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    Having been virtually w/o compute/internet access for the past year I'm ready to throw in the towel and get a machine. Maybe.

    I've been doing a little checking on what's on offer and I'm still undecided on what to get. I've got about $700 saved and am weighing my needs. I'm thinking I'll probably want to watch a lot of movies on whatever I get so the quality of the screen (it's size too, I guess) will be important. Out here in N. CA. our top electronics place for variety and low price is Fry's. They are offering a few Toshiba notebooks with what's called "PREMIUM VISION AMD Technology" for which they are charging an additional $100 -$150 and have a unit with a 17.4" screen. But is the slightly larger screen and new technology worth all that much in the long run? I tried googling the technology but get only shopping info.
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    #2
    thats what I have and absolutely love the 17 in screen...good to see ya back, I hope, lol...

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      #3
      Hey Steve, glad to hear you're doing ok. Stick around once you get back online, you worried many here by your absence. Good luck puter shopping.
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        #4
        I got an Acer from the Best Buy store. I'm very happy with it. It has a 17 inch screen, not heavy, thin and, it came loaded with programs to get me on the road. Plays dvd, cd, burns, rips, etc. Only paid 349.00. I'm real happy with it. Problem with the sound reproduction in that it sounds tinny but, with a set of ear buds, works just fine. I have been able to get a lot of freeware loaded on it. It has plenty of space available to use it for many things so far.
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          #5
          Steve: Unless you are a gamer, I would get the laptop with the integrated graphics. Provide us with a link so we can look at the specs.

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            #6
            happy hunting let us know how you do
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              #7
              my suggestion if you in low budget then buy for Toshiba L510, its only core 2 duo, but has 320 size of hard disk, you can put a lot of movies inside

              why toshiba? bcause their brand so strong! affordable laptop

              anyway, happy hunting

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                #8
                Originally posted by dianapus View Post
                my suggestion if you in low budget then buy for Toshiba L510, its only core 2 duo, but has 320 size of hard disk, you can put a lot of movies inside

                why toshiba? bcause their brand so strong! affordable laptop

                anyway, happy hunting
                affordable and a big screen w touted technology.
                "The world will not perish for want of wonders but for want of wonder."
                J.B.S.Haldane

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                  #9
                  I know you wanted the 17 inch display but this 15 inch widescreen seems okay. It also has the Vision Technology from AMD.

                  Compaq CQ61-420US15.6" notebook featuring AMD M320 Processor with 3GB memory and 250GB Hard drive
                  $30.00 Rebate

                  Limit 1 per Household.
                  (when purchased between 02/19/2010 and 02/25/2010)

                  AMD Athlon X2 M320, 15.6 , 3GB
                  Price: $ 464.99
                  Instant Savings: $35.00
                  After Rebate: $399.99


                  SPECIFICATIONS:

                  Operating System: Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit

                  Processor: VISION Technology from AMD with AMD Athlon™ II Dual-Core Processor for Notebook PCs M320, 2.1GHz, 1MB L2 Cache

                  Memory: 3GB DDR2 System Memory (2 DIMM), Max supported =4096MB

                  Video Graphics: ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 4200 Graphics with 128MB Display Cache Memory with up to 1534MB total graphics memory

                  Hard Drive: 250GB (7200RPM) Hard Drive (SATA)

                  Multimedia Drive: LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD±R/RW with Double Layer Support

                  Display: 15.6" Diagonal High-Definition HP BrightView Widescreen Display (1366x768)

                  Network Card: Integrated 10/100BASE-T Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector)

                  Wireless Option: Wireless LAN 802.11b/g/n WLAN

                  Digital Media: 5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader for Secure Digital cards, MultiMedia cards, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, or xD Picture cards

                  Audio: Altec Lansing

                  Fax/Modem: High speed 56k modem

                  External Notebook Ports: 3 Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0, 1 Headphone out, 1 microphone-in, 1 VGA (15-pin), 1 RJ-11 (modem), 1 RJ -45 (LAN)

                  BATTERY: 6-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery

                  http://www.frys.com/product/6131559
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                    #10
                    Think about other options you have for movie viewing. If you have a good monitor, you can plug that into your laptop and use it. That's what I do when I am at my desk. Also, if you have a relatively new TV, you may be able to connect with it and use it for movies, etc. If either of those apply, you may not need to give priority to the laptop screen.
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                      #11
                      I'd look at an Apple. They come with some programs so they usually end up well priced.

                      There is an Apple store on Chestnut St. in S.F. Apple has great tech support.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by SCIfor55yrs. View Post
                        Think about other options you have for movie viewing. If you have a good monitor, you can plug that into your laptop and use it. That's what I do when I am at my desk. Also, if you have a relatively new TV, you may be able to connect with it and use it for movies, etc. If either of those apply, you may not need to give priority to the laptop screen.
                        Niether apply: the TV here was new in the dark ages.
                        "The world will not perish for want of wonders but for want of wonder."
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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Lilli View Post
                          I'd look at an Apple. They come with some programs so they usually end up well priced.

                          There is an Apple store on Chestnut St. in S.F. Apple has great tech support.
                          On Thursday I went to Fry's and paid over $600 for the Toshiba I'd been looking at. Now I'm looking for an affordable internet connection. Thanks. The screen is georgeous!
                          "The world will not perish for want of wonders but for want of wonder."
                          J.B.S.Haldane

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by SCIfor55yrs. View Post
                            Think about other options you have for movie viewing. If you have a good monitor, you can plug that into your laptop and use it. That's what I do when I am at my desk. Also, if you have a relatively new TV, you may be able to connect with it and use it for movies, etc. If either of those apply, you may not need to give priority to the laptop screen.
                            I was thinking of the same thing, but I guess it would help to make sure the video adapter in the laptop is a good one
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                              #15
                              I went to BestBuy a couple days ago and picked up this Toshiba lappy.
                              http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Toshiba+...&skuId=9705212

                              It's going back....not that crazy about it. I guess I'm more of a desktop user. This lappy has a nice 16" screen but the angle it sits at due to the protruding battery pack makes the bottom of the screen always look washed out no matter what surface it is on. It is pretty fast with 4GB of RAM and an Intel Core i3 processor with 2.13GHz speed but overall I think I can do better with my $800 on a desktop. Windows 7 with 64 bit OS seems ok and I can also run Windows XP on it if I wanted. But it's as heavy as cement, the speakers are tinny and the webcam is blurry.

                              Also I got a Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 6000....it sucks. The cursor floats all around the screen and the scroll wheel is wobbly. Made a couple of adjustments and still doesn't perform to my liking.

                              Pretty disappointed in both of them.

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