Which Laptop should I get??

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  1. KoopaTroopa

    KoopaTroopa OT Supporter

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    I'm going to buy a new laptop soon & I get employee discounting through my work.

    I can get a Sony VAIO laptop or get a Dell Inspiron. They also have Macbook Pro deals, but still out of my price range.

    Anyway, they're both the same basically & price difference of about $50.
    Everyone at my work has a Dell laptop & usually no real problems, if any.
    But I don't know anyone with a Sony VAIO laptop.


    Any quality issues with the VAIO??

    Sony Specs
    LCD Display:
    15.4" WXGA TFT with XBRITE-HiColor Technology and MOTION EYE White Camera
    Graphics Card:
    NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600
    Wireless Lan:
    Wireless LAN (802.11a\b\g)
    Processor:
    Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5600 (1.83GHz) ---> T7200 (2.0 GHz) is extra $100
    Memory:
    1 GB DDR-SDRAM (DDR2-667, 1 GBx1) ---> Extra 1GB from Sony is extra $100
    Hard Drive:
    160 GB Hard Disk Drive --> 200 GB HD is extra $50
    Optical Drive:
    DVD+-R Double Layer / DVD+-RW Drive
    Operating System:
    Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium
    Battery:
    Standard Capacity Lithium-ion Battery (BPS2B) --> Buy longer battery off eBay
    Pre-Installed Office Software:
    Microsoft Works 8.5
    Other Software:
    Norton Internet Security 2007 (Trial)
    Movie Pack:
    None Movie Pack
    Photo Software:
    Photo Standard
    Music Software:
    Music Plus
    Video Software:
    Video Standard
    Engraving:
    No Engraving



    Price is under $1380 shipped with tax. Says to call to get better price. I'd add another 1GB stick of RAM myself. Sony wants an extra $100 for it.
     
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  2. mb330ci

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    I have a Dell Laptop and haven't heard any negative news about the Vaio. What are you primarily using the laptop for? That may help sway you one way or the other with each laptops config.
     
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    I use an Inspiron E1505, been one of the greatest laptops I've had. My company uses Sony Vaios, they are decent, but overpriced.
     
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    That would help if I told you what I was going to use it for :o

    Basically it would be used as another PC, but not a total replacement for my desktop. Web surfing, video watching, and whatever. Probably won't burn DVDs with it, but can't say never.
     
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    Sounds like a 'basic' laptop is all you need. My next question is your budget. Get a good cpu, grafix card and the most RAM you can afford and go from there.
     
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    Budget is under $1500 with tax/shipping.
    Just priced the Dell and it's little over $1400. Similar to the Sony I posted above, but with Core 2 Duo 1.73, 2 GB of RAM, & longer life battery.
    I'm leaning towards the Sony.
     
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    Stop jerking off. Get an Asus, IBM, or Apple.
     
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    Sony Vaios are garbage... if you aren't going to go with the MacBook Pro, go with a Thinkpad
     
  9. KoopaTroopa

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    Here's a Dell Inspiron 1505 I just made.

    Module Description

    Inspiron E1505

    Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T7200 (2.00GHz, 4MB L2 Cache, 667MHz FSB)
    Operating System (Office software not included)
    Genuine Windows Vista™ Home Premium
    LCD Panel
    15.4 inch UltraSharp™ Wide Screen SXGA+ Display with TrueLife™
    Memory
    2GB DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHZ, 2 DIMM
    Video Card
    256MB ATI MOBILITY™ RADEON® X1400 HyperMemory™
    Hard Drive
    Size: 160GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM)
    Network Card and Modem
    Integrated 10/100 Network Card and Modem
    Adobe Software
    Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 7.0
    Combo or DVD+RW Drive
    8X CD/DVD Burner (DVD+/-RW) with double-layer DVD+R write capability
    Sound Options
    Integrated Sound Blaster® Audigy™HD Software Edition
    Wireless Networking Cards
    Intel PRO/Wireless 3945a/g
    Office Software
    No Productivity software pre-installed
    Anti-Virus/Security Suite (Pre-installed)
    No Security Subscription (Norton 30-day)
    Primary Battery
    85 WHr 9-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
    Warranty and Service
    1Yr Ltd Warranty and Mail-In Service
    Dell On Call
    No Dell On Call
    Internet Access Service
    No ISP requested
    Miscellaneous
    E1505 Dual Core
    Dell Digital Entertainment
    No Entertainment software pre-installed
    Processor Branding
    Intel Centrino Core Duo Processor
    Labels
    Windows Vista™ Premium




    About $1300 shipped because I found a $500 off coupon. Going to call Dell to see if I can add some kind of EPP discount as well. Ended up being cheaper through Home than EPP program :greddy:
     
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    Yeah, that Dell will be fine if you don't ever push your computer to it's limits.

    If you buy a C2D and a P4 is all you need, the laptop will be fine. Push it and pieces start failing.

    I'd bet half their laptops would fail out-of-the-box following a 24hr burn in.

    You should buy a used Lenovo rather than wasting your money on this crap.
     
  11. KoopaTroopa

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    I do get Lenovos through my company EPP as well :o
     
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    I wouldn't buy a Sony computer. They don't offer enough extra value for the money they cost. And surprisingly, a mirror-finish screen isn't the easiest thing to look at if...you know...there are lights on in the room.
     
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    Well shit, pull the fucking trigger on that Lenovo.
     
  14. KoopaTroopa

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    The discounted price isn't as great as the Dell EPP. I have until the end of the month to decide since the Dell $500 off expires then.
     

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