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Deciding on a laptop to buy

by BiggLJ / September 23, 2008 10:30 AM PDT

I'm buying a laptop for everyday use and recording music. But I need some help. I've narrowed it down to either the Dell Latitude E6500, or the Sony VAIO FW-292. Both are pretty close review wise from what I've seen, so I'm really not sure which to go with. Prices are similar, features are similar, it's tough. Anyone have a recommendation on which one will be the better laptop? Thanks.

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Keyboard
by Renegade Knight / September 24, 2008 7:11 AM PDT

If they are about the same, figure out which one has a better keyboard. If you have to bang around on a keyboard you may as well enjoy it.

Not helpful and yet about as good as any other way to choose between the two of them.

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What are the specs and price of both models?
by choosenotebook / September 25, 2008 6:56 PM PDT

I tried looking up the models... they are both customizable... can you post the exact specs and price you are looking at? Perhaps then I can give you a better opinion?

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Specs
by BiggLJ / September 26, 2008 3:11 PM PDT

Sure thing. Quick note: on the RAM I just selected the option that was included in the price, in the Dells case that was 1GB, for the Sony it was 2GB. I'll be getting more RAM from Newegg so I can get it cheaper.

Dell Latitude E6500: $1183
PROCESSOR Intel

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My opinion
by choosenotebook / September 26, 2008 7:03 PM PDT
In reply to: Specs

Okay, first a quick comparison:
Dell Latitude E6500
Pros:
1. Business grade laptop (durability)
2. 3 year warranty
3. Starting from 5.2lbs
4. eSATA port (not sure if you'll use this)
Cons :
1. Windows Home Basic
2. Smaller 160GB HDD
3. 15.4" @ 1280x800

Sony VAIO VGN-FW292
Pros
1. 16.4" screen @ 1600x900
2. larger and probably slightly faster 250GB HDD
3. Vista Home Premium
4. Wireless-N Support
5. HDMI-out
Cons
1. 6.47lbs
2. 1 year warranty

First of all, both will be fine for recording music. (just make sure you get a good digital audio interface device and proper sound equipment. Happy )

The Latitude is a business grade laptop and it comes with a 3 year warranty. If durability is a priority, go for the Dell.

Other than that, the Sony seems better for multimedia. Larger hard drive/larger screen with higher resolution(better for multi-track editing), HDMI-out.... the only thing is weight. The Sony weighs at least a pound more than the Dell.

Pricewise, Dell periodically sets their price up and down so eventually there's a low point you can grab... I'm not sure if the current savings is the lowest.

As for the Sony, normally it's cheaper to purchase from 3rd party retailers but that particular model still seems new as I can't find them elsewhere. If you have time to sit on it, wait and it should show up at a lower price elsewhere.

Hope this helps.

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Thanks
by BiggLJ / September 27, 2008 8:02 AM PDT
In reply to: My opinion

That helps a lot, thanks! I'm thinking I'll go with the Sony. It has everything I need and the weight isn't a problem. The price seems decent but I'll probably look around a bit more for a deal.

I really appreciate the help :).

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