Guide me..(In buying laptop)

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  1. Newkid

    Newkid Spyware Fighter

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    Hello frnds !

    At the top, a very very happy new year to all of you. :D

    Frnds, am about to buy a new laptop for myself. Please guide me which brand shall I go for ? There are so many brands in the market and every one is complaning that their product is good as compare to price and functionality. I went thru lots of website for product reviews but no where I could find information which can help to reach the conclusion. So, laptop experts please help me out..

    Earlier, I had a IBM i Series thinkpad which is quite good and handy but my sister took it from I last month.

    Basically, I need the machine for developing purpose. I need machine which is handy, light in weight, good resolutions, Wi-Fi, good backup and have configurations where I can run server like Apache, Oracle Application Server etc and etc.

    So far so am leaning towards IBM ThinkPad T42( 5.7 lbs, Intel Pentium M 1.70 GHz, 512 MB DDR SDRAM, Price Range: $1589-1875). Will it be a good choice with respect to all (specially price) ?

    Any comments and suggestions are most welcome.
     
  2. Notok

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    IBM (Thinkpad) and Sony (Viao) are probably the best, next to that Dell is OK, stay away from Compaq and the others, though. Whatever you decide to go with make sure you call their support line and make sure that the support is not in India.. nothing against India, but I've heard too many bad reports about people trying to get support from staff that doesn't speak english very well.

    Go with the Thinkpad if you can, though. Last I knew they were still the best :)
     
  3. Robyn

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    I have just ordered the new Samsung M40 HWD 745 Notebook

    Microprocessor : Intel® Pentium® Processor 1.8GHz-M
    Display : 17" Widescreen LCD : at 1440 x 900, 16.7M Colours
    Standard Memory : 512Mb PC-2700 333Mhz DDR RAM
    Hard Disk Drive : 80 Gb
    Optical Drive : DVDRW/CDRW
    Graphics : nVidia GeForce FX 5200 with 64Mb DDR RAM
    Multimedia : 2 x 1.5 watt stereo Natural Surround 3D sound
    Modem : V.92 MDC Modem
    Wireless LAN : Built-in 802.11b/g 54Mbit
    I/O Ports : 3 x USB 2.0 Ports, 4-pin Firewire, IEEE 1394 Port, RJ-45/RJ-11 (Internal LAN/modem) DC input, CRT connector and S-Video out connector
    Lithium ion Battery : Up to 6 hours with power management enabled
    Dimensions (WxHxD) : 360.1 x 265 x 23.9

    Weight : 2.99kg

    I have added another 512Mb RAM to give me 1GB. I have seen the notebook and it is incredibly thin and ultra light as this was very important to me. I had the NEC Versa P440 but have only just placed my order today for this new one. Samsung screens are very good (I also have their TFT monitor for my desktop)
    The keyboard is set back with good space in front for working.

    I am not sure what the cost of this is in $ but it works out around £1750 for me. I will only be using this as a home user but thought I would post it in case it was useful. I know someone who has used this as a server/developing in conjunction with his main PC.
     
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    Cheeky B***ard!
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  5. Blackspear

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    Just make sure whatever you purchase, that you ask about an extended warranty that covers all components (screen included), you can generally pick up a 3 year warranty for about US$200

    Make sure it is a "Mobile Processor", these are designed specifically for laptops and will give you the greatest amount of battery life.

    There are also various grades of screens, so worth checking out the specs.

    Hope this helps...

    Cheers :D
     
  6. BlueZannetti

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    Yep. Excellent advice.

    My story - bought my wife a laptop this year. Got a 3 year full warranty. She unwrapped it, pulled it out of the case, and dropped it on the floor, about a 3 foot drop. It had been in her possession for 2 seconds - at that point I felt like a genius for getting the warranty. A week later, a few things started to act up, one thing leads to another - next thing I knew it was time for a motherboard replacement. Service guy comes to the house at 6:30 AM, pops a new mobo in, makes sure it's working, and he's gone before we leave at 7:30 AM. All warranty covered. They do make sense for laptops.

    Blue
     
  7. Blackspear

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    Just make sure that the warranty covers “Accidental Damage”, as MOST do not. We sell 2 lines here in Australia that have 1, 2 and 3 year warranties that cover accidental damage. All the rest and I mean ALL, come with 1 year "Return to Base" warranty that does not cover physical damage.

    Cheers :D
     
  8. BlueZannetti

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    Exactly the option I purchased - worth every penny!

    Blue
     
  9. Newkid

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    Thanks you all for your time and comments.

    Notok, If you little bit specific about Sony model then it would be great.. I have heard that it comes with 13.3-inch screen size.This is not out of line with the product's price, but is smaller than the average notebook on the market today. As far as Dell is concerned then yesterday, I had read lots of bad reports about their service. No doubt, in price they are really cheap as compare to other brands..

    Will do Blackspear... Thanks for this wonderful tip... :thumb

    Robyn, first of all am not a gamer and secondly your machine appears little bit costly in my eyes. May be it suits your requirement... Anyway.. Thanks for your input.

    Guys am more concerned about the cost, functionality and service. I had seen few models ( specially DELL and HP-Compaq) are providing almost the same functions as IBM have at a very low price tag. But, I also read lots of bad reports about their support and services which is real worry for me..

    Below are the specification of IBM Thinkpad T42:
    Will it worth @ $1700 ? Is anything anyone would like to add in it ?
     
  10. Blackspear

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    Make it a single stick of RAM as you can add another 512 at a later date if you want, remember there are only 2 RAM slots in a laptop. And check those warranty fine print details ;) :D

    Cheers :D
     
  11. Notok

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    Indeed, warranty and service are very important. I've heard nothing but good reports about Sony's Vaio (Viao?) line (including quality of product), but I had no particular model in mind.
     
  12. BlueZannetti

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    Actually, my wife's laptop is a Dell. I'd assume that field support is subcontracted and I can see that the quality could be variable. In my locale, it seems first rate from my experience.

    Blue
     
  13. Newkid

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    Sure.. I'll do.. :) The max supported RAM in this machine is 2 GB.

    May be Blue... I never used DELL made laptop. What I had mentioned here, I knows only by browsing. Majority of people who bought DELL machine are not in good shape with respect to their support and services. For the last couple of years, I've been using IBM Thinkpad i Series which are really good in terms of all. That is why am prefering IBM machine.

    Being younger child of the family have to obey the elders orders.. so I gave that machine to my elder sister with a promise that in new year( obviously 2k5) dad will buy a new one for myself...:D
     
  14. BlueZannetti

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    Well, if those were the orders I received, I'd darn sure be first in line to obey - and the Thinkpads are first class pieces of hardware.

    Blue
     
  15. Newkid

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    Thanks you all..

    Today, I had receive the IBM ThinkPand T42 by post.

    Moderator please close this thread.

    With Thanks!
     
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    Thread closed by the originator of the thread

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  17. BlueZannetti

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    And with that, we close....

    Blue
     
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