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PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2004 1:02 pm 
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Heres what i want/need in a laptop computer, please suggest something that fits most if not all of my criteria.

15" xga (don't need wide screen)
no gaming needs - don't need a gaming gpu, just decent 2d performance,
tv out dual monitor support - ie. browse internet on lcd and play movie on tvout as a separate monitor(can Intel onboard graphics do this?)

battery life/portability - around 4lbs w/ thin profile would be ideal, thinking pentium m(perferably dothan)

harddrive speed/size - min 40gig 5400rpm, prefer 60/80gig 7200rpm

Ram - 512MB, if only 256 I can always upgrade myself

basic dvd/cdrw drive

no legacy ports needed, ps/2 might get used by a keyboard

decent audio - headphones/lineout/mic (volume and play controls would be nice)

firewire

communications - 56modem, 10/100ethernet, wireless g

uses:

internet browsing
chat
wordprocessing, general school use
music downloading/playing/burning
video playing, dvd,divx
light dv-video editing of homevideos

good quality build and stable hardware is what i'm looking for,
ibms have excellent build quality i hear but out of price range
dells have good price/performance/features but some have quality issues
no clue about any other brands

budget - trying to stay under 2 grand canadian

anybody that knows any good places in edmonton to shop please refer


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2004 1:06 pm 
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I've liked the various Toshibas I've worked on - can't say that for the IBMs I've had.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2004 10:17 pm 
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yes, i was looking at the tecra but noticed it did not have any firewire on it and only 14" screen. The satellite on the other hand had all the features i want except no pentium m. Besides battery life is there any other cons associated with the non mobile P4 chips? I've heard heat to be a concern on some models, is this something to worry about?


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2004 10:18 pm 
King of All Voodoo2 Cards
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You're in Canada correct? If so, then I'd suggest this laptop:

http://www.eurocom.ca/products/showroom ... del_id=139

15"
Intel Centrino
Radeon 9700 with S-Video TV output, and VGA output

It'll go up to 8 hours on the optional 12-Cell battery

There's an option for a 60GB 7,200RPM 8MB HDD if you want a 7,200RPM drive.

The max RAM is 2GB and you can order one with one 512MB stick and throw in another one later.

There's a DVD-ROM/CD-RW Combo drive, or an optional Dual Format DVD-+R/RW burner if you want to drop the loot for it.

1 Firewire port

56K Modem, Gigabit Ethernet, and 802.11b/g Wireless.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2004 5:53 am 
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Hmmm....I have similar requirements, my current laptop is an older IBM A21m (desktop replacement). for my next one, I am going to go thin and light! for the first time in my computing life :wink: I am considering a Powerbook. I have a couple friends who recently converted and they LOVE IT!

build quality is great!
design is better than the wintel boxes out there (IMHO)
performance is great for productivity and the apps you are looking to use it for.

...just a thought...


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 30, 2004 7:53 pm 
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Eurocom eh? Have you had any experience with this company? The specs look good. Since i've never heard of them i'd be little reluctant though.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 2004 4:32 pm 
King of All Voodoo2 Cards
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chsmn wrote:
Eurocom eh? Have you had any experience with this company? The specs look good.


They're just another reseller like Alienware, Sager, VoodooPC, Pro-Star, etc so it's technically the same product with different company logos, paint jobs, stickers, etc.

http://www.resellerratings.com/seller6984.html

chsmn wrote:
Since i've never heard of them i'd be little reluctant though.


I had never heard of the company I bought my first laptop from, but that's because it was the first time I had ever bought a laptop. Most people tend to think of Dell, Gateway, ShitPaq, and HP because they simply never bothered to pick up a copy of Computer Shopper and take a good hard look at the alternatives out there.

Let the punters buy the mass produced crap being pushed out there, personally I prefer something a bit more exotic.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 02, 2004 6:00 am 
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Flytrap7 wrote:
Let the punters buy the mass produced crap being pushed out there, personally I prefer something a bit more exotic.


word 8)


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