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Old 08-23-05, 11:08 PM
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Which laptop to get?

I'm between these two.

$500 GQ ZX-5572 Intel Celeron M 1.3GHz;15" XGA TFT, Dimensions: 12.83" x 10.17" x .99"/1.26" [front/back]
Weight: ~2.6kg/5.7 lbs

$572 COMPAQ M2105US Presario Notebook PC
AMD Mobile Sempron Processor 2800+ (1.6GHz) with PowerNow! Technology / 15" Brightview LCD
Unit Dimensions - 13.15" (w) x 10.80" (l) x 1.78" (h)
Unit Weight - 6.5 lbs.

Everything else the same. 256MB DDR;40GB HD; DVD/CDRW, wireless Internet, 10/100 jack.

So which one to get?

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Old 08-24-05, 12:14 AM
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I really don't care for either brand, but I guess I'd go with the Compaq. If you're torn between them over specs, I suggest going to wherever store they're being sold at and get a feel for the laptops. Like see which keyboard layout you're more comfortable with.
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Well, the more expensive one is technically better. However, I don't know if it's $70 better.
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If you can't decide between two models get the cheaper one.

I would go with lower weight, all things being equal.

If battery life is important check out which one has the longest length.
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If these are the only 2 choices then go Compaq.
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I got that Compaq about a month ago before I knew that every place that sells computers would be offering this same model for $550 every single week. It's a solid little laptop though, and does everything I want it to do without issue. The thumb pad gets a little hotter than I'd like, but other than that, I love it.
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Old 08-24-05, 10:38 AM
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$520 after $30 off $150 Office Depot Coupon and $50 in taxes = $570 total.

I'm picking up the Compaq this morning. Great to hear a happy user.
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Those specs are so close to identical that I'd say just get the one that you think looks cooler. Don't want to be seen in public with a lame looking laptop.
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The screen on the Compaq is really nice. Good and bright, video looks great, etc.
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Is 256MB enough memory? I keep reading that 512MB as a recommended minimum but would like to know if the lower amount really is acceptable.
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I just paid $120 for 1 gig (2X512) for the Compaq (the maximum).
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When I bought mine I had it bumped up to 384MB and have had no problems at all.
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256 is plenty for a laptop. For a desktop machine nowadays, I'd get 512. Well, for *my* desktop machine I got a gig and might get another gig, but for a normal desktop machine, 512 is plenty.
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I don't game, but I might have 4 browser windows, two or three word documents, an Excel file or two, couple of notepads, and a movie playing in the background
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Why the difference for the laptop and desktop? Is it because you can add additional hardware, video etc? I never considered that before.
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I am typing this from my Compaq m2105us... I am in love It was about 10 minutes from unpacking to using while it set up, and it does go kind of slow with 256 megs... glad I decided to go with 1 gig. Seamlessly connected to my wireless network. I am one happy camper.

The screen is GEORGEOUS. I don't know what they call it, TruBrite or something like that, but it has a high glossy finish. It is just beautiful.

The mouse pad does get hot, but I can live with it. With the 1 gig this will be one great machine.

I'm glad I plunged down finally for a laptop. I can take my notes directly into Word and I can take it to work and around campus. The library has wireless Internet, and I just came back from vacation ... wish I had a laptop then.
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