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    need a notebook suggestion.

    alright, I'm primarily a mac guy [happy] w/ my Powerbook G4, but am considering a not-too-expensive win-based notebook for a couple business-related apps. Any suggestions from you self-proclaimed geeks out there? [img]/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif[/img]

    I can deal with something small (12" display) as long as it'll support an external display / extended desktop (preferably via DVI). Speed isn't a huge issue... any P4 w/ room to put in a chunk of extra ram (up to a gig) will be fine.

    TIA.... figured this place is good as any to ask.

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    Dell seems to have the best cost/performance ratio out there. IBM has the best quality/design out there, but you pay for it. I would recommend going with a P-M (Centrino) processor, battery life is so much better using that processor. I have a Centrino with a single battery that still lasts longer than my P4M (mobile based P4 processor) notebook with dual batteries. Most laptops will support an external display via SVGA cable, but I dont know of any that will actually allow dual displays, they will just show on the external display what is on the LCD. Also, try to get the fastest hard drive (5400 or 7200 RPM), you will notice a big difference.

    With that in mind, my recommendation is kind of overkill for your purposes, but I would throw it out there anyway...you never know when you would want to play games or not (my computer, it will run you roughly $2K delivered w/tax).

    Dell Inspiron 8600
    1.5 P-M processor
    512 MB
    60GB 7200rpm HD
    1920X1200 display
    ATI 9600 ProTurbo video w/128MB (DX9 card)
    Intel wireless card
    CD burner

    This puppy will basically replace most mid-range desktops. It wont kill a full blown gaming system, but will nicely run any games currently available, and be a heck of a lot more portable.

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      [This message was edited by *Andy* on 02-16-04 at 02:48 PM.]

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        #4
        I think that Sony's VAIO laptops are pretty competitive as well.

        www.sony.com

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          #5
          I have an Asus M3N that I love. Pentium M 1.4ghz with centrino mobile. 40gb hdd + 1gb ram + dvdrom/cdrw + extra battery. With the extra battery I get up to 8 hours. Weighs about 6 lbs i think. I paid about $2200.

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            #6
            Cnet has some nice guides to buying a laptop:

            http://reviews.cnet.com/Notebooks/45...tag=cnetfd.dir

            If link doesn't work, try http://www.cnet.com/ and click "notebook buying guide" under Notebooks.

            Steve

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              #7
              Scott: When you write "not too expensive," do you want to spend less than $1,000? I like the Fujitsu notebook, and you may want to go to Notebook Shop.com and take a look at their prices.

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                #8
                thanks for the feedback guys.

                Paul - not sure about the price... hehe... just as inexpensive & powerful as I can find. Keeping it around or under $1500 sounds good to me.

                That being said I may put this idea on hold & borrow my brother's Dell Inspiron. The more I think about it, it's not the most practical use of funds for now... but maybe in the near future should the need present itself.

                (I'm working on starting up a new small-scale business; I'll tell more when it gets off the ground)

                thanks again.

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                • #9
                  I bought a Gateway laptop last May for $853. Specs are:

                  2GHZ
                  256 MB RAM
                  40 GB HDD
                  CD-R/DVD Combo drive
                  Built in wireless network adapter

                  I ran over it with my power chair(not the display - it was open). My dad did a little bending on the door of the combo drive and all is well.

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                    #10
                    cjo: Glad to read that your Dad bent the door and the operation was a success.

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                    The test of success is not what you do when you are on top. Success is how high you bounce when you hit the bottom
                    --General George Patton

                    Complex problems need to be solved collectively.
                    ––Paul Nussbaum
                    usc87.blogspot.com

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                      #11
                      I've been kickin' around the same idea.
                      The powerbook survivability isn't that great, and can be VERY expensive when it breaks.
                      The 2 display hinges? 600$ to replace, after I dropped it 2 feet onto carpet.
                      Would be nice to have a cheap laptop.

                      http://krstofer.org
                      http://krstofer.org

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                        #12
                        Ebay would be a good place to start if you don't need something new and lightning fast.

                        I wanted to buy a cheap notebook when I was going to be readmited to the hospital for a few weeks. I didn't need anything fancy, I just needed one for checking email and browsing the net.

                        At the time I was looking for an older used P3 notebook, but I ended up finding a refurbished 1.6Ghz HP notebook on ebay for the same price as the used P3 notebooks were going for. It came with a 1yr waranty too.

                        I was going to sell it when I got home, but I dicided to hang on to it. I got a wireless card and a wireless router so I can use it anywhere in the house to get on the net.

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                          #13
                          I got a nice Averatec laptop [Athlon 1600 XP-M], 512mb RAM, 30gb HD, integrated wireless lan, DVD/CDRW, 3 USB 2.0 ports, integrated 56k modem and a port to attach an external VGA monitor for around $1000. It's great, but the battery life could be longer [around 3 hours].

                          -Steven
                          ...it's worse than we thought. it turns out the people at the white house are not secret muslims, they're nerds.

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                            #14
                            good suggestions all.

                            krstofer... ouch man, 600 bucks? Do you have one of the newer models? I have a Ti & it has taken a beating (finish has chipped off a few of the edges, etc)... I even fell asleep once & knocked it a couple feet off the bed, but it survived just fine. It was closed though.

                            I've never had a problem with it, although I think the screen is going bad. I get a pink tinge when it turns on, but after running for 10-15 seconds it's fine.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Steven Edwards:

                              I got a nice Averatec laptop ... for around $1000.
                              That's cool Steven, never heard of that company. How'd you find out about them?

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