Moderators: richierich, ua900, PanAm_DC10, hOMSaR

 
Matt D
Topic Author
Posts: 8907
Joined: Fri Nov 19, 1999 6:00 am

Any Recommendations For A Laptop?

Wed Feb 02, 2005 10:58 am

No, Superfly. I'm looking for a lapTOP and not a lapDANCE.

Sorry.

Anyway, I'm fixin' to buy myself a laptop computer. I want it because 1) I want to be able to take it to work and have a second computer, which would help me immensely, plus allow me Internet access-which I currently do not have, 2) our home computer is getting a bit long in the tooth. Plus, Jen is always on my case about using it so much, so I can have my own.

I had a laptop once-an IBM thinkpad. And I loved it. But when I quit that last job, I had to turn it in. My request to remove the proprietary software and buy the machine was declined.

So here's what I want:

Some kind of laptop (I'm assuming that the terms laptop and notebook are synonymous?) that has at least a 40 gig or higher hard drive, CD-R/RW, DVD burner, Windows 2000 or higher, including the standard Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Access. Ability to display and play audio and video is a must. Must also have at least one USB port and mouse patch (I don't like those motion pad sensors). And finally, one that is reliable and of good quality. I can afford about $1500.

Also, a couple of questions.

How do I go about establishing an Outlook E-mail account on it? And how do I go about setting up wireless Internet access?

Thanks for the help in advance.

 
MD-90
Posts: 7836
Joined: Mon Jan 17, 2000 12:45 pm

RE: Any Recommendations For A Laptop?

Wed Feb 02, 2005 11:06 am

My Dell Inspiron 8200 has served me well for the last 2.5 years. My sister got a Dell 4100 last fall, paid about $1300, and it would pretty much fufill your requirements. Just remember that the quality of the screen is just about the most important component. My UXGA+ Dell Ultrasharp is pretty nice.

I wish I could afford an Alienware laptop, but for your price (and mine, even though my Dell was $2500 when my parents bought it for me), you wouldn't be able to get what you want. Dell seems to offer the most bang for the buck.
 
ANCFlyer
Posts: 21391
Joined: Mon Nov 15, 2004 3:51 pm

RE: Any Recommendations For A Laptop?

Wed Feb 02, 2005 11:10 am

MattD, I only use a laptop - and this is the 4th Toshiba I've had. I have no complaints . . .

I bought this one at CompUSA, for about $1399US - plus $200 rebate. It has all the gizmos you mention in your post. When I'm at home I use it like a desktop - hooked to the printer, a second hard drive (hold over from a previous laptop), and an optical mouse.

I think you'll find most laptops have all of what you listed. This laptop has three USB ports, an IR port, CD/DVD RW Drive, Windows XP operating system, large screen (for entertainment), stereo speakers, etc, 60 gig HD, 1000+ meg RAM, 2gig + processor. One thing you probably won't find it one preloaded with MS Office. I had to purchase that separately, at $399US.

Highly recommend Toshiba.
FOR THOSE THAT FOUGHT FOR IT, FREEDOM HAS A FLAVOR THE PROTECTED WILL NEVER KNOW OR UNDERSTAND
 
dl021
Posts: 10836
Joined: Fri May 21, 2004 12:04 pm

RE: Any Recommendations For A Laptop?

Wed Feb 02, 2005 11:21 am

Smaj....sorry to hear you are using Toshiba after they sold us out. I still hold that grudge.

MattD....I have had this HP pavilion ze5300 for the last two years now and it has held up very well. It is a desktop replacement so it is'nt the lightest out there, but it is built well and as a 15" screen. Now the trend is toward the wide screen. You can get one of the new ones for about $1500 with what you want.

I am considering my next laptop and have decided to go with the IBM, as I don't need as much memory and want the features I have now plus centrino. I had the home wireless router card in it when I got it, but that doesn't help me in hotels or hot spots.

IBM is advertising a Thinkpad with a 30 gig harddrive, CD-RW and DVD (no R) but the rest of what you seek for around $1300 right now. It is expandable if necessary.

Good luck.
Is my Pan Am ticket to the moon still good?
 
saxdiva
Posts: 2331
Joined: Sun Jun 20, 2004 6:51 pm

RE: Any Recommendations For A Laptop?

Wed Feb 02, 2005 11:41 am

Hey, Matt,

I got a Fujitsu Lifebook S6120 last month at Fry's. There are two versions of what is basically the same system; one is smaller and a wee bit more expensive (that's what I got, since I need it to travel), and the other is larger and has a couple of extra ports. So far, I like it a lot--it's a second system for me since I use a desktop for most of my work, but it does all the usual laptop things just fine. It came with a 1.6 GHz Pentium M, 40GB hard drive, built-in Intel Wireless card, three USB ports, and a CDRW/DVD-rom burner. What it doesn't have is a DVD burner (I didn't need it), and the bundled software from Fry's is MS XP Home which doesn't include MS Office, but has the stripped-down word processor and spreadsheet. I already had a copy of Office, so I loaded that on and it works fine.

