I currently have a Toshiba Satellite that has a broken monitor, that's going to cost more to fix than it's worth. I need something, preferably under $600, that is compact/lightweight (anyone who has or seen a Toshiba Satellite knows how large it is...I want something lighter and more compact). I was looking at a Netbook with GPS, which would be perfect if only it included a DVD Writer/Reader. I travel a lot, and usually take movies along with me, and instead of filling up the hard drive with dvd-rips I have to have a DVD-rom/writer.
- 6 or 9 cell battery
- Win 7 or Win XP (don't like Vista...)
- Card Reader
- Built in web cam
- 160 GB HD / 4 GB RAM (at least...)
I don't know too much about processors, what's "good" and what's "bad" qualities.
03-16-10, 06:14 PM
Not sure what screen size you're looking for (they make multiple sizes of the satellite line) but this laptop (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+-+Laptop+with+Intel%26%23174%3B+Pentium%26%23174%3B+Processor+-+Vintage+Brown/9700741.p?id=1218152460142&skuId=9700741) that a friend recently bought seems to be a lot of bang for the buck.
It's a 16" screen, but is thinner (1.4") and lighter (5.6 lbs) than comparable Satellite.
Includes a 6-cell battery, Win 7, SD Card Reader, Webcam, 500 GB hard drive, and DVD Burner. In the short time I was working with it, I was impressed with the speed. Not too much junk software comes preinstalled either, which is nice.
$549 at Best Buy
16" is pretty huge for a traveller.
I'd personally get an Asus UL20A and tote around a separate DVD drive ($50) but I know that solution doesn't suit most people.
If you don't mind another toshiba: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834114798 -- is a pretty solid all around laptop with a surprisingly powerful i3 processor.
Edit: How about this guy -- http://store.microsoft.com/microsoft/Lenovo-IdeaPad-U450p-3389-2EU-14-inch-Notebook/product/860C8186 -- for $448 it's a steal, 14", DVD+/-RW, and runs a ULV processor (Good performance with excellent battery life. Vastly superior to the Atoms in netbooks)
03-17-10, 08:47 AM
^i was gonna recommend the Lenovo too.
03-17-10, 10:56 AM
I have a Dell M1330 I really like. Has all the bells & whistles you describe & didn't cost much. The Dell Outlet usually has some pretty good deals.
Thanks guys, I'm thinking about going with that Lenovo you guys recommended.... Any idea if that processor is good enough (regular Internet browsing, watching videos, DVDs, etc)? 1.3GHz Core Duo -- My old laptop had a Intel Pentium Dual-Core Mobile Processor T3200 (2.0GHz), whatever that means? I'm guessing Core Duo processor is better?
03-17-10, 12:14 PM
That processor is just fine. I have it running on an Asus UL80VT and it does all normal tasks just fine, as well as games.