Thoughts on Laptops/Notebooks

Discussion in 'Computing' started by Pullit, Jun 16, 2005.

  1. Pullit

    Pullit Guest

    In the market for my first notebook (mainly word processing, email, internet
    etc but maybe some games) and wondering what people's thoughts were in terms
    of brand and processor.

    5 years ago Toshiba was the go, but I've heard indifferent reports on their
    latest machines.

    Are Acer OK? Have HP lifted their game?

    And does anyone have any thoughts on what Intel processor I should be
    looking for?
     
    Pullit, Jun 16, 2005
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  2. Pullit

    [BnH] Guest

    Asus. quite value for money.
    Dell Latitude range are also not bad.

    =bob=
     
    [BnH], Jun 16, 2005
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  3. Pullit

    spodosaurus Guest

    The computer and processor depend on your price range. So, what price
    range are you looking to buy in? Offhand, I'd go for a full P-M centrino
    (not celeron centrino) and look at getting a good graphics card ($$$)
    built into the system. The shared memory cards available on the majority
    of laptops suck arse when it comes to games, and indeed won't even play
    certain games. I'd have a serious look at Dell in this regard. I ended
    up going with them for my laptop (I need one for use while in hospital)
    due to price and good graphics chip availability.

    I'm still wary of HP/Compaq, and from everything I've seen they haven't
    lifted their game at all. If you've got the bucks, Toshiba are still the
    best, but I'm not sure about the availability of reasonable graphics
    chips in their systems.

    Also, think about weight. A desktop replacement sort of laptop is going
    to weigh a lot more than a lightweight model. I'm all too aware of this.

    Cheers,

    Ari


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  4. Pullit

    Chuck Guest

    I'd also go for Dell. I use an Inspirion 8600, and it's build quality alone
    is better than a lot of shiitty Toshiba's I see where the screen is almost
    falling off.
     
    Chuck, Jun 16, 2005
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  5. Pullit

    Black Adder Guest

    Aopen Openbook. Fantasic Laptops
     
    Black Adder, Jun 16, 2005
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  6. Pullit

    spodosaurus Guest

    Mine is an 8600, too :) My mother in law has a Toshiba that is still
    ticking away with win98, but the screen axle froze and snapped off a
    clip or some such inside, so now it's sort of free swinging.


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    spammage trappage: replace fishies_ with yahoo

    I'm going to die rather sooner than I'd like. I tried to protect my
    neighbours from crime, and became the victim of it. Complications in
    hospital following this resulted in a serious illness. I now need a bone
    marrow transplant. Many people around the world are waiting for a marrow
    transplant, too. Please volunteer to be a marrow donor:
    http://www.abmdr.org.au/
    http://www.marrow.org/
     
    spodosaurus, Jun 16, 2005
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  7. Pullit

    Rod Guest

    I have three Toshiba's - 4000, 2 x S1. The 4000 is the oldest, and had the
    screen clip replaced. One S1 had a faulty DVD-R replaced under warranty,
    the other had a screen replaced.
    We also have a C610 Dell - It has had TWO HD's replaced under warranty.
    Friends with Dells have also had HD's replaced.
    They bought them for the on-site support, but it's a PITA every time you
    lose the HD. They will replace and reload the O/S, but you have to do
    everything else.

    Rod
     
    Rod, Jun 17, 2005
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  8. Pullit

    Rod Speed Guest

    Dells run the hard drive too hot for my liking, right on
    the limit of what the hard drive manufacturer allows.
     
    Rod Speed, Jun 17, 2005
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