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I'm in the market for a new laptop. Though I'm proficient in the use of most computers, I know little about modern specs/features and am not sure exactly what I need in a laptop.

I need to run Windows XP (for Word, Excel, Explorer)

I need a highspeed wireless internet connection. Should I use a wireless airport or WiFi?

The computer will be used mostly for work... documents and spreadsheets, internet surfing and Email, and maybe downloading/playing music and movies (for work, of course).

I don't need the biggest baddest laptop on the market, but I understand that laptops don't lend themselves to upgrades like a PC so I don't want to buy the wrong one. I really appreciate everybody's help with this. :thumbs2:

ps - no iBooks, please.
 

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Dude..yer gettin' a Dell.

Sorry for saying that.


But really, Dell gives you the most for your dollar. Gateway is too expensive, HP is garbage, Compaq is even worse....I would honestly go with Dell.

Please please please since you will be using it for work and will have a wireless card....for the love of god, turn on your WEP please. Work Documents + unencrypted wireless = disaster.

The new Mobile processors are out of this world. Just because it says 1.4 or 1.6 GHz, don't let it fool you. Those are beasts.
 

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I have had HP and Compaq desktops in the past. They are TOTAL CRAP. I can only assume this transfers to their other product lines as well.

My Dad runs a Dell desktop, and it seems invincible. He knows nothing about maintenance (never defrags, always leaves it on, frequently downloads risky 3rd party programs, etc), and it never seems to die.

You're right about the not lending themselves to upgrades, slaintedan. They have a whole different standard of construction, so it's generally best to get what you want up-front.
 

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I just bought a dell notebook. I got the 8600.....yeah I know its big but I figured I got the most for my money. It came out to 1384 about.

It should be here on sat or mon.:D
 

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I couldn't agree more with you guys about HP and Compaq...total crap. I've had good experiences with Dell and Gateway PCs, but haven't used either company's laptops.

Dell was the first place I looked when I started shopping. I'd really like to talk to somebody who has the Inspiron laptop or the Latitude notebook.
 

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Stillon2Wheels said:
I just bought a dell notebook. I got the 8600.....yeah I know its big but I figured I got the most for my money. It came out to 1384 about.

It should be here on sat or mon.:D
That's the one I've been looking at most. Did you get any upgrades?
 

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slaintedan said:
I couldn't agree more with you guys about HP and Compaq...total crap. I've had good experiences with Dell and Gateway PCs, but haven't used either company's laptops.

Dell was the first place I looked when I started shopping. I'd really like to talk to somebody who has the Inspiron laptop or the Latitude notebook.

My dad also bought one a couple months ago. He loves it. He uses it for basic functions, word, excel, outlook. He got the 600m. Other than that I really haven't heard of a major problem with dell notebooks. My friend owns a computer tech company, all he sees come through is gateway, and HP. the only time he has seen a dell is when he orders one from a customer.
 

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slaintedan said:
That's the one I've been looking at most. Did you get any upgrades?
yeah I got the WUXGA screen, upgraded to 512MB RAM, the 24x cdrw/dvd combo drive. Windows xp. & A 60GB HDD.
 

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Not sure why everyone seems to hate Compaq, I'm running a 3 year old Armada M700 which is pretty much bulletproof. Probably the best computer I've used. :dunno:
 

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Dan, I bought an Inspiron 5000E back in December of 2000. That little fucker has never had a problem since....still going strong.

I hear a lot of people talk sh*t about Dell. I have bought 3 Dells so far....have never had a problem with them since.

One company I have always been curious about is Toshiba...never used a Satellite before. I know they got some sort of award for the best laptop of 2004 or something along those lines. But then again, it costs $4000. :laughing:
 

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I have a Dell Inspiron 4150, and it's been a jewel---never a problem. The keyboard went out, but Dell sent a technician out to replace it within 24 hours....they are everything they claim to be. :2cents:
 

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go to www.alienware.com and click the most expensive stuff you can get in it. Then run doom 3 at 200 fps. BOOYA!!!
 

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slaintedan said:
You didn't upgrade the wireless internet connection?
yeah I did, I got the Intel PRO/Wireless 2200 (802.11b/g) Internal Wireless, but that was free......it was some promotion they were running. all those other upgrades I paid for.
 

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slaintedan said:

Yeah but most of those reviews are atleast a year old. Plus some of the things people were complaining about was their fault. one that stuck out to me was the guy complainging about the wireless being only 802.11 b and not g.....you can upgrade that for like 15-20 bucks. I wouldn't pay too much attention to those reviews.

There is a base warranty of one year, so if something happens like all those people said....the longest wait for a problem on there was 6 months....then I am still covered, I am not to worried about it.
 

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So, yet another twist in the plot...

My mom, sister, and girlfriend have Apple iBook G4s and they love them. I've used all of their laptops and I really like them, it's just a very different experience than running a Windows system. I'm not sure if I want to make the adjustment...I've been using Windows for about 15 years.
 
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