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need laptop advice for a student

by sxn675 / June 5, 2004 12:27 PM PDT

Hello,

I am starting my Ph.D. in the fall, and would like to purchase a laptop. I'd like to spend about $1200 (but am somewhat flexible). My program will last at least 4 years, so I'd love a machine which could last that long. I'll primarily be using it for internet, Word, Excel and maybe some Access. Basically, I want the best machine for the money. Any suggestions? Thank you!

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Re:need laptop advice for a student
by gosonofthenight / June 5, 2004 12:59 PM PDT

well, i would suggest, for school the compaq r3000 series i have lots of pleased friends who have this series, it'll run you up about 1000, but it's a very nice laptop for what you get. you can get a 15.4" screen, and a not too bad graphics card (if you want to do movie editing/gaming you should go with the dedicated series or the AMD athilon series with the nvidia card, DON'T do shared graphics) this laptop is alittle overqualified for what you want to do, but it's under your price range and is the best for your amount of money. the reason i say you should go with a this laptop that's better then what you need to do now is so it'll last you through 4 years without becoming TOO obsoleet http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/computer_store/computer_series_detail.do?series_name=R3000Z_series&series_index=0&catLevel=2
you'll love this laptop should you get it, it's PERFECT for school, completely wireless, fast, good for all your basic needs plus more, so go for it, if you have any questions reach me at cpmiller@comcast.net,
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Re:need laptop advice for a student
by electRONix / June 5, 2004 5:48 PM PDT
Dell 300m

I'm a current college student and it's essential that my laptop isn't too heavy or bulky. Dell always has good deals and I believe they are currently giving about a 20% rebate on this laptop. I'm not sure it may have changed since the last time I've checked. The 300m is extremely light, and if you get the extra battery, it will last for several hours. You also have the option of buying it with wireless lan capabilities which allow you to connect to your school's wireless network if it has one. All this means you can quickly pull your laptop out from your bag of books or whatever and be working within seconds. 4 years might be a stretch unless you maintain your laptop well.. And with battery performance and small weight you compromise performance and space. For the applications you're planning on running, performance shouldn't be much of an issue and neither should hard drive space. Good luck on your search for the perfect notebook =)
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