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Help me choose a Laptop computer!!!

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by DocGibby, Jun 17, 2000.

  1. DocGibby

    DocGibby Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    I know I've posted this before, so for those of you that have responded previously please bare with me and respond again if you'd like.

    Let me first start by saying I am going to purchase a laptop. Secondly, I don't want to spend much more than $1500 max. However I'm willing to bend a bit on that criteria. I'm basically looking for best bang for the buck on a budget. I'm utterly torn though, on expensive qualitly vs cheap trash.

    I want a system that can handle current
    and future applications with relative ease for at least the next 4 years. I realize this stuff goes obsolete before I get it out of the box. So, I figure a system with a minimum of 500 mhz should do the trick. What do you think? I could go bigger, but remember I'm watching the budget.

    So here's my request:

    Please sound off on your rants and raves of the various brands you've had the fortune or missfortune of owning. I want this thing to last worry-free for at least 4 years.

    Those of you with the AMD processors, do you find that they are as competent as Intel's Celeron?

    For those that know, would you recommend holding off on purchasing for another month (ie do you expect prices do start droping off considerably)?

    I heard nothing but raves for the Sonys and the Dells. However, we're getting closer to school and neither of these rather expensive systems seems to be dropping in price. They've been pretty stable for months. Is the extra cash really worth it? I they that much better in quality?

    I've heard a considerable amount of Compaq bashing, with only one person defending it.

    I'd also like to here from the toshiba people as well as the HP people. I've heard nothing about these systems or any others such as Acer, IBM ect....

    I know this is a mouthfull, but I'm really pulling my hair out over this. I'd appreciate any comments you might have to any of the above questions.

    Thanks


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    DocGibby
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  3. babytrey99

    babytrey99 Junior Member 10+ Year Member

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    Doc, have you thought about Apple's G3? I have friends who swear by the Apple products. They say Apple is easy to use, and much quicker than other computers/laptops.I also hear it's about $1500. I am seriously leaning towards it, but I am not ready to buy yet, more info needed. I mostly wonder if all programs are available in the Apple format. Hmmm. just thoughts, good luck
     
  4. Paul's Boutique

    Paul's Boutique B====D 10+ Year Member

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    Doc, goto www.cnet.com and check out their hardware reviews. I've used them in evaluating a scanner and digital camera, and I think they're great.

    They'll tell you their top pics in different categories of laptops: bargain, superpower, etc.

    Good Luck!
     
  5. Paul's Boutique

    Paul's Boutique B====D 10+ Year Member

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    By the way, I just checked cnet's Top-5 Leading Edge Editor's picks, and saw the Apple G3 (500MHz): I don't know where that previous poster got his/her #s, but the price that Cnet quoted was about $3500.

    Go to the site, and check their Top5 bargain notebooks as well as their $1500 and under category. I'd go with the Editor's picks, tho.
     
  6. DocGibby

    DocGibby Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    Sorry but I can't stand the Apples.

    Ironically, PB, it was Cnet's reviews which brought me to this crossroad. Some of their reviews were rather dated, unfortunately. However, it was the questionable reputation of the Dell Inspirion 3800 (as reported by customers) that led me to write this. I was torn on ponying up the nearly $2000 for one. When I can get the Toshibas (in some cases more powerful ones) for nearly half the cost. I was rather recently gung ho on the Dell, but I'm just having second thoughts on that price.

    [This message has been edited by DocGibby (edited 06-19-2000).]
     

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