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Laptop or notebook?

by ripit868 / May 16, 2008 12:00 PM PDT

Need some help, new electrical eng. student needs suggestions on which to buy. Laptop or notebook, which brand and if possible what requirements for each. Will have access to desktop so unit will not be only source.

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My Opinion,,If You Don't Need Mobility, Get a Desktop..
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / May 16, 2008 12:28 PM PDT
In reply to: Laptop or notebook?

They're cheaper, last longer, bigger screens, upgradeable, etc.. On the other hand, if you need the machine to be mobile, then you choose the other option you've suggested.

As to the requirements of the computer, you've given us no information about what types of things you'll be doing.. Think about operating system first.. Will Vista suite you?.... because most brand name computers are commonly found with Vista installed these days. (If you check for HP and Dell business computers, you may still find XP.) Or you can contact a custom shop in your area.. See what they offer.

Processor speed and amount of RAM is much dependent on the operating system you select.. 1 GB of RAM is sufficient for everyday uses on an XP machine but twice that much is best for Vista..

Hope this helps and let us know more.


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Which to buy
by Phil Crase / May 17, 2008 1:46 AM PDT
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Well for an engineering student it would be nice to have mobility so I would suggest a decent laptop. Something running a dual core processor with 2GB of ram or more and a fair sized hard drive, 160GB or better. Personally I prefer the INTEL processor some will argue that. I like the 17 inch units because of the added 10 key, which would be handy for an engineering type, just makes life easier. There are lots of decent laptops on the market and if you check the major tech stores you can find some really good deals on some pretty good equipment. Good luck!!!!

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I am confused...
by glenn30 / May 17, 2008 2:02 AM PDT
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To me laptop and notebook is one and the same... different names from different vendors. I'm with Grif, if you do not need portability then I would go for a desktop for the reasons he gave.


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by pc_tech2008 / May 18, 2008 1:13 AM PDT
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I have noticed that over the past 2 years there have been many laptop sometimes people calls it notebook computers battery is being recalled before you buy a laptop or notebook it is best to check and search by subject.

I have seen there recall for hp printer printer cable, notebook/laptop battery.

good luck

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