Buying Laptop - Suggestions?

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CharlieJ

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Hey, I'm replacing my old laptop (HP Pavilio dv4000) with a new one. Right now I'm looking at the Toshiba Satellite M305-S4848. If any of you computer guys have inside information, or strong suggestions, or anything at all, let me know.
 

davidsuggs

Puritan Board Freshman
Just got my MacBook 13 inch in this morning. I have never had one of my own but it is running much faster than the Dell we have at home! I would recommend it.
 

Curt

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Not quite double, Fred. But worth at least twice as much in the lack of aggravation - and viruses.

Get a Mac Book.
 

fredtgreco

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Not quite double, Fred. But worth at least twice as much in the lack of aggravation - and viruses.

Get a Mac Book.
Sorry, Curt, won't drink the kool-aid. Been using a PC hardcore for more than a decade, and never had a virus. :p
 

Grymir

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I've been using a Dell Vostro 1500. It's pretty tough. (I'm not gentle with it) I've been using it for over a year, and it hasn't become a cesationist yet. :p
 

Zenas

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MacBooks will do your work for you. They wash dishes and are your friend. They hold you when times are hard, and play with you when you're bored. They are also dynamite dancers.

Seriously though, I've had a MacBook for about 2 and a half years now. My HP Laptop shut down after 2 years. It had extensive problems after about 1 and a half. My dad had his tech guys at work revive it over the course of a month or so and he uses it, but it's still nothing like my MacBook.

They last. You will get your money's worth. They're user friendly and easy to operate. The Mac OS doesn't crash: ever. Never had a virus. Never really slowed down at all.

One complaint: my power cord died about 4 months ago: had to buy a new one. It was my fault though, I yanked on the cord to pull it out of the socket, rather then removing it properly.

The one I have is great, others may have different opinions.
 

Poimen

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I am on my third Toshiba (currently the Satellite A200) and they all have worked great.
 

davidsuggs

Puritan Board Freshman
i am not one to argue anything amzingly special about Macs and that's primarily because I don't know a whole lot about this thing in my lap right now. I only know that it looked really neat and different and people told me they ran better haha. I would only be dooming myself to get into a detailed discussion on the topic.
 

VictorBravo

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Get the Toshiba. I got a cheap one for my wife 3 years ago when her brand new under warranty Mac laptop quit (as in really died, three trips to the genius bar and once to the factory). She loved the Toshiba Satellite so much that she refused to use the cursed Mac. It now sits by the printer doing the only thing it does tolerably well: printing greeting cards.

Posh Tosh, that's the name of the most used computer in the household (not counting my work-issued lenovo R 61).
 

VictorBravo

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Mail me the Mac.
We got sunk costs buddy. $1000 and she's yours. ;)

BTW, it's 3 yrs old now, so it can't run the latest software. Even though it's got the 10.2 operating system, it doesn't have the umph to update to the latest Safari version--which is a bummer because the Safari version on it freezes every third try. Yeah, Firefox works on it OK, but no chance for a Windows emulator to work faster than a 486 desktop running Win 95. We were sold a modern Mac but it turned out to be the end of that particular line.

Mac, she spoke sweet images and conjured dreams, but alas they were but vanity . . . .
 

panta dokimazete

Panting Donkey Machete
Save yourself some money - unless you are a hard core gamer or something, these work fine.

I have bought several sub-$700 17" laptops and they are all doing well.
 

VictorBravo

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LawrenceU

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Not quite double, Fred. But worth at least twice as much in the lack of aggravation - and viruses.

