Anybody have an opinion on HP notebooks? Looking at the BEST!

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Any experience with HP notebooks?

    Was going to buy a IBM Lenovo, but I can get
    a little more bang-for-the-buck with the
    dv1000t,their top-of-the-line dual
    core processor
    notebook.

    It starts at $1k, but after upgrading to 2 gigs of ram
    a 100 gig hard drive and extra warranty protection I am
    at double the price.

    Anybody own or have owned an HP?
     
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    $1,000 for 1 GB ram, a hard drive upgrade, and an extended warranty? what a rip.

    this has better specs for $200 cheaper. and they don't force you to pay the windows tax if you don't want to. i bought a laptop from these people, and they were more than helpful.

    CJ
     
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    Since price is not a factor for Ron, and he wants the best, I'd say his first decision is portability vs. features.

    A heavy (9+ pound) multimedia laptop with a 17+ LCD screen, and every feature known to man, might be Heaven to a gamer or HTF user who moves it very infrequently.

    The same machine would be Hell to someone who has to lug it on lots of business trips.
     
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    The $1,000 is probably for more than that. I went to that site. The $1,000 is for a machine with a single-core CPU, and I'm pretty sure that the $2,000 must have included one of the dual-core upgrades.
     
  5. Ronald Epstein

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    Gents,

    I want a dual-core processor. I have 3 choices:
    Dell, IBM LENOVO or HP. I am not
    a huge Dell fan. The Lenovo lacks
    a few features I wanted and the HP seems
    to offer a little more bang-for-the-buck.

    The price is expected to be in the $2K range just
    because of the processor. I'm also going with 2 gigs
    of ram because I use high-intensity programs and I
    want to make sure my notebook is VISTA ready.

    I already own a $2K notebook from 2 years ago.
    It's a monstrous Toshiba satellite with a 17" screen.
    It weighs about 10 lbs. and it's very difficult to
    tote around and use on airplanes.

    I know very little about HP quality which is why
    I'm asking if any of you have experience with their
    notebooks.

    Also...

    Is it worth spending an additional $250 on a warranty
    that includes 2 years accidental damage replacement?
     
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    I just picked up the HP dv1000 from Best Buy for our preacher, and he is loving it. Right now, I'm weighing the 3-year service plan from BB or the one from HP (accident protection, etc.)
     
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    you certainly have more than 3 choices, unless those are the only companies you choose to buy from. are you only willing to look at laptops from these companies?

    CJ
     
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    Christ,

    No, I am not limiting myself, bt it is my understanding
    that these are the only major companies dealing with
    dual-core processors for notebooks.

    Please correct me if I am wrong.
     
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    well i'm not sure what you consider major companies. i realize they are the most recognized names among computer manufacturers, but realize that NONE of the brands you listed make their own laptops. this shouldnt scare you off, i'm sure they all make quality machines. but you can get a much better deal by buying from places like discount laptops, sager notebooks, or probably the most respected site, pctorque. you may not recognize many of the names listed, but you wouldnt recognize the real manufacturers of dell, ibm, or hp laptops either. and their service and support plans are usually far better (and far cheaper) than your normal ultra-large supplier like dell or hp.

    look around those sites, you can get great deals on what you are looking for. i'm looking at discountlaptops.com now, and they have a ChemBook 4262 for a great price. if you're looking for the new intel core duo processor, yonah is another name for it, it may not say on the summary page. they have dual core athlon64 machines there too, but probably too large for you, you said 17" notebooks were too big for you.

    i bought the 12.1" pronote 201-m from discountlaptops.com hundreds of dollars cheaper than a comparable machine from any large "manufacturer". there are deals out there, check around. hope this helps.

    CJ
     
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    Christ,

    Greatly appreciate the recommendation.

    I have heard that most laptops are made by one
    or two main companies.

    I have a lot of reservations about buying not only
    a brand (Chembook) I have never heard of, but from
    an outfit known as discountlaptops.

    I actually priced their Yonah (Duo-Core) unit and
    it came out within $100 less than the HP that I
    priced. Not a substantial savings that would entice
    me to go with a no-name company.

    Their 2-yhear complete warranty was only $75, which
    is fantastic, but how reliable is the company on
    repairs?

    I guess it comes down to piece-of-mind that there
    is a lot of money being spent here and that I'd
    rather go with a known brand.
     
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    yeah, most laptops in the world are made by the same 5 companies. asus, apple, msi, clevo, and there's another one i'm forgetting.

    concerning the "name", i can't remember the last time a well-known company took care of me. if anything, it would make me want to go with a smaller seller. their reputation is on the line. these companies are only "no name" companies to people who have never been in the market for a laptop.

    check out notebook forums and notebook reviews, you will see that names like sager and msi are very well respected, more often than big name companies.

    ibm/lenovo machines are built better than probably any other machines, it's the only big name laptop i'd buy. best of luck whatever you choose.

    CJ
     
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    There is also Apple. The MacBook Pro has an Intel Core Duo processor. If you're willing to consider a Mac OS X system (it doesn't run Windows in any supported way, at least not yet), it might be a possibility.
     
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    Seems that people love their Asus computers, espcially the "built on" models, or "barebone", etc... These are the basic notebooks that resellers like pctorque or istnc.com, etc.. take and add your CPU, memory, wireless card etc... great bang for the buck.

    Definitely check out the forums mentioned, and enjoy the pissing contest some of the resellers have with each other--Rick at ISTNC is just about the only guy that doesn't participate in those battles.

    All that said, I ended up with the HP DV1000, didn't need the core duo.

    To keep your price lower, get the bare minimum memory unless they are running a special, and add it yourself. You'll probably cut the price in 1/2 compared to what HP will charge.

    You could also upgrade your HD--it's all very easy with a laptop, you don't have nearly the huge volume of choices compared to a desktop.

    Compal and Quanta are other manufacturers of laptops (the HP ships directly from Quanta overseas--it says Quanta right on the box).

    And regarding your desire to be Vista ready--well you probably know by now that its release has been delayed into 2007. I wouldn't overload a laptop now for something that "might" come out in 2007. You can always upgrade memory later...

    WRT extended warranty, just buy the computer with a credit card that doubles your warranty automatically--cost, "priceless"... [​IMG]
     

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