What laptop to buy?

Discussion in 'Portable Devices & Gadgets' started by Helmer, Jan 6, 2005.

  1. Helmer

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    I'm starting a new job in a little over a week, today they informed me that I should find a laptop.

    They said in specific: ...has got a Fujitsu Siemens LifeBook E4010 (approx 1800 €) but please look around and see whether you could perhaps find something better/cheaper?

    I don't need it for gaming, that's what my home rig is for :laugh:

    Anyone have any input or advice? It's been 4 years since I last looked at laptop's so I have no idea what's good and not today.
     
  2. sean.ferguson

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    well one option would be in my opinion the Dell Latitude D505, and if you customise the spec to include... 512MB DDR333, a Modular DVDRW, Integrated Bluetooth, Intel wireless minicard and upgrade the processor to a Intel® Pentium® M 725 (1.6Ghz, 2MB L2 cache, 400Mhz) you would then have a very nice system for around £1,166 (~1,659.00EUR).

    Other options would be Sony Viao and possibly just going down the fujitsu line, although i have no experience or recommendations with this line?
     
  3. NetRyder

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    Nice specs for that Latitude. They're good business machines. :up:
     
  4. Helmer

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    Well after speaking with a few friends and they both recommended Znote 4200V-Series

    Znote 4200V-Series
    1.6 GHz Intel® Pentium® M 725 Dothan 2MB Cache 400 FSB
    15" SXGA+ TFT (1400x1050)
    ATI Radeon mobillity 9700PRO 128MB
    512 MB PC3200
    Combo DVD/CD-RW
    3 x USB 2.0 Porte, 1 x Firewire
    60 GB 7200 Omdr 8 MB Cache Hitachi
    Parallelport, Lyd ind og udgang
    Infrarød port, indbygget SD kortlæser
    Intel 802.11g 54Mbit trådløst netværk, 10/100Mbit netværk
    TV-Out (S-VHS) ,
    Windows XP Home UK
    2 Års Garanti inkl. Onsite Service NBD (Next Business Day)
    Zepto/Umates Basic Pro Taske Nylon
    build in Bluetooth

    The specs are in semi-danish, I'm too tired to translate now - Need morning coffee. This one goes for: 1873€ inc VAT
     
  5. NetRyder

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    Is that a local Danish company? Can't say I've heard of it before.
     
  6. Helmer

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    id be more inclined to go for the dell i must admit :S
     
  8. Jewelzz

    Jewelzz OSNN Godlike Veteran

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    I have no opinion on the laptop as I have no idea but, if your company requires you to have a laptop, why aren't they purchasing it for you?
     
  9. Steevo

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    :goodpost:
     
  10. Helmer

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    Err.. maybe because they want me to pick one? I think that's nicer than just getting whatever they think is useful :)
     
  11. NetRyder

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    I agree. Nice that they let you pick what you want and pay for it. ;)

    Like I said before, I haven't heard of Znote, but if it's known to be a good, reliable company over in Denmark, it does have some nice specs. If you aren't sure about the reliability though, the Dell that Sean pointed out would be a better tried-and-trusted option (most large companies and universities here in the US tend to use Dell machines).
     
  12. Helmer

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    Well my mate has one and it's pretty nice, Dell's has a tendency to feel a bit cheap - too much plastic-like imo. At my old job we used Dell too, that was companywide policy - Dell has good corporate support too, but I liked the Compaq I had over the Dell that replaced it back in the days :)