Pros? First, this system has the best display I've ever seen on a laptop, hands-down--FAR better than the Dell I used at my last job, which was purchased about this time last year. It's very light (about four pounds) and compact, making it very easy to carry around. It's fast, and my Linux install (remember, I'm a geek about this stuff) went without any problems at all. Wireless configuration went easily enough on my home network, and it also seems to like the network at my library. It also comes with a button to disable the touch-pad mouse, which is good since I absolutely loathe those things.

Cons? The larger version of this system had a serial port, and in retrospect I kinda wish I'd gotten that one. The technology used in this display also gives the screen a glossy finish, which I suppose could be a hassle if you use the screen a lot and work around windows. It also gets a little warm under the hands, but I don't notice that it's much worse than the Dell.

Anyhow, that's my experience for whatever it's worth. Seems the price on this system was right around $1500 from Fry's. If you go online and buy direct from Fujitsu, you can get the next-generation version, which I notice has a larger HD and an optional DVD writer.

Hope this helps...
-Leanne
See terms for details....
 
flybyguy
Posts: 1419
Joined: Sun Jun 27, 2004 12:52 pm

RE: Any Recommendations For A Laptop?

Wed Feb 02, 2005 11:49 am

I bought a Gateway Solo in 2001. Served me well for the 4 years I had it, but it was replaced 3 times by gateway for various hardware failures etc. Thankfully I took the extended warranty... note to everyone... for things as sketchy as laptops always take the extended warranty... you will NOT regret it.

I guess I'm due for a new computer this year... I think I may go DELL. Do Dell laptops give a lot of problems?
"Are you a pretender... or a thoroughbred?!" - Professor Matt Miller
 
LAS757300
Posts: 254
Joined: Fri May 14, 2004 2:04 pm

RE: Any Recommendations For A Laptop?

Wed Feb 02, 2005 11:52 am

Look into a Mac. I've have a top of the line $2300 15 inch iBook G4 1.33mHz with 768 mb ram, wireless mouse, wireless internet connectivity built in, and a DVD burner. You probably don't need every feature I have. $1500 should get you a nice 12 inch model, but it'll be worth every penny, trust me. The software is problem free, the odds of virus infection are almost nil, and it just, cool.

[Edited 2005-02-02 04:02:35]
KMSP
 
User avatar
mbmbos
Posts: 2947
Joined: Sat May 27, 2000 4:16 am

RE: Any Recommendations For A Laptop?

Wed Feb 02, 2005 12:03 pm

I've got a Dell laptop for home use and an IBM ThinkPad for work. Both laptops have been very good performers, although I think IBM makes superior keyboards and LCD screens.
"If I don't manage to fly, someone else will. The spirit wants only for there to be flying. As for who happens to do it, in that he has only a passing interest."
- R.M. Rilke
 
JBirdAV8r
Posts: 3462
Joined: Sun Jun 24, 2001 4:44 am

RE: Any Recommendations For A Laptop?

Wed Feb 02, 2005 12:04 pm

LAS757300,

I find your statements rather amusing, considering they don't make 15" iBooks.

Matt, you can get a 14" iBook G4 pretty nicely equipped for under $1500 pretty easily. I'd definitely look into it if I were you. If you live near an Apple Store, you should look at one. The transition is easy...haven't talked to a single Mac convert who wanted to go back to PC's yet.
I got my head checked--by a jumbo jet
 
LAS757300
Posts: 254
Joined: Fri May 14, 2004 2:04 pm

RE: Any Recommendations For A Laptop?

Wed Feb 02, 2005 12:11 pm

Thanks for pointing out my mistake, JBird. It's embarassing to get your own screen sized messed up! Personally, I would go to the Mac store to check out the iBook, but do not buy it there. You'll save a lot on sales tax by ordering online, as shipping is free.
KMSP
 
Springbok747
Posts: 3993
Joined: Sun Nov 14, 2004 9:13 am

RE: Any Recommendations For A Laptop?

Wed Feb 02, 2005 12:12 pm

Get a Mac. I have a 15" Powerbook G4, its awesome! I was very used to Windows, and reluctantly made a change over to Mac....wow, I must say, that's the best thing I ever did. Macs rule.

http://www.apple.com/powerbook/index15.html
אני תומך בישראל
 
ordflyer
Posts: 498
Joined: Tue Aug 03, 2004 2:08 pm

RE: Any Recommendations For A Laptop?

