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    New Laptop PC Recommendations

    OK, I am up for another new one. Any recommendations? I don't do a lot of gaming, using it mainly for storing documents, surfing the wireless internet, some photo editing, a bit of website building (don't do too much of that any more). Any good deals out there?

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    I bought one of HP Pavillion dv9000 series a month or so ago. Would definitely recommend.

    The thing for you to look for is the processor and as much RAM as possible. HDD is not the last thing to keep in mind too.

    As a comparison, mine is Core 2 Duo 2GHz/2GB/2x160GB

    OK, this is a bit of showing off, but I'd not go for anything less.

    As for brand, again, my thumbs up for HP.
    Saul

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    As brands I have always been very happy with Toshiba and Sony.
    The Vaios are awesome - but you do tend to pay for the style

    Recently I've been pretty impressed with what Zepto have been offering although I've never had one myself.

    -Tim

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    www.logoraman.com electroskan.com's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by php_daemon View Post

    As a comparison, mine is Core 2 Duo 2GHz/2GB/2x160GB
    same as mine which got delivered few hours ago....
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    Quote Originally Posted by electroskan.com View Post
    same as mine which got delivered few hours ago....
    Awesome, man! Works like a Swiss clock, you'll see
    Saul

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    www.logoraman.com electroskan.com's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by php_daemon View Post
    Awesome, man! Works like a Swiss clock, you'll see
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    IBM for me!

    I've always bought IBM ThinkPads (now Lenovo) as they have been quite
    reliable for me.

    Heck, my son is using the first one I got 9 years ago for Web browsing
    and email!

    My current (and my 6th!) IBM laptop is an X61. It's nice and light, Core 2 Duo
    2GHz T7250, with 2GB of memory, 160GB hard drive a 12-inch screen, and a
    3-year international warranty. For me, the keyboard is great because I do
    quite a lot of typing.

    I run Photoshop and Dreamweaver on it every now and again when I am not
    at home. At work, I connect it to a 19-inch monitor, an external keyboard
    and mouse.

    The great thing with Thinkpads is that if the hard drive crashes, they almost
    always have the drivers available for MULTIPLE operating systems available
    for it from their Website for download.

    I don't know about you, but I am inclined to have Windows XP installed on
    my newer laptops and desktop computers rather than Vista. This is because I
    know with certainty that I will be able to install and use all my existing
    software on it right away.

    So reformatting my X61's drive (which came pre-loaded with Business Vista)
    and installing XP onto it was a breeze after downloading the XP drivers from
    Lenovo.

    Not all brands of laptops allow you this option.... if it comes preloaded with
    Vista, then if you go to their Website, all you can get from them in terms of
    support are drivers for Vista. You can't downgrade it to XP because they
    don't provide the XP drivers for it.

    I'm not sure if that is factor you need to take into account when looking for
    a new notebook, but it is for me. I don't want to be spending extra hard
    earned cash to get the Vista certified version of Photoshop (just as an
    example) if I suddenly found out that the version I have (which I am happy
    with) wouldn't install on my brand spanking new Vista-based computer and
    there was no way for me to downgrade it XP.

    Just my 2 cents.

    Anyway, no matter which brand or model you go for, I am sure that you
    should be fairly happy with it as most laptops for general use are now much
    more reliable than they were a few years ago due to both advances in
    technology and better quality control checking.

    Cheers,
    Jason

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    I'm a huge fan of Vaio's. A nice SZ series will always do you wonders. Dual video cards, solid processor, decent amount of RAM, DVD, fingerprint scanner, camera.

    The best thing about Vaio's is the power management, which is the best in the industry.

    The only thing I don't like about them is the crapware they load up by default, and that Sony doesn't send you a Windows disk (they tell you to make a restore disk when you first book the machine up). Takes a serious amount of time to clean that crap off (hint: there are typically 2 copies of SQL Server running... neither of which you need, uninstall them both to speed up your machine VERY quickly).

    We also buy HP's, Mac's and Toshiba's. Most laptops these days are reasonable (I stay away from Dell's on principle). Everything's damned cheap, fairly reliabe, etc. So don't be too nervous
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    Quote Originally Posted by php_daemon View Post
    As for brand, again, my thumbs up for HP.
    Bought a refurbed Pavillion for my wife last spring - similar set up to daemon's (17" widescreen!). it's been a great laptop - very speedy and rock solid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbolte View Post
    Bought a refurbed Pavillion for my wife last spring - similar set up to daemon's (17" widescreen!). it's been a great laptop - very speedy and rock solid.
    Yes, 17'' here too and that's one of the best things it has. A real bliss compared to tiny 15'' I had before -- really makes work easier in the end of the day. Though that makes it big and bulky, and quite heavy I must say. If you decide to buy widescreen, join the gym on the way too.

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    I wish I'm going to have one of this HP Pavillion dv9000 Core 2 Duo 2GHz/2GB/2x160GB this christmas


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