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College Student Looking for Recommendation

by ryanp559 / May 2, 2007 4:23 PM PDT

I am going to college this fall and my parents are going to buy me a laptop for my graduation gift. I want something to support the new windows vista, and good music/video playing ability, a decent size hard drive for music and video, and ill be needing word and powerpoint so i might as well get the office package or whatever it comes with. trying to keep it under $1200, so let me know what some of you think would be good and last me a while. Thanks

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Features available in that range.....
by Igiveup2 / May 2, 2007 7:17 PM PDT

2 GB RAM best, 1 GB RAM doable but limited capabilities with Vista. Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, 1.6-1.7 GHz, good enough for the uses you describe.
256 MB integrated Intel GMA 950 GPU, good enough for the uses you describe, but not adequate for a lot of games.
Intel wi-fi adapter is the best one; some others apparently can be problematic.
160 to 200 GB HDD available.
HP and Toshiba are good in that range. Maybe Dell too. Multimedia controls are nicer with HP and Dell.
It's worth putting your money into the hardware and giving the free office suite a spin before you decide you really need the Microsoft Office suite.

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I got my girfriend the HP Dv2000 T
by orlbuckeye / May 2, 2007 8:32 PM PDT

for graduate school and it's working out fine. It's about 5.5 pounds and does the job. You do get the trial version of Office and you can probably get a discount at your book store for office if you really want it.

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i also own a dv2000t
by marsdta / May 3, 2007 5:07 AM PDT

its a great machine, very light and does all the things you want. i highly recommend you checking them out. As for MS Office as orlbuckeye said your university bookstore should offer discounts. i got from my school bookstore MS Office Professional Plus 2007 for only $81.79 retail its like $400, its probably the only thing you will save on at school...dang those expensive textbooks Sad

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