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Kento-Moto

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Hey Busa buddies, I think I will get a laptop or notebook ( is there a difference? ) To take to Calif with me and leave my main desk top here. Any recommendations on brand or type?
I like Dell, I do alot of internet, some digital photo & vid, some word processing, quickbooks or quicken ... mostly thats it. Any suggestions will be appreciated. - Thanx / Kent
 

hank

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laptop's bigger - Dell is the machine to get.
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cache

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laptop, get a Dell. sure it's fast-food-production type equipment, but works well and good support. I have been a sys admin for 4 years and have used only Dell and a few workstations that I built. Dell has the upper hand.
 

rgd808

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Kent

my vote is a gateway, I use only dell at work and personally own a Gateway laptop 2.2 ghz 528 ddr ram cdrw and dvd rom combo. I do photo's and spreadsheets for work and obviously cruise the web. never had a problem and they will beat anyone's price barnone.

gateway.com

check it out. BTW the gateway factory is 2 miles from my house, so maybe I'm bias.... get the one you like the best.
 

captain

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Hey Kent, man it all depends on what you are looking for. Personally I havve a Sony GRX650, its a 16" screen and the speed and memory are comparable to the rest. I am Dell and HP certified on laptop repair and they are all pretty good machines. I chose the Sony because I use this machine at work, then take it home and use it on the wireless network there. Dell does not make a 16" screen and I dont think that HP does either, not sure about the gateway. I also chose the Sony because the digital camera and external DVD burner are Sony and I can use Sony's proprietary connections for plug and play. My two cents, they are all pretty decent, figure out what you want it for and dont by anything just because someone told you that the new 6.8 mhz machine was out, it will be outdated in a few weeks anyway, get a machine a little bigger than you need right now, you will grow into it.....


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Mr. Busa

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Dell all the way. Ive owned one for the past 4 years and I have no complaints whatsoever about this machine or its service.
 

oldhat

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Hey Kent. I've been working on these stupid machines for 15 years now.

If ya want my .02, get whatever is on sell!! They are a commodity anymore and no such thing as a "bad" one. I have seen that the biggest bang for the buck out there are the toshibas. I've owned two of them with no complaints. I think I'm probably a bit harder on my stuff than most since I travel almost every day. The machine gets slammed around all the time and never a problem.

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I bought a Toshiba Satellite and I am very happy with it. I just wish it was a little lighter but no biggie.
 

Kento-Moto

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Thank you Gentlemen, I have a Dell at home ( Demension 4300 P4/ 40G hd... ) I really like it, no probs at all.
As for the Notebook do some of you use them at home also? Do you dock it to another keyboard & mouse at home?? Thats what I was thinking of doing. I dont like those little rollerball mouse thingy's, unless they have changed recently. Or maybe just takes some getting use to...
Also whats the best screen? Active matrix or TFT?? My eyes are going I think. And is a CD/Burner/DVD all in one a good idea or too many in one slot? Thanx again - KMC

Forgot to add : any diff between the Intel vs Celeron??? ??
 

rgd808

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Thank you Gentlemen, I have a Dell at home ( Demension 4300 P4/ 40G hd... ) I really like it, no probs at all.
As for the Notebook do some of you use them at home also? Do you dock it to another keyboard & mouse at home?? Thats what I was thinking of doing. I dont like those little rollerball mouse thingy's, unless they have changed recently. Or maybe just takes some getting use to...
Also whats the best screen? Active matrix or ?? My eyes are going I think. And is a CD/Burner/DVD all in one a good idea or too many in one slot? Thanx again - KMC
I don't have a docking station and I use mine mostly at home. The mouse is a square touch pad and is ok but I think I'm going to get a mouse which will plug in without being docked.

The DVD/CDRW combo causes no problems for me. I use the DVD for traveling with my 3 yr old daughter, keeps her occupied. The CD recorder works good to, and fast as heck.

