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Old 05-27-04, 10:06 PM
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Suggest a laptop: $1300 budget

My friend has $1300 to spend on a laptop. She said she's mostly going to be doing homework, listening to music, and watching movies. She said she wants a Sony or Toshiba, but please go ahead and suggest other brands in addition to those two if you find better ones (and I'm sure you will). The other things she mentioned are a 60 GB harddrive and wireless internet. 512 MB RAM goes without saying. So go ahead and suggest away! Thanks.
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Old 05-28-04, 12:19 AM
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Will she be moving carrying it a lot?
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Old 05-28-04, 01:43 AM
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$1300 can get you pretty much any brand name loaded laptop but the Dell Inspiron 600m seems to be popular here.
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Old 05-28-04, 10:04 AM
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I'd just go to Dell and play around customizing various laptops and put together the most bang for your buck.
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Old 05-28-04, 11:48 AM
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Originally posted by Ranger
$1300 can get you pretty much any brand name loaded laptop but the Dell Inspiron 600m seems to be popular here.
Yup. A couple of days ago I ordered the 600M for my brother-in-law. It came out to $1380 with the 10% coupon and another $116 for the additional RAM from Crucial. Pissed me off that same night, they released a 15% coupon.

I got him the Pentium M 1.5GHz
256MB RAM (I ordered a 512MB from Crucial for a total of 768MB)
60GB hard drive
64MB video card
802.11b/g wireless
128MB flash card
Dell nylon carry case
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Old 05-28-04, 01:28 PM
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Cool, I was thinking about Dell since I, myself, have a Dell Inspiron. I guess I'll go to their website and try to customize it for her, and then tell her to get some memory at Crucial since it's a lot cheaper than upgrading at Dell.
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Old 05-28-04, 01:32 PM
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Agreed on Dell. However, I would recommend holding off until July because Dell's fiscal quarter ends around July 31, and they tend to offer good deals prior to quarter end, I guess depending on whether they need the results to meet Wall Street expectations. Start checking fatwallet forums for coupons in late June and during July. I've saved a lot of money in the past on notebooks, PCs, a server, flat panels, and peripherals by timing my purchases to Dell's quarters.
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Old 05-28-04, 02:12 PM
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Cool. I think I will get an LCD for my gf from Dell in July time.
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Old 05-28-04, 02:37 PM
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You can also check out delloutlet.com for refurbs. My roommate bought one from there for around $800 that would have been around $1400 new. Had no problems with it, until it got stolen.
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Old 05-28-04, 03:17 PM
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Apple iBook. No brainer.

Match any PC feature for feature, it'll be smaller and lighter, and will run a real OS.

I personally use a 15" aluminum Powerbook with DVD-R. There is simply no better laptop on the market. But then again, I need to run a unix box AND commercial apps.

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Old 05-28-04, 08:28 PM
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This is what I am currently using...

http://www.circuitcity.com/detail.js...&oid=90863&m=0

It cost me $1449 after rebates and its a GREAT laptop.

The wireless G this thing comes with is strong as hell...I can pick up my neighbor's cable connection and he's almost an acre away.
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Old 05-28-04, 11:36 PM
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I love my 600m. For me the perfect balance of performance, weight, and cost.

I would suggest one thing. Unless you really need it for a reason, I would skip the bluetooth. There are many who had problems with it including myself. But still love the Laptop.
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600-700 bucks will get you a pretty nice Toshiba or HP or Compaq (after rebates)... Before I shop for a laptop, I always check FW.
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The Dell 600m looks really sweet. I may have to get one......
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