Get a Mac Book.
Sorry, Curt, won't drink the kool-aid. Been using a PC hardcore for more than a decade, and never had a virus. :p
I never had a virus on a PC in more than a decade. But, I did have OS failures, lost data, software nonintegration, and a host of other problems. With Mac I've had none of that. It is side by side almost twice as fast as a similarly configured PC, too. Macs are cheaper, too: When you include the cost of all the routine maintenance that must be done to keep a PC running. I had to waste a lot of time becoming a shade tree PC mechanic to keep them running. Lack of virus is the least of the reasons I'll most likely be staying with a Mac.
 

jfschultz

Puritan Board Junior
I got a MacBook Pro 15.5 inch just a few days ago. It is sculpture. It is perfection.
I've had mine for a little over a month, to get away from fighting my wife for the MacBook.

For work, I loaded VMWare's Fusion virtualization package so I can run Windows XP. (FedEx has not cleared Vista for corporate use!) Fusion can run Windows full screen, within a Mac window, or hide the Windows desktop so the application's windows appear to run in Mac windows.

The only significant Mac laptop problem I have encountered is the disk drive failing in an iBook. With the MacBooks, the hard drive is user accessible and easily replaced.
 

Semper Fidelis

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I just bought a Lenovo Thinkpad T400. It has a 5 hour battery life with the 6 cell battery and 10 hours with the 9 cell.

Here's a review: Lenovo ThinkPad T400 Review

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Register at Fatwallet to get cash back. Combined with coupons you can get a good deal.

You can also check out the Dell Coupons there if you end up going with them.
 

Zenas

Snow Miser
*Begins handing out the kool-aide*
I think you need to tell Obama to set up a cabinet post for computer technology. Obviously the free market "just doesn't get it," and needs to be replaced by a centralized planning mechanism so that all people will understand that they should like paying more for a computer system that limits what hardware you can use, and what software you can run. :p

As long as the trains run on time, who cares if Herr Jobs tells you how you can think, act and compute!
*Radios into MacCorp*

"I need a cleaner team. Authorization Code: niner-alpha-hotel-tango."
 

Scynne

Puritan Board Freshman
Don't get a mac! As a faithful mac owner, I can tell you that PC's are better.

As for a laptop, I would suggest getting an ASUS Eee PC. Personally, I'd get it with Linux as the installed OS, but you can get it with XP. It's cheap, small, and can do everything the average person (read 90% of people) uses a computer for.
 

JohnGill

Puritan Board Senior
Get the MacBook Pro. It has a better operating system (Leopard) and better architecture. If you do buy a pc make sure it does NOT have Vista. Else make sure it comes with the OS disks and erase it and put on either Windows XP or FreeBSD. The only problem a friend of mine had in switching from pc to mac involved some of his music files which were in wma format. Max for Mac OS X, which is free, takes care of most of that. Another nice thing about mac, if you absolutely must do it, you can partition part of your hard drive and run Windows. I've never really needed to. Most of the software you'd buy for a pc has a free replacement that I've found just as good and sometimes better.
 

SemperEruditio

Puritan Board Junior
Depends on what you want to do with your laptop? If it will be your main computer then I would get a Mac. Yep...I'm one of those too. Been a Mac guy back when they were awful. The double in cost is you're also getting twice the machine. You can run Windows, OS X, or Unix if you prefer.

Depending on what you want the computer for there are some great PC netbooks. If you're just doing some real basic stuff and don't mind a small screen to look at then the netbooks might fit the bill.

IF you have the money then Mac is the way to go. If on a budget...and who ain't...then you have the world to choose from. Choose wisely... :blah:
 

CharlieJ

Puritan Board Junior
Thanks for all the great feedback, guys. Based on some responses, I'll refine and ask some more.

I'm pretty sure we're going the PC route. I'm intrigued by Mac, but not ready. Also, wife isn't sold on them. Size/weight is an issue for us. We've decided small (I need portability) but not netbook small, so about 14" with a little slide room. Our performance needs are in between basic and gamer (if I really wanted to game, I would get a desktop), so I want lots of RAM, but don't need a discrete graphics card. That's how I got to my current preference. However, if you guys know of comparable machines that I can get good deals on, I'm definitely willing to go for a different model.

I will soon start a new thread about operating systems. Lots to learn!
 
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