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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

Manti

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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 www.ebay.com (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 X1000forumns.com 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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