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Toshiba Satellite's "On The Cheap": Which Do You Recommend?

by Catamount Panther / January 27, 2004 1:19 PM PST

I've never owned a laptop/notebook before. Only desktops. Now I think I'm ready to go mobile. But my notebook will be a luxury, not my main workstation. So, I don't want to spend over $1,100.

Toshiba's Satellite's at CompUSA look inviting and will probably handle everything I care to do on a notebook, which is: uploading data files into proprietary portals (Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, various institutional mortgage lenders, etc.), pulling credit reports, lot's of data stuff with lots of proprietary sites, downloading music, surfing, email, wireless connecting (802.11b, but maybe to g later), spreadsheets, Adobe Acrobat documents, MS Office stuff, etc., playing MP3's and CD's (like in my backyard with a brewsky), etc.

I can get the Toshiba Satellite A15-S129 for $899; comes with a celeron; or I can get the following Toshiba Satellite's, all in my desired price range:
1135-S1554 for $998
A35-S1593 for $1,099
M20-S257 for $1,099
A45-S120 for $899

Recommendations?

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Just a generic comment.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 27, 2004 9:30 PM PST

On the warranty, you want to give money to who will actually do the exchange/repair. The stores do not carry parts, service people who can repair the laptops (no part inventory.) They are simply moving boxes. You want the warranty extended by Toshiba, Apple and the like.

Bob

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Re:Toshiba Satellite's
by Boogaloo / March 6, 2004 1:35 AM PST

Budgets are important but consider serviceability. The Toshiba A45-S150 might be the ticket with 32MB dedicated video memory driving a nicely bright 15" TFT display with good DVD/CD-RW performance. It comes with good utilities, limited bundling (MS Works is the highlight), a keyboard I like, a 2.4G P4-M (avoid CELERON-ugh), 60GB drive, 512M RAM (Warning: XP-Home doesn't like that number ... not the laptops fault) and 802.11g wireless and RJ-45 ethernet. It will do everything you want in a 'Jack of all Trades' package.

I think buying a notebook should be done at a store where you can try hands-on with LOCAL support. It's also one of the very, very few items on which I demand buying an extended warranty ... it can't be serviced like a desktop. What good is saving $50 when you discover you despise a certain feature? Guess what ... Circuit City BEAT the web by $50 with rebates and no add-on shipping cost. Imagine! HP has some interesting products, too, including an Athlon-XP model for just $850 after rebate ... so good, they're hard to find. The store HIGHLY recommended it and offered to order one but I thought the Toshiba fit my needs slightly better.

Have fun shopping!!!

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