Wed Feb 02, 2005 12:28 pm

I've been using Dell laptops for school for the past few years and can't complain...just got a new Inspiron 9200 a few weeks ago to replace my Inspiron 8000 that had served well for over 3 years but was getting outdated and having a few display problems. The 9200 came out to be just under $2000 after I substituted to a larger hard drive (60 gigs) and a DVD burner
Keep in mind when getting a laptop to get the best performance you can afford since they can't be upgraded easily like desktops can.
I would reccomend looking into Dell. In addition, I have known two people who recently got Fujitsu and Mac laptops respectively and they both love them.
 
User avatar
yyz717
Posts: 15775
Joined: Mon Sep 10, 2001 12:26 pm

RE: Any Recommendations For A Laptop?

Wed Feb 02, 2005 1:00 pm

Personally, I would stay away from Dell. You have to wait for the PC to be delivered after ordering. This can take days. Better to buy one from a store and take it home.

Dell's 1-800 customer service absolutely sucks. Always on hold. When you do get thru, it has been outsourced to India where the quality of the English language can be poor.



I dumped at the gybe mark in strong winds when I looked up at a Porter Q400 on finals. Can't stop spotting.
 
NZ747
Posts: 849
Joined: Mon Dec 13, 2004 2:01 pm

RE: Any Recommendations For A Laptop?

Wed Feb 02, 2005 1:59 pm

I got a Dell Laptop last week and I am very happy with it. It said it would take 10 working days to deliver (about 14 days), but it only took a week. It came from Malaysia via Singapore Airlines.

 
Airlinerfreak
Posts: 1246
Joined: Tue Jan 18, 2005 4:16 am

RE: Any Recommendations For A Laptop?

Wed Feb 02, 2005 3:36 pm

My personal oppinion is go with Dell or Mac. Whether you want an apple operating system or a windows that is up to you. It also looks though as the Dell fits all of your standards and the Mac is just simply too much that you dont need. Don't get the Mac unless you are an artist and you have an ipod with like 10 billion songs.
 
flybyguy
Posts: 1419
Joined: Sun Jun 27, 2004 12:52 pm

RE: Any Recommendations For A Laptop?

Wed Feb 02, 2005 3:47 pm

Does anyone at all buy Gateway?
"Are you a pretender... or a thoroughbred?!" - Professor Matt Miller
 
emiratesa345
Posts: 2049
Joined: Thu Jun 05, 2003 10:11 am

RE: Any Recommendations For A Laptop?

Wed Feb 02, 2005 3:53 pm

I'm not sure if it meets your requirements, but it's an amazing unit.

http://catalog2.panasonic.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ModelDetail?displayTab=O&storeId=11201&catalogId=13051&itemId=68953&catGroupId=14919&modelNo=Toughbook-29&surfModel=Toughbook-29

Our transit service here in town uses these in their support vehicles (supervisor's vehicles) and they are incredible. Very tough!

Mark
You and I were meant to fly, Air Canada!
 
AWspicious
Posts: 2780
Joined: Fri Sep 14, 2001 7:47 am

RE: Any Recommendations For A Laptop?

Wed Feb 02, 2005 4:10 pm

"'s 1-800 customer service absolutely sucks. Always on hold. When you do get thru, it has been outsourced to India where the quality of the English language can be poor."

hmmm.... Wonder if Star (of Power 99 in Philly) had a Dell

EDIT

Oh, by the way, I'd go with a Mac. An IBM would be my PC-based alternative.

[Edited 2005-02-02 08:11:44]

2nd edit

Emirates;
Wonder if they chose those because of a concern for employees having work-related accidents (i.e., getting hit by a bus)  Laugh out loud

[Edited 2005-02-02 08:19:13]
Nevermind political correctness - Envision using your turn signals!
 
CaptOveur
Posts: 6064
Joined: Thu May 06, 2004 3:13 am

RE: Any Recommendations For A Laptop?

Wed Feb 02, 2005 10:35 pm

I am going to say go with a Dell.

They are fairly well made, the keyboards have a nice feel to them, the displays are decent. All that is fine and dandy but what really matters because I am guessing you are not part of a company with an IT staff that is equipped to fix laptops is Dell's support.

I have dealt with Toshibas, HPs and a few others. For a computer that works for a living Dell support cannot be beaten. If something major goes wrong with a Toshiba or an HP you just about have to ship it off to god knows where for what they tell you will be a 6 week vacation. If your Dell breaks the geek comes to you, usually within 24hrs. My girlfriend's sister recently bought a Dell, she got all the warranties and everything, she even paid for the warranty where she can throw it out the window and they will replace it for free (if she hands them a bag of the remains). I don't think anyone can top that kind of service. They may cost a few bucks more, but what is cheaper? Warranties that cover the whole computer for upto 4 years. Or replacing a Toshiba when a chip on the motherboard commits suicide 2 weeks out of warranty?

