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what notebook to buy.

by Timothy / January 31, 2004 2:14 AM PST

Hi, I'm going to be going to college this fall and am looking for a notebook computer. The main factor is probably price; I'd like to spend less than $1000. I'm looking at a Dell Inspiron 1100, but I'm not really sure what to get. I'd like some advice as to a cheap but reliable notebook.

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Re:what notebook to buy.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 31, 2004 2:31 AM PST
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The sad item is that I've yet to find a truly reliable notebook. All are equipped ready for a virus/parasite/worm to invade and mess up the OS. All of them are pretty fragile with noteable exception of the Fujitsu Toughbooks and a militarized model that I forget the name of.

I do see that with some care, the OS can be shielded with firewalls, antivirus, anti-parasite tools, but that will hopefully be less painful one day.

The non-rugged laptops are something that I wish they would work on since dropping the unit about a foot can be the end of it. Again, with noteable exception of the Fujitsu Toughbook.

As to taking a laptop, setting on the desk and just using it, I don't see any make/model faring any better in "reliability." If this is the use intended, a rather nice under 1K model even from HP and others have 1.4 GHz Centrinos, DVD/CDRW, 256 or more RAM, 20 or more GB hard disks, WiFi, ethernet, modem and more for that price. Plus a much better wide screen with more display than the noted Dell.

Go shopping.

Bob

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Re:what notebook to buy.
by futsoulja / January 31, 2004 1:39 PM PST
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Hey ... check out this website. They have new laptops and are running a special this month. All of the laptop are $999.00 ... www.tampalaptops.com

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Re:Re:what notebook to buy.
by BoeingDrew / February 15, 2004 6:31 AM PST

Hey futsoulja, I went to the site, but I'm a little worried that it's a fraud! have you bought from them? if so how are they? Thanks