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I need help figuring out which Laptop to buy

by terrymf / December 24, 2008 11:56 PM PST

So here's the deal - I've been using a OLD Dell Latitude 600. It needs to go! The notebook I buy will be my sole machine. I'm an independent consultant and travel. I'd like built in wireless/camera. I'd prefer to stay w/XP if at all possible. If I stay w/a Dell I can get tech support from my son/husband but that's not a deal breaker. I'd prefer staying under $1500 if possible. What's your advice?

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Dell still supplies XP.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 25, 2008 12:19 AM PST

It's not a big issue but you have to look in their business line. Your price pretty much gives you 90% of the common machines they sell there.

For me I went cheap with a HP dv6910us w/Vista since I had to move to that to get Windows Mobile 6.1 support. For the XP machine we added an Acer Aspire One as a backup to our aging other laptop that ran XP and the issues of supporting Visual Studio apps we had prior to 2008. The total bill was under 1100 for both laptop and netbook.
Bob

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stick with dell
by robapalooza / December 25, 2008 2:47 AM PST

i'd look at dell still
there's an xps series that's decent

or consider a mac
I've had a mac laptop for 4 years.
I'm planning to get another laptop soon, and something occurred to me.

In the time I've had my mac laptop, it only crashed with Windows programs.

That, and I replaced my pc twice since.

And if you didn't know, there is software called parallels to run a second operating system (windows or whatever) and you can alt+tab between them. you should have 4gb ram if doing this.

fyi, most viruses you might get from the web don't affect your mac,
and unless you have specific software requirements (which you can run through Parallels!) then mac probably has your software needs covered.

There's a reason mac users are such advocates.
It costs more, but you have less problems.

Unless you're an admin or IT pro, the extra you spend on a mac is made up for in the time you save because you'll have less issues.

And switching is easier than you think. A lot of people use this as an excuse. You'll know you're way around in a day and find it easier and more intuitive.

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