This is the one I have.
http://www.gateway.com/home/prod/hm_450x_proddetail.shtml
 

race24x

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Dell etc all make a good laptop but there are only a few actual manufacturers that build these types of things dell buys them from a company that makes them same as alot of other second level or retail sales outlets . Buy what you can get on sale but make sure you get the longest warranty possible I can tell you from repairing them that anypart inside usually means 4-5 hundred dollar mainboards etc . If you buy the newest out you spend alot of money on braging rights . I am a retail seller I could find out what my cost would be and warranty info etc and you can go from there to see what you should be in the ballpark of .
 

race24x

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14" Display
Intel Celeron 1.7G
128 MB
24x CD-Rom
Windows 98 2nd Ed.
Built-In LAN 10/100Mbps
Built-In Modem 56K V.90
Carry Case (included)
$1000.00

40 GB HDD
15" Display
256 MB
24x CD-Rom
Windows 98 2nd Ed.
Intel P4 2.4GHz 512k
Carry Case (included)
Built-In LAN 10/100Mbps
Built-In Modem 56K V.90
$1400

15" Display
Intel P4 2.8G (533Mhz)
40 GB HDD
256 MB
8x8x4x24 CD-RW/DVD combo drive
Windows XP Home
Carry Case (included)
Built-In LAN 10/100Mbps
Built-In Modem 56K V.90
$1800
I can configure them any way you want may cost alittle for shipping But I can have them drop shipped to your door The last is a kick ass machine with a geforce video card supports up to 3.0 GHz P4 etc Even if you dont buy one this will give you an idea where you want to be . These even look like a dell I cant say for sure but I do believe they are manufactured in the same place . Mine are called Maxnote Notebooks Let me know if you have any other questions . But if you are looking for more bang for your buck I would go to staples or Sams club etc look for something that is a leftover and get the longest warranty you can .. Just my 2 cents though
 

Kento-Moto

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Allright Race, thanx a bunch.  Here is what Dell quoted me and I was thinkin of ordering let me know whatcha think :

TOTAL QUOTE AMOUNT: $1,768.62 ESTIMATED MONTHLY PAYMENT: $46.86
Product Subtotal: $1,698.00 Amount Leased: $1,698.00
Tax: $70.62 Business Lease (months): 48
Shipping & Handling: $0.00
Shipping Method: Ground Total Number of System Groups: 1

GROUP: 1 QUANTITY: 1 SYSTEM PRICE: $1,698.00 GROUP TOTAL: $1,698.00

Base Unit:
Inspiron 2650,14.1 XGA,P4, 1.7 GHz-M (220-3925)

Memory:
512MB RAM for the price of 256MB! (mail in rebate not available) (461-6338)

Video Card:
32MB DDR 4X AGP NVIDIA GeForce 2 Go Video,Inspiron (320-0472)

Hard Drive:
30GB Ultra ATA Hard Drive Inspiron 2650 (340-3878)

Floppy Disk Drive:
Floppy Drive Inspiron 2650 (340-3049)

Operating System:
PRCD (Resource CD KIT) (313-0929)

Operating System:
Dell Support 2.0 for Inspiron 2650 (412-0315)

Operating System:
Microsoft Windows XP Home SP1,Inspiron 2650,English (420-1954)

Mouse:
Logitech Optical USB Mouse (310-1460)

NIC:
Integrated NIC for Inspiron 2600 (430-0257)

Modem:
Internal 56K Modem for Inspiron 2600/2650 (313-0503)

CD-ROM or DVD-ROM Drive:
24X Internal CD-RW/DVD Combination Drive, Inspiron 2650 (313-1195)

CD-ROM or DVD-ROM Drive:
Intervideo Software DVD, Solution,Inspiron (313-0833)

Bundled Software:
MS Worksuite 2002,CD with Documentation,OEM,US,English Inspiron (412-0134)

Feature
59 WHr Lithium Ion 8-Cell Battery,Inspiron 2600 (312-0017)

Service:
Type 7 Contract - Mail-In Service+CompleteCare, 24x7 Technical Support, Initial Year (950-3580)

Service:
Type 7 Contract - Mail-In Service+CompleteCare, 24x7 Technical Support, 2YR Extended (950-3582)

Misc:
Dellnet by MSN 7.0 Factory Installed 6-month (412-0255)

Misc:
AOL 7.0 Buddy Rom (412-0287)



