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Looking to get a Laptop

your_dreamguy

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What laptop would you recommend? A lot of people I have been talking to say if I can afford to buy a Sony VAIO, I should. However, I'm trying to find the equivalent of a Sony VAIO that is manufactured by DELL. My main purpose for getting a laptop is for wireless internet use, spreadsheets, burning DVD's and CD's.

I can spend up to about $2500. My local Circuit City was selling Sony VAIOs for around $1600.

What do you use, recommend, etc.?

I look forward to your responses.
 

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check the dell 700M. very light, x-brite knockoff screen.

only downside is the small screen. its light, does all you need there and more..wireless, cd/dvd-r, built in SD card slot. For traveling you simply cant beat it for the price IMHO.

$1000-1200 dell.com

You certainly dont need to spend $2500 on a laptop toady, in fact, you may be hard pressed to configure one that expensive!

dont ever buy a computer from circuit city. they rob you blind and you pay sales tax. They sell a lot of celeron junk with low RAM. Plus I hate the gimmick mail in rebates. Once you see through that and look at their P4/Centrino machines they are WAY overpriced. Too much Toshiba junk there too.

another great option is an apple, just buy office for it and you are 100% compatiable. Music and video is much easier to manage and far more enjoyable on an apple. Even there you can get on loaded up for 1500 or so.

good luck
 
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I'm buying a laptop too, mine decided to stop working.

Dell has pretty good discounts right now online, and it ends this Wednesday.

I'm considering Apple too, any recomendations, which one to get?
 

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I'd agree with G200 -- Apple makes a fantastic machine. The hardware and software are both rock-solid and reliable. I'm not sure why you're drawn to Dell; I find they make a pretty mediocre machine. If I were to buy a laptop, Windows or otherwise, Dell would be pretty far down on my list.

Rather than rehash this in a new thread, you might want to look at this thread:

http://forums.flightinfo.com/showthread.php?t=55928

I made a fairly detailed post there, #6 on the first page of the thread.
 

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If you are going to be lugging the thing around while you are on the road, go for small and light!
 

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I own a dell 700m. Very light, and rugged, the wireless gets great reception, even better than external wireless cards. If you call them up on the phone you can haggle price and options. I'd recommend the accidental damage protection, good if you taxi over it or somthing.

I'd go with dell, my family has owned roughly 10 of them and have only had good results.
 
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labbats

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Anything electric I buy here. www.newegg.com It's hands down the best site for shopping electronics on the internet. You could also check www.pricewatch.com.
 

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I love my Toshiba. No problems in 2-3 years.
 

Pugh

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As suggested before, check out Dell. Go surf www.notebookforums.com message boards and ask around. Also check their rumors and deals section because they usually have the latest 35% off coupons from Dell.
 

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Just bought myself a fujitsu lifebook....pretty reasonable with a bright 13" screen...just over 4 pounds...there is a model with a dvd burner and everything else you wanted for something like 1600 bucks or so......very comparable to the sony, except for the price..the same sony goes for something like 1900...i'm pretty happy with it so far, and you don't have to deal with any of the crap that dell gives you....i bought mine at fry's.....
 

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Sharp

I carry a Sharp AV18PC. It is small and weighs something like 1.6 pounds. Very thin and SHARP has the best LCD screen on the market.

The most important thing is to get a bullet proof computer case. I have on more than one ocassion had to send mine in for replacement screens because someone dropped a bag on top of or stepped on my bag.

I use one of those aluminum camera cases and you customize the foam interiors for your extra battery, power supply, portable floppy driver, digital camera and mouse (important for those long layovers and online gaming).

Check on Ebay first and compare with the big box computer stores.
 
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I dont know how someone says if you can afford a SONY VAIO, you should get one. You can get a VAIO Laptop from between $700 - $4000 and beyond.


Same with just about any manufacturer
 

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Go get an apple. SO easy to use and very fast. I just bought a powerbookg4 12". It rocks. Has everything you will need and more..
DO IT!
snowman
 

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I've got one of the 12 inch Apple Powerbooks. They're great! Do everything I want and are VERY light weight.

www.apple.com/powerbook
 

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Dell 700m

Dell 700m....as stated before you have to get the ....
CompleteCareTM Accidental Damage Service

...because accidents do happen.