Gateway used to be good, they are bigger sellouts than HP now as far as quality goes.
Things were better when it was two guys in a dorm room.
 
mirrodie
Posts: 6794
Joined: Wed Apr 19, 2000 3:33 am

RE: Any Recommendations For A Laptop?

Wed Feb 02, 2005 11:36 pm

I would say Dell but you seem to know enough about computers.

Dell, I feel, is more for those who are computer hardware illiterate and want hte added security of customer support.

But, our next computer will be an IBM. You had IBM and know how you loved it and how hardy it was. Go with what you know and love.
Forum moderator 2001-2010; He's a pedantic, pontificating, pretentious bastard, a belligerent old fart, a worthless st
 
Inbound
Posts: 614
Joined: Sat Sep 15, 2001 7:59 am

RE: Any Recommendations For A Laptop?

Thu Feb 03, 2005 2:07 am

I'm also going to buy a Dell laptop online on friday when I clear my credit card.

Since I live in Trinidad, I have to buy thru the Dell Latin America website which means we don't get all the latest bells and whistles as the US with respect to prices.

I've configured a 1.8 Centrino, 512MB mem, 40GB HD, DVD Burner, wireless card, and some package with a bag, memory stick and mouse for $1400US before shipping.
I think it's an Inspiron 600m or something so.

as long as I can surf the net, watch porn, and make use of wi-fi at hotels when I travel, I'm happy. No need for anything 'advanced'.

I bought my Dell desktop 2 years ago and it arrived in 3 boxes for a shipping cost of $200US from Texas to Trinidad. I'm assuming shipping for a laptop would be a bit less as the dimensions are smaller.
Maintain own separation with terrain!
 
LY744
Posts: 5185
Joined: Sat Feb 03, 2001 11:55 pm

RE: Any Recommendations For A Laptop?

Thu Feb 03, 2005 2:58 am

Everybody always seems to be badmouthing Compaq/HP around here but I gotta say, my Compaq R3000 has served me well thus far. Except the Toshiba DVD-ROM/CD-R/RW drive, which is slow and unreliable (try getting a nice external DVD burner bundled in). Comparing the Compaq to friends' Toshibas and Dells (including some more expensive models), the 3000 has a wide screen, easy-to-use built-in wireless card, and better ergonomic - all the controls and ports (including 3 USBs) are mounted on the sides of the machine as opposed to the back, much easier to reach and use.

Edit:

If battery life matters to you get one of those "special" laptops (Centrino or whatever)!


LY744.

[Edited 2005-02-02 19:18:30]
Pacifism only works if EVERYBODY practices it
 
yokohama1970
Posts: 196
Joined: Tue Jul 13, 2004 3:50 pm

RE: Any Recommendations For A Laptop?

Thu Feb 03, 2005 10:08 am

I helped my parents purchase a laptop. We (parents & I) tried about 2 dozen models & brands in their price range ($600-1000). They picked the Acer 5705 @ Sam's Club. The Extended 3 Year Warranty is so affordable, too! If you don't have a Sam's Club membership, perhaps a family member or friend would help you.

If not, http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduct.asp?submit=BROWSE&manufactory=1146&DEPA=3. I was unsure of Acer, but being able to compare Acer, Gateway, HP/Compaq, Dell, Averatec, Sony, Toshiba, Apple & IBM makes a big difference. My sister uses a 14.1" iBook. I use an IBM Thinkpad R40. The other brands were @ Sam's Club, Circuit City & Best Buy. A friend @ work uses an eMachines (now Gateway) m5405, which his Parents bought as a Christmas/College gift. I have tried it & keyboard is very nice, 15.4" wide-screen display = nice affordable machine. Take your time & try everything in-store, try a friends laptop, co-workers laptop. Word of mouth is always valuable info. Ultimately, you will use the machine everyday, so trust your own opinion. Good Luck!

Tom

http://www.samsclub.com
Thank You Derek! Good Luck with the LA Dodgers
 
CaptOveur
Posts: 6064
Joined: Thu May 06, 2004 3:13 am

RE: Any Recommendations For A Laptop?

Thu Feb 03, 2005 1:25 pm

Guys,
You have to remember not just any hack with a screwdriver can work on a laptop. So when an Acer or an HP or a Toshiba has a catastrophic problem even though it is under warranty it may have to get on the big brown truck and go off to the ends of the earth for warranty service. This journey may take weeks. If Matt is planning on doing actual work with this laptop a 6 week Odyssey to a service center in who knows where may not be the best thing.

