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    Need a laptop , help me decide which to buy !

    ok so i need to buy a laptop. I've never bought a laptop in my life so i have no idea which one would be the best for me. Here are three hot & affordable candidates that i will most likey buy (buy only one of them ofcourse) :

    LG LS50A :
    - Intel Centrino 1.7 GHz
    - 512 MB DDR SDRAM
    - HDD : 60GB
    - DVD\DVD-+RW
    - 15.0" TFT , XGA 64 VRAM (not shared)
    - Tv-Out

    Price : about $1197.3 US


    Dell Inspiron 6000/1 :
    - Intel Centrino 1.73 GHz
    - 512 MB DDRII
    - HDD : 60GB
    - 24 x CDRW / 8 x DVD combo drive+sw
    - Bluetooth
    - 15.4" WXGA UltraSharp Wide screen , up to 128 shared memory

    Price : about $1144 US


    Fujitsu Siemens - Amilo M7405 :
    - Intel Centrino 1.80 GHz
    - 512 MB DDR RAM
    - HDD : 60GB
    - DVD+-R/+-RW/DL
    - 15.0" TFT display with 64MB shared VRAM
    - TV-out
    - Flash card reader

    Price : about $1197.3 US

    All 3 come with :
    - 3 USB ports
    - 56K and 10/100
    - Firewire
    - Windows XP Home
    - and some other general specs


    I don't care much about the price as much as the quality of these i picked. Every laptop has something that the other one miss. Like Fujitsu has the processing speed , Dell has the DDRII and Bluetooth (but it's very heavy compared to the other two) and LG has a graphics card that isn't shared and is it's very light , too.


    So , what would you pic if you were me? (please pick from those three laptops only)


    Edit:

    ah , just noticed that there's a computer hardware and software forum. Sorry mods , you can keep it in GC though
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    The weight and battery life would matter to me so I may not be too keen on the Fujitsu.

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    What's wrong with the fujitsu?

    their weight is ok. Actually LG is light , the Fijitsu is a tiny bit heavier and the Dell is noticibally heavy (for a laptop). Their battery life are almost equal ; from 2-4 hours (depends on usage).

    Here are their pics :
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    whoops sorry I thought you said the Fujitsu was heavier.
    Hmm this is a tough one, I like the LG and Fujitsu equally.

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    Sorry i think i've put the wrong price for Fujitsu. Actually LG and Fujitsu have the same price. Still LG has a graphics card that isn't shared and Fujitsu has more processing speed.

    ugh , i'm totally confused !

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    Quote Originally Posted by mPeror
    ugh , i'm totally confused !
    thats the beauty of technology

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    thanks guys ,

    anyone else?

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    I would go with Dell Inspiron 6000/1 Good memory as well.

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    Dell from me too...
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    I'd go with the Dell but I would insist it comes with a 3 year warranty. It's got the screen size/shape that I'm into at the moment (assuming a 17" is out of the question ). I have trouble working in Dreamweaver with XGA.

    Personally I'd buy a Toshiba Tecra A4 with 1.86 chip, but that's not on your list...
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    Widescreen is nicer than you think. I was a bit skeptical at first, but it's REALLY great. I'd go with the Dell (unless you need TV Out).

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    Go for the LG, the others have shared video RAM. Also the Dell takes DDR2, still too damned expensive for the peerformance benefits it doesn't deliver at the moment. Widescreen isn't attractive IMO, the benefits of a slightly higher res are offset by having a smaller height to the screen. Call me old fashined but Widesreen is only essential if you are going to watch movies.

    Might be an idea to also look at the Acer Travelmate series, or the Tosh Satellite series. Both companies also have excellent customer service in my experience.

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    You may want to check Alienware Laptops, since they can be cheap and I hear they are good quality.

    Also, consider upgrading to Windows XP Pro, I've never cared for Home since it has limited permissions and services.

    Other then that, go Dell, from past experience.
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    I've recently bought a Dell and am very impressed with it.
    I have a great contact in the company for all questions and advice and although he is based in France and works for Dell Europe I'm sure he would be happy to answer all your questions. PM me if you want his email.

    Will you tell us what you decided to get; and why?

    PS. The Dell widescreen is brilliant. I couldn't afford it but I wish I could.

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    Quote Originally Posted by melchiorus
    You may want to check Alienware Laptops, since they can be cheap and I hear they are good quality.

    Also, consider upgrading to Windows XP Pro, I've never cared for Home since it has limited permissions and services.

    Other then that, go Dell, from past experience.
    Alienwares cheap? That's a good one.

    I vote IBM.

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    dell!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wwb_99
    Alienwares cheap? That's a good one.

    I vote IBM.
    They've actually come out with some lower end models that compete with Dell, and they have a laptop in mPeror's price range.
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    reason one million not to buy a Dell:

    I have a laptop here that is out of warranty, i've been asked to source the parts and replace it. The DVD Drive isn't working.
    Dell Price 175 + P&P
    Local Dealer Price 70

    I got the price FINALLY after 45 minutes on the phone speaking to someone who didn't undertand the words "I want an internal DVD drive because this is refusing to boot from the USB CD i've been using". At present i've got a rather angry customer and just dixcovered he got the same response from the Dell "Technical Suport" guys who don't know the laptop i'm asking about doesn't support booting from the USB. THis is AFTER my customer replaced the HDD because it fragged itself, so there is no OS on there, and i'll be buggered if i'm installing Windows 2k from floppy!

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    Sorry for the late response guys and thanks for your replies.

    I didn't decide which one to buy yet , especially after i found an AMAZING Acer that's cheap for it's specs.

    It has that new type of screen that makes things look VERY clear (the salesman kept referring to it as "crystal display") , but unlike the regular LCD screen , it reflects light (could be it's only con).

    Do you recommend this kind of screen guys? (if you don't know what i'm talking about; it's just like Toshiba Qosmio's screen)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mPeror
    Sorry for the late response guys and thanks for your replies.

    I didn't decide which one to buy yet , especially after i found an AMAZING Acer that's cheap for it's specs.

    It has that new type of screen that makes things look VERY clear (the salesman kept referring to it as "crystal display") , but unlike the regular LCD screen , it reflects light (could be it's only con).

    Do you recommend this kind of screen guys? (if you don't know what i'm talking about; it's just like Toshiba Qosmio's screen)
    i run an Acer 1672LMi, it's not got the crystal display because i didn't want a widescreen. However they aren't bad machines at all. I just had a key come loose last week. I rang up acer on monday, they collected it thursday and i had it back yesterday. They didn't fart about they just dropped a new keyboard in and that is warrantied for 12 months again.

    Acer are classed as the more "Budget" end of laptops, but I _really_ can't see why.

    My mate has the 1672WLMi with the crystal screen, he likes it, but i preferred the larger surface area to the higher res.

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    Wait for a good sale. I got a pimped out Inspiron 9300 for half price from Dell during one of their recent sales.

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    Widescreen is a must. Square screens are so..... square!
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    Alienware Laptops all the way here, super fast and save me hours on time!!

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    Alienware laptops are nice....but heavy. I would have to recommend the Dell myself.


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