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Need help deciding laptop for student

by bergerhl / May 16, 2006 10:58 AM PDT

Im going to be an engineering student at Berkeley next year and am trying to find a good laptop to take to school. I need one with good performance mainly for school, interenet, maybe a little music. Nothing like gaming or things like that. I'm planning on lugging it around everywhere so I need one thats very portable and lightweight. My budget is probably less than 1100. I'm considering the Dell latitude D620, however am worried its not as portable as I need. Are there any suggestions on a laptop to fit my needs.

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by djmunion2000 / May 16, 2006 4:44 PM PDT

If was me & i was to buy a laptop,for School and I would look at Apple or an Ibook or a MacBook just out,check out the refurbish section at,apple products are great itunes,iphoto.....the list go and on and on,the os x 10.4 Tiger has widgets,you click em on you receive weather,radio stations,news,just about anything you think of.
OS X 10.4 is a great OS. so check it out APPLE IS GOOD to THE CORE.

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by jelgert / May 16, 2006 7:14 PM PDT

While the apple might be your best choice out of the bunch its going to cost you that 1100 max b4 any type of upgrading and you'd probably want at least the warranty. Anyways also look at the fujitsu S2110 (1199) base, Compaq V2000 (459) base, Lenovo 3000 N100 (899) with dual core, toshiba's techra line and finally dell's E1405. All of those choices are 14 inches or smaller and none should weigh more that 5.5 pounds which should be plenty portable if not your going to want an ultra portable and those run higher in prices usually and are mostly in sony domain although I've also seen a few from fujitsu. But for your purposes I would aim for a 12-14" do your best to get a dual core processor as it would be nice. Out of the choices I listed the best probably for your purposes are the apple system and the ibm system as they are both very portable and durable if your taking them everywhere. One final note the last news release I read had merom releasing in august for home users which means some time around then you should see a drop in the dual core prices as the merom processor replaces them if you can do w/o a laptop for about your first month of school you might be able to get a more powerful system cheaper then but if you want it now I'd go for one of the two I suggested with your budget, ohh and use your student discount and save some money.

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by rockford53 / May 17, 2006 12:00 PM PDT
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For my whole like i have been using windows. I was wondering if mac will be easy to use.

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