Ok, so i know I've talked about the dv2000t, the D620, the M1210 and the M100 but now i think I have finally made my decision. I have decided upon the Dv2000t because it seems to be more geared towards my needs. It is an entertainment laptop so it has more multimedia features. There are some pretty cool features like the remote control, and the music without booting up the machine. Dell claimed that the D620 started at 4.6 lbs but i think that was with no CD drive (i.e. a travel module or something like that) so the D620 actually starts at about the same weight as the Dv2000t. Neither of them have amazing graphics cards, but they are still a hell of a lot better than your average notebook cards.
Anyway, now im mainly concerned about the specs I should purchase.
Xp home is fine for me, but there is a free upgrade to xp media center (this is actually an "upgrade" right?)
for the processor, i know i want a core duo, but im a little confused about which one: whats the difference between Intel(R) Core(TM) Duo processor T2050 (1.60 GHz) and Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo processor T5500 (1.66 GHz)? the second is 100$ more expensive so logically it must be faster....
for the screen type, i have heard that Brightview is really worth it, so i think I will choose this upgrade for 25$ more
for the graphics card, i will definitely spend the extra 35$ to upgrade to the 128MB NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) Go 7200. I know this is a low end card, but i would still like to be able to play games before around 2004 and more recent games on mid settings.
I think i will upgrade to the webcam just because it is only another 30$ and I'm sure it will be useful at some point in the laptop's life.
2 GB is too expensive for me, so i think i will go with the 1gb of memory. Is this a good choice??
I dont really know how big of a hard drive to purchase. I was thinking of the 80GB one but not sure. I know 40 is too small, and 120 is probably too big. 60 is only a little cheaper, but i figure if i ever run out of room i can delete things or buy an external HD.
for the drive, i am perfectly content with a DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive. i dont really need to burn dvds, and the double layer junk just doesnt seem worth it. Please comment if you disagree
i think i will choose this for a wireless card FREE Upgrade to Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 3945ABG!!. There is also a bluetooth version but i dont see the point in that. I dont have any bluetooth peripherals myself.
One of my more major problems is which battery to choose. The 6 cell or the 12 cell?????????????????
the 6 cell ive heard gives 2.5 hours usually, while the 12 cell gives at least 5. i really only need about 3.5 - 4 but i think 2.5 is definitely too short. However, the 12 cell adds half a pound of weight and supposedly sticks awkwardly out the bottom. ANY HELP???
And now to my second major problem. Which warranty to get? Now, i think i want something with complet care just incase i drop it or spill something on it(I might be taking it to class with me). If something breaks i would like to be able to send it in for repair. So, i at least want the 1 year warranty for 99$, but i am bound to have this machine for more than a year. Is 2 years enough? its 249$ for that and 349$ for the 3 yr warranty. Which should i get?
Oh, and i will also get the system recovery disc thing and the hp mobile remote control.
Now, this all comes out to $1,247, which is about the limit i would want to pay.
Please help me with my decision. I have been laptop searching for about 2 years now. This means a lot to me so if you could be thorough in your replies i would appreciate it.