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Old 08-07-2008, 05:18 AM   #1
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I'm saving up to buy a laptop - mainly for my business, so everything is portable and accessible. Guess it's a good reason why anyone would want a laptop.

Only issue is, I don't want to spend any more than $1,000. Or at least, I want to avoid doing so. Now, my thoughts currently are that Dell has the best value, and Toshiba and Asus have the best quality laptops. I have found a great deal at Dell, for $700 I get 2.00 Core 2 Duo, 2GB 667mhz RAM, 160GB SATA HDD, Intel X3100, DVD Burner, and all the basic laptop gear (wireless, bluetooth, etc). I personally hate Dell, and I'm sure you can relate to me there - but this is a pretty convincing deal (Inspiron 1525).

Do you guys have any suggestions? I'd like to use the laptop for basic activities, and perhaps a little bit of gaming (but it appears that X3100 can handle games like COD4 fairly well, so anything at or better than X3100 I'm happy with).

Oh, and having little experience with laptops, I'm just wondering if reformatting laptops work exactly the same as with desktop PCs? I mean, if I reformatted the Inspiron 1525 and installed XP Pro, would I have any issues?

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Old 08-07-2008, 05:24 AM   #2
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If you're using this notebook for your business, I highly suggest you check out the Lenovo Thinkpad R and T line.
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Old 08-07-2008, 05:28 AM   #3
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While the Lenovo laptops look cool and are probably great quality, they're all too expensive too and without many advantages over this Dell deal. But thankyou
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Oh, and having little experience with laptops, I'm just wondering if reformatting laptops work exactly the same as with desktop PCs?
No difference at all.

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While the Lenovo laptops look cool and are probably great quality, they're all too expensive too and without many advantages over this Dell deal. But thankyou
This is a consumer notebook. The Lenovo Thinkpad line was designed specifically for business use.

http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/c...8E19B36EC665A7
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Old 08-07-2008, 05:35 AM   #5
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The one in my topic post - Inspiron 1525.
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Old 08-07-2008, 05:37 AM   #6
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Just noticed that. In the future, please don't edit your posts. Just reply with a new one.

This makes it much easier to read.
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I didn't modify anything to do with the Dell laptop - I just edited my post to add the last sentence regarding the reformatting of laptops.

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You could also look at HP's business line. Most of their notebooks could suit your budget.

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i used to hate dell, but as long as you dont go for the cheaper ones then i highly recommend them
also google around for the 10% discount codes
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All of the above are great suggestions, especially dude_se's idea to google for discount codes.
I have a Toshiba 13.3" u405-2826 that came with Vista Business (I upgraded to Ultimate). Games decently, but I absolutely love it for my work. 4lbs. sleek and I was able to get it at Best Buy for $749.00.
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If you go to college then you can usually buy from your school and get discounts. This is something great that my dad taught me. He works at a research unit at WSU and he can get like 15% discounts from Dell.

Regardless, look at the cheapest Dell XPS, they're pretty light and you can't fit it for under 1k. Like J said, go take a look at HP's line. They'll let you customize it and everything. There's a lot of choices out there. I would also recommend looking at some Acers.
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I've never really liked HP - and their prices don't seem too brilliant. Is there anything that has similar value to Dell?
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Nothing I'd recommend.
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If you want a business laptop, then Dell's latitudes are the way to go. I personally don't like dell. Im an HP guy, b/c you can get better specs for lower prices and i had a HP laptop for 3 years with no probs. HP is cheaper than dell almost all the time. Just remember, the smaller the laptop, the more expensive its going to get. I would personally get a dell latitude or an hp business laptop. I never go for toshiba or asus. I think its better to go with the name brands.
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I beg to differ - HP laptops are more expensive than Dell it seems. They might have better quality parts, but you don't really know until you try out the laptop. I'm looking at a $1,200 HP laptop that has no features that the Dell Inspiron 1525 for $700 doesn't, and all the specs are worse.
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I beg to differ - HP laptops are more expensive than Dell it seems. They might have better quality parts, but you don't really know until you try out the laptop. I'm looking at a $1,200 HP laptop that has no features that the Dell Inspiron 1525 for $700 doesn't, and all the specs are worse.
Are you referring to the HP notebooks I linked to?
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I just bought a dell inspiron 1420 and I like it way better than the hp dv1000 i used to have. I just hope the dell does not break down on me 4 times like the hp did.
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well i have one of the inspiron 1525 notebooks you have been looking at and it feels pretty solid i wouldnt reccomend anything from toshiba as they are not as quality as you would expect

i recommend A delll , although look at the XPS line beofre buying as there are sometimes some decent offers on there , especially if you wanna game cos although the X3100 can play cod4 it wont be able to play it very efficiently whereas the XPS line has dedicated graphics

also look at the vostro line and the lattitude line as they are the business laptops aimed at the business sector and so may be more suited to your needs
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Are you referring to the HP notebooks I linked to?
No, just HP notebooks I found myself / their standard prices. Either way, you can see that HP has less features for more money.

@Muz, dcjose20 - Thanks for your tips. I had a look at the vostro and latitude line, they definitely look very strong and reliable however probably not the type of laptop I'm looking for. As much as my laptop will be used for business purposes too, I will of course be using my laptop for movies, games, etc. I found that the Studio 15 Laptop looks great, and by spending $1500 I get blu-ray, HDMI, dedicated graphics (3450), and lots of other features. So far it looks like it'd be that or the Inspiron I looked at originally.

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