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03-16-10, 06:40 PM
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, 07:14 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

03-17-10, 12:15 AM
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)

D.Pham4GLTE (>60GB)
03-17-10, 09:47 AM
^i was gonna recommend the Lenovo too.

03-17-10, 11:56 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.

03-17-10, 12:54 PM
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, 01:14 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.

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