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?
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
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
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
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.
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
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.