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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-26-2003, 03:57 PM Thread Starter
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What kind of laptop should I get?

I'm looking to get a descent priced laptop in the next couple days, so what do you guys recommend as far as processor and memory and all that? Anyone got the hookup?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-26-2003, 04:36 PM
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I've always liked the Toshiba Satellite Pro's. Fast computers and very nice Video Cards with GeForce 4's (great for gaming).

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I think Dell laptops are great, that have everything from entry level to mobile desktops with great 3D graphics. Check them out.
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-26-2003, 06:27 PM
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I'll put my vote in for Dell. Inspiron line is a good line. I've got an Inspiron 8200 w/ the 15" UltraSharp UXGA screen (1600x1200 resolution).

Whatever you get ... I'd HIGHLY recommend the UltraSharp screen upgrade. I've used a top of the line Toshiba Satillite, without an UltraSharp screen ... and the visibility is terrible! You can't move your head more than a few degrees from the center of the screen, before it starts to white out. With the UltraSharp screens, you can almost view the screen from a 180* angle, and still see it.

I dunno if UltraSharp is unique to Dell, or if it may be called something different by other manufacturers. But if it's available ... get it!

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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-27-2003, 08:34 AM
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If you're looking to be on the cheap, check EBay for a Dell. What's good about Dell is all their drivers are on their website. Most of the laptops on EBay come with a freshly formatted drive and no copy of windows. This is no big deal if you buy a Dell - just locate your favorite flavor of Windows, hit the dell website for drivers and your on your way!

Just my 2 cents.
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I've owned (2) Toshiba Tecras and (2) Dell Latitudes, all very high-end when bought. I can say the Toshibas were better products and Dell has REALLY pissed me off almost every time I have called them.

My current Dell has a few annoying bugs like the touch-pad not working intermittently and about 1/20 times it will crash when trying to hibernate. The video will occasionally loose "red" which requires a reboot. BTW I have it connected to a docking station 95% of the time and the issue is prolly in the docking station.

My wife also has a Dell, I forget the model but it's not a cheapo either.. it has the same touch-pad issue and about once every month or so it will loose all the PCMCIA cards, which requires a reboot to fix. When we first bought it (new from Dell) it arrived with a bad bearing in the fan and had to be shipped back.

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With the Toshibas the only problem I ever had was a PCMCIA modem went bad.. prolly had more to do with a line surge than quality.

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IMO you just can't go wrong if you buy either a Toshiba or a Dell. All others are crap IMO.

As the sys admin for my company, I have final say in all IT purchasing matters. We only buy Dells as a result. The basic laptop for our people is the Dell Inspiron 2650 with a P4m 1.8ghz, 256MB RAM, XP pro, 20GB HDD, and a 14.1inch screen.

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Heck, I just checked Dells website and they are throwing in a free CDRW. Now the price is 1003 and that is with a P4m 2GHz.

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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-04-2003, 04:32 PM
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I'm a little late to this thread but i'd like to throw in my .02

If you are ever buying a laptop for work and you can't afford for it to be broken for more than 24 hours be sure that whatever you buy has next day on-site support. I know dell does this. I think that toshiba and HP have depot maintenance - you ship it off and it comes back fixed in a few days, possibly with a freshly imaged hard disk.

Another thing about dell is that they put up instructions on how to take it apart (thanks kenny_stang!) so if you don't mind working on laptops you can usually fix it yourself once the on-site service expires (on-site = 1 year, parts = 3 years for dell).

My motherboard on my latitude took a crap last thursday. I had the part at my house friday and had a tech out to install it monday morning and I was back in business.
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