With Dell service they come to you. Yes, they actually do, I have seen it. They also usually come within 24hrs minimizing your downtime. I guess if it is just a personal computer to mess around with this isn't that important but if he plans on doing work on it I would take the support that would get him back up and running as quickly and easily as possible. I speak from experience, my father is determined to never pay real money for a laptop and we have dealt with supporting a few different brands, Toshiba included and it is not worth the hassle. Especially considering he actually uses his for work and they wanted to send his computer on a 6 week odyssey to City of Industry, California for a friggin keyboard replacement that I could have done myself if I had been able to find the part, The piece of crap was even under warranty at the time.
Things were better when it was two guys in a dorm room.
 
StevenUhl777
Posts: 3281
Joined: Sun Jul 08, 2001 11:02 am

RE: Any Recommendations For A Laptop?

Thu Feb 03, 2005 2:44 pm

Dell's 1-800 customer service absolutely sucks. Always on hold. When you do get thru, it has been outsourced to India where the quality of the English language can be poor.

You can say that again. I was able to get an older Dell laptop from my work, but the problem was the orginal power cord was lost, and the one I was given didn't work. I gave the computer to my Dad and he called Dell, only for him to spend an hour and a half with someone in Bangalore or wherever struggle with the language barrier and finding the right part. Long story short, he gave up and my company got their laptop back.

Anyhow...Dell overall has a great reputation, and since the "geek" comes out to help get it back up and running, I'd still lean Dell.

For whatever it's worth. Good luck! As Saxdiva said, Fry's has great deals on stuff in general.
And the winner for best actress is....REESE WITHERSPOON for 'Walk the Line'!!!!!!!!
 
Springbok747
Posts: 3993
Joined: Sun Nov 14, 2004 9:13 am

RE: Any Recommendations For A Laptop?

Thu Feb 03, 2005 4:00 pm

Dell's 1-800 customer service absolutely sucks. Always on hold. When you do get thru, it has been outsourced to India where the quality of the English language can be poor.

Well, it's not only Dell..I had the same problem with HP..and I called HP Australia, and got connected to some lady in India, who had no idea what I was saying, and I couldn't make out anything she was trying to say with that fake accent..lol..it was absolutely hilarious! I just hung up, and got a Mac. Life's been good since then Big grin
אני תומך בישראל
 
virgin744
Posts: 825
Joined: Sat Nov 13, 1999 5:51 pm

RE: Any Recommendations For A Laptop?

Thu Feb 03, 2005 9:01 pm

Matt,
I've worked on and supported Dells for 10yrs and in that time i've seen and used a lot of other laptops to but I would have to say, IMHO, buy a Dell - and if you are considering heavy duty usage or travelling a fair bit then it HAS to be a Latitude. My current one is the D600, it has no faults and other than XPSP2 giving a very faint drifting cursor issue, its sound!

Get the 3yr next business day warranty, up it to 1gb ram and a good graphics card, and a fairly decent HDD (upwards of 60GB (pref. 7200rpm speed) and the HDD access speed will be great  Big thumbs up plus add the usual DVD drive etc and you'll be fine.
P.S Make sure you get a Centrino, not the Celeron and if you have the cash it ABSOLUTELY HAS to be XP PRO - stay away from Home edition...

Good luck in whatever you choose.

virgin744
 
runway23
Posts: 2337
Joined: Sat Jan 15, 2005 2:12 am

RE: Any Recommendations For A Laptop?

Thu Feb 03, 2005 9:18 pm

Just wondering what exactly are the advantages or a pentium 4 over centrino. The centrino seems to consume less power though the p4 seems to be way more powerful, any suggestions or comments?
 
chris78cpr
Posts: 2732
Joined: Tue Feb 03, 2004 7:44 am

RE: Any Recommendations For A Laptop?

Thu Feb 03, 2005 11:03 pm

APPLE!

Need i say more....

Chris
5D2/7D/1D2(soon to be a 1Dx) 17-40L/24-105L/70-200F2.8L/100-400L/24F1.4LII/50F1.2L/85F1.2LII
 
Cadet985
Posts: 2248
Joined: Sat Mar 02, 2002 6:45 am

RE: Any Recommendations For A Laptop?

Thu Feb 03, 2005 11:09 pm

In terms of Dell's tech support, I had to call them a couple times for my laptop - an Inspiron 1150 - which I love, and I actually got someone in Texas. I was surprised. I had no complaints about the quality of the support. I called on a Sunday afternoon, and I was on the phone waiting like 6 minutes before I got someone.

Marc
 
virgin744
Posts: 825
Joined: Sat Nov 13, 1999 5:51 pm

RE: Any Recommendations For A Laptop?

Thu Feb 03, 2005 11:41 pm

runway23,
you are correct, the main reason is because of power drain, also I would suspect that IF Dell are starting to ship 90% of laptops with Centrino then its probably for a good reason such as better reliability on laptops. It could be that the P4 chips are just overburdening certain laptop models, maybe M/board architecture can cope better with Centrinos, to be honest I am not sure of the reason but I seem to have come across far more Cents than P4's and that makes me think that other than cost it must be for better compatibility. Thats my 10pence worth!


virgin744
 
Inbound
Posts: 614
Joined: Sat Sep 15, 2001 7:59 am

RE: Any Recommendations For A Laptop?

