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Looking to buy a one year old Notebook.

by manti / November 25, 2004 6:38 PM PST

Hi there all,

I am looking at purchasing a 1 year old notebook, something released about last year. All I can find is reveiws on New current model notebooks, not anything that has passed over to the other side. Some specs I require: Any brand will do as long as it has wireless capability (both wifi and bluetooth), dvd burning capability, good battery life, pretty much a nice neat laptop which is jam pack full of goodies and can handle a big hard disk.

Thanks In advance


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Re: Looking to buy a one year old Notebook.
by Ryan T / November 25, 2004 8:50 PM PST

Finding a year-old model that has bluetooth and wifi is going to be a challenge, and you're at the mercy of whatever the first owner chose. But I can think of one I've seen on (which, by the way is probably the best place for you to look for used laptops), is the Compaq X1000. You can get a year-old one there for around 900 bucks.

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Re: Looking to buy a one year old Notebook.
by KenSanramon / November 29, 2004 11:26 AM PST

Keep in mind that a notebook made before 2004 will likely only have a b (11mp/s) internal minipci wi-fi card instead of a 54g (54mp/s backwards compatible to b) installed.

If you want to run wi-fi you want 54g and any notebook now that has an internal wi-fi card should be 54g. Many notebooks have restrictions where you cannot upgrade the internal wi-fi card without having a bios conflict. You can always plug in an external PCI or USB wi-fi card but that defeats the purpose of having the internal wi-fi (which will not stick out or break off and is also more efficient on batteries).

Ryan gave the Compaq X1000 as an example of a used notebook. I have that and it is a good notebook but if you buy 1 made in 2003 with the b wi-fi only can't use a notebook bios over F34 if you try to buy a replacement 54g minipci wi-fi yourself. (see and use search function for minipci card whitelist issue).

I would recommend looking for a refurbished notebook value on a current notebook if you are price sensitive. Make sure it has the full 1 year warranty as a new notebook does but they can be a good value. Dell and HP/Compaq , etc sell refurbished notebooks at lower prices.

If you order less RAM, a smaller hard drive, etc you can get a brand new Compaq X1000 with the 54g card for about $1100 or so -- it is easy to upgrade the hard drive, RAM (if you leave 1 of 2 slots open) or even the processor (in some cases) later...........

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