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    Laptop for College

    I'll be attending college this fall, close to a month from now and I'll need a laptop.

    I have a lot of money saved up from work, graduation, etc. Any suggestions?

    Please link me to the product page, if you have experience with the laptop, why you like it, etc.
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    I bought recently a high-end Dell Inspiron 6400 (aka E1505):
    http://www.dell.com/content/products...=19&l=en&s=dhs
    Impressed and satisfied.

    I have also 2 other MS based laptops in addition to a Mac):
    - A Toshiba Qosmio F20: http://www.toshiba.ca/web/product.gr...3795&category=
    - And an Ultra-Portable Sony SZ Series: http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTE...Dept=computers

    They're both impressive.

    It all comes to your specific needs. What are you looking for exactly? What is your field of study? What do you plan to do mainly with your laptop? Graphics and gaming, or both, or mainly busniess applications, surfing the Internet... etc?

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    Well it'll be used for school work, but I also may put Photoshop etc on it

    Have you heard anything about the Toshiba Tablet PCs, a friend of mine had one and it look sweet.

    http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPL...i7bWg0g/4.?p=0
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    I keep having problems with my dell inspiron 6000's keys popping off and it can get quite annoying so uh...yeah read a couple of reviews on http://notebookforums.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by conceptual
    I keep having problems with my dell inspiron 6000's keys popping off and it can get quite annoying so uh...yeah read a couple of reviews on http://notebookforums.com
    I think the 6000 model has been discontinued and is no longer sold by Dell.

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    In the shop, we get 2 or 3 dell laptops per week that have to have the power connector soldered back on to the MOBO. (no joke)

    I've only noticed the trend with Dell...
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    It is mostly the "Law of large numbers". Dell is a market leader.
    Personally, I'm "into" my 6th or 7th Dell. never had a glitch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kvnband
    In the shop, we get 2 or 3 dell laptops per week that have to have the power connector soldered back on to the MOBO. (no joke)

    I've only noticed the trend with Dell...
    Kevin

    Is this a specific model or just in general? Thanks for the info.

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    I want to say that it's mostly the inspiron 6xxx models, but don't quote me on that. But in a town of 25,000, 2 or 3 a week is a LOT....Then again, I've had my dell laptop for 3 years now and haven't had a problem yet....

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    Quote Originally Posted by kvnband
    I want to say that it's mostly the inspiron 6xxx models, but don't quote me on that. But in a town of 25,000, 2 or 3 a week is a LOT....Then again, I've had my dell laptop for 3 years now and haven't had a problem yet....

    Thank you for the feedback, I really appreciate it! I do agree with you on the amount being returned to you is a lot. I guess the old saying is true "They don't make them like they use to"

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    For school I would highly recommend a Mac. You don't need headaches and dealing with viruses/spyware. You can get a macbook for $1000. They are getting ready to do a speed bump and most likely upgrade there video cards. You can find a macbook or macbook pro cheap once the speed bump takes place aug 7th.

    There is rumors about a new macbook pro housing due to the current one overheating.

    Mac Pro and ACD's will be upgraded to INTEL processors and new upgraded ACD's

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    Macbook, Macbook Pro.

    If your not into the apple thing load up winxp in bootcamp.

    If that doesnt float your boat, try HP they make some excellent laptops.

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    I'd suggest the MacBook (not Pro), or if you don't like Macs, than an alienware.

    Preferably the Assasin Alienware Notebook. It has a 19 Inch screen

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    i reccomend an intel pentium 3 1ghz laptop with 20gb space

    that did the trick for me

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    Any other suggestions or comments you guys?
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    Quote Originally Posted by joshcrick
    I'd suggest the MacBook (not Pro), or if you don't like Macs, than an alienware.

    Preferably the Assasin Alienware Notebook. It has a 19 Inch screen
    Why not the Pro? I don't really like the MacBook keyboard layout, do you own one?
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    I have just received my new laptop which I am extremely impressed with..

