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Buying a notebook

by Azracader / June 9, 2004 12:36 PM PDT

Hi,

I'm currently living in Sri Lanka and will be leaving in August to The Hague to do my masters, for which I am planning on buying a notebook. Could you give me some advice about buying a notebook for a reasonable price, good brand etc? My main concern is buying a climatised one and I was wondering what I need to check for when doing so, or if this is necessary at all? Look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks

Azra

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Re:Buying a notebook
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 9, 2004 10:04 PM PDT
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There are less than a handful of climatised laptops available. The Fujitsu Toughbooks are pretty much your only choice worldwide. In the US, you have some militarized units, but these have long delivery times and may not be your option.

For you, only the Toughbook may be the option.

Bob

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Re:Buying a notebook
by KenSanramon / June 10, 2004 5:15 AM PDT
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It does not sound like you are a spy or in the military so it sounds like you want a rugged notebook but not necessarily one prepared for desert sand and gunfire.

Panasonic makes a rugged notebook line and Bob mentioned the Fujitsu.

Otherwise, if you are using it for student use and just want a machine that can take some bumps and jolts (but everything is suspect if you drop the machine onto the floor from 3 feet up) you may want to consider IBM or the business Toshiba Line (Tecra or Portege), etc.

If you are worried about the computer surviving more rigorous use you should probably get the extended warranty with damage protection which is available from most manufacturers (HP/Compaq, Toshiba, IBM, etc) and should give you piece of mind.

The main thing I would recommend is that if you are going to be traveling with it and also using it perhaps at various wi-fi spots get a Centrino machine (Intel trademark not specific computer manufacturer) and this will give you longer battery life, less heat and less weight.

The new Dothan Centrinos with 1.7-2.0 mhz chips have double the system cache of the older 1.0-1.6 ghz machines but they start about 1900.00 US right now wheras you can get a nice 1.4 ghz - 1.6 ghz Centrino now for under 1500.00

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