i don't know a ton about laptops, but i know i was looking at the toshiba M40 - if you live in canada, there's a varient 1.73 centriono, 512 RAM (in one card, so you can stick in another 512 easily without replacing two 256's), 3.2 aprox battery life, 15.4 screen. Video card is only mediocre, which was why i was iffy with it, but perhaps it's alright for you. price is 1600 at best buy, before taxes.
about the hp and dell, not sure. i just know the toshiba one as it is an option for me to buy.
I wouldnt consider myself a great computer guru. but i know my stuff. I build my home desktop, but now im shopping for a good durable laptop.
I came across the Inspiron 6000 and the HP dv1240 to compare, and they are pretty even if you ask me.
The purpose of this laptop is school. I will be having 3 hour lectures daily, plus I would like to have the option of using the laptop on my daily commute on the bus or train.
I couldnt find many Toshiba laptops that compete with the internals as well as the external look, but if anyone has any suggestions im open to reading about it.
I know that toshiba just released a few in the Toronto area, they might have been released earlier in other citys, but whatever.
This is what I know and what matters to me. Im going to be using it for school, so notes, email, internet, occasional gaming & movies, I would like to have the option of DVD burning capabilities considering i can store more data on a DVD.
The Inspiron I like the way it looks, but it has a few drawbacks, the bring it to the level of the HP dv1240 with ram and HD space as well as the processor the cost goes up fairly quickly.
the HP has a smaller screen, but i can live with that considering it has the remote control for music/movies.
I have seen the HP in the store and the screen looks very nice and clear, can someone explain to me the differences about the screens ?
Important specs to me:
HD: 80 gig (max/option)
mem: 512-1gig (options)
processor: must be centrino, but id like to hear more about how much better this 64 bit technology with AMD is
vid card: generic
HD: 100 gig (standard)
mem: 1 gig (standard)
processor: i think its a 1.7 centrino
vid card: ???
I will defienetly be using this laptop for 3D designing with CAD programs such as CATIA/Autodesk Inventor 9/SolidWorks/SolidEdge. so it needs to hold its own as far as vid card and memory is concerned.
any opinions on battery life and upgrades that i dont know about, any toshibas, anything. im open