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People!! Here are the options

by Fouad Bakht / April 7, 2007 11:36 PM PDT

Okay, I've managed to short list few notebooks. Please advise and help me come to a conclusion. My head is already spinning. These are my only options (not choices):

1. Dell Inspiron 6400 (Core 2 Duo T7200 2.0GHz/4MB L2, 1GB DDR2 667MHz, 120GB Ser-ATA 5400 RPM, 15.4" WXGA 1280x800, 256MB ATI Mobility Radeon X1400, Bluetooth, WiFi, Dual Layer DVD Burner, Windows Vista Home Basic, Extended Battery and other standard features. Dell genuine carry case included)

2. Toshiba Tecra A6 (Core 2 Duo T5600 1.83GHz/2MB L2, 1GB DDR2 533MHz, 80GB Ser-ATA 5400 RPM, 14.1" WXGA CSV 1280x800, 128MB of Intel GMA950, Bluetooth, WiFi, Dual Layer DVD Burner, Fingerprint Reader, Modem and Gigabit Ethernet LAN, 6-Cell Batery, Windows Vista Business and other standard features. Generic carry case included)

3. Toshiba Tecra A8 (Core 2 Duo T5500, 1GB DDR2 533MHz, 100GB Ser-ATA 5400 RPM, 15.4" WXGA CSV 1280x800, 128MB of Intel GMA950, Bluetooth, WiFi, Dual Layer DVD Burner, Fingerprint Reader, TPM, Modem and Gigabit Ethernet LAN, 6-Cell Battery, Windows Vista Business and other standard features. Generic carry case included)

4. ThinkPad T60 (Core 2 Duo T5600 1.83GHz/2MB L2, 1 GB DDR2 667MHz, 80GB Ser-ATA 5400RPM, 15.4" WXGA TFT(1280x800), 128MB ATI Mobility Radeon X1400, DVD-RW Multi Burner Dual Layer, Modem, Gigabit LAN, WiFi, Bluetooth, Fingerprint Reader, 6 cell Battery, Vista Business, Warranty: 3 years with carry case)

My only fear about Dell is that the reviews are not much encouraging performance wise despite having good specs. So please help!

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Only item 1 can..
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 8, 2007 12:06 AM PDT

Run Vista's Aero interface. The performance however could be less than expected since it's not the 2GB RAM and that's driven mostly by Vista. If reviewers are comparing to XP performances then what you note is true.

Bob

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Just one thing...
by whizkid454 / April 8, 2007 5:54 AM PDT
In reply to: Only item 1 can..

Item #1 has Vista Basic labeled as the OS. No Aero there. Just wanted to clarify.

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ThinkPad is my pick
by electronista / April 8, 2007 1:26 AM PDT

Although there's a chance it may change, Lenovo's T-series still inherits the build quality from IBM. See if you can custom-order it with Vista Home Premium, though. Unless you need the specific networking and other features of the Business edition, the money would be better-spent on more RAM.

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