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So, I never actually got a birthday present from my parents...so I suggested that maybe they'd help me pay for a laptop. Mom said she liked the idea and would talk to my dad about it.

So, what's a good value laptop? I want 15.4 inch screen and I don't want an HP or Compaq. Preferrably not a Dell either.

I wanna spend somewhere around 1000 canadian.

I don't care about processor/ video card brands....but a true mobile processor (pentium m/turion) would be nice...

I don't want integrated graphics...

I dono if any of that will be able to be accomodated for the price...but I havent' been following lappys at all lately, so I need some help in the right direction.
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post #2 of 27
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I have decided to raise the budget a little bit..seeing as I could most likely just finance it if they have a good no interest deal or something....Pay most of it upfront and pay like 2-300 a month for a few months.

Budget is now 1500-1600. See what you guys can find me.

The one I liked was 16 something on ibuypower...but that's US...so I'm gonna keep looking.

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Well, if you get a laptop, you should probably outline what you are going to use it for.

I have a pretty powerful gaming machine at home, but my IBM T23 is wonderful. Thats because I dont expect it to do much but homework and web surfing, various circuit simulations and the like. I think if you go and get an IBM or maybe even a mac, you will be happy with the portability. I know that I really love being able to watch a movie or just spend 3-4 hours without a power cable in the library. Its just so nice not to have to worry about cables, at even though the T23 isn't the thinnest, its not gonna be a clunker like ANYTHING with a powerful graphics chipset.

I would say, go for a refurbished T42 or something of the like, maybe a VAIO (though IBMs are just tough as hell, and I dont think you will find a tougher and lighter [sans style] notebook out there). I have had two IBMs and love them to death.
    
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Any particular agenda against Dell? I think the m710 (12.1'' screen, VERY mobile) is a great deal. With laptops you will seriously appreciate a smaller one than a "desktop replacement." You're gonna want to take this on planes, and trips with you, so try to get a small one, and you'll thank me for it.

If you are insistant on getting a non-dell notebook, then consider an IBM, or if you can afford it, a Sony Vaio. Whichever you decide on, try to get the smallest one you can.
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post #5 of 27
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I was actually thinking IBM.

Let me outline my use though.

Some games. Nothing too extreme, as I can just turn down some settings.
Some light 3d work (maya, 3dsmax...that kinda stuff)
Obvs internet and browsing and stuff like that.
movies/music
I'll want wireless.
15.4" screen
a real video card.
and, I'm leaning towards a pentium m
Media Center looks like it would suit my needs as well...

The most important thing is it has to be PORTABLE! I want something that's lightweight and won't bother me to carry around sometimes.

I'll mostly be using it at home, in my bed/outside during the summer...but when I go out say on vacation...or to a shooting match...I'd like to have portable computing power. Plus college next year and all that lovely stuff.


Thanks for all that help.
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The Kraken is totally right, I went the PCIe graphics, DTR route for my laptop and ended up with a 10.5lb HP with a monster 17in 1680x1050 screen, an X600XT PCIe and a DESKTOP Pentium 4 530 Prescot lmao it was the single worst computer related decision I have made to date, I would go with a very thin and light laptop, I like Sagers they are usually pretty well built but a bit spendy, a friend of mine has one with a Pentium M 2.0 and an X700PRO and it literally flies, could almost keep up with my P4 3.0/X800XL gaming rig.
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How about this. Go to this site, type in the following information and you will get an employee discount to IBM. You can get the NEWEST IBM Thinkpad T series (1" thin man, 1 INCH!) for 1100 bucks. Fingerprint password reader, core duo, 512 megs of ram. That is a friggin RIDICULOUS deal.

http://www-131.ibm.com/content/home/.../epplogin.html

Employee Number:822241
Last Name: Wilson

And this is for family AND friends, so don't worry, its legit. At least look at it man, its a great deal. 1600 CAD is ~1400 USD, too, so thats pretty close to your price range.
    
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post #8 of 27
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Originally Posted by TheKraken
Any particular agenda against Dell? I think the m710 (12.1'' screen, VERY mobile) is a great deal. With laptops you will seriously appreciate a smaller one than a "desktop replacement." You're gonna want to take this on planes, and trips with you, so try to get a small one, and you'll thank me for it.

If you are insistant on getting a non-dell notebook, then consider an IBM, or if you can afford it, a Sony Vaio. Whichever you decide on, try to get the smallest one you can.

I want to actually be able to get work done...that's the only thing I have against small screens. I've looked around, and 15.4" screen laptops are not that big. As long as they're light, then they're easy to handle.
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post #9 of 27
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Originally Posted by killnine
How about this. Go to this site, type in the following information and you will get an employee discount to IBM. You can get the NEWEST IBM Thinkpad T series (1" thin man, 1 INCH!) for 1100 bucks. Fingerprint password reader, core duo, 512 megs of ram. That is a friggin RIDICULOUS deal.

http://www-131.ibm.com/content/home/.../epplogin.html

Employee Number:822241
Last Name: Wilson

And this is for family AND friends, so don't worry, its legit. At least look at it man, its a great deal. 1600 CAD is ~1400 USD, too, so thats pretty close to your price range.

WOW! I'll have to show my mom this in the morning, as she's the other half of my fund-age. That is a great deal. Thanks so much, and you're getting repped!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Remonster
The Kraken is totally right, I went the PCIe graphics, DTR route for my laptop and ended up with a 10.5lb HP with a monster 17in 1680x1050 screen, an X600XT PCIe and a DESKTOP Pentium 4 530 Prescot lmao it was the single worst computer related decision I have made to date, I would go with a very thin and light laptop, I like Sagers they are usually pretty well built but a bit spendy, a friend of mine has one with a Pentium M 2.0 and an X700PRO and it literally flies, could almost keep up with my P4 3.0/X800XL gaming rig.
I see we've made similar mistakes.

Are you sure a 14.1'' screen won't do you justice? I'm almost begging you not to make the same mistake I did.

As far as CPU's go, the new Core Duo, or Core Solo (probably more your price range) is recommended. I wouldn't get the Media Center Edition either, you'll probably regret that.

For HDD's, do NOT get a large HDD unless you intend to put in dividers. I lost a 100GB HDD and had to replace it with a 40GB. Don't shake your laptop when it's doing things, lol.
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