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Notebook Computers

Thu Mar 18, 2004 12:16 am

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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RE: Notebook Computers

Thu Mar 18, 2004 2:15 am

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.
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RE: Notebook Computers

Thu Mar 18, 2004 2:20 am

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.

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RE: Notebook Computers

Thu Mar 18, 2004 2:21 am

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.
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RE: Notebook Computers

Thu Mar 18, 2004 2:50 am

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.
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RE: Notebook Computers

Thu Mar 18, 2004 2:57 am

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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RE: Notebook Computers

Thu Mar 18, 2004 3:06 am

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.
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RE: Notebook Computers

Thu Mar 18, 2004 3:48 am

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.
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RE: Notebook Computers

Thu Mar 18, 2004 8:49 am

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:;sid=7H4QKnSx9h8QAjTpJQUaITu-EvDPy1xYnc4=?CategoryName=cpu_VAIONotebookComputers&ProductSKU=PCGTR3AP2
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RE: Notebook Computers

Thu Mar 18, 2004 5:53 pm

I'm using a 4+ ys old Dell 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 are off-lease units so not new but price might offset lower specs...
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RE: Notebook Computers

Thu Mar 18, 2004 5:57 pm

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 !

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RE: Notebook Computers

Thu Mar 18, 2004 6:13 pm

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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RE: Notebook Computers

Fri Mar 19, 2004 8:22 am

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

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RE: Notebook Computers

Fri Mar 19, 2004 8:36 am

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!

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RE: Notebook Computers

Fri Mar 19, 2004 4:09 pm

PowerBook G4. You know you want one.

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RE: Notebook Computers

Sat Mar 20, 2004 7:51 pm

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 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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