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purchasing new laptop

by daisy1946 / October 16, 2006 11:18 PM PDT

I need a laptop. I currently use all of the Microsoft Office Professional products on my desktop and will also want these on my laptop. I will be on the Internet alot, but I am not a ''gamer''. I will be using this laptop at home on DSL and at work on wireless or cable. I need this soon so will buy something off a shelf in some store probably Office Depot. I looked at Gateways at OD and I see lots of words that are unfamiliar such as dual-core CPU, Turion-powered, FireWire, double layer drive, Windows XP Media Center Ed., Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, DVD +/-RW Double Layer drive.
I need this laptop, because my mom is ill and I need to stay with her and need a computer at her house for my job. I don't really have time to shop or research all of the new and laptop related technology. Any suggestions?

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by Ghost26-20878886633866019035262628200812 / October 17, 2006 9:23 AM PDT
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If you are not a gamer, the laptop that samkh posted looks nice. The only default : the single-core processor. If you want more power, take the Core Duo or Core 2 Duo on the Centrino Duo platform, a mobile platform that I prefer to the AMD platform.

You can't have both XP MCE and Table PC Edition. If you have a tablet PC, it's TPCE. If you have a laptop, it's MCE.

If you want a dual-core with good integrated gpraphics, go with the Turion X2. If you have the most powerful graphics, then, go with the dv6000t with the Core Duo processor and the nVIDIA GeForce Go 7400. Having a good graphics solution open doors to the future for exemple a better exprience with AERO Glass of Windows Vista, advanced photoand video editing, etc.

You want to carry it. Maybe you'll be better with a 14.1". It is ligther and easier to carry. The dv2000t of HP with the nVIDIA GeForce Go 7200 could be nice for you.

In summary :

- Dual-core is the best option for the future.
- 512 MB or 1 GB of DDR2 RAM.
- at least 60 GB of 5400 RPM hard-drive
- I recommend a discrete graphics processor, but if you really don't want it, take an integrated solution.
- I prefer the Centrino Duo technology ( heats less and longer battery life ).

Good luck !

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