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by Mathemusician / March 23, 2008 11:59 AM PDT

I've been trying to do a lot of research, but the technical information I've been able to find is lacking. Two things that I really need help trying to find:

1. 13 or 14 inch laptop running windows (not a mac) that's powerful enough to do some programming and video editing.

2. A wireless mouse and keyboard or a combination set that runs on bluetooth and doesn't need a wireless receiver (can hook up to the laptop's internal bluetooth itself).

Help would be greatly appreciated, this has been difficult.

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What are you using now?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 23, 2008 12:51 PM PDT
In reply to: Need Recomendations

At the office we have hundreds of Dells that do such just fine. There must be more to your specs to not have picked out one.

Bob

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thanks for being the first reply
by Mathemusician / March 24, 2008 6:49 AM PDT

Actually, there are a few that I've been looking at in particular, namely the dell xps m1330, some of the latitudes, a precision, a thinkpad, one from the sony sz series, and a tecra from toshiba, but the fact of the matter is that I have no experience in the laptop market. I know what specs different companies recommend, all of the numbers, but when it comes to actual user-experienced performance I know nothing.

The reason I'm asking for help is that while I have no personal experience, a lot of people have a laptop that they like a lot and works well for them that they can recommend. More information about how this laptop is going to be used:

Brought to most of my college classes and used for everything from taking notes to 3d drafting, hopefully using the bluetooth mouse instead of the trackpad, and then brought back to the dorm to do homework, browse websites, email, basic productivity, watch videos, etc. (this is where the bluetooth keyboard would be very convenient, especially without a usb receiver).

I guess this mainly comes down to me asking you which laptops you use or have seen others using that performs well, is portable, and aren't frustrating to use. Suggestions?

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What I find frustrating and what I do about it.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 24, 2008 8:46 AM PDT

The touch pad or joystick mouse is annoying to me so pack a Logitech mx710 keyboard and mouse.

The Dell m1330 with 2GB is fine for most users unless they want to play 3D games. Then we need to speak about 3D chipsets and more.

I'd still want to compare performance with what you have today. The basic m1330 with 2GB could compare well with many Pentium 4 desktops.
Bob

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