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Notebook Computer

sinew

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Hello people. I am getting a summer job and plan to save up around 2500 dollars (canadian) which is about 1500 dollars american. I want to buy a notebook computer (laptop). I am willing to spend all the money I earn on the computer ($2500 cdn $1500 american). Could I please have some people who know lots about computers to recommend one for me. Ive looked at Toshiba, Dell, IBM, Compaq, Gateway, Sony, and many other brands. PLEASE HELP. (15' or 14.1' screen would be nice, 512 ram, centrino forsure)
 

sinew

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I also looking at buying a laptop, but high-end around 5k with finger scan id, voice activation, lock and key protection, password boot up, and a tracking bug built right into the system... oh look officer my laptop is on the move :p... but ya I was looking at toshiba centrino customized... with every option and about 2k ram, 120gb hard drive... etc. But ya buddy. Hope I helped you some what... 2500 is just cutting a good one... but whatever... see how much you make, and make sure you know what's upgradable on the system, and the hidden costs, does it have OS installed, what does it come with, what will you need... etc. Take care, ask questions, and see what's best for you. I need a good laptop, with built in wireless, etc. because I'll be using it as 24/7 server, and as a 24/7 security system at home running 6 camera's off it, and a few other things :p... so I need a high end, top of the line system. Plus I like to be able to do anything burn dvd's/game's etc... good program to invest in DVDXCOPY or GAMEXCOPY... well that's all I got to say. Peace
Yah man, I was looking at a Toshiba around 2500, it had a DVD burner which is a must have. I just am going to use this one for school for 4 years than buy a pimped out one like the one you're describing. One thing is though, that I want 128mb videocard, most notebooks come with 64 mb. And most notebooks are 15.4' screens, thats too big for me, I want a 15" one. Thanks for your help man. Later.
 

MaxPower

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Of the brands you mentioned I would only stay away from Gateway and compaq. Do yourself a solid. GET AN ONSITE SERVICE AGREEMENT. You won't be sorry. Dell offers a service plan that will cover it even if you damage it. You're taking it to school, and you're a pretty wild guy, so I can just see you having a party, and next day having to scrape hardened puke out from between the keys. Dell will cover that if you get the right service plan.

No Celerons!
At least half a gig of ram
DVD is cool (invite the ladies to the dorm for porn night)
60 Gb HD should do it.
Get wireless. If not internal then get a card (a&g)
And please do yourself a favor. Don't go cheap on the case. I've seen too many people spend $$$ on a laptop and get a really cheap case w/ paper thin padding. Before you know it you'll have all kinds of problems caused by just normal transporting of the device.
 

sinew

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MaxPower said:
Of the brands you mentioned I would only stay away from Gateway and compaq. Do yourself a solid. GET AN ONSITE SERVICE AGREEMENT. You won't be sorry. Dell offers a service plan that will cover it even if you damage it. You're taking it to school, and you're a pretty wild guy, so I can just see you having a party, and next day having to scrape hardened puke out from between the keys. Dell will cover that if you get the right service plan.

No Celerons!
At least half a gig of ram
DVD is cool (invite the ladies to the dorm for porn night)
60 Gb HD should do it.
Get wireless. If not internal then get a card (a&g)
And please do yourself a favor. Don't go cheap on the case. I've seen too many people spend $$$ on a laptop and get a really cheap case w/ paper thin padding. Before you know it you'll have all kinds of problems caused by just normal transporting of the device.
Ok, thanks a lot man, this really helps. You're back to being cool in my books. ;)
 

morelos

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man... a $300 laptop today is still better than mine:

p233mmx / 256mb ram / 15" active-matrix / 3gb hd

god, back in 1998 when i bought it that was the greatest combination for a laptop.

if i were you, i'd shoot for portability more than ANYTHING else. i've had wood for those ultra-minute sony and sharp machines.

honestly, tiny, portable size is more important than a large screen. there's nothing like sitting in a denny's with a tiny little machine on the table and working on some stupid java program on your network...
 

sinew

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morelos said:
man... a $300 laptop today is still better than mine:

p233mmx / 256mb ram / 15" active-matrix / 3gb hd

god, back in 1998 when i bought it that was the greatest combination for a laptop.

if i were you, i'd shoot for portability more than ANYTHING else. i've had wood for those ultra-minute sony and sharp machines.

honestly, tiny, portable size is more important than a large screen. there's nothing like sitting in a denny's with a tiny little machine on the table and working on some stupid java program on your network...
Yah, portability is a main part of my choice. Sony and Sharp do not allow us to customize their products and are quite expensive for not less quality but less quantity hardware (you gotta spend 3.5k to get a dvd burner with sony). Dell is less portable forsure but allows customization. Im looking very closesly at Toshiba now. Dell second place. IBM thinkpads are a fucking rip off.
 

twofivekidd9

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If your willing to spend alot on a kick-ass notebook pc, get a dell inspiron xps notebook or an alienware laptop. I will do more research and post the specks of an inspiron xps notebook pc in five minutes.
 

morelos

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that's a good point, sinew. with the ultracompacts you do get what they give you.

and toshiba has made a great product for a long time!
 

Deez Nutz

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I've taken a lot of computer courses, go with Dell. Go with the one that has the best price for you, customized of course. I've had Dells all my life. They're great computers.
 

twofivekidd9

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I recomend the Inspiron series from dell. They all are great lil notebook pcs that come with great specs. well worth the money.
 

sinew

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Yah, I just preconfigured a dell inspiron, the total is about 2500 cdn, its key points are its dvd burner, 1 DIMM Ram card and its wireless capabilities. The hardrive could be more then 40 gb, and the 64 mb videocard could be more, but those are my only 2 worries, anyways, i'll post the specs:

Inspiron 600m Intel® Pentium®M Processor 725(1.6GHz) 14.1-in SXGA+ w/64MB Video
Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition
Memory 512MB DDR 266MHz (1 DIMM) 512MB1D [311-1886] 3
Hard Drive 40GB Ultra ATA Hard Drive 40GB
Integrated Modem and NIC Internal 56K Modem and Integrated Network Card 56MPC
Optical Devices 4x CD/DVD burner (DVD+RW/+R) 4XDVDRW
PRO/Wireless 2200 Internal Wireless (802.11 b/g, 11Mbps)

Security Software Dell Security Center by McAfee, 90 day introductory offer
Primary Battery 53Whr Primary Battery 53WHR
Warranty 1-Yr Return-to-Depot (RTD) Service, 24x7 Phone Hardware Tech Support, 365 days a year
Dell Media Experience Dell Media Experience™ DMX
TOTAL: $2,498.00

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