OT Computer Crew, I need a new laptop and some advice on which to get!

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    verbs New Member

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    [FONT=verdana, arial, helvetica]My desktop at home took a crap, and decide to get a laptop to replace it as I am never home.[/FONT]

    [FONT=verdana, arial, helvetica]First question is, what brands are best and which ones should I stay away from? Both my sisters have had bad luck with Dell, but someone else I know who runs a business uses nothing but Dell and likes them. He also has an account with them and gets about 20% off most computers, so that's one advantage for me to use Dell. He also suggested I look at their refurbs which are substantially cheaper than getting a new one, although they may be a year old.[/FONT]

    [FONT=verdana, arial, helvetica]The main use of this laptop will be to browse the internet A LOT to do research for my website, administer it, post on it, download information, backup my website's database etc. [/FONT]

    [FONT=verdana, arial, helvetica]I never play video games and do not plan on doing so ever, however I do watch media on the internet once in a while including an occasional DVD, and listen to some music which I would store on there as well.[/FONT]

    [FONT=verdana, arial, helvetica]I do own a cheapy base model Maxtor 160GB external hard drive which I can use for extra storage if need be.[/FONT]

    [FONT=verdana, arial, helvetica]I think the biggest needs for me are a fast internet browsing speed and downloading speed, as well as a good amount of storage. I do take my laptop with me outside of the house, and may have to travel with it, however, I would sacrifice portability for better functionality. Good customer service is also very important to me. If I have a problem with my CPU I'll need it taken care of ASAP. [/FONT]


    [FONT=verdana, arial, helvetica]So what types of things should I be looking for? What processor and processor speed do you recommend? How much memory? How big of a hard drive/hard drive speed? What type/size monitor? Software? Warranty/Protection services? I'm kind of clueless when it comes to building a cpu, any help would be greatly appreciated. [​IMG][/FONT]

    [FONT=verdana, arial, helvetica]Of note, I've never used apple my entire life, so I'm not sure if there would be a learning curve for that.[/FONT]
     
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    Buy Lenovo / Asus / Apple

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    FWIW my last three laptops (work laptops) have been the IBM T23, T30, and I just turned in my T43. They seemed to peform well. I just can't use them for my personal stuff. :o
     
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    IBM == Lenovo.
     
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    I was just looking at the IBM T61 .....I added the options I think I would need.
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    The options I weren't sure on were whether or not I would need protection warranty or customer, whether or not I needed to buy an external battery charger (I wasn't sure if one came with the CPU free), whether or not I should upgrade to the Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T7700 (2.4GHz 800MHz 4MBL2) from the T7500 with 2.2GHz 800MHz 4MBL2 for an extra $330. Is an extra .2GHz worth $330? I also wasn't sure if getting the WSXGA+ TFT monitor was worth an extra $75 and potential longer shipping time, or if 3GB total memory was worth an extra $330 or if 4GB total memory was worth an extra $680 since I opted for the 2GB option. There's a $50 option for "1GB of Intel Turbo Memory" which I didn't select either. For the same price as the 100GB 7200RPM hard drive I can get a 160GB 5400 hard drive. Not sure if the extra speed is worth the loss of 60GB of hard drive space.

    Thoughts? Yay? Nay? This price is before coupons or expedited shipping.
     
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    Yes I know, which is why I posted I had three thinkpads when you said Lenovo. :big grin:
     
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    iirc the T60 was a better deal... look at that one.
     
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    There seemed to be some great discounts on the T60 too....I should price that out too. Edit, NM, the same CPU priced out at $200 higher with the same options. Is there a big coupon code?
     
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    Is there a big difference between the Intel T7300 and T7500?
     
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    this only difference seemed to be just .2GHz processing speed.
     
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    Cool-there's a 4 week delay for the 500 and a 2 week delay for the 300.
    Thanks!
     

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