OK, the dept just gave me $2,000 to blow on a laptop, so does anyone know a good place to get a high-end, but still extensible, machine?
I've heard good things about Viao's, but it seems that I could get that kind of system for less if it didn't have "Viao" stamped on the back...
I've used Dell without any trouble, but if you can afford it I believe Toshiba Tecra is the best laptop on the market.
I'd go with the Vaio or Inspiron. The Vaio because of the large monitors and the Inspiron for their graphics.
I'm in sort of a dilemma. I dunno if I wanna upgrade my desktop or get a laptop.
I got a Dell not to long ago and I am very happy with it.
I've also got a Dell, havnt had any problems with it. I got it with a ATI Radeon 7500 64MB, so it runs pretty much every game I have smoothly...a good laptop for graphics.
We have dell's here where I work and they seem to work great :)
how bout old used ones? I was looking for something even as slow a 366 mhz and I can't find anything cheaper than $450
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Right now I've somewhat targetted these two:
The Dell Latitude C640
The Toshiba Satellite 1905-S301
Now here is the current breakdown:
Dell - 1.6GHz
Tosh - 2.0GHz
A trivial difference, as far as I am concerned. I'll still probably use my desktop for intensive applications.
Both - 256Mb DRR SDRAM
Dell - 30GB
Tosh - 40GB
Probably could dualboot comfortably on 30, but more is always better.
Dell - 24X max/10X min CD-ROM Drive
Tosh - DVD / CD-RW Drive
This is a biggie on Toshiba's side. I really want a laptop that plays DVDs.
Dell - Built in
Tosh - Optional add-on as built in or as PC Card
WiFi is a must, so points for Dell here, but the Tosh and the add on still costs less.
Dell - 3yr Parts and onsite labor
Tosh - 1-year parts and labor, 1-year battery.
Big points for Dell here, about the only thing keeping the C640 in the running.
Dell - $1,968.72
Tosh - $1,699.00 ($1,799.00 with WiFi)
Anyone had experience with either of these two? The Dell has the warranty, and the fact that I have had experience with them and know them to be reliable, but I've known Toshiba to manufacture quality digital audio products, so they aren't a disreputable firm. The price difference means I would be able to deck out the Tosh, whereas the Dell barely fits my budget as-is.
Any advice would be helpful...
I'd really like a Toshiba Tecra, if anyone wants to donate $3,300 to the buy-justin-a-toshiba-tecra fund...
Check the Dell website again. They're currently offering promotions for cheaper HDD upgrades and a free DVD/CDRW upgrade.
My 2 cents.
I know that you have already thinned out your choices to two computers, but I'd like to suggest a Gateway 600x. Wow, I am impressed with mine.
Processor Mobile IntelŪ PentiumŪ 4 Processor 1.6GHz
Screen 15.7" SXGA TFT Active Matrix
Memory 256MB DDR SDRAM
Hard Drive 30GB Ultra ATA hard drive
Floppy Drive 3.5" 1.44MB diskette drive
CD-ROM or DVD Modular 8x/8x/24x CDRW and 8x DVD combo
ATI Mobility Radeon 7500 w/ 64MB DDR Video Memory
And now you can get this at 1.8 GHz for $1958. That's a fair bit less than I spent just 1 month ago.
I have dell and it works great. Haven't had any problems with it.
I bought a Dell laptop 6 months ago and havenīt had a problem yet. Dell also have a good support page on the webb. On the downside I think you are forced to go with an OS from Microsoft.
On the downside I think you are forced to go with an OS from Microsoft.
I read a story on linuxworld.com (?) that Dell would offer the option of shipping systems with no OS installed, they would include FreeDOS (?) on a floppy with the system. That would satisfy the agreement they have with Microsoft to not ship a system with out an OS. They are doing this since most corporations have a site license and have to wipe the disk anyway.
Makes you think how Microsoft could accuse a corporation of piracy when they paid for one license when they bought the systems, then had to overwrite it with the product they have a site license for. Is Microsoft double charging the license fees on some products? But this should be on a different thread.
I have an older Apple Powerbook that I use quite frequently at school.. I know it's not exactly high-end, but I think mine is pretty reliable.
I have an old toshiba p133. ( : Barely runs windows 98, but hey, you can hold a lot of jpgs, txt, and html files on a 1.2gig hard drive.