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Laptop, help

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by GoJets, Jul 23, 2008.

  1. GoJets

    GoJets Member

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    need to purchase a new Laptop. (the one I have is about 4 years old)
    Any advice?
     
  2. Britalian

    Britalian Senior member

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    My iBook G4 is 4 years old too. Works perfectly fine for my needs. Do you need one, or just want one? Big difference.
     
  3. rnoldh

    rnoldh Senior member

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    Buy one for your needs and not for "the deal" or the specs.

    What will you be using the laptop for.

    I basically surf the web, have fun on SF and some other forums, and use my laptop for picture transmittals (Picasa) and lots of text applications. No heavy duty use like Cad design or video editing.

    What did I get? A Dell XPS loaded to the gills. Absolutely everything possible except for the Blue-Ray drive. Do I need a powerhouse like that. Hell no, but I got a great deal, so in essence I bought "the deal".

    BTW: The XPS is spectacular but way too much for me.
     
  4. VKK3450

    VKK3450 Senior member

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    Size matters. Or rather weight.

    If you are going to be carrying it around with you be sure that you get something light. And remember that external drives and power supplies add more weight

    +1 on rnoldh

    K
     
  5. DNW

    DNW Senior member

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    Lenovo (or the latest IBM made one) Thinkpad T or Z series. Done!
     
  6. GoJets

    GoJets Member

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    I really want something that is Light!
     
  7. DNW

    DNW Senior member

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    The Thinkpad X300 weighs just about 3 lbs, and can last for 8 hrs on the larger 6-cell battery. This just might be my next purchase. It is a little steep, though, at around $2500-$3000.
     
  8. sleekblackroadster

    sleekblackroadster Senior member

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    i'm partial to the aesthetics of the hp laptops with the new 'infinity' screens.

    lcd is the most crucial thing with laptops imo. some are just terrible.
     
  9. phryxis

    phryxis Active Member

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    seriously, you should highly consider a macbook.

    they are fantastic, simple machines. don't listen to the mac hater bandwagon.
     
  10. Enzo

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    There are a lot of really light HPs out there. I see them in classes all the time. Also Macbooks are pretty good, my friend has one and I use it from time to time when I'm at his house. If you want to do picture or video editing you should get a Macbook.
     
  11. Nahmeanz

    Nahmeanz Senior member

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    go on slickdeals.net and see what the have, usually dell has some good deals.
     
  12. Zandros

    Zandros Senior member

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    lcd is the most crucial thing with laptops imo. some are just terrible.
    The display, as well as the keyboard and the trackpad (or trackpoint) are probably the most neglected things when people buy computers, and yet the things that will decide how much they will enjoy using it. And honestly, I'm very partial to the trackpads Apple use on their laptops. /Adrian
     
  13. crease

    crease Well-Known Member

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    Lenovo (or the latest IBM made one) Thinkpad T or Z series. Done!

    Lenovo's are great. Plus, in Canada, you can usually save 10-15% if you pay with your Visa through visaperks.ca
     
  14. appolyon

    appolyon Senior member

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    Dell 1720 ... and get them to upgrade you to 7200rpm drives (they are a non standard upgrade but you just badger them over the phone until they do it)
     

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