There are low priced notebooks with a mobile Athlon XP processor that provide great performance running business software.
I can't understand why you would want a notebook with a Celeron processor.
I would really appreciate any advice on buying a cheap notebook.
First let me state that I'm in Europe so model numbers might not correspond to what's available in the US, and that the models here will probably seem a bit old for anyone in the US.
Second, I'm not too technical, that said my next purchase will be my fourth portable, so the basics I understand.
Brief history (for anthropologists):
I probably buy a new laptop about every 3 years. My first was a Toshiba T2130CT with (if a remember correctly) a Pentium 133 and 8Mb of RAM. For me that was the best I ever had. It got dropped, fed crumbs and drank coffee all without giving up. You could even glue the cracks in the plastic casing together again. On Windows 95 it could cope with Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Access (just) plus Internet. I loved it, but times changed.
Second was a Toshiba Satellite Pro 490 XCDT, another sound Toshiba which did a good job until software moved on, and even then I only buried it after it had a fatal fall which put paid to the screen.
Third (the one I'm using now) is a Toshiba Portege 7200 (Pentium 650, 256Mb). I went for this one because it was cool, and I had money. I still like it, but it overheats and is now very dated. I would probably have stuck with it longer, but it got drunk one night on red wine (notice the pattern, Toshiba's are accident prone!) and is now on life support, requiring to be permanently connected to the mains, and with lots of wires coming out of it to keep it alive. Life expectancy is in days, at best two weeks.
So, it's time to by something new. (By the way, to keep your minds at rest, all previous ones have found a decent resting place at the bottom of a cupboard) This time round, I don't see any need to go for anything fancy (and money's tight), so I'm looking at basic stuff which will still be twice as fast as what I'm using.
My usage ? nothing fancy. To play games I have a Playstation, to watch DVDs I have a DVD player. My notebook is mainly for work (self-employed). So I'm talking about spreadsheets, presentations, and the odd bit of watching video on demand, not much more. So something that works well with Office (actually Mozilla and Open Office, though still not persuaded to move to Linux), but can do a turn now and again. I've never done Wi-fi, but recognise I should opt for it. Don't feel I need separate graphics capabilities, but if they are included... 15 inch screen is important.
I am, however, looking for a genuine portable computer, I travel a lot and take my computer with me. It doesn't have to be ultra-portable. But weight and battery life are important.
After all that, I've spent the last week trying to work out what suits me. Toshibas now seem pricey, and the loss of the track point is a major blow for me, so I'm prepared to consider anything.
In my ignorance, I've narrowed it down to a few choices which I'll list below, but if anyone has made it this far in the message and wants to suggest something, I'd be very grateful.
Hope my ramblings haven't annoyed anyone, but I just wanted to be a bit different from the very tech orientated stuff. So here are my options (depending on configuration, all are around the same price range)
My doubt relates more to the series rather than specific configurations. In all cases I'd probably for a Celeron processor (1.4 to 1.7), a DVD dual drive and 512 RAM, with Wi-fi b/g. Unless someone suggests real advantages of something else
Fujitsu-Siemens: Amilo Pro V2000 or Amilo M (possible cheap deal locally)
IBM: Think Pad R50e (track point and better for future upgrades)
HP: Travel Mate 2300
Acer: Travel Mate 2300
Dell: Inspiron 510m
I just want something that will help keep me in work for the next two or three years, until the time comes to by the all-singing, all-dancing TV, DVD, Video, Home entertainment, Music system, laptop which will no doubt be the future.
If anyone has crash tested these, please let me know