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Strudent NB under $1000???

by Renzo'sGma / August 24, 2005 9:47 AM PDT

Need to buy #1 Grandson a notebook for school0-on a tight budget----any advice????

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I posted this separately last night 8/23/05 $848.00
by KenSanramon / August 24, 2005 10:00 AM PDT

Offer on Lenovo Thinkpad (bought IBM) Pentium M under $1,000
Lenovo, which bought the IBM PC division and had been making the Thinkpads anyway for several years, has a great offer for back to school on a full Pentium M Dothan (not Sonoma) Pentium M Centrino Notebook 725 1.6ghz for under $1,000

The ad appeared in a San Francisco newspaper today Tuesday 8/23/05 and the offer is good through 9/5/05 in the US only.

See www.thinkpad.com/promo/L220 or call 1-866-426-2008.

The Thinkpad R50e with the full Pentium M 725 processor (processors ending with 5 are the slightly older Dothan line not Sonoma but still have 2gb L2 system cache) comes with:

built in 54G wi-fi (Intel 2200BG)
15" square XGA LCD
Windows XP home
40gb hard drive
CD-RW/DVD ROM combo drive (not a DVD burner)
Thinkpad hard drive shock absorber
Thinkpad ultraconnect antenna for best wi-fi
256mb RAM + 512mb RAM free = 768MB RAM

This is a solid deal for those of you who cannot spend over $1,000 -- the price is $849.00 on the promotion

This does not have a DVD burner but many notebook users are fine with the CD burner/DVD ROM drive (this is what was standard only 1 year ago).

With the Free RAM promotion you have a very nice 768MB RAM.

The hard drive is small but that can easily be upgraded later if desired and it has the shock absorber technology for travel (and Thinkpads have very durable if plain black cases).

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There also is a Celeron M model with a 1.4ghz processor with a 14.1" square LCD on sale for $599. You can also get the same RAM upgrade to 256+512 = 768mb RAM.

I would recommend sticking with the full Pentium M cpu though unless $250 more is really a sticking point (and that includes a larger LCD as well as the full Pentium M processor)

Also, there is free online shipping (link through website above not the phone number) as well.

Again, for those of you in Canada this is a US only offer unfortunately but look out for Lenovo offers in Canada.

This is the first notebook I would consider under the $1,000 price point as it is a solid notebook with a full Pentium M and the only thing you really lack is a DVD burner (and it has a smaller hard drive that can be upgraded).

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Re; Student NB
by Renzo'sGma / August 24, 2005 11:19 AM PDT

thanks so much for your detailed advice! You all are great for sharing your info with us-thank YOU

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Many options under $1000 but Lenovo Thinkpad Pentium M
by KenSanramon / August 24, 2005 12:15 PM PDT
In reply to: Re; Student NB

There are under $1,000 notebooks down to $599 but many of them have the Celeron Pentium M or AMD Sempron processor.

This IBM notebook has a full Pentium M for $849 but just lacks a DVD burner (but has a CD burner and DVD Read only drive ROM).

Also check out the Dell.com and hpshopping.com values

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