Thread: Good laptop?

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    Good laptop?

    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...

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    I've used Dell without any trouble, but if you can afford it I believe Toshiba Tecra is the best laptop on the market.

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    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.
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    I got a Dell not to long ago and I am very happy with it.

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    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.

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    5|-|1+|-|34|) ober's Avatar
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    We have dell's here where I work and they seem to work great
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    pronounced 'fib' FillYourBrain's Avatar
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    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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    If you have an opinion, you can reply here: Clicky

    Or on this thread, up to you...

    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.

    Warranty -

    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.

    Price -

    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...

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    Green Member Cshot's Avatar
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    Check the Dell website again. They're currently offering promotions for cheaper HDD upgrades and a free DVD/CDRW upgrade.
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    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.

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    Registered User xlnk's Avatar
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    I have dell and it works great. Haven't had any problems with it.
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    Veni Vidi Vice
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    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.

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    On the downside I think you are forced to go with an OS from Microsoft.

    I read a story on (?) 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.

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    Seven years? civix's Avatar
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    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.

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    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.
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