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Heyo,

So it's nearing time for me to buy a laptop for college. I've got about $1,000 to blow, although I can go a bit over, but I'd rather not...I gotta save some for my main rig/CDs pimp out service.

Question: Should I just order one now, or is there some OMG-GET-THIS lappy hardware coming out in two months that I should wait for? If I'm to order now (not literally now but you know what I mean), who should I look for? Dell seems to have the best prices (I hate to say it...), but I've always liked the Thinkpad laptops (Lenovo)...nice and simple.

Post it up baby!

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I'd say look on ebay for a Gateway FX series laptop (if you don't mind a big screen)

It's a laptop with a 512mb 8800GTS, in the $1300 (at bestbuy) pricerange. I've seen them go for ~900 on ebay. Amazing laptop...not the greatest processor but that is easily upgraded.

1000 for a lappy that out-games most desktops in the pricerange = win
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I have a $500 Toshiba laptop that I use for portable use. Its pretty nice since its cheap and I dont need the power in a laptop. Will you have a desktop at college? I would suggest finding a low end 14.1 in laptop maybe in the $700 range. There is really no reason to spend more unless you want to game on it or run really demanding tasks. If you have your desktop at college, it will be able to do that. As far as buying now or later, I would wait until you see a great deal
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Originally Posted by Mr_Me_II View Post
I'd say look on ebay for a Gateway FX series laptop (if you don't mind a big screen)

It's a laptop with a 512mb 8800GTS, in the $1300 (at bestbuy) pricerange. I've seen them go for ~900 on ebay. Amazing laptop...not the greatest processor but that is easily upgraded.

1000 for a lappy that out-games most desktops in the pricerange = win
No, a $1000 desktop will easily outdo that laptop.
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post #5 of 13
I can sell you my laptop for ~$1050 shipped

T7100 1.8Ghz C2D
2GB Ram
160GB HDD
8600M GT
Webcam
DVD-RW
Belkin Laptop Case (Cost me 70 Euro)
3in1 Card Reader
Windows Vista Business

Its also in virtually brand new condition...
Edited by SerenityKill3r - 6/7/08 at 8:06pm
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Morti:

I'll have my main rig with me...so yea, I'm good All I'll really be doing with the lappy is doing coursework, browsing the web, and some media (video and music). Planning on putting Ubuntu on it anyways, so that should help battery life.

Mr Me:

I'll check eBay

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Morti:

I'll have my main rig with me...so yea, I'm good All I'll really be doing with the lappy is doing coursework, browsing the web, and some media (video and music). Planning on putting Ubuntu on it anyways, so that should help battery life.

Mr Me:

I'll check eBay

~Gooda~
You should be able to get away with spending about $800.
    
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post #8 of 13
one of those fancy new atom netbooks should be good.
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post #9 of 13
I highly recommend going with an ultra-portable/thin and light for college, and even more since you will have your sig rig with you.

-Dell XPS m1330- $765, use the rest to get 4GB ram and bigger HD
http://cgi.ebay.com/DELL-XPS-M1330-L...QQcmdZViewItem
-HP one note- $763, if you want really small
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ard-_-34147673
-Asus U series if you want to turn heads, i couldnt walk away from it at best buy lol, a little pricey tho
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...k=&srchInDesc=

Just dont get a chunky notebook, my HP DV6000 is perfect for me and is not thick IMO but its 6lbs really adds up in my backpack.

Good luck
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post #10 of 13
Wait for as long as you can, especially since you have another rig.
Lenovo's going to roll out the new Thinkpads later this summer I think, though they might be at a premium price for a while.

If you don't mind paying a bit more for a laptop that doesn't have great video card (unless you get the T61p with a 8600), a Thinkpad is a great investment. It feels really solid compared to all the other laptops I've seen. And there's the best keyboard in the industry, along with the nipple.

Although I didn't spend much time on Ubuntu, the ACPI (power/management) under linux isn't as well developed as in Windows (no battery charge threshold for example), and I'm not sure you get better battery times with linux.
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