Buying a laptop

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  1. Holadem

    Holadem Lead Actor

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    Hello people, I am looking at laptops for a friend, for mostly productivity tool like MS Office, and surfing.

    She found the following:

    Averatec brand
    1.6 GHz
    256 MB
    CD-read/write
    DVD-read only
    30 GB
    56K modem (plus 10/100 Network Integration Card, for cable or ethernet)
    Windows XP Home
    MS Works
    some Soundcard stuff and Videocard stuff
    12.1 inch screen

    $899

    Any experience with the Averatec brand?

    What do you think?

    Must-haves are floppy drive, CD burner and DVD player.

    What would you recommend for $900 (not a dollar more!!!)

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  2. Seth--L

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    That sounds overpriced. Is warranty included in the price?

    Checkout Dell. They have significantly better setups for the same price.
     
  3. Zen Butler

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    what kind of cpu is it? 1.6 ghz could mean anything. if it is the new pentium M dothan, it would be the steal of the century. i thought i could do better than that price on HP, so i just configured this machine...

    HP ze4800
    AMD Athlon(TM) XP-M 2800+ 2.133 GHz
    Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Home
    256MB DDR SDRAM (1x256MB)
    40 GB 4200 RPM Hard Drive
    DVD/CDRW Combo Drive
    Built in 56K Modem+10/100 LAN
    14.1" TFT XGA (1024 x 768)
    ATI Mobility Radeon(TM)
    Microsoft(R) Works/Money
    8 Cell Lithium Ion Battery

    $899 with $50 mail in rebate, final cost $849.

    you can spend/save a few bucks here and there, too. you can get a 15" screen for an extra $50, so that would be $949 - $50 mail in rebate. hope this helps.

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  5. Holadem

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    Thanks people. Right now, Best Buy and Circuit City have the Tosh A65-S126 for $850. Specs are:

    Celeron 2.8 GHz
    256 MB
    CD-read/write
    DVD-read only
    60 GB
    56K modem (plus 10/100 Network Integration Card, for cable or ethernet)
    Windows XP Home
    ATI video card or somesuch
    15 inch screen

    I am leaning toward this.

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  6. Greg*go

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    Does she want the bigger screen? With laptops, it is a pretty mixed opinion on what size the screen should be.

    And make sure that Tosh A65-S126 comes with a floppy. They are disappearing on laptops.
     
  7. Bob Graz

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    Floppies are disappearing for a reason. They are old technology with such limited storage capability that they are outdated. Mailing files, burning them on cd-r's or cd-r/w's or storing in a USB memory device are examples of better methods. If I never see a floppy again I'm fine with that.

    That Tosh does look like the best bang for the buck I've seen. In terms of reliability or support, I don't know what there record looks like. Hard to argue though with all you get for less than $900.
     
  8. Alf S

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    How about this Medion? I hear a lot of folks snap these things up like hotcakes when they are on sale (this week they are). Great customer service from the manufacturer as well. Sure it's $99 more, but appears to have more goodies on it.

    Found at Aldi's http://usa.aldi.com

    MEDION
     
  9. Thomas Newton

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    An internal floppy on one of today's CD-burning laptops is dead weight.

    If you must have a floppy drive, get an external one (proprietary or USB). Then you can throw it in a drawer at home when you realize that you are almost never going to use it.
     
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    I have a Toshiba that I use at home and on the road and love it. It's a 3.0 Ghz processor, P4, and has a modified Geforce 4 graphics card. Plays DVDs, video files, all without a hiccup. I love it. It's basically the laptop your describe with a better processor and more memory. I like it a lot, but the battery isn't the best. I get about 4 hours, and it heats up quickly.
     

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