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Posted: 9/8/2004 5:28:19 AM EDT
Dad is looking at a laptop as a substitute for a PC cos you can surf the net anywhere at home etc.

What brands do you recommend or advise against?

What features should we look for?

Should we get the Centrino or Pentium 4? Whats the diff?
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 5:30:36 AM EDT

IBM or toshiba

Link Posted: 9/8/2004 5:30:43 AM EDT
IBM,HP, P4 with at least 512RAM
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 12:46:24 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 12:49:39 PM EDT
Thinkpad (what I'm on at the moment - 5 years old and still going strong)

a touch more expensive but so much better in the long run.

try www.pcconnection.com , they often have closeout models

Link Posted: 9/8/2004 12:51:25 PM EDT
I've been using a laptop for the last year, and love it.
It's as fast and has as many options as a desk top, plus I can take it anywhere.
Heck, it's what I'm on right now.
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 12:53:47 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Troy:
Last, no matter what, pay for at least a 3-year warranty FROM THE MANUFACTURER (no 3rd-Party warranties).

ditto +100000000
Make sure the warranty covers the LCD. Some don't.

Link Posted: 9/8/2004 1:00:52 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 1:06:36 PM EDT
Using an IBM Thinkpad R40 right now and for the last year. It has been the best computer I have owned and the only thing I have used for the last year. The wife uses the desktop now. I love it because I can take it anywhere, was only a little bit more than a comparable desktop, and I can do things like I am doing now: Sitting on the couch watching a movie and playing on my laptop with my wireless connection to my internet service. Can't beat it as far as I'm concerned.
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 1:12:25 PM EDT
Stay away from Dell!!! and this is why!!
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 1:53:55 PM EDT
Centrino Thinkpad
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 2:26:44 PM EDT
IBM (best, lightest, most expensive)
Dell (good service, good systems, cheaper than IBM)
HP (good service, decent systems)

I have several Dell systems. All of my HP systems are now junked. I wish I could afford an IBM.
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 3:14:09 PM EDT
I haved had IBM Thinkpads (work supplied) and now an HP, both are nice.

I have a personal Toshiba, and am very satisfied with it. Just bought my daughter an HP for college.

Laptops will do most anything a full size desktop with do.

My company no longer has desktops for most of the employees. Went to laptops, and they bring them home for quick access 24/7.

Good case is a necessity.
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 3:21:35 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/8/2004 3:21:57 PM EDT by urbankaos04]
BUY AN IBM THINKPAD. They are worth the money.

Just and FYI: I have a 5100 series Dell. Unfortunately, I have found out that this thing has heat issues that I was not aware of. Dell doesn't acknowlege this because then they would have a class action lawsuit on thier hands. When using my HELL latop for extended periods, I can FEEL the heat being generated. So, DO NOT BUY A DELL. The only reason I bought a HELL is because the IBM Thinkpads are EXPENSIVE. But, if I would have known then what I know now, I would have said "screw it" and purchased the IBM.

Here's a big F-U to DELL, aka HELL, for trying to hide the defect in ther 5100 series laptops!
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 3:25:58 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 3:34:41 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 3:35:44 PM EDT
As a rule Dell is the least expensive both new and used. IBM was running a sale on their site a couple of weeks ago for an I believe T21 or T23 certified that would fit your needs perfectly.
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 3:36:21 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/8/2004 3:39:45 PM EDT
You want a Pentium M, which is specifically designed for laptops, and give similar performance with less battery drain than the P4.

Get the fastest you can afford with as much memory as you can cram into it.

HP and IBM are great. Those are the two I have direct experience with.
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