Laptop choices

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  1. TenzoR

    TenzoR She is hot hot hot

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    I'm helping a friend to look for a laptop to take to Japan, but I'm not sure what to recommand since I have to worry about user friendly (consider the person VERY VERY Computer iliterate), warranty/service, and the OS must support international language input, etc

    The price has to be below 3k~ CAD

    I've narrow it to

    IBM T42
    - Great Quality
    - Iffy about the warranty while the unit is oversea
    - High Price

    Compaq/HP NC6000
    - Good Battery Life
    - A bit cheaper then IBM but not by much
    - Iffy about the warranty while the unit is oversea

    Sony S series
    - Sony Quality :ugh:
    - Great looks compare to dull IBM/HP/Compaq
    - Good Feature
    - Overprice as usual

    Dell Latitude D600
    - Iffy build quality
    - Oversea warranty is offered through extra warranty
    - Very cheap (Compare to others)

    all of the above would have WinXP Pro of course which leaves me wonder about Japanese language support. I know it does support it but till what extend I'm not sure.

    Now another choice I thought of is the Apple PB 15"
    - Great Look
    - Friend would have to learn new OS (although she still doesn't even know how to navigate windows so thats beside the point)
    - From what I gather really good international support/services
    - Expansive
    - Iffy build quality (the Ti book was good but the new Al book are not as good)
    - OS support multiple language

    so help me out guys ..
     
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    The IBM is a solid machine. Something that you can put through almost anything, and IBM's are built to last.

    It was either the T41 or 42 that won a Linux Journal award just recently so if you don't want to stay with windows it wont be too hard to switch.
     
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    Second for the IBM. You may pay a bit more but you will not regret it. They are easily the highest quality notebooks out there. Compaq is also excellent but their lineage is slowly being diluted with rebadged HPs which are sub-par. Dells are nice but a bit flimsy. They keyboards feel cheap and rattle along as you type. Sonys.. well let's just say that Sony Music IT uses Thinkpads. Sony computers are made for folks who think Best Buy is a good place to but a PC.

    Apple? No thanks. I'll leave em to eccentric graphic artists who absolutely MUST have a purple computer on their desk to be productive or the studio musicians where the majority of the heavy apps are Mac based. Most of that user base also has to have a separate PC so they have connectivity with the rest of the company. Pain in the ass it is.
     
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    Third for the IBM.
     
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    1st for the Dell. Like you said good price, good warranty and you know they offer overseas warranty unlike IBM. My boss has the D600 and it's great. Very light and easy to use.
     
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    I second the Dell, I cannot say much for the price of the 'overseas' warranty but they provide great service to our branh in Gernamy.

    We have several D600's without any issues.
     
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    IBM or a Mac great quality in both...
     
  8. TenzoR

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    I like IBM as much as the next guy but the warranty troubles me, I can't find anything abou tit on the IBM.ca website. Maybe I'll call them

    it's pretty much between IBM, Dell and Apple.
     
  9. PurelySwift

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    My father owns that same dell Latitude and he uses it when he travels all the time. It's a great computer.

    As for Sony "Quality" as you mentioned above, I've owned a Vaio Laptop for 2 years now and have been very happy with it. Sony warrenty/cust service has also been very good to me.
     
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    Scoob_13 Anything is possible, but the odds are astronomica

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    Who the hell says that Latitudes have "iffy" build quality? :ugh: Inspirons I don't like, but the Latitudes are solid, and inexpensive for what you can get.

    And I would never suggest a Vaio :o
     
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    comparing to IBM and Compaq. The Dell does use a cheaper grade of material.

    I've loved my old Compaq Evo N610C. It was solidly build.
     
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    Another vote for the IBM. I just got a T series and LOVE it.
     
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    well I've narrowed it to two choices. The choices I made are for compatibility, ease to use reason. Although I wanted to push for the T series but I can not overlook how difficult it is to use WinXP's default language pack to write Japanese.

    I've narrowed it to

    Apple PB + a small tablet to write

    and

    Toshiba Portege M200 Tablet PC /w the Language Recognition Package.

    I believe either these software will suit my friend perfect. Instead of fumbling with trackpads, and keyboard typing she can just write it with a pen.

    Thanks for the help
     
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    My old Compaq (dont remember model PIII 1ghz generation) was horrible, quality, support etc.

    My company used Compaq exclusively for a year or two after the HP/Compaq take over. But we has so many problems we switched to Dell and have had VERY little issues, and when we do they fix them no questions asked...

    I have a MAC Powerbook, but I do not use it enough to judge its quality yet. But MAC people love their MAC's... (Why else would they still be in business)

    I cannot give a first hand opinion on IBM but they have a great following.
     
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    i have not used the HP/Compaq Pavillion or Parsario (spellling?) to give a proper judgement. I've only been using their business line of notebook including the Evo Series. Which I find the be excellent built.
     
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    So you came here for help on a decision and then decided to go completely in a different direction from what we offered as our recommendations.
    :fawk:

    Oh well though, the Toshiba isn't bad but the writing recognition isn't that great, and the actual tablet doesn't have a very solid feel to me. But if it works with you :bigthumb:
     
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    I gotta go with the Apple. Apple laptops are incredibly good, and Mac OS is at least as easy as Windows to learn.
     
  19. TenzoR

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    :hs:

    Well I'm taking her around to check out the laptops. Maybe she won't like my suggestion. Like I said, I've consider a lot of stuff. Maybe she will end up with a T series. It's her money.
     
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    try posting the question in the mac shack forum here on OT. there are several apple employees that are active there. one of them should be able to tell you for sure.
     
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    Is alright. GO with the apple though.
     
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    just got back from laptop shopping
    damn futureshop employee are like vultures and kept bugging us about question WHILE we were discussing something, hell they even interrupted us once'n while. It was so bad we just left.

    However, here is some new criteria I've gotten from them today.

    Laptop has to have a big screen 15" was what we are looking to have as a minimum. She does not mind 6~lb laptop. It was not too heavy as long it's decently thin.

    She tried out the OSX (17" PB). The international support is so much easier to use then WinXP!!! Anyways took me a while to get it setup and changing it back and forth. So far she is leaning towards the PB.

    However when I got home and played around with WinXP, I got the language set up so she can use the mouse to write Japanese. Windows does a good job of recognition.

    So now she is stumpled. Between the sleek PB which she has to point and click using the on screen language tool or using the WinXP handwriting on screen pad.

    Gonna give her time to decide and will probably put an order by the end of the week. And I just found out, money is not an issue :o
     
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    oh for the PC based laptop, it will be either Toshiba, or Dell or IBM.

    T series still have a chance :o
     

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