Fri Feb 04, 2005 12:24 am

Dell's website is saying the Centrino processor is better suited for wireless internet although it doesn't go into details why.

it would explain why it's now preferred for laptops/notebooks
Maintain own separation with terrain!
 
CaptOveur
Posts: 6064
Joined: Thu May 06, 2004 3:13 am

RE: Any Recommendations For A Laptop?

Fri Feb 04, 2005 12:34 am

"Dell's website is saying the Centrino processor is better suited for wireless internet"

Sounds like a marketing gimmick. All the pseudo-geeks are beating off over wifi right now and Dell probably wants to try and cash in. I may be shortsighted but I really don't see how a particular processor would handle wireless networking any better than another processor.

The Centrino is the way to go. I hear you can fry an egg on the underside of a P4 laptop, I guess the battery drain on a p4 is also something like twice that of a centrino. Also, this is a laptop, it needs to be powerful but I doubt he is going to be playing games on it, so the additional power of the P4 is probably not necessary. The last time I was messing with laptops (just a few months ago) they offered P4 and Pentium M (mobile) and in a laptop going with anything but the M was pretty silly.
Things were better when it was two guys in a dorm room.
 
LY744
Posts: 5185
Joined: Sat Feb 03, 2001 11:55 pm

RE: Any Recommendations For A Laptop?

Fri Feb 04, 2005 3:22 am

"I hear you can fry an egg on the underside of a P4 laptop"

Hmm, I'll have to try that. Will get back to you in a few days, assuming the laptop survives.  Big thumbs up

However, I observed that parking food/drink items in the vicinity of the laptop does have much the same effect as putting them in a low powered microwave.


LY744.
Pacifism only works if EVERYBODY practices it
 
SlamClick
Posts: 9576
Joined: Sun Nov 23, 2003 7:09 am

RE: Any Recommendations For A Laptop?

Fri Feb 04, 2005 4:05 am

I have had very good experience with the HP Pavilion. I've bought four of them in the past three years. All from the Costco in Wilmington DE. (did I mention that I like them?) My current primary is a wide screen. Love it.

I am probably going to buy a ToughBook for a business venture.

Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.
 
User avatar
solnabo
Posts: 5025
Joined: Fri Jan 11, 2008 8:53 am

RE: Any Recommendations For A Laptop?

Fri Feb 04, 2005 4:29 am


How can you even think about buying a lap top?? One word for it: Fragile!

I´m sorry, but why not go for a DELL Dimension w XP Pro / 80Gb / 1 Gb RAM /

19 inch TFT-monitor / DVD and CD-R recorder??

Now, that´s MY cup of tea  Big thumbs up

Micke  Smokin cool
Airbus SAS - Love them both
 
saxdiva
Posts: 2331
Joined: Sun Jun 20, 2004 6:51 pm

RE: Any Recommendations For A Laptop?

Fri Feb 04, 2005 5:39 am

As mentioned earlier, P4 chips use substantially more power and run hotter. That's okay for a desktop box where you've got AC power and better options for cooling it, but it can be problematic for laptops.

FYI, my new desktop P4 system tends to run hot even with two fans. I'm trying to decide whether to go with a larger power supply or a whole new case.
See terms for details....
 
Imonti
Posts: 399
Joined: Tue Jun 15, 2004 4:49 am

RE: Any Recommendations For A Laptop?

Fri Feb 04, 2005 7:57 am

I just got a Dell delivered yesterday, it is a latitude D600, i choose it as it isnt that heavy and im a student so to carry it around is cool.

I looked extensively at lap tops and eventually ti came down to sony or dell and went with dell as it has the best back up in the world, no matter where u are they come to u with in 24 hours and they fix it free of charge.

The other dells such as the latitude D800 is awesome, however it is a wide screen designed for things such as having 2 spread sheets open at once. Not what I needed.

I got a 2ghz,
1064mb ram
dvd writer
centrino wireless
bluetooth
60gb hard drive
mouse
and its going so well,

I highly recommend it, although i do have one question with regard to some websites some things arnt crystal clear but with regard to words, the clarity is incredible.

 
User avatar
EA CO AS
Posts: 15747
Joined: Wed Nov 14, 2001 8:54 am

RE: Any Recommendations For A Laptop?

Fri Feb 04, 2005 8:25 am

When you do get thru, it has been outsourced to India where the quality of the English language can be poor.


