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I'm a new college student a need help

by adidasfutbol921 / October 24, 2005 9:34 AM PDT

I'm starting college in the winter and I am in need of a laptop. What should I look for? What should I buy? If price was not an option, which one would I choose? If price was an option, which should I choose? please help

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If price and weight don't matter...
by jas0nhe / October 24, 2005 9:52 AM PDT

Get a Dell Inspiron XPS, man. Those this are awesome.

If you're planning to take it to class, go with the highest-configuration Dell Latitude X1. I guess that will be around US$3500. Probably too expensive for a first college laptop.

For a brand-name system capable of moderate 3-D gaming and multitasking, consider a system with at least 512MB of RAM and a dedicated graphics card (e.g., ATI RADEON or nVidia). That's going to be around $1500.

Basically, look for these features:

=Lightweight (<5 pounds) if you want to travel with it.

=At least 512MB of RAM for multitasking/IM'ing; 2GB is probably overkill

=Probably want a mobile processor such as Pentium M to save power (1.6GHz Pentium M or better)

=Dedicated graphics if you want to play games.

Good luck!

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Great for students and not too tough on the pocketbook...
by michca / October 25, 2005 3:12 AM PDT

Hi there. You sound like me, actually! I am going back to grad school and have been researching notebooks for the last couple of months. Finally, I decided on the HP dv1000 because aside from being light, it also has good entertainment capabilities. This notebook looks good and you can customize it on hp.com so you don't pay out the nose for features you won't use. The other fellow is right, you won't need more than a 512 MB, and it isn't much for a 2.0 Ghz pentium processor, which should keep you up to speed for a while. You can also get a 60GB 5400 rpm drive which should be enough memory for all school files plus mp3s and other media files you want and the higher speed will keep the computer nice and quiet (and all this runs for about $799-$1300). The final features that made me decide on this instead of a Toshiba are the sweet little remote it comes with, the Quickplay so you can start up a dvd or cd without booting up the computer, and (my favorite) the docking port that sets up the laptop so it faces you as if it were a desktop and includes a wireless full size keyboard and mouse. I hope this helps you out and good luck in your search!

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here's a good resource....
by togus / October 25, 2005 5:21 AM PDT
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get...
by hijack masta / November 12, 2005 1:44 AM PST

the dell xps m140, the 600m, the hp pavillion dv1000 or 4000, you don't need a graphics card but you need 512 of ram+. And i also recommend you buy a dell 700m or fujitsu n series(but screen is too small). But i mostly recommend you get the m140

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