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Old 10-28-2005, 10:34 AM   #1
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Default May need a new(er) laptop. Need some input.

Yes this is random I am just looking for input. Ok so my Powerbook may have bit the dust. It completely lost power and has been shipped off to a company for diagnosis and hopefully servicing. In the meantime I am preparing for the worst of having to buy a new laptop. I certainly cannot afford a new one and the few new ones I can afford are most likely crap. I am open to getting a PC as well. My price range would hopefully be $500-800. Don't really have many needs other than it have at least 40 gigs, be plenty fast for basic computer needs, smaller case (light) yet sturdy and be wireless capable or at least have the PC card slot. I don't do much more with it besides basic internet, office, photo management and gps with it. There are a couple options I like so far:

IBM Thinkpad T40- I really like Thinkpads and their quality. This is the most recent model that seems to fall in my price range.

http://reviews.cnet.com/ThinkPad_T40...9.html?tag=sub

refurbed 12" Powerbook G4- I really do like Macs and this machine seems plenty capabale for what I need. It is a very compact machine but is still a bit pricey when I add an Airport Card and some more RAM however.

http://www.wegenermedia.com/121al.htm

I am also aware of sLpFhaWK's ibook for sale, might consider it if powerbook is dead. I am just looking for more options and input in the event that I do need to consider a new machine.
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Old 10-28-2005, 10:41 AM   #2
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If you want cheap and solid, go Dell. Stack some coupons (try www.gotapex.com or www.bensbargains.net )and you can get a very good deal. For example, I bought a 700m, 60gig hd, 512RAM, 1.7 Centrino and 2 year warranty for just under $800 shipped. Great hardware, mediocre (but functional) support. They have significantly cheaper setups, but IMO this is a great little laptop.

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Old 10-28-2005, 10:46 AM   #3
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I've had hit or miss luck with Dell. Some of their old laptops were indestructable, but I had a newer Inspiron that has had tons of problems. Nothing that's ever killed it, but enough to make it annoying and close to useless (dead battery).

I like the 12'' iBooks, especially if you can run them on a bigger screen at a desk. IBMs are pretty quality if you can get one cheap enoug.
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Old 10-28-2005, 10:57 AM   #4
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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!


STAY WITH MAC!!!!!

They are unbeatable I have the 17'' powerbook and couldn't be happier....
I am trying to pick up slphawk's Ibook for my gf because her DELL sucks ass

Going from a Mac to a pc you wont be happy..... lots of viruses, crap, and they don't hold their value
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Old 10-28-2005, 11:00 AM   #5
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IBMACvs.PCdebateandthreadgetsmovedtoOT
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Old 10-28-2005, 11:02 AM   #6
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Old 10-28-2005, 11:05 AM   #7
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^^^



Yep, Dell's the Mustang of computers. Inexpensive, powerful, dubious build quality, and people either talk about how crappy they are or how bulletproof they are.

FYI, I'm typing form a 1 year old Dell 600m, and I've never had a prob.
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Old 10-28-2005, 11:06 AM   #8
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My first choice is a Mac, I love em. Its just price is a limiting factor, Macs arent cheap! I have had my G3 Firewire Powerbook for 5 years. It now has a G4/550, 40 gig, 640 RAM, aiport, I hope they can fix it. Only thing wrong is the hinges are a tad loose (almost $200 to fix!). Honestly I like the idea of getting a smaller more compact machine (12"). I jsut want to explore my options since I may be under the gun next week when they diagnose my computer.
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Old 10-28-2005, 11:17 AM   #9
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FYI, I'm typing form a 1 year old Dell 600m, and I've never had a prob.

Yeah but you also ride a Ducati



j/k: as long as you ride, thats all that matters, it could be on a vespa lol
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Old 10-28-2005, 12:23 PM   #10
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Yeah but you also ride a Ducati
zing!

But I thought Macs were the Ducatis of computers... Expensive to buy, expensive to repair, always breaking, but beautiful and owners are hopelessly enamored...
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Old 10-28-2005, 12:44 PM   #11
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haha,

I have had my mac for 3 years, NEVER a problem, at all, no viruses, easy to use, and I can sell it for EXACTLY what i paid for it lol
now that is just awesome
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Old 10-28-2005, 12:52 PM   #12
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haha,

I have had my mac for 3 years, NEVER a problem, at all, no viruses, easy to use, and I can sell it for EXACTLY what i paid for it lol
now that is just awesome
I could say the same thing till this week except for 5 years. Now back on topic, looking for more ideas and input.
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Old 10-28-2005, 01:12 PM   #13
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zing!

But I thought Macs were the Ducatis of computers... Expensive to buy, expensive to repair, always breaking, but beautiful and owners are hopelessly enamored...
Nah, Macs are reliable. The thing with computers is no one makes their own parts any more, so it just depends on what bargin bin your maker grabbed its parts from. I don't think Dell makes any of it's own parts anymore ... at least a Toshiba or IBM has some homegrown parts.
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Old 10-28-2005, 02:35 PM   #14
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I don't think Dell makes any of it's own parts anymore ... at least a Toshiba or IBM has some homegrown parts.
How are homegrown parts any better? IBM "DeathStar" hard drive, anyone? All of these companies have the potential to make garbage parts, or to use junk rebranded from someone else.

Dell has proprietary parts made for all of its hardware: cases, keyboards, batteries, mainboards... A smartmove on their part was to stay out of the business of producing their own drives and such.

You need to decide for yourself what OS you want to use, otherwise this is a moot excercise. Obviously a Windows based PC will be cheaper, if you can put up with the shortcomings of Apple software and the higher price of admission then go for it.
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Old 10-28-2005, 02:50 PM   #15
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How are homegrown parts any better? IBM "DeathStar" hard drive, anyone? All of these companies have the potential to make garbage parts, or to use junk rebranded from someone else.

Dell has proprietary parts made for all of its hardware: cases, keyboards, batteries, mainboards... A smartmove on their part was to stay out of the business of producing their own drives and such.
They're not necessarily better, but it's easier to get opinions of a brand if they're using runs of their own products (particularly HDs/batteries in laptops), as opposed to somone like Dell who seems to change it's parts based on lowest cost almost every month.

Individually, yeah, they could all blow up, but if a company is consistently using the same parts you can at least find out how reliable they are.
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Dell is about as consistent as anyone else, and past history is a good way to determine reliability. Dell is midpack, which is better than most of the other options in this price range. Add an extended warranty (and buy with a credit cards that adds additional warranty), perform backups and you'll be in good shape.
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My first choice is a Mac, I love em. Its just price is a limiting factor, Macs arent cheap! I have had my G3 Firewire Powerbook for 5 years. It now has a G4/550, 40 gig, 640 RAM, aiport, I hope they can fix it. Only thing wrong is the hinges are a tad loose (almost $200 to fix!). Honestly I like the idea of getting a smaller more compact machine (12"). I jsut want to explore my options since I may be under the gun next week when they diagnose my computer.
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...ighlight=ibook

He was asking $750 but no takers at that price.
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Old 10-28-2005, 08:50 PM   #18
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Buy mine on ebay, only 3 hours, 44 minutes left!

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Old 10-28-2005, 08:53 PM   #19
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What's your reserve, bitc.. er, Will?
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Old 10-28-2005, 09:55 PM   #20
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Old 10-29-2005, 02:47 AM   #22
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Hey Wizzman the Ibook is still available, but it might not be as of this weekend. If you want it let me know i need cash more than parts for the wrx, so hit me up once you kno wut the deal is with your powerbook.
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