matter. If you are going to be carrying it around pretty much anything more than 7-8 pounds will get painful. Why buy a heavy notebook to just keep it at home... you would have been better off with a desktop.

First and foremost buy the screen... it is the one thing you really cannot change. Sure that DVD-ROM is great and the PIII800, but what good is it behind a 12.1" HPA screen. Go for the biggest and best one you can get for the money and size.

As for everything else it is pretty much even. A Celeron vs. PIII isn't going to matter on a laptop in my opinion. If you want to play FS2000, use your desktop. I think DVD-ROM is pointless on a notebook... major user of battery power for sure. I would sooner have a Zip drive than a DVD drive or even a burner in a notebook.

Also, make sure you look at both consumer and business notebooks... you may find more of what you want in a business notebook vs. a consumer notebook, plus they maybe a little bit tougher too.

Finally, invest in a program like Norton SystemWorks... as long as you maintain your computer well. Keep the hard drive defraged and generally clean and virus-free your computer will run well for years to come. Barring any hardware meltdowns.
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RE: Best Laptops To Buy

Sat Oct 06, 2001 4:56 am

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RE: Best Laptops To Buy

Sat Oct 06, 2001 5:01 am

Hey Why don't you look into a Apple, or better yet a Win Book? They are awesome.
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RE: Best Laptops To Buy

Sat Oct 06, 2001 5:03 am

I iz lookin'

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Inspiron 8100

Sat Oct 06, 2001 12:22 pm

I just got a brand-spanking-new Dell Inspiron 8100 and love it. My system cost about USD 2k, but I didn't go overboard when customizing it (so as to keep the price low). I only use my 8100 at college and in between college and home. My 10GB hard drive is plenty for my purposes as I am always transferring data from the 8100 to my desktop at home. That way I keep my laptop clean and moving quickly.

By the way, opt for the Ultra XGA screen. I paid the extra money for it, and you wouldn't believe the incredible resolution!! It is the best screen technology currently on the market. You will not believe how clear the image is. Truly worth the extra money…

The standard Harman Kardon speakers (only on the 8100) are awesome too.

I also like having the touch pad AND finger stick mouse. Sometimes I get fed up with the touch pad so I'll use the stick instead. It is nice to have both, unless you are completely partial to one.

Look for promotions when buying your Dell. When I ordered mine in August, they were offering $100 cash back with the purchase of an 8100. Although I've yet to receive that rebate, I'm glad I get cash back as opposed to a free CD RW drive or the like. I also got a free printer with my computer. It's not the world's best printer, but it works fine. And it was a free bonus  Smile/happy/getting dizzy It's a Lexmark z32.

Anyway, they are always running promos and you may be interested in checking what their current promotion is, if you are interested.

I would stay away from anything NOT Dell. In my opinion, Dell is superior in all aspects.

In contrast, some friends of mine purchased Gateway laptops, and they are nowhere as satisfied with their purchases as I am with mine.

…so we'll see, if I get my $100 rebate, I'll be one very satisfied customer. And if I don't get my rebate, well, that will be a different story...  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: Best Laptops To Buy

Sat Oct 06, 2001 7:07 pm

It seems like Dell is the favourite Smile/happy/getting dizzy

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RE: Best Laptops To Buy

Sun Oct 07, 2001 2:34 am

Maybe, but you should definitely look at Sony's VAIO models as well. They're a bit more expensive, but definitely worth the extra money IMHO.
 
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RE: Best Laptops To Buy

Sun Oct 07, 2001 2:35 am

So, Sony & Dell.

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RE: Best Laptops To Buy

Sun Oct 07, 2001 2:39 am

yup, Sony and Dell. I've heard some people complaining about Sony batteries which could be a problem in the field unless you bring spares and/or a carcharger (more weight and money).
Sony does design them for graphics and multimedia work, which may be a plus. Dell makes theirs more as office machines, for wordprocessing and spreadsheets.
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