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Need to buy a laptop not sure what to get.

by msmith379 / April 5, 2009 8:40 AM PDT

I am looking to buy at least one and maybe two laptops by September. I am wanting to spend $800-1000 or less per laptop. I really have just started looking and have no idea what to look for. I have had a toshiba satellite since 2004 that just dies on me. I really liked it except for towards the end I had some issues with it. I think it was more me not putting the right anti-virus on it. My wife has had a dell since 2003 or 2004 and it has worked well for her. It has really been a workhorse for her except for the batter cord breaking 3 or 4 times. I have been looking on at dells right now but am willing for anything else.

Mainly these will be used to get on the internet and work from home occasionaly. I am also going back to school soon and would like to use it for that as well.

Overall I want something that will work efficiently, be quick, and have plenty of space. Also I want something that is durable since I am pretty hard on laptops.

Thank you for your help.

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Why not Dell again?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 5, 2009 10:09 AM PDT

And can you wait for Windows 7?

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Windows?
by msmith379 / April 5, 2009 10:22 AM PDT
In reply to: Why not Dell again?

What is it and when does it come out?

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Just a Cnet article about it.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 5, 2009 12:26 PM PDT
In reply to: Windows?
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Windows 7
by msmith379 / April 5, 2009 12:56 PM PDT

It looks like it comes out this summer. I think I can wait until then. If I can wait until then which I think I can, what would you recommend?

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Keep shopping.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 5, 2009 1:13 PM PDT
In reply to: Windows 7

If I could have skipped Vista I would have. My story is about a Windows Mobile 6 development and Microsoft strong arming us into Vista or later for WinMo 6 support. If it wasn't for that I would not have Vista around.
Bob

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Waiting on 7
by RonS [WINDOWS-TEAM] / April 17, 2009 3:20 AM PDT
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If you think you can wait till Windows 7 is released (which, hasn?t really been disclosed yet, as they?re still in Beta testing and haven?t release an RC), then I think you?ve sort of already made your decision.

If you still want to look around and see what?s out there, I?d suggest hitting these two sites for ideas. You can tweak your search parameters to find the computer that?s right for your type of computing needs.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-laptop-scout/
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/choosepc/

Cheers,
Ron
Windows Outreach Team

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Well I've heard that you will be able to get
by orlbuckeye / April 5, 2009 10:35 PM PDT

Vista laptops with a certificate for a free upgrade to Windows 7 in June or July. Supposedly Windows 7 may be available in August on new machines when Microsoft releases it's RTM version. It will be out before the holidays.

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Also needed
by guillermoi69 / April 6, 2009 1:26 AM PDT

My advice: get an external hard drive, they reliable, cheap and will help you with the transition. Copy all your dos, music, videos, pictures, financial data. You can use it with your wife computer and also with both of the new ones

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Specifics?
by msmith379 / April 6, 2009 11:07 AM PDT
In reply to: Also needed

Luckily all of our data is backed up already so I am not to worried about that. What specifics or brands would work within in our budget or $800 or less.

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ThinkPad
by Renegade Knight / April 17, 2009 7:14 AM PDT
In reply to: Specifics?

LenovoThink pads are fairly durable. Thinkpads are workhorses.

Look at the T400/T500's and the W500's as the best bets.

Others will have other's they can recomend that you look at.

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Backup
by RonS [WINDOWS-TEAM] / April 22, 2009 4:44 AM PDT
In reply to: Specifics?

Good call on backing up! Are you doing it on the Web with something like Skydrive or are you using something like an external HD?

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