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    Want to buy a new laptop - any suggestions?

    Hey guys

    Figuring that many of you have good laptops you are happy with, so any suggestions in terms of brand or model?

    I will use it mainly for leisure (net, chat, e-mail) and maybe if I decide to take some classes in University

    Thanks in advance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reppy
    Hey guys

    Figuring that many of you have good laptops you are happy with, so any suggestions in terms of brand or model?

    I will use it mainly for leisure (net, chat, e-mail) and maybe if I decide to take some classes in University

    Thanks in advance!
    You should be able to find what your looking for on this site:

    www.techbargains.com

    I would always reccomend a Dell laptop if your looking for something inexpensive and reliable. I have owned several Dell laptops and they have all performed great. You should be able to get what your looking for under $600.

    Walooo

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    Quote Originally Posted by thegreatwalooo
    You should be able to find what your looking for on this site:

    www.techbargains.com

    I would always reccomend a Dell laptop if your looking for something inexpensive and reliable. I have owned several Dell laptops and they have all performed great. You should be able to get what your looking for under $600.

    Walooo
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    I'd say wait till your a student...

    I'd say wait till your a student to get the student discount, and I'd go with a Macbook.

    I bought my first Mac G3/400 Pismo Powerbook in 1998, and it still running along nicely.

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    I purchased a Compak Presario A900 from Future Shop last February and I have no complaints but this model may not be the rigth choice for you. I noticed that batteries only last a few hours before they need to be charged. This is not an inconvenience for me because I only use my portable at home.

    My only suggestion to you is to pay attention to the power pack (batteries) included with your portable.

    Yours truly.

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    Reppy, I would stick with a Windows machine as software is much more 'readily available' for one thing. Much cheaper for another.

    My preference goes towards Toshiba right now followed by HP/compaq. Acer are very cheap machines and we have had a lot of problems with them and only sell them as a last resort to people who are just looking for a low price. Dell are not bad but I'm really not crazy about them. I would also avoid any system that is loaded with Windows Vista Basic. That is a sure sign that it is an underpowered machine.

    originally posted by hairdeficient:
    I noticed that batteries only last a few hours before they need to be charged. This is not an inconvenience for me because I only use my portable at home.
    That's pretty much par for the course for battery time. You can't expect to run a laptop for 8 hours on battery power.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Techman
    Reppy, I would stick with a Windows machine as software is much more 'readily available' for one thing. Much cheaper for another.
    That might have been true when the Mac launched in 1986, but right now there are tens of thousands of pieces of software.

    http://www.versiontracker.com/macosx/ has a lot of them. Welcome to 2008.

    the Macbook has both iLife and iWork packages available which work beautifully.

    There is no windows system that comes close to matching MacOSX for ease of use, security, and grace.
    You are cordially invited to toss my salad. There's an app for that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by YouVantOption
    That might have been true when the Mac launched in 1986, but right now there are tens of thousands of pieces of software.

    http://www.versiontracker.com/macosx/ has a lot of them. Welcome to 2008.

    the Macbook has both iLife and iWork packages available which work beautifully.

    There is no windows system that comes close to matching MacOSX for ease of use, security, and grace.
    Oh, and one more thing.* I attend a lot of geek conferences, computer security oriented stuff. Care to guess what is by far the most popular laptop seen at these events??


    * yeah, i couldn't resist.
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    Go up to the Apple store and take in their free workshops to see what Mac is all about. I finally moved over to Mac a few months ago and it's great to not have to do deal with freezes, lock ups, crashes, and all the other good stuff that usually come with PCs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oliver_kloseoff
    my 2 cents with dell
    i particularly love when lets say your motehrboard blows and its obvious your computor is dead and you call dell
    after 25 minutes and 300 menus you get a guy from india with a 50 word vocabulary which starts with you have to open your computor and you proceed do the following-follow instructions test by test..do you see a green liggt--buddie the board is dead
    iguy from india-is it plugged in--me duhh +
    buddie im not a mexican tomato picker who fell off the wagon yesterday
    had a relative who had nothing but problems with dell

    a friend bought a dell and when memory went on special at futur shop was horrified to be told many tiems only dell hardware can be used in a dell

    oliver
    Tangentially, do you happen to know what 100% of all university graduates in India have done? They all have passed strenuous English language literacy tests.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YouVantOption
    Tangentially, do you happen to know what 100% of all university graduates in India have done? They all have passed strenuous English language literacy tests.
    Unfortunately the fact that they are literate does not make them any easier to understand for the average person who would have trouble with a native English speaker giving them instructions on how to fix their problem.

    And this has nothing to do with being racist, it's just a fact. I have dealt with so many outsourced telephone tech support staff from various companies, including Dell and MS, whose accent made comprehension next to impossible.

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    Agreed. The guy can be the most competent person in the world, if you can't understand him, he's useless. I had to deal with some British the other day and it was difficult so, Indian guys...

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