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Old 02-06-03, 01:42 PM
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need laptop recommendations (prowerful but light)

I got 5k approved for a travel laptop. I got to china a bunch and need to run Pro-Engineer. So I need a quick machine with a ton of memmory and 3d graphic with 64 vram

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I would love to find something that is not huge and heavy. I travel supper light with only a backpack and dont want to have to carry a computer bag. I would also like good battery life.

I have never shopped for a laptop so I am now off to look online. Any input would help.
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Prowerful

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For just into the $3000's you can get an IBM T-Series

http://www-132.ibm.com/webapp/wcs/st...&dualCurrId=73

"Starting at 4.9 lb2 with a 14.1" TFT"
"Mobile Intel Pentium 4 processor-M at 2.4GHz "


If you go with anything smaller/lighter, it will be a pentium III processor


What is more important, size or power?
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power I guess but I hate the idea of hauling a big one.

I just was on dell and compaq now I am off to IBM
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The new Toshiba's come with a DVD-RW, so its very powerful and had a memory of 1gb!!!!
With P 2GHz, and you got yourself a machine that is very good!
and they have a lot of video memory!
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What's the lightest laptops get today when they are made for weight and not necessarily power?
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bfrank. Here's my thoughts.

You need a powerful machine, you want it to also be light and have a good battery life.

Unfortunately, not such a device exists.

The lighter you get, the less features you take with you... the more features you take, the heavier. It's causality and they do directly effect one another.

Find out what's more important.

I have a Dell Inspiron that weighs 8 lbs. Last year when I bought it, it was top of the line. I thought I needed power, but those 8 lbs do add up when you are carrying it around. (for school)

I ended up just saying to hell with it and never took my laptop too school. But I still need it sometimes, so...

I got a hold of a used Sony Vaio. One of those sub computers, it weights 3.5 lbs, has no CD-ROM or floppy, is very loud, tiny 12.1 screen, horrible battery life, about an hour or so, it's an older model, so it's much slower, but it's great.

Now it sounds like power is more essential to you... so I'm going to wager you will get a much heavier laptop.

Hope this helped a bit... doubt it did, but hey?
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The IBM T series might be your best option. Balance of performance and portability. Another option is the IBM X series or the Sony VAIO R505, but they are Pentium III laptops.
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jrobinson is right, if you want it light, you have to shed a few things from your wish list.Mostly is the processor power and the screen and those built in drives.And not forgetting the Video memory.The portables are not built to handle the games or the 3d grafics.
I don't know much about Powerbooks but maybe those are the ones you are looking for.
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Originally posted by zuffy
The IBM T series might be your best option. Balance of performance and portability. Another option is the IBM X series or the Sony VAIO R505, but they are Pentium III laptops.
Yes! The IBM laptops are very nice. A guy I do some work for has these IBM's. He's very happy with them. Total of three over the past few years. I'm not sure if they are the T series or X series. But they seem very sturdy and good machines.

The Sony I have is the z505, a P3 650mhz w/ 128 mb ram. Needs more ram. Anyways, downside is that it is really loud. The fan is friggin annoying!

Btw what is Pro-Engineer?

what are the system reqs for it?
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you stick your suits in a backpack as well?
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These may be a little bulky, but they are top of the line, and definetly fit your budget. Check out the laptops on www.alienware.com They are considered gaming machines, but they look really well, and use premium components (compared to a Dell or IBM)
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No suits when I travel!

Pro-e is a 3d cad program.

The video memory is the tough part. I like the Compaq EVO N800w for the all out system. But its big.

I could go for a PIII but need at least 32 m graphics. I am searching this option to day to see what I can find against the compaq

edit-

looking at this dell-
Lat C640
http://www.dell.com/us/en/biz/produc...latit_c640.htm

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