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    Need help finding a good laptop for <= $1,000

    I have a budget of $1,000 plus tax, and I need a good laptop. I won't name any specs, I just need people to throw out possibilities. Thanks!

    Oh, and it needs to be new

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    Have you taken a look at Dell laptops ?.
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    I have taken a look at dell laptops. I have a Dell Desktop and I love it, but unfortunately their laptops under $1,000 wouldn't cut it (although a couple were close). So, well, I guess I will name some specs. Is it possible to get this for under 1g:

    40gb HD
    2 ghz processor
    512 MB RAM
    CD-WR/DVD
    External 3.5 Floppy

    I'd like to try an iBook, but is it worth it to make the change? Is there a large learning curve (I'd need to install a server and all the good stuff...is that difficult on a mac?)? Are they good? Thanks you guys

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    This computer business is so competitive, you simply get what you pay for. Dell has very good prices. If you want more then their $1000 laptop, you should definately pay more....unless you want to go used which I totally never recommend with computer stuff...
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    Quote Originally Posted by c1vineoflife
    I'd like to try an iBook, but is it worth it to make the change? Is there a large learning curve (I'd need to install a server and all the good stuff...is that difficult on a mac?)? Are they good? Thanks you guys
    It's pretty similar to windows. The hardest part is getting used to not being able to maximise windows. Except your work-flow becomes much faster. Why not go to an Apple Shop and play with one for yourself?

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    Well I definitely don't feel like learning linux I went to the apple store the other day, and I really like what I saw I will take your advice, mstwntd, and go again. I guess their 12 in iBook is close enough to what I need (I really can't spend more than that). Is the screen easy to work on, dispite being so small. I'm ok with not being able to maximize my windows. Any other advice anyone can give me on apples? or laptops in general? Thanks! Oh, and is there a mac equivilent to the install wizard (like...is it easy to install stuff...or do I have to install from the comman prompt....is there even a command prompt?)? Ha, as you can see I am very mac illiterate.

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    No need for command prompt installs, Mac makes it VERY easy....oh, and forget about drivers for ya usb stuff...just plug em in
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    iBook all the way. If you need to save more money, try looking for a refurbished iBook on Apple's site

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    Dell has some good deals. I would recommend them as well.

    As for the macs.
    http://members.cox.net/clyqz/macs.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by The New Guy
    Dell has some good deals. I would recommend them as well.

    As for the macs.
    http://members.cox.net/clyqz/macs.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by The New Guy
    Dell has some good deals. I would recommend them as well.

    As for the macs.
    http://members.cox.net/clyqz/macs.html
    *runs and hides*
    That video is halarious

    Hey Vinnie, so buying refurbished computers isn't all that bad? Can I get some opinions on this one?

    Averatec 6130HS 3.0GHz Pentium 4 Notebook with DVD-RW/CD-RW

    Well, I'll get a refurbished computer if you guys say it's ok (I'm not too experienced in buying computers either). Thanks for all the help!

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    You can get a new Dell Inspiron 1000 for about $800.00 right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hierophant
    You can get a new Dell Inspiron 1000 for about $800.00 right now.
    I love Dell, and I've been keeping my eyes out constantly for good deals there, but the Inspiron 1000 just doesnt have what I need. I need more than 256MB RAM and a 30 GB HD. I have found what looks to be an excellent computer (looks like it can beat most desktops you see around), I just need to know if it is "kosher" to buy refurbished laptops. It comes with a full 1 year warrenty. Does this sound like a good deal:

    Averatec 6130HS 3.0GHz Pentium 4 Notebook with DVD-RW/CD-RW

    I mean, it looks like an excellent deal to me. I just need some opinions from you guys...who probably know a lot more about hardware than me.

    Thanks!

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    How about these?

    WinBook C220 (1.4GHz Celeron M, 512MB RAM, 40GB Hard Drive, 14.1" XGA Display, DVD/CD-RW Combo, 802.11g Internal Wireless, XP Home)
    WinBook V120 (2.53GHz Celeron D, 512MB RAM, 60GB Hard Drive, 15" XGA Display, DVD/CD-RW Combo, 802.11g Internal Wireless, XP Home)

    I like the first because it is cheaper and has xp pro, but the second, which has xp home has more memory, faster CPU, and a larger display.

    Any suggestions? I've only heard of winbooks...havenet heard too much about them though.

    I really appreciate all of your help everyone!

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    Anybody?...please?

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    just bought 3 new ones for work:

    amilo - amd 64 (3200); 17"
    80Gb / 512 RAM / DVD R,RW,etc.

    but spent 1149 euros on each, then again, money was not a limiting factor either...
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    hav you tried ebay?
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    No, I havent tried ebay. OH, and my budget has been bumped up substantially. So money isn't really a factor anymore either YAY! Anyway, anybody suggest any laptops under $2,000?

    Thanks again everyone!

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    laptop for sale

    Hi, i can sell you a laptop for under a $1000. My business recently went bunkrupt, so i need to get rid of several computers. If you are interested , please contact me.
    Thanks, serj.

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    Check eBay.

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    Well I finally bought a laptop! Infact, I'm typing this post from my bed right now. I ended up spending a lot more money than I planned on spending (but then again, I aquired more money within the time I was looking for a laptop). The laptop itself was $1,700 and I bought an optical pocket mouse and an external 10-key keypad.

    Here are the specs on the system:

    HP Pavilion zv5000
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    15.4 WXGA BrightView Hi-Def Widescreen Display
    100GB HD
    1GB RAM
    DVD+/-R/RW and CD-RWcombo drive
    128 mb ATI Mobility Radion 9000 graphics card
    Built-in 802.11b/g WLAN with SpeedBooster
    3 usb ports
    5-in-1 Media Card Reader

    Thanks for all of you help everyone! I really appreciate it!

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    Nice acquisition, now! Congrats!

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    Thanks! I am very pleased with it!


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