    It's a HP Pavilion DV5157EU
    Processor: AMD Turion 64 - ML34 (1.8Ghz)
    1GB DDR RAM
    100GB Hard drive
    ATI Radeon Xpress 200M with dedicated 128MB Memory
    DVD Writer Dual Format (+/-R +/-RW) with Double Layer support
    15.4” WXGA High Definition BrightView w i d e s c r e e n
    Built in a/b/g WiFi
    Full size keyboard
    6 in 1 Digita Media Reader
    Remote Control (very handy!)

    I've been playing a lot of games on it, all with maximum resolution and everything set to high. Games run smoothly without any problems in stunning graphics.

    As for multi tasking, today I was:
    - Playing a game (in widescreen )
    - Listening to music
    - Downloading things using Limewire
    - Dreamweaver/Photoshop/MSN messenger open
    - Firefox with 12 tabs open
    All at the same time - system was still working really fast..

    So as you can see, I'm really happy with my laptop. I've had an Acer before, power jack broke recently (after 5 years of use). I've also been using a Sony Vaio as well. Pretty good but not for me..

    This laptop packs style, a host of features for multimedia and serious work as well great price..

    £700.00 (approx $1,293) including delivery. You may be able to find this or a similar model in the US.

    I've bought it for for my final year at university. The work I do involves a lot of multi-tasking, and plus I enjoy using my laptop for entertainment as well. This suits my needs perfectly..

    I would wait until Mid August however before making a firm decision. New processors are being released, and existing processor prices are being slashed (although AMD didn't mention any price cuts for Turion processors)..

    Good luck!
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    Thanks for all your suggestions and help you guys. I wonder if this will work MacBook Donation
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    I'd avoid toshiba laptobs they overheat all the time and are slow.

    If you got the cash Voodoos are crazy , or the MAC laptops, the ibooks or something>? Yeah they're good

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    Jako, you should grab something from dell -- but, don't do it online. Call their reps and work with one of them

    We 'recently' bought a 17" dell inspiron, dual core, 1gb ram, x1400 video card all for around $1600 USD WITH a 3 year warranty. Going through their site that would've cost around $2000+. Dell does a great job, but it all matters on how much you want to spend. From best to next best I'd rank the companys in the following:
    Falcon NorthWest (undisputed leader of computers)
    Voodoo
    Monarch
    Alienware
    Dell

    F NW is the BEST company out there, and they charge a lot for it. If you have a problem with your $4500 laptop? No problem. They overnight it from your place to them, fix the problem within a day or 2, ship it back to you overnight all free of charge. That's why you pay for 'em.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PixelManual
    Jako, you should grab something from dell -- but, don't do it online. Call their reps and work with one of them

    We 'recently' bought a 17" dell inspiron, dual core, 1gb ram, x1400 video card all for around $1600 USD WITH a 3 year warranty. Going through their site that would've cost around $2000+. Dell does a great job, but it all matters on how much you want to spend.
    That seems pretty high compared to this loaded Inspiron E1705 for $1070 although yours has the upgraded 3 yr warranty.

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    OP - I would recommend a MacBook or Dell XPS 1210. If you're a gamer I would get the Dell E1505 or E1705.
    What's your budget?

    Seriously, what's your budget?

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    So now the coupon comes out.... Well, we also have a larger HDD, room for 2gb's of ram, and more bells and whistles, upgraded battery, etc. Although that video card is making me angry... we have the gay x1400 compared to That.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PixelManual
    So now the coupon comes out.... Well, we also have a larger HDD, room for 2gb's of ram, and more bells and whistles, upgraded battery, etc. Although that video card is making me angry... we have the gay x1400 compared to That.
    I wouldn't pay Dell's premium for their RAM and HD which are cheaper to upgrade yourself, and it's very easy to do.

    The video card though ... that's gotta hurt. Ouch.
    What's your budget?

    Seriously, what's your budget?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RossMAN
    I wouldn't pay Dell's premium for their RAM and HD which are cheaper to upgrade yourself, and it's very easy to do.