FWIW, the India call centers generally handle home users. Dell's corporate customers get to talk to someone in the U.S.
"In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem - government IS the problem." - Ronald Reagan

Comments made here are my own and are not intended to represent the official position of Alaska Air Group
 
FlyVirgin744
Posts: 1282
Joined: Tue Jul 27, 1999 8:35 am

RE: Any Recommendations For A Laptop?

Fri Feb 04, 2005 10:35 am

Like MD-90, I have a Dell 8200. I've had it almost 3 years.

I've had to send it in twice for maintenance, including right now (right now I'm on my roomie's computer). The last time I sent it in was because of a black line appearing on the display. DHL picked it up on Monday, I had it back by Wednesday afternoon.

I was on the phone with their tech support yesterday about this current problem I am having. I called at what I would consider peak time (8pm est) and waited about 10 minutes. I was outsourced to somewhere southeast Asia, however, Dell has made superior progress in teaching these folk to speak "American" english. Other than a few words when the SE Asian accent came out, the woman probably spoke better than me  Smile My hard drive has also died twice in these 2.5 years. Both times I got a new one free in the mail within 2 days or less.

What I recommend:

Get something small. Some laptops are just downright huge. A small light one will be fine even if it the chipspeed isn't as great. Make it easy on yourself to carry it around.

Invest in an external hard drive. Laptop hard drives have a higher failure rate. I recently purchased a 250 GIG ext hd to complement my internal 40 gig.

For brands, I personally would buy an IBM as of right now. Dell is great for service/price, but I think IBM builds a better product. You might also want to consider one of those smaller MAC notebooks.
Sometimes I go about in pity for myself and all the while a great wind carries me across the sky.
 
Klaus
Posts: 21578
Joined: Wed Jul 11, 2001 7:41 am

RE: Any Recommendations For A Laptop?

Sun Feb 06, 2005 10:45 pm

I´d also recommend you to just check out your nearest Apple store.

The main difference is that it´s simply a lot less trouble than Windows and even pleasant to use since it´s much more focused on helping you to get your stuff done.

The elegance with which OS X combines the hardcore UNIX foundations for my software development work, "productivity" applications and the unmatched media environment at the same time is unique... And to really appreciate it you´d need to get your hands on it; You simply can´t just imagine it.

You can run MS Office on a Mac at least as well as under Windows; The only point you´d have to replace is MS Access (which is a horrible piece of junk anyway). FileMaker should serve your needs just as well or better.
 
TACAA320
Posts: 7153
Joined: Fri Aug 06, 2004 3:03 am

RE: Any Recommendations For A Laptop?

Sun Feb 06, 2005 10:54 pm

I strongly recommend you a Compaq, HP or Toshiba widescreen. Check their web site as well Dell's one. You will be no disappointed.


I also advice you to check personally or through internet, the store CompUSA. I had good experiences with them.
'Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind'. Albert Einstein
 
Skystar
Posts: 1339
Joined: Thu Jan 13, 2000 3:58 pm

RE: Any Recommendations For A Laptop?

Mon Feb 07, 2005 12:34 am

Another vote for a Mac here.

I switched in April 2004 to a Powerbook 15" and haven't looked back - the best thing is the peace of mind that comes with using a Mac - viruses and spyware are basically a non event compared to a PC and you don't need to worry about performance sapping virus scanners, etc in the background.
 
Biggles20
Posts: 193
Joined: Mon Apr 12, 2004 4:11 am

RE: Any Recommendations For A Laptop?

Mon Feb 07, 2005 1:56 am

Hello,

I'm not a computer expert but I can tell one not to get. I've had so many problems with my Lap-top I don't know where to begin.

I have a Toshiba Satellite 1100 - though I'm sure the specs are interchangable, the platform in general is pretty poor I think. My system is anything but stable and often crashes (I have no viruses that Norton can detect) for no apparent reason. There are other problems, but the biggest personal pain for me is not having a DVD/CD-RW...its one big pain in the arse.

Anyway, enough of my ranting - good luck with you buy!

Biggles
 
User avatar
hawaiian717
Posts: 3485
Joined: Tue May 18, 1999 2:46 am

RE: Any Recommendations For A Laptop?

Tue Feb 08, 2005 1:53 pm

My first recommendation would be Apple. The entire iBook line as well as the 12" PowerBook are in your price range. Since you want a DVD burner, look for one with a SuperDrive (which lets you burn both DVDs and CD-RWs). As Klaus mentioned, you can get Office 2004 for Mac, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Entourage, which serves the same function as Outlook on Windows. FileMaker, which I haven't used, should more than adequately replace Access. You can plug in any external USB mouse.

If you must go with a Windows notebook, I don't really have much advice, since they all seem pretty similar. I'd definitely go with something small and light, being spoiled by my 12" iBook. In that vein, I'd recommend a Dell Latitude over a Dell Inspiron. A friend of mine has an eMachines notebook that has an Athlon 64 processor, but it's big and heavy (about 8.5 lbs).