TOTAL QUOTE AMOUNT: $1,768.62 ESTIMATED MONTHLY PAYMENT: $46.86
Product Subtotal: $1,698.00 Amount Leased: $1,698.00
Tax: $70.62 Business Lease (months): 48
Shipping & Handling: $0.00
Shipping Method: Ground Total Number of System Groups: 1
 

Mr. Busa

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Allright Race, thanx a bunch.  Here is what Dell quoted me and I was thinkin of ordering let me know whatcha think :

TOTAL QUOTE AMOUNT:   $1,768.62  ESTIMATED MONTHLY PAYMENT:   $46.86  
Product Subtotal:   $1,698.00  Amount Leased:   $1,698.00  
Tax:   $70.62  Business Lease (months):   48  
Shipping & Handling:   $0.00      
Shipping Method:   Ground  Total Number of System Groups:   1  

GROUP: 1  QUANTITY: 1  SYSTEM PRICE: $1,698.00    GROUP TOTAL: $1,698.00  
   
Base Unit:
Inspiron 2650,14.1 XGA,P4, 1.7 GHz-M (220-3925)

Memory:
512MB RAM for the price of 256MB! (mail in rebate not available) (461-6338)

Video Card:
32MB DDR 4X AGP NVIDIA GeForce 2 Go Video,Inspiron (320-0472)

Hard Drive:
30GB Ultra ATA Hard Drive Inspiron 2650 (340-3878)

Floppy Disk Drive:
Floppy Drive Inspiron 2650 (340-3049)

Operating System:
PRCD (Resource CD KIT) (313-0929)

Operating System:
Dell Support 2.0 for Inspiron 2650 (412-0315)

Operating System:
Microsoft Windows XP Home SP1,Inspiron 2650,English (420-1954)

Mouse:
Logitech Optical USB Mouse (310-1460)

NIC:
Integrated NIC for Inspiron 2600 (430-0257)

Modem:
Internal 56K Modem for Inspiron 2600/2650 (313-0503)

CD-ROM or DVD-ROM Drive:
24X Internal CD-RW/DVD Combination Drive, Inspiron 2650 (313-1195)

CD-ROM or DVD-ROM Drive:
Intervideo Software DVD, Solution,Inspiron (313-0833)

Bundled Software:
MS Worksuite 2002,CD with Documentation,OEM,US,English Inspiron (412-0134)

Feature
59 WHr Lithium Ion 8-Cell Battery,Inspiron 2600 (312-0017)

Service:
Type 7 Contract - Mail-In Service+CompleteCare, 24x7 Technical Support, Initial Year (950-3580)

Service:
Type 7 Contract - Mail-In Service+CompleteCare, 24x7 Technical Support, 2YR Extended (950-3582)

Misc:
Dellnet by MSN 7.0 Factory Installed 6-month (412-0255)

Misc:
AOL 7.0 Buddy Rom (412-0287)

   

TOTAL QUOTE AMOUNT:   $1,768.62  ESTIMATED MONTHLY PAYMENT:   $46.86  
Product Subtotal:   $1,698.00  Amount Leased:   $1,698.00  
Tax:   $70.62  Business Lease (months):   48  
Shipping & Handling:   $0.00      
Shipping Method:   Ground  Total Number of System Groups:   1
That is a damn good quote if you ask me. I would go with the 64MB G-force 4 and the 40 gig hard drive though.
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race24x

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15" Display
Intel P4 1.7GHz
30 GB HDD
512 MB
8x8x4x24 CD-RW/DVD combo drive
Windows XP Home
Carry Case (included)
Built-In LAN 10/100Mbps
Built-In Modem 56K V.90

Alittle bigger display same video CDRW/DVD memory etc but basically the same machine 1621.00 tax if I have to pay it But the extra warranty for 3 years is 200.00 more .

Dell is a good deal and you may have a dell service center in hawaii maybe a better deal for you than getting one from a guy you never met way over in Maine LOL its not a bad deal at all If I where going to buy one Online Dell would be my first choice with Gateway second
 

Kento-Moto

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Thanx everybody! And Mr. B I allways thought that little gitar smilely kinda looked like you.
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Kento-Moto

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Ok 1 more question, would there be a disadvantage to the Celeron?

Hows Toshiba? ( as you said most are 2nd labeled anyway )

Hard to beat this price : Toshiba Notebook
 

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