Need a Laptop

Discussion in 'Portable Devices & Gadgets' started by Jewelzz, Aug 30, 2003.

  1. Jewelzz

    Jewelzz OSNN Godlike Veteran

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    A friend is looking to buy a laptop, what do you all suggest?
     
  2. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    Depends on the usage.. there are many different laptops out there now.
    Small 10 to 12 inch models designed for portability and light weight, newer centrino notebooks designed for long battery life and wifi usage, mahoooosive 17" notebooks meant for desktop replacements, and then there's plain ol' 14 to 15 inch notebooks which are just the standard, but also come in varieties of work machines and uber-pumped up gaming laptops :)
     
  3. Admiral Michael

    Admiral Michael Michaelsoft Systems CEO Folding Team

    I have a Compaq Presario 2100 (Model 2180CA) and it rocks! It includes:

    AMD Athlon XP-M 2400+ (1.8GHz)

    256MB DDR RAM

    60 GB 4200RPM

    ATI Radeon Graphics with 8MB Shared Memory ( I knocked it down from 64 so I could have more system memory)

    Built-in 56K MODEM

    Built-in 10/100MBps Ethernet LAN

    Built-in 802.11 Wireless Card

    256 KB Cache

    3.5" 1.44MB Floppy Drive

    266 MHz System Bus

    1 Type II PC Card Slot

    2 USB, Serial, Parallel, IEEE1394

    VGA, S-Video Out

    16-Bit Stereo Sound

    15.0" XGA LCD Screen

    DVD/CDRW Optical Drive

    Windows XP Home SP1
     
  4. Jewelzz

    Jewelzz OSNN Godlike Veteran

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    Here's the scoop :p

    He's going to India for 6 months on business. He needs a laptop for business but also for his personal needs. He has a ton of MP3s (10 - 20 gig) plus his other proggies and company stuff.
     
  5. Henyman

    Henyman Secret Goat Fetish Political User

    how much is he looking to spend roughly?

    also i presume he wants a new laptop rather than second hand.
     
  6. Jewelzz

    Jewelzz OSNN Godlike Veteran

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    Yes, new. $1000 - $1500
     
  7. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    I wouldn't know an exact model, but I'd say to try an go for a 1.3 to 1.4 GHz centrino (dont be deceived by the speed, a 1.3 is equal to that of a 2.0GHz P4) with 512ddr and all the other standard stuff, then as he seems to have a lot of files, look into the possability of an external USB 2.0 (or firewire) hard disk.

    Acer make some good, and well priced, centrino notebooks: http://global.acer.com/
     
  8. PseudoKiller

    PseudoKiller Zug Zug

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    Well I got my laptop last week and this is what I have ...
    Compaq Presario X1000 (Model x1010us)
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    Processor Intel® Pentium® M Processor - 1.3GHz
    Memory 512MB DDR SDRAM (2 x 256MB) at 266MHz
    Hard Drive 60GB Enhanced IDE
    Multimedia Drive 8x DVD/24x CD-RW (24X/10X/24X) Combo Drive
    Display 15.4" WXGA WVA display (1280 x 800)
    Communications Integrated 56K modem, Intel® pro wireless 2100 802.11b and 10/100 Ethernet
    Video ATI® MOBILITY™ RADEON™ 9200 with 32MB DDR
    Weight 6.5 lb.
    Dimensions 14.06" (L) x 10" (W) x 1.30" (H)
    Operating system Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    I love it so far and this is coming from someone who only ever built his desktops... so buying one, I was worried. For the money I feel I got a good buy. Best Buy is running a very good sale, buy the laptop (Compaq) and get $200 in rebates.
    Heres the Compaq site
    And here the Best Buy site...
     
  9. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

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    You could also look into the Dell Inspiron 600m (which is also Centrino-based). I've heard a lot of good reviews about it on various sites.