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    I'm looking to buy a name-brand laptop, but I don't know which name.

    I'm looking for a Windows laptop, not an Apple (already have one).

    This is not going to be a machine for gaming.

    This is going to be for the basics (writing papers, Internet, email, Skype audio/video).

    So with that in mind, I'm looking for low end, but still good/new enough that everything is quick/"snappy". Would that just require more RAM? I would assume even the lowest processor will meet my needs?

    Screen size? Around 14/15" would be preferred, but I won't necessarily rule out slightly smaller/bigger. But probably right there.

    Questions? Thoughts? Thanks!

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    Anything except Toshiba.

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    Anything except Toshiba.
    and e-machines.

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    If you're mostly going to be using it at home I'd suggest a small screen size and buy a separate monitor - make sure it has the same aspect ratio as the laptop. If you're taking it on the road all the time, get a decent size screen. I bought an HP a year ago and have been very happy with it.
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    If you're mostly going to be using it at home I'd suggest a small screen size and buy a separate monitor - make sure it has the same aspect ratio as the laptop.
    Agree. A netbook and an awesome monitor is a heck of a lot cheaper than a laptop.
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    There's only one name I can recommend anymore, it's the name I always mention, and then people counter with "but the ___ is recommended too." Then they buy the ___ and ***** and moan that I didn't stop them after they had their mind made up.

    The only (windows) laptop I will ever buy is a Lenovo. Pick a model, they are all equally decent, but especially this one: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2329027,00.asp

    I work with litigation technology consultants around the country. they get paid anywhere from thousands to millions of dollars by very high-end clients to make sure that the laptops used in court work all the time, every time.

    90% of the machines I see in this very intense and (computer) demanding environment are lenovos.

    I should also add that you should always get the extended warranty, especially if you get a laptop.
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    I have a Lenovo... It came with Vista but I punted it and loaded XP Pro on it.

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    I have a Lenovo... It came with Vista but I punted it and loaded XP Pro on it.

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    Also - Hicks, is your apple a recent Intel-chip one? If it specs out well for gaming, you can run windows on it natively with Boot Camp.

    But don't use Parallels or VMWare for gaming. running OS-in-OS virtual machines dramatically lowers performance.
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    This laptop will be used out and about, not primarily at home.

    I should probably add that I don't want to spend a lot of money on this. I'm thinking 3-figure price tag.

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    This laptop will be used out and about, not primarily at home.

    I should probably add that I don't want to spend a lot of money on this. I'm thinking 3-figure price tag.
    Rhe T700's little brother - the T500 - is running around $400 *off* directly from Lenovo.

    If you don't recognize the Lenovo brand, that's because it used to be called IBM and the computer division was sold. The new management has maintained the ThinkPad line's high reputation much to everyone's surprise.

    http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/c...small-business
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    Oh yeah, Lenovos rock. Plus they're pretty open-source friendly, so you can probably install Ubuntu on it no problem. You tend to pay for the high build quality, but that's expected.

    EDIT: Holy cow, that's an amazing price for a Thinkpad. I had no idea they were that competitive.
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    HP or Lenovo

    Basically, you want a laptop for basic networking needs.

    I would suggest a Netbook unless you plan on watching DVDs on it.

    Go to Dell or HP's website. Dell makes something called a Mini 9, and it is around $300 with XP installed on it. It has a small screen, but it does the trick.

    HP also has these mini netbooks as well. They are fast, ultra-portable, and ultra-cool.

    If you want a full-sized laptop, I'd check these out. You get a great amount of hardware capabilities for the amount of money you spend. They start at $599. HP lets you customize the lid and what-not at no extra charge right now.

    http://www.shopping.hp.com/series/ca...computer_store
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    Oh yeah, Lenovos rock. Plus they're pretty open-source friendly, so you can probably install Ubuntu on it no problem. You tend to pay for the high build quality, but that's expected.

    EDIT: Holy cow, that's an amazing price for a Thinkpad. I had no idea they were that competitive.
    Anthem! lol

    He said Windows.

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    I bought a Toshiba a couple days ago. Wasn't too expensive, looks to be pretty decent. I too am only using for paper and work type stuff.

    4gb ram, 320hd, looks clean.
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    I bought a Toshiba a couple days ago. Wasn't too expensive, looks to be pretty decent. I too am only using for paper and work type stuff.

    4gb ram, 320hd, looks clean.
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    Funny...just 10 minutes ago I learned that one of the Scholarships Jr. has been awarded includes a new Dell laptop.


    Should we turn it down?


    oh and if anyone needs one, I have an old IBM XT upstairs (she never throws anything away)
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    Funny...just 10 minutes ago I learned that one of the Scholarships Jr. has been awarded includes a new Dell laptop.


    Should we turn it down?


    oh and if anyone needs one, I have an old IBM XT upstairs (she never throws anything away)
    Nothing wrong with Dell. What model?

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    My wife'scompany bought her a Lenovo and it died a few days later, then sent her another one. It's small and cute. It seems kind of flaky too, sometimes she can't get her graphics design programs to start and has to reboot.

    That could be becuase the crappy IT people where she works just didn't set it up right.

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    Funny...just 10 minutes ago I learned that one of the Scholarships Jr. has been awarded includes a new Dell laptop.


    Should we turn it down?


    oh and if anyone needs one, I have an old IBM XT upstairs (she never throws anything away)
    I have a Dell desktop and a laptop. I've had one hardware problem with the desktop where the power supply went out. It was easy to replace but I had to buy the part from Dell. The problem I had with the laptop was caused by my own stupid attempt to remove some type of spyware or virus that wiped the drivers for the wireless mouse. No amount of installing and reinstalling could fix it, so we had to reset it to factory defaults with Dell's assistance. Overall it's a good laptop, but for the love of god see if you can get XP on it instead of Vista. Ours has Vista and I could cook a Thanksgiving dinner in the time it takes to boot up and be ready to surf the net.

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    Nothing wrong with Dell. What model?
    Worst Lemon I ever bought was a Dell.

    But I would still take a free one.
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    I clearly need help with comprehension. I read the first post and thought that this WAS to be used for gaming. After a quick re-read, I now see that this will NOT be a machine for gaming.

    I sill recommend Lenovo, but not the powerhouse I linked to above.
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    Shade's head just exploded. Anyone care to dig up the very first ROT IN HELL thread?

    Shade, why do you dislike Toshibas? Did btown force you to use one?
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    I too hate toshiba. Many many years ago, right after fire was invented I think, I sent a to****sa peripheral back to them to be fixed. It came back COD $50. I refused it. The next week it came back "fixed" although the only thing they'd done to it was put on a new faceplate. It still didn't work.
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    Worst Lemon I ever bought was a Dell.

    But I would still take a free one.
    Dell had some issues a few years back. From what I hear they've cleaned up their act since. But I still bought an HP.
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