    The video card though ... that's gotta hurt. Ouch.
    It really, really does... It's my dads officially, but the second I'm off to university it becomes mine -- and I just got screwed big time. I wanted to do it our way and upgrade everything ourselves, but he just wanted to go the easier route (even though hes a better tech than me). Sigh... Ow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PixelManual
    It really, really does... It's my dads officially, but the second I'm off to university it becomes mine -- and I just got screwed big time. I wanted to do it our way and upgrade everything ourselves, but he just wanted to go the easier route (even though hes a better tech than me). Sigh... Ow.
    Being a geek and a cheap one at that I would have stood my ground. Of course if he's paying for it, you really don't have a choice. I feel for you.

    When I ordered my Dell 700m (which I'm using right now) I got the minimal 256MB and bought 1GB SODIMM from NewEgg.com 5 minutes later it was installed and ready to go. My first time upgrading RAM in a laptop and I was a little slow/cautious/nervous.
    What's your budget?

    Seriously, what's your budget?

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    I'd advise no Toshibas, they overheat really easily when you game and its never good when your working and your comp shuts down.. lol

    I'd say get a Dell or the new Mac laptops they're really nice and they work like a charm. If not that route go and get an AMD laptop I love em.

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    wow, everyone mentions laptops that weigh about 20 pounds? where's the lightweights? don't you have to carry it?
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    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...0-3623XCI%20CA

    Acer Aspire 3620

    Im on that EXACT ONE now. It's got respectable CPU peformance, and I've added a additonal 1GB ram and increased my page file and it does GREAT!

    The only problem is its a intel GMA graphics card... aka; 128MB shared, not great at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pztup
    Macbook, Macbook Pro.

    If your not into the apple thing load up winxp in bootcamp.

    If that doesnt float your boat, try HP they make some excellent laptops.
    Agreed. I can't understand the Dell obsession on a site full of internet and computer gurus. Dell uses substandard parts to build its machines. In my shop, 75% of the computers we work on are Dell.

    As for the list someone posted of market leaders in computers, HP and Apple FAR surpass Dell. Apple's laptops are not only beautiful in design, but run amazingly well and offer OSX -- you cannot beat them.

    I have been using HP laptops forever, it seems. I once had a Toshiba that didn't work too well -- my HPs have all been outstanding. I currently have an HP dv1000 series notebook which has the Pentium M Centrino processor, and it works well. I've had it for about a year now.

    HP recently released a new notebook, the dv2000 series notebook, which has a sleek design along with all of the media features included with the original dv1000. I'm planning to purchase a dv2000 in the next few weeks.

    You can't beat HP and Apple machines.

    Also, HP will also provide an overnight shipping service if you run into a hardware problem. My dv1000 had a few dead pixels ... I called on a Monday morning, the FedEx truck arrived Monday afternoon, and I had my laptop back on Tuesday evening. Now that is service.
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    For college use, you will want something rough (not Dell) to throw around, with DVD to play your movie, and built-in ethernet to plug into the compus network. It needs to have good anti-virus software and good keyboard which doesn't make too much noise when typing in a class. Since there is little room on the classroom desk, you need a good pointing device to use without mouse.

    And the laptop has to be stylish enough so the girls don't laugh at you.

    All laptops come with trackpad these days, except Thinkpad which has the little stick. I have found the stick works way better than trackpad. For this reason alone, I will recommend a Thinkpad X or T series. Even a used one will work (just make sure it has the ethernet port). Thinkpad's build quality is excellent and will last for years through the college.

    Dell's consumer products are built cheap (although their servers are solid). A Dell laptop in college won't last one year. HP is better but still cannot compare to Thinkpad.

    MacBook is another option. You don't need to worry about virus. That will save you some sleepless nights. I wouldn't use MacBook Pro in college because of the size. In college, smaller is better.

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    I have a dv1000 too...its great. Most of my classmates carry around 10 pound dells rofl...then they break.
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    I have 2 laptops currently. The one I am using now is an HP zv6000. Very happy with it and have had no problems!!! I just got a Alienware 7700 off of E-bay and is sitting at the post office which I will pick up tomorrow morning. Both seem to be great laptops and my HP was only $1200 from Staples. I do not think that Best Buy will carry this model anymore but they have the zv8000 that is a 17" screen 100 Gb hard drive for $1000.
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    I don't think it's fair to completely wash off Dell. Yes their notebooks are really awful and cheap rubbish, but their desktops are actually pretty solid machines for the price compared to those made by HP / IBM which tend to be overpriced unless you're bulk buying IMO.