I'll also try to clear up some of the Centrino confusion. Centrino is indeed a marketing gimmick, but not necessarily a bad one. It indicates the laptop includes a special Intel motherboard chipset, WiFi and processor. Originally they used Celeron processors, but currently they are using the acceptable Pentium M. But don't rule out non-Centrino notebooks, they're not necessarily better and often you can get more processor power for your money with an AMD processor rather than Intel.

I can't imagine Dell support coming to you to fix your computer. Sure if it's part of a corporate support contract, but the average home user is going to have to end up either shipping it to the manufacturer or bringing it to a local computer store for repairs.

David / ABQ
 
regupilot
Posts: 455
Joined: Wed Jan 14, 2004 11:45 pm

RE: Any Recommendations For A Laptop?

Tue Feb 08, 2005 2:19 pm

Hello ALL!!


HEY MATT!!

I Strongly recommend one that's excellent for you, man! I've had:
1. Copaq Presario
2. Compaq Armada
3. HP Pavilion
4. Sony F/A/GR/ PCG Series
5. Apple PowerBook
6. Apple iBook
7. Dell Inspiron
8. Dell Lattitude
9. Gateway Solo and the ones with company.
10. Toshiba Tecra, Satellite
12. Fijitsu Lifebook, B, A, C, E Series
13. Winbook
14. ProStar
15. Acer Aspire and Travelmate
16. Micron Transport

I know one of these will be right for you man! I hope this post helps you as much as al of the other posts in this thread.

- now seriously, to add another brand to your pick list, Acer has some great notebooks at great prices. They had worked for me in every aspect you may find (Wireless Internet Access, Gaming, Storage, Buring DVD's/CD's, Video Editing, Presentations, Digital Image editing.. you name it). I had tried in all of these areas... and specifically the newer Acer Aspire 1700 series - quite big and heavy machines. Anyways... check out Newegg.com for more options. A smart advice: Stay away from Dell.

CIAO ALL!

Ragu
 
UTA_flyinghigh
Posts: 6304
Joined: Wed Oct 03, 2001 8:46 pm

RE: Any Recommendations For A Laptop?

Tue Feb 08, 2005 5:03 pm

Hey all,

I just received my new HP Pavilion ZD7000

17'' SXGA widescreen
P4 3.2 HT
1024 MB DDR-SDRAM
100GB HDD
128MB Nvidia GeForce FX
DVD-RW
10/100 LAN
Integrated 802.11b/g WiFi


Doesn't come cheap but it effectively is a gaming desktop you can take on the road  Big thumbs up
Definitely recommend it  Smile

UTA
Fly to live, live to fly - Air France/KLM Flying Blue Platinum, BMI Diamond Club Gold, Emirates Skywards
 
regupilot
Posts: 455
Joined: Wed Jan 14, 2004 11:45 pm

RE: Any Recommendations For A Laptop?

Tue Feb 08, 2005 11:22 pm

How much was it UTA??? The Acer 1700 series has:

17"UXGA Screen (not Wide though)
P4 3.2GHz
1GB RAM
120GB HD
128MB GeForce FX 5700
DVD+/-RW
10/100 LAN
Itegrated WiFi G (G is compatible with both A and B speeds)
Media Card Reader
Weight, about 10 pounds.

All that for $1899 at CDW.com
 
UTA_flyinghigh
Posts: 6304
Joined: Wed Oct 03, 2001 8:46 pm

RE: Any Recommendations For A Laptop?

Tue Feb 08, 2005 11:27 pm

I paid less than that lol...
but you can't get those prices  Big grin

UTA
Fly to live, live to fly - Air France/KLM Flying Blue Platinum, BMI Diamond Club Gold, Emirates Skywards
 
jake056
Posts: 283
Joined: Wed Mar 31, 2004 7:41 am

RE: Any Recommendations For A Laptop?

Wed Feb 09, 2005 10:39 am

This has to be one of the most useful threads on here. I have been struggling with the choice so all the comments were most appreciated. I have a Dell Inspiron 8200 and it is giving me lots of problems recently. I've had it for 3-4 years. I think it is ready to go to its great reward in cyber heaven. Dell support has been great, but I think the machine is just ready to give up the ghost.

I've narrowed it down to a Dell Latitude or iMac, based on comments here. I'm looking for lightweight with a long battery life.

Basic internet access, nice graphics, not a lot of bells and whistles.

Between Dell and iMac, what do you prefer???

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Bing [Bot] and 37 guests

Popular Searches On Airliners.net

Top Photos of Last:   24 Hours  •  48 Hours  •  7 Days  •  30 Days  •  180 Days  •  365 Days  •  All Time

Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe

Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days

Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit

Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior

Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft

Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials

Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions

Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin

Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon

Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos

Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft

Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries

Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground

Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos