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2006/07/17 23:23:11 (permalink)
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Help buying a laptop...

Well, it seems my laptop has just about had it, it could probably go for another year but after having spilt water on the keyboard I'm now limited to what letters and numbers I can use and it's about time I got a new laptop anyway. I'm now having to use the 'disability' keyboard in windows and select each letter with my mouse.

Anyway, I think I will get a dell as all the dells I have seen have been very reliable and the battery life seems to be very good. My current laptop is a fujitsu-siemens Amilo d8820 and the battery lasts under 5 minutes if it's unplugged from the mains.

I've just built a new one on the dell website, but what do you think to it, and could you come up with a better combination? I don't want to go much over one thousand.

D820 with Intel® Core™ Duo T2500 (2.0GHz) with NVIDIA Quadro NVS 120M 512MB

Genuine Windows® XP Home English (Service Pack 2) WITH Media using NTFS

1.0GB, 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM Memory (2 x 512MB)

60GB serial ATA HDD 7200RPM (I upgraded this from 5400RPM for £58 - no idea whether that is worth it or not?)

8 X DVD+/-RW Drive with Decoder Software

Intel PRO/Wireless 3945 802.11a/g Mini Card (54Mbps) Dual Core

9 Cell 85WHr LI-ION Primary Battery Extended Life

15.4" WXGA (1280 x 800) LCD Screen


£994.95



Cheers guys

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post edited by littlejones - 2006/07/18 16:18:12
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    Rafriki
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    RE: Help buying a laptop... 2006/07/17 23:33:05 (permalink)
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    I was in a similar position a while back with a defunct machine when my son accidently picked it up and dropped it on the floor breaking it. House insurance covered me for a brand new one. Needless to say i reprimanded my son (who was six months at the time).

    Specs for the machine seem good for the price range.

    I'd check with a few others before buying a DELL have heard stories of them being unreliable (home computing) but have no personal experience of this

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    littlejones
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    RE: Help buying a laptop... 2006/07/17 23:34:28 (permalink)
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    What are the other big names?
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    RE: Help buying a laptop... 2006/07/17 23:44:55 (permalink)
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    fujitsu, ibm, toshiba, compaq, acer, HP all do laptops.

    Unless you do some serious graphic design or download loads of stuff you will never get the most out of a high spec laptop. Nice to have but you have to look at your intended usage and may be able to spend less and get a perfectly reasonable machine. I have a laptop pretty much the same spec as what your looking at (Fujitsu 5series Lifebook) use this for work, etc but its under utilised.


    Paste the link below and take a look at your options / prices
    http://www.microwarehouse.co.uk/catalogue/computers%20&%20laptops/Mobile%20Computing/Laptops

    Hope it helps

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    RE: Help buying a laptop... 2006/07/18 00:03:39 (permalink)
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    How much do you have to spend?
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    RE: Help buying a laptop... 2006/07/18 00:03:59 (permalink)
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    Are any of those brands better than others for just basic use?

    Should I just go by the look then?

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    RE: Help buying a laptop... 2006/07/18 00:08:07 (permalink)
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    Would personally look at what Rock have to offer, Samsung do well in tests too.

    But if you want Pretty Rock do some very nicly finished models. Sony too.
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    RE: Help buying a laptop... 2006/07/18 00:16:36 (permalink)
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    I'm not really bothered about looks to be honest, just reliability and performance. I don't really want to spend much more than a grand including delivery.
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    RE: Help buying a laptop... 2006/07/18 00:19:19 (permalink)
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    Is it realistically going to be carried about, or is it more if a saving space at home thing?
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    RE: Help buying a laptop... 2006/07/18 00:21:14 (permalink)
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    Look i know it £50 more, but its an absolute BEAST, plus youre getting a second battery free.

    EDIT.

    link might help

    http://www.rockdirect.com/notebooks/xtremectx_cons.htm

    Fudge, thats excluding VAT, sorry!

    EDIT , again, sorry, maybe this?

    http://www.rockdirect.com/notebooks/pegasus650_cons.htm
    post edited by cu3ed - 2006/07/18 00:23:47
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    littlejones
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    RE: Help buying a laptop... 2006/07/18 00:50:09 (permalink)
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    Cheers cube,

    How does the one I posted compare to this one off the Rock site which is pretty much the same price all in all (maybe £50 cheaper).

    Pegasus 650 Pentium M 740 (1.73GHz), 1GB / 80GB / DVD Writer & 15.4" TFT

    (RAM - 1GB DDR2 533MHz RAM, HDD - 80GB HDD (5400rpm), OS - Windows XP Home, WARRANTY - 3 Years Collect & Return, CASE - Standard Case, OPTICAL DRIVE - 8x DVD (+/-) Writer, WIRELESS - Intel Pro Wireless A/B/G, COLOUR - Matt Silver, ADDITIONAL SOFTWARE - None, GRAPHICS - NVIDIA GeForce Go 6600 256MB, STANDARD SOFTWARE - Roxio, Works v8, BullGuard & Office Trial, 3G DATA CARD - Free Vodafone Mobile Connect)
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    RE: Help buying a laptop... 2006/07/18 00:59:33 (permalink)
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    well the Dell ill say is well speced too, i am NOT doughting that, im just giving you choice.

    But, as GPU's are doing ALOT of the work for nearly any grahcis intensive stuff, the Go 6600 will give ya more bang for your £.

    Other things, like you can turn the 6600 crad off, giving you 3 hours of wirless battery life, so if your jst buggering about in the house on the internet, very handy.

    You can upgrade the HDD to a 80gb 7200rpm for anbout 50 quid., or upgrade the Ram to 2gb, the basic comes in at £939, so you could choose.

    BIG difference is the screen 15.4” High Definition WSXGA+ TFT Screen (1680 X 1050 Res) you would see the difference a mile off that way.

    Its very thin, and weights only 3kg.

    Also, i know its not big but Roxio 7 for foree is a very handy piece of software.

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    RE: Help buying a laptop... 2006/07/18 01:11:02 (permalink)
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    ok, without putting too much pressure on, I'll probably end up taking your advice as you seem to know your stuff and I wouldn't know the difference between one or the other. If I settle on this one for £1117.06 would you consider this good value and lets say I filled the whole 80gb hard drive (which I'll unlikely ever do) how would this differ to having the 7200rpm hard drive? If I choose I can either have 2gb ram or 7200rpm, but I can't afford both.

    Final spec at the moment is...

    Pegasus 650 Pentium M 760 (2.0GHz), 2GB / 80GB / DVD Writer & 15.4" TFT

    (RAM - 2GB DDR2 533MHz RAM, HDD - 80GB HDD (5400rpm), OS - Windows XP Home, WARRANTY - 3 Years Collect & Return, CASE - Standard Case, OPTICAL DRIVE - 8x DVD (+/-) Writer, WIRELESS - Intel Pro Wireless A/B/G, COLOUR - Matt Silver, ADDITIONAL SOFTWARE - None, , GRAPHICS - NVIDIA GeForce Go 6600 256MB, STANDARD SOFTWARE - Roxio, Works v8, BullGuard & Office Trial, 3G DATA CARD - Free Vodafone Mobile Connect)
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    RE: Help buying a laptop... 2006/07/18 01:41:50 (permalink)
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    Its a bit strange actually, as to get the most out of more ram you need a faster HD......hard to get the balence right, but i personally would go for the larger faster HD, plus say in 8 months time you can always buy more RAM ans EASILY fit it yourself if you should think you would need it.

    This is a pretty good review of it, i rmember looking at this model when i was buying (its not the latest model), but it was rated as the best thing to buy for about 7 months by reviewers ( i ALWAYS remember this as i bought a different Lappy 2 weeks before it was released and i was pretty peevd about that!")

    http://www.trustedreviews.com/article.aspx?page=4691&head=0
    post edited by cu3ed - 2006/07/18 01:42:32
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    RE: Help buying a laptop... 2006/07/18 10:29:00 (permalink)
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    Right, I think I'm going to go for it. Shame they only deliver to the card holders registered address, that means I'll have to travel to pick it up but oh well.

    Thanks for your help, much appreciated
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    RE: Help buying a laptop... 2006/07/18 12:01:39 (permalink)
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    I've just bought a Toshiba for £500, 15.4" screen, dvd burner, 512mb ram, wireless built in.

    Toshiba do some really good machines for the 500 mark.

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    RE: Help buying a laptop... 2006/07/18 13:20:26 (permalink)
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    How does this one compare? I notice the rock has ddr2 ram whereas this just has ddr, is that a big difference?

    http://www.meshcomputers.com/Default.aspx?PAGE=PRODUCTCONFIGPAGE&USG=PRODUCT&ENT=PRODUCT&KEY=90541
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    RE: Help buying a laptop... 2006/07/18 13:38:56 (permalink)
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    Well your first mistake was getting a fujitsu-siemens, believe me, the things I could tell you.

    If your gonna get a dell, then you have to get the extended warranty because the things getting clapped out after a very short time.

    TBH, I think you should look for an acer, they're a little more expensive but worth it.
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    RE: Help buying a laptop... 2006/07/18 14:25:01 (permalink)
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    Putting it simply its jjst not AS fast, would be noticable but only when running things like media player, or anything to do with photos and music really.

    The screen isnt as good, though yes it is better than the first.

    And the Graphics cards isnt just as good.

    All thoughs considered is abit cheaper, so it is still good for the money.

    And yes Acer do well in tests too.
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    How does this one compare? I notice the rock has ddr2 ram whereas this just has ddr, is that a big difference?

    http://www.meshcomputers.com/Default.aspx?PAGE=PRODUCTCONFIGPAGE&USG=PRODUCT&ENT=PRODUCT&KEY=90541

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    RE: Help buying a laptop... 2006/07/18 14:33:48 (permalink)
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    Is ROCK a reliable company that makes their laptops well? When I bought my FUJITSU-SIEMENS AMILO D8820 I bought it purely because the spec was so high at the time (4-5 years ago) but despite it having a great spec it was/is actually pretty sluggish and the dell's I've used with a lower spec have performed much better which has always made me wary of going for a laptop based on the spec. THe Rock has double the RAM of the Dell, so it's very tempting, and you say the screen and graphics are better too, it also has a bigger hard drive. So theoretically I should go for the Rock, but I thought that when I bought the laptop I have now and it's disappointed me. Therefore I'm not sure exactly what to do, it's difficult to convince myself to buy a laptop with a lower spec for the same price as a higher spec, but maybe it will perform better?
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