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Laptop recommendations?

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by Kramer, Jan 11, 2004.

  1. Kramer

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    Looking for a notebook & as I haven't researched these recently, I haven't a clue where to start :(

    Beside the usual Dell etc. I've seen some nice Toshiba notebooks in PC World. I like the high resolution 16/9 panel displays.

    It won't be a desktop replacement (have enought of them already :D) but would like something reasonably powerful with decent graphics (ATI preferred).

    BTW, I'll be in the US this month for 10 days so if I knew what I was looking for, I could save some €s.

    In-built wireless/lan/modem etc. required also.

    Any nice review sites I should have a look at? "Top 10 Laptops of '03" etc.?

    Budget? Well, anything goes!

    Any advice welcome.

    :smoke:
     
  2. Squiffy

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    If you want a laptop for gaming, you probably can't do better than www.alienware.co.uk.

    A bit pricey, but very, very good!
     
  3. Kramer

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    Gaming isn't a priority.

    :)
     
  4. lynx

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    Mrs Lynx got a Starbook last week. I had never heard of them before :blush: but it appears to be a fair lappy. She has one of the basic models- P4 2.6 - however there is higher speced machines available. Don't know if it's what your after but no harm in looking. :)



    http://www.iridium-uk.com/notebooks/s865.html
     
  5. m@rk

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    One thing to be aware of is the fact that most vendors produce a consumer range and business range

    Dell give you the Insparation for home and the Latitude for business

    HP/Compaq give you 2 ranges

    Toshiba give you 2 ranges

    NEC give you 2 ranges (Packard Bell and NEC)

    and so on.

    In the likes of PCW, you will only see the consumer grade kit on the shelves.

    This kit is built to a price point so whilst you will appear to get a good spec, under the skin, the quality may be a bit lower.

    This does not mean that they are poor laptops but as with desktop PCs, do you really want £1000 of 'free software'. Do you really want a 256mb graphics card only to find out it is shared with the main RAM and so on.

    Let us know what is REALLY important to you.
     
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    Kramer was it the tiny portage R100 you were looking at?

    I have one and love it, it is so light at 1kg and is a centrino so comes with wifi onboard.

    Not cheap, but a lovely toy for the boys.

    Makes for a very over the top netremote control.

    Rgds
     
  7. Kramer

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    Thanks for the replies guys :smashin:

    Requirements? Well, I'm not 100% certain TBH. 16/9 screen (highish res, 1400x800 or whatever), a DVD-rw would be nice. Memory 512mb. HDD 60/80GB. Built-in usuals, wifi, lan, modem etc.

    Something pretty flexible, decent looking, reasonably quick.

    Of course, if someone recommended a cheaper "must have" deal, I'd go for that. So basically, anything (within reason) goes!

    Links to review sites would be a good start I guess. Anyone know a good laptop review site?

    :smoke:
     
  8. Messiah

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    I'm getting my wife to pick me up a dell 8600 when she's in the states later this month. After loads of research it was the only one that has a 15.4" widescreen, centrino, and the new ATI Radeon 9600 mobility.

    A WSXGA 1.6M CPU with 512Mb Ram, 60GB HD and DVDR came to about £1200 compared to about £1800 if I ordered it here!

    As Dell only deliver, you have to get somebody in the states to order it for you though.....
     
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    Get a powerbook.
    When the spec looks less impressive in a couple of years you'll still have a machine you like and it will still look good.

    Everyone I know who buys a PC laptop ends up with a plastic brick they resent lugging about after 12 months.

    Everyone I know who buys a powerbook hang onto them until the spec gets so old they have too.

    I love building PCs but for a lappy I'll take a powerbook thanks very much.
     
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    Cheers guys ;)
     
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    Kramer,
    You might wanna take a look at the Acer range. Ive had mine for over a year, its on 8 hrs a day, has excellent build quality, looks good and has never let me down.

    It was great value for money too.

    Chipster.
     
  14. ji_

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    I am also considering similar spec machines - tempted by Acer Ferrari and Acer 1705SMi
     
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    Stick with a brand name if you can - a few extra pennies now means you can still get parts for the blighter three years down the line!

    Currently I'm using a Dell 8600 as it has a fantastic 1920x1200 TFT display - the extra real estate is handy during development duties!
    Sadly the graphics adapter in my example is the GeForce FX5650 - but they are shipping with ATI 9600s now (and in theory at least the later Inspirons have replaceable graphics modules so they can be upgraded - if Dell will sell the modules!)

    If you need good battery life, then go for the "Pentium M" processors (aka "Centrino" - but only allowed to be called that when the Pentium-M processor is bundled with Intel's 802.11b wifi adapter as well).

    Pentium 4 M processors have higher clock speeds, but use a lot more juice! (obviously!).

    A Pentium M 1.7GHz is roughly equivalent to a Pentium 4M 2.2GHz, IIRC

    A small point to mention, but a "gotcha" that catches many people out nonetheless - bear in mind a large number of laptops now do not come with floppy drives....
    Personally I do not mourn their passing, but it is important to a lot of folks still!

    Finally, if you are out in the states and have a silly amount of cash to burn on a ludicrous spec laptop, check out this link! http://www.go-l.com/laptops/studio_silver/features/index.htm
    A laptop with 2048x1536 TFT, 2mb L3 processor cache, and a solid state "hard disk"....and only for the price of a small car! ;)
     

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