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    Posted: 11 September 2006 at 12:28pm

The "other" thread was entertaining, but I need some more specific help.

I am looking for a Laptop for personal use and for business use.   I will need to be able to run internet via Sprint Card and/or Verizon Fios Wireless (what I have at the house), alot of spreadsheets (Excel based), I definately need Word and it will be used for very limited gaming.

I have this disease that I have to have the biggest and baddest of everything, but for this one time, I am actually going to set a budget up.   I want to spend < $1500 and preferrably closer to the $1000 number since in reality probably 95% of the time I will be playing Hold 'Em online, lol!.  

I am a computer moron.   I don't know the virtues of Duo Processing and the true ramifications of 68325 TB of RAM.   Please give me some advice as I will be buying/ordering in the next few weeks.

As an added limitation, I do not want any custom build manufacturers.   I am very low-tech and I want large company support.   I have access to Dell and Apple Stores as well if this helps.

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Im pretty satisfied with my ACER that was under $700.00. The battery is a little poor as far as having only a couple of hours of operating time. But since you will use it at home maybee that wont be a consideration since you will be able to plug it in from room to room.

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overall i have been fairly pleased with my HP laptop. it cost an arm and a leg but then again it was a desktop replacement. i doubt you need the power it has so i was just browsing their site for a low priced laptop. i ran across this.

hopefully that link works. point is there is no specific brand that works better than the other. it is all based on what hardware is included as well as what software you run(including the OS). just browse some sites that offer them or if you buy one in a store be sure to look for lower prices online. let's not turn this into a mac versus pc debate, just link some good products for a decent price.
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^^ I appreciate the input from both of you.   Thanks for reinforcing my desire to not have this turn into a debate... I generally am just looking to compile information and learn so that I can make a half-way informed decision.  

Keep it coming!

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i do have a question, how heavy of a laptop are you willing to put up with, and would you settle for a 15" screen?

my HP pavilion notebook cost just over $2000 a couple years ago. with that it had a 3 GHz processor, 15" display, dvd burner, decent graphics card, and the media card slots were a nice touch since i am into digital photography. 80gb hard drive but that doesn't matter, as long as you can get to the drive to take it out, you can put whatever you want in it. i list these specs not to show off, but rather to give you a feel for where the technology has come. oh yeah, mine weighs about 9 pounds.
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I'm not really worried about weight, I would like it to be light, but I am not willing to double the cost of the machine in order to be able to half the weight...

Also, this will not be replacing a desktop... I have a desktop at my office and at the house and I have all my music on an external HD. 

With that said, I hate waiting for a machine to "catch up" so I beleive a fast processor takes precedence over a large memory.

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Obviously you know what I'd normally suggest, but I wont bother

On a more useful note, my friend has an Acer that he's using for his schooling, and something with it got borked, they didnt fix it right, so now Acer sent someone to his house to pick it up. He didnt have to drive anywhere with it, they picked it up for him. I thought that was cool, and have no idea if thats typical, and no idea how the laptop performs. I know he has trouble connecting to the network sometimes, but so do most people running windows around me.
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Did a little poking around Circuit City's website and this is what I came across this.

Enos and others in chat agreed that gateway is a good company.  It is only $730.  It comes with a 802.11g/b wireless card which as I understand it, is the universal card.  Overall the rest seem about right for the price.
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Again, thank you everyone for your input, I am checking all the links as I see them.

In all of your opinions... am I better off purchasing direct from the builder (Dell, HP, Samsung, Gateway, Mac, etc...) or going through a retailer like Best Buy or Fry's?   It gets confusing because of all the options... it seems that the retailers often have a better price (below MSRP) than ordering straight from the manufacturer.

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I'd go straight from the manufacturer. Machines from retailers are sometimes out of date, have extra software, etc.

I know everyone saw this coming from someone, but a MacBook Pro would probably do everything you want it to. I'm pretty sure there's an ExpressCard version of the EVDO card out.
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Get a 12.1 inch screen. You will be better than everyone else.
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You can get a real nice HP for under $1000 if you customize it on the site. But Best Buy will sometimes run a special and you can get the same laptop in store for $100 less than the internet. Battery life for an HP is pretty good depending on processor speed and screen size(smaller the better)
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Thanks... to everyone except for Dave... he ALMOST is "NOT Rocking" after that comment!

Hairball, the Mac Pro starts at $1999 so that immediately knocks it out of contention.   I was playing with a Mac Book at their store last weekend and it was nice.   Just different coming from a PC based system.

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Dell E1505. You can have a good one that'll do what you need to do for base price of under 1k
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LOL!  I was just going through and pricing that very machine out of their website.

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Originally posted by Rico's Revenge Rico's Revenge wrote:

Thanks... to everyone except for Dave... he ALMOST is "NOT Rocking" after that comment!


Hairball, the Mac Pro starts at $1999 so that immediately knocks it out of contention.   I was playing with a Mac Book at their store last weekend and it was nice.   Just different coming from a PC based system.



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apples will run excel and word right? and you can play hold em on them

if not, id go with an acer or hp, not a dell

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Originally posted by TEHGANGSTER TEHGANGSTER wrote:

apples will run excel and word right? and you can play hold em on them

if not, id go with an acer or hp, not a dell


What is that word that comes before Word?  Erhmm...  Oh yeah, Microsoft. Granted, I'm sure Macs have their own word processing program, they don't have Microsoft Word.
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Originally posted by Apotheosis Apotheosis wrote:


Originally posted by TEHGANGSTER TEHGANGSTER wrote:

apples will run excel and word right? and you can play hold em on themif not, id go with an acer or hp, not a dell
What is that word that comes before Word? Erhmm... Oh yeah, <span style="font-style: italic;">Microsoft. </span>Granted, I'm sure Macs have their own word processing program, they don't have Microsoft Word.


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