CompleteCare Accidental Damage Service provides easy and flexible repair and replacement service for most accidental damage to select systems and peripherals, helping to save time, money, and resources in the event of an unplanned incident.

Are your systems or peripherals exposed to multi-use, harsh environments, multiple-users, or mobility? Then you need CompleteCare!
  • Easy to use
  • Flexible: 1,2,3, or 4 year coverage available
  • Investment protection
  • Saves I/T department time and resources
  • Helps save I/T department time and resources
Helps save your organization time, money, and resources.

What is CompleteCare?
  • CompleteCare1 is a repair and replacement service that covers most accidental damage to select systems and peripherals that is not covered under limited warranty (spills, drops, surges, breakages).
  • Investment protection for systems and peripherals exposed to high-risk settings (multi-use, high mobility, multiple users, harsh environments).
CompleteCare is a great addition to the award-winning service and support that comes with each Dell system!

How is your system or peripheral used?

http://img.dell.com/images/global/services/complete_care_lm.jpg

What kind of damage is covered?

Non-intentional damage that is caused by accidents will be covered. Some examples are:

Cause of Failure & resolution
Liquid spilled on or in unitRepaired or unit replaced
Drops, falls, and other collisions Repaired or unit replaced
Electrical surgeRepaired or unit replaced
Damage or broken LCD due to a drop or fall Repaired
Accidental breakage (multiple pieces)Repaired or unit replaced

Damage caused by intentional acts, fire, theft or loss, is not covered under CompleteCare. Some examples of damage that would not be covered are:

Cause of FailureResolutionhttp://img.dell.com/images/global/brand/title/shad.gifDamage in a fireNot covered - possible insurance coverageIntentional damage (hammer marks)Not covered - user responsibleStolen unitNot covered - possible insurance coverageNormal wear
(does not affect system performance)
Not covered
 

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Is the following statment actually an advertisement for somebody's service plan?

Airboss said:
Dell 700m....as stated before you have to get the ....
CompleteCareTM Accidental Damage Service

...because accidents do happen.

CompleteCare Accidental Damage Service provides easy and flexible repair and replacement service for most accidental damage to select systems and peripherals, helping to save time, money, and resources in the event of an unplanned incident.

Are your systems or peripherals exposed to multi-use, harsh environments, multiple-users, or mobility? Then you need CompleteCare!
  • Easy to use
  • Flexible: 1,2,3, or 4 year coverage available
  • Investment protection
  • Saves I/T department time and resources
  • Helps save I/T department time and resources
Helps save your organization time, money, and resources.

What is CompleteCare?
  • CompleteCare1 is a repair and replacement service that covers most accidental damage to select systems and peripherals that is not covered under limited warranty (spills, drops, surges, breakages).
  • Investment protection for systems and peripherals exposed to high-risk settings (multi-use, high mobility, multiple users, harsh environments).
CompleteCare is a great addition to the award-winning service and support that comes with each Dell system!

How is your system or peripheral used?

http://img.dell.com/images/global/services/complete_care_lm.jpg

What kind of damage is covered?

Non-intentional damage that is caused by accidents will be covered. Some examples are:

Cause of Failure & resolution
Liquid spilled on or in unitRepaired or unit replaced
Drops, falls, and other collisions Repaired or unit replaced
Electrical surgeRepaired or unit replaced
Damage or broken LCD due to a drop or fall Repaired
Accidental breakage (multiple pieces)Repaired or unit replaced

Damage caused by intentional acts, fire, theft or loss, is not covered under CompleteCare. Some examples of damage that would not be covered are:

Cause of FailureResolutionhttp://img.dell.com/images/global/brand/title/shad.gifDamage in a fireNot covered - possible insurance coverageIntentional damage (hammer marks)Not covered - user responsibleStolen unitNot covered - possible insurance coverageNormal wear
(does not affect system performance)
Not covered
 

MVSW

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I love my Toshiba. No problems in 2-3 years.

Toshiba..I have had 2 Dell's and my last laptop was the one that I have now. I will never buy a Dell laptop again. I had alot ofproblems with Dell and ZERO with Toshiba.
 

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So I went ahead and bought an iBook G4, pretty happy with it so far, but I can tell it's gonna take me a while to get used to it!!
 
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