    For notebooks where Windows is required we always use HP and I've been swearing by the NX6110 series lately, they're fantastically designed, durable, and lightweight. Saying this of course I'm talking from a corporate point of view where cost is usually a big issue for clients.

    As this is a personal notebook you probably have a little bigger budget, and if you're prepared to go down the Mac route I cannot reccomend a Macbook more highly. I have one and have been using it for the past few months when I'm out of the office and it's been brilliant. Perhaps a 13" screen isn't for you, but if you're travelling to lectures and want to make notes, etc, having an ultra-portable notebook is a very good idea. Remember the resolution on Mac notebook TFT's is a lot higher than that of others so small screen does not necessarily mean rubbish picture quality.

    Good Luck,

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    Quote Originally Posted by WarpFactor
    Agreed. I can't understand the Dell obsession on a site full of internet and computer gurus. Dell uses substandard parts to build its machines. In my shop, 75% of the computers we work on are Dell.

    As for the list someone posted of market leaders in computers, HP and Apple FAR surpass Dell. Apple's laptops are not only beautiful in design, but run amazingly well and offer OSX -- you cannot beat them.

    I have been using HP laptops forever, it seems. I once had a Toshiba that didn't work too well -- my HPs have all been outstanding. I currently have an HP dv1000 series notebook which has the Pentium M Centrino processor, and it works well. I've had it for about a year now.

    HP recently released a new notebook, the dv2000 series notebook, which has a sleek design along with all of the media features included with the original dv1000. I'm planning to purchase a dv2000 in the next few weeks.

    You can't beat HP and Apple machines.

    Also, HP will also provide an overnight shipping service if you run into a hardware problem. My dv1000 had a few dead pixels ... I called on a Monday morning, the FedEx truck arrived Monday afternoon, and I had my laptop back on Tuesday evening. Now that is service.
    I agree. We have Dell Laptops at work, and not only were they effected by their massive recall last year, but they've just been a pain to work with. We have had numerous parts fail, and they're only 2 years old, very rarely used. The screens are no where near as bright or clear as my HP, and I absolutely can not stand the touch pad that the Dell's have. It feels like I'm rubbing my finger along sand paper.

    Their desktop machines aren't much better either but we're discussing laptops here.

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    Hi There, You can also check out this site, http://www.notebookreview.com/
    their forums are loaded with a lot of excellent information.

    Bought an ACER 3000 series laptop myself with the AMD processor, performs very well. Not really an issue for me, the battery life is 70 mins with a standard size battery playing a DVD. Longer life batteries are available on ebay for $170. The 3000 series has a wide-screen that is nice and very bright. I did add an extra 512mb of RAM, very easy to install and get at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devin-VST
    wow, everyone mentions laptops that weigh about 20 pounds? where's the lightweights? don't you have to carry it?
    It really depends on the "weight issue" and how people think of it. For me, I don't care about it as much. Just to give a clearer picture, here's what I have:

    17 inch widescreen Toshiba and probably weight over 8 lbs with the battery (the model is Satellite M65-S809 if anyone cares). I take public transportation everyday and I carry my laptop in a carrying case with a protable mouse and some other items.

    To be honest, it felt very heavy at first. But after a while, my left arm doesn't feel it anymore lol. I can carry it around for half an hour straight and my arm doesn't feel tired (no joke).

    It comes down to needs, really. As for me, I don't care about weight as much. Consider the fact that I am kind of small, for an Asian

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    My brother just braught this thing home today, he's going to university next year and he knows everything there is to know about computers

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    If you're going off to college, I'd really recommend a Dell w/ 4 years next-day support and 4 years of complete care. That'll last you for the 4 years and cover everything that could go wrong, including spilling soda (or beer) on the machine. Or you could go for a $400 laptop special at BestBuy, and just buy a new one when it breaks.

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