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OK, my friend has just been economically stimulated and needs a good laptop. He has $500 to spend, so let me know what the best deal out there is. I am a desktop man myself, so i am not up of price vs. performance on laptops, so I need some help. I will be posting this in the AMD section too just to get a feel for both sides of the road.

***edit: Also, must have XP (of vista) for an OS.

He is mainly going to use this for interenet and work related applications. (m/c diag software and tuning etc.) DVD and WiFi are a must. Also, if it makes a difference, this will spend most of its life in a shop, so if there is anything built a little sturdier, well....
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EEEpc. For 500$, you can't get much, at least not here in Canada.

I'd tell your friend to wait for the EEE900 with the Atom.
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Atom will win

Here's this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834101148

Browse Newegg
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Thanks for the replies. He needs it asap, so no waiting. I can search newegg and such, but I am not familiar with what is a better deal than others. Also, I was hoping someone would know of a closeout from Dell or something like that. If worse comes to worse, I will get a recert from the egg. I should have added it needs to have XP as an OS.
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Ignore both suggestions for an Atom or EEE PC--they'd be a waste given what you mentioned it would be used for (also, why spend $400 on a notebook with a single-core Celeron M? The eee is not a bad idea in principle, but in practice, it turned out to not be such a great contribution to the mobile computing arena, with a tiny screen, poor battery life, and no optical drive on the current models). The eee's that I've been able to find available don't come with an optical drive--which is one of the OP's "musts."

eee is crap unless you have no money and only want something to carry around with you to check email (I'm sorry, that sounds harsh, but given the price, it's totally not worth it)--or if you have excess money and want another toy to walk around with. Plus, if your buddy is going to be working on it in his shop, he'll probably want a slightly larger screen than 7" LOL. Gonna be hard to read the stats off of that thing...

Here's a dell available at best buy in store only: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1202650401237

It seems to have everything you mentioned, with very decent spec's.
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Ignore both suggestions for an Atom or EEE PC--they'd be a waste given what you mentioned it would be used for (also, why spend $400 on a notebook with a single-core Celeron M? The eee is not a bad idea in principle, but in practice, it turned out to not be such a great contribution to the mobile computing arena, with a tiny screen, poor battery life, and no optical drive on the current models). The eee's that I've been able to find available don't come with an optical drive--which is one of the OP's "musts."

eee is crap unless you have no money and only want something to carry around with you to check email (I'm sorry, that sounds harsh, but given the price, it's totally not worth it)--or if you have excess money and want another toy to walk around with. Plus, if your buddy is going to be working on it in his shop, he'll probably want a slightly larger screen than 7" LOL. Gonna be hard to read the stats off of that thing...

Here's a dell available at best buy in store only: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1202650401237

It seems to have everything you mentioned, with very decent spec's.


That looks like a great deal. There is a BB right down the road and they have it in stock. Thanks
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go to best buy this week they have a dell 15.4", 2Gb ram with a pentium 2370, good deal
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That looks like a great deal. There is a BB right down the road and they have it in stock. Thanks
No problem--hope it suits the needs well!
    
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Thanks guys. He ended up getting one on sale at BB. I had to laugh as the clerk finally found one in stock, but it happen to be "optimized" by geek squad and would be $40 more. I asked him what they did to "optimize" it and all he could come up with is "Ya know, they get rid of all that junk on the PC." When I proceeded to ask for a list of "that junk" or a description of what was actually removed, he couldn't answer. I then told him that I would be happy to purchase that laptop, but there was no way in hell I was paying $40 extra for a service you can't even lie your way through. I can just picture what would happen if I tried that with a customer at out motorcycle shop. "Well sir, I can't tell you exactly what you are paying for, just that it is better." Lol, what a joke.
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Thanks guys. He ended up getting one on sale at BB. I had to laugh as the clerk finally found one in stock, but it happen to be "optimized" by geek squad and would be $40 more. I asked him what they did to "optimize" it and all he could come up with is "Ya know, they get rid of all that junk on the PC." When I proceeded to ask for a list of "that junk" or a description of what was actually removed, he couldn't answer. I then told him that I would be happy to purchase that laptop, but there was no way in hell I was paying $40 extra for a service you can't even lie your way through. I can just picture what would happen if I tried that with a customer at out motorcycle shop. "Well sir, I can't tell you exactly what you are paying for, just that it is better." Lol, what a joke.
Nice, glad it worked out (and hopefully the guy likes the notebook).

It angers me the stuff that BB (and stores like it) try to get away with--good thing you're not some average, un-knowing person. I recently went to a certain store that rhymes with "Dircuit Dity," and asked about certain notebooks having 3GB of RAM still being dual-channel RAM--the response I got was, "Oh, yes sir, all of our notebooks have dual-channel RAM." I said, "how do you know?" The sales person said, "well, you can see right here (pointing to the sales card) it says 'DDR2', that means it's dual-channel..." I wanted to ask if he knew what dual-channel meant, but I decided to drop it...

This was going on at the same time another sales person was trying to talk some middle-aged guy into buying an nvidia 8400gt for gaming...the guy asked, "is this a good card?" The sales person said, "well, nvidia makes the best video cards, so yeah..." Bahahahahaha! What a joke...
    
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