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by dcmorris / December 23, 2006 12:25 AM PST

I need a plain vanilla laptop/notebook. I tried to research the subject here on this forum but got so many hits it was mind boggling.
I will use it mainly while travelling by auto. I will want e-mail and web browsing capabilities and I will use a map program (not GPS) in addition to all of the mapping sites on the web.
I do not need music, photo programs nor do I need gaming capabilities.
A large screen is of little importance.
Is it possible to build one?
It seems everything I see available comes with far more bells and whistles than I need. Maybe that is all that is available but I would prefer a striped (or is that stripped) down model at a more reasonable price.
Comments and advice will be gratefully appreciated.

DC

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Custom = more dollars.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 23, 2006 12:46 AM PST
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In this case I suggest you not use those extras and pocket the money saved by getting a ready to use laptop. You didn't note a budget or much else but all those items are features you can simply ignore. Getting it customized to what you want (software wise) could cost many hundred dollars.

How do I know? I have this contact where the geeksquad did exactly what the owner wanted. Installing the Retail XP Pro OS ($299) clean and only the apps they wanted. Total bill was over 500 bucks for the priviledge. For only 650 they could have used that Lenovo Core 2 Duo machine and ignored the other items. Instead they paid past 2 grand.

Bob

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I've bought two from here. . .
by Coryphaeus / December 23, 2006 9:41 PM PST
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http://www-132.ibm.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CategoryDisplay?storeId=1&catalogId=-840&langId=-1&categoryId=2576396

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Thanks
by dcmorris / December 24, 2006 11:18 AM PST
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Thanks Bob, I can see now why it would not be practical to build.

And thanks Wayne, the link you provided looks interesting. I will be looking into it in the very near future.

DC

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