Basic Laptop

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  1. ww_Crimson

    ww_Crimson New Member

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    It's been a while since I've really looked into PC parts and Laptops and what not so I feel I'm a little behind on things. I'm looking for a pretty basic entry level laptop for not too pricey.. I've been hearing Lenovo is pretty good. How about other brands?

    I don't plan on doing _any_ gaming on the laptop so it doesn't need any kind of video card really. I mostly just want to use it for surfing the net, listening to music, watching movies, etc. Ideally I want good battery life although that's not a major requirement. If there is something that comes preloaded with Windows XP that would be my preference as the little experience I've had with Vista I didn't care for.. I'm scared to format a laptop as I don't know how hard it is to find driver packs and whatnot, however, the option is still there.

    I'd like to spend less than $500 if possible, a maximum of $700.
     
  2. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    ever think about an EEE PC 900? although it lacks a dvd drive
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    good battery life, super small, no moving parts, can get one preloaded with xp

    i'd recommend a thinkpad/lenovo if you could find one you like for cheap
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    $680 gets you a very well-equipped lenovo t61 with intel gma graphics. If you're not doing gaming or HD content, then it'll be fine.
     
  4. DatacomGuy

    DatacomGuy is moving to Canada

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    While I agree that the T61 is a great lappy, where did you get that price from?

    743.25 from Lenovo direct..

    http://shop.lenovo.com/us/notebooks/thinkpad/t-series

    Curious.. I know someone that would jump on this in a second..
     
  5. deusexaethera

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    Is that one of the new ones that has a screen that actually fits the top panel? What's the screen size on that one?
     
  6. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    yeah, the 900 has a has an 8.9" screen. also is 900mhz, 1gb ram, and can have a 20gb drive for preloaded linux or 12gb drive for preloaded xp
    but it costs $549

    the original is going for $299, but has a 7" screen, 2gb hard drive, 512mb ram, preloaded linux. good enough for web surfing though

    i really wonder if the wifi chipset on the eee 900 will support LEAP authentication. i'm pretty sure it is a an atheros based chipset, so it should work
     
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    ThinkPad T61 15 Widescreen
    Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor T8100 (2.1GHz 800MHz 3MBL2)
    SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop version 1012
    15.4 WXGA TFT
    Intel GMA X3100 GM965
    1 GB PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz SODIMM Memory (1 DIMM)
    UltraNav (TrackPoint and TouchPad)
    80GB Hard Disk Drive, 5400rpm
    CD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo 24X/24X/24X/8X Max, Ultrabay Slim
    Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG
    No Bluetooth
    6 cell Li-Ion Battery
    6465: Express - 1 Yr Depot Warranty
    ======================
    Sub total: $1,020.00
    Savings: ($ 255.00)
    ===================
    Sale Price: $ 765.00
    Coupon: ($ 76.50) ( 10%)
    ===================
    Total: $ 688.50


    Use coupon : USPSAVEMORENOW
    for an additional 10% off t-series configs.



    Granted the machine I built was the lowest specs, it's still a t-series, and it's still good. Add a few bucks for a dvd burner (if you want one) and then spend $28.99 for a 2GB stick of memory to give you a total of 3gb (HERE). Then it's a pretty darn good machine.
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    Honestly, for that much money, you're better off buying a real laptop.
     
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    DatacomGuy is moving to Canada

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    Agreed. Spend the extra $100 on that Lenovo.
     
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    Hell no, don't buy a VAIO. They wear out faster than Dells do.
     
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    i've never worn out a laptop, and i use them excessively.
     
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    You must handle them with kid gloves then. I do too. Most people don't however. Lenovos at least are durable.
     
  14. bilmind

    bilmind Licka' Licka' High

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    Jump on that T61 deal. I order those for my folks and they are excellent machines, especially for the price.
     
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    sony vaio's are shitty.
     
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    bilmind Licka' Licka' High

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    true statement.
     
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    Nice thing about VAIO is that they at least thing about ergonomic design.
     
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    the vaios I've used are mostly square with hard edges, and horrible keyboards with no tacticle response. They're essentially the exact opposite of ergonomic.
     
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    The trick to ergonomic is lots of plastic and lines and ridges.
     
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    this thing is pure sex
     
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    the opposite of the macbook pro, got it :mamoru:
     
  22. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    that is a damn good deal, however he will have to load winxp onto it. not sure if he's comfortable with that. i'm sure we will see a thread in the next couple of weeks "need driver help with my T61"

    although he might like ubuntu, i know i do
     
  23. Hate Crime

    Hate Crime Don't Hate OT Supporter

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    Lenovo at least provides a utility to download software and drivers made for their PCs(system update).
     

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