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I currently have a e6300 Desktop computer now i'm thinking about getting a Core 2 Duo Laptop.

I'm going to have a look around at differen't brands. i was thinking of maybe getting Toshiba.

I plan to get a laptop with a Core 2 Duo Processor unsure of the model yet
2gigs of ram
and some kind of Nvidia Graphics card. What do yous think of getting a laptop?
    
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Sure thing. Laptops are great.

People are going to hate me for this, but if you're not planning on getting a high-end for gaming (I have no idea what your budget is), then Dell is great.

I have a E1505 and it's working great for me so far.
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What's your budget and the primary role of the lappy?
I have a Dell E1705 with a T7200 and a 7900GS GO, very nice.
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What's your budget and the primary role of the lappy?
I have a Dell E1705 with a T7200 and a 7900GS GO, very nice.
My boss is buying the Laptop and he likes to see the things before he pays for them. So that rules out dell since dell posts things.

budget in NZ dollars is preferably under $2500. I could squease more out of the boss but i don't want to push my luck.
    
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Sorry, kinda late on this one.
Since I'm a boss, you should try another tact. Several points:
1. Point out that in most cases, the software will cost more than the rig, and it can be installed on one machine only. My notebook has Autocad, Adobe Creative Suite, MS Office, and XP Pro (necessary to work with MS Server networking). Essentially, that's $6k worth of software I'd need x2 if I had a desktop too.
2. A powerful notebook has a long life cycle. A cheap one may not be able to run software you use a couple years from now.
3. A good laptop is upgradable, extending the life cycle. You can upgrade instead of replacing.
4. A good laptop has enough external ports to run anything you may attach to it: In desktop mode, I'm running 3 monitors (via matrox triplehead2go), two 100gig external drives via usb 2.0, wireless mouse, wireless keyboard, headset, and wireless networking. I also sync with my phone via bluetooth.
5. Point out that if you can take the laptop home, you are more likely to have everything you need to do work from your house to meet those deadlines. It's less likely you'll drive to the office to do this work if it's something quickly taken care of.

Last one is convincing him that online retailers are going to be much cheaper, have greater selection, and offer better products. Most stores you'd go to are geared toward home buyers, not businesses. If you find a business type store, they only carry name brands; which simply don't seem to be that good and are very limited rigs.

You'll also need to do some soul searching to figure out exactly what kind of machine you'll need. It's a delicate balancing act. Example: you can get a cheaper laptop and afford to get something like my 3 monitor setup for the office (really nice to have multiple apps open and see everything at once). The problem is that to save that money, you had to get something less in a notebook that may limit it's lifecycle by a couple years like onboard gpu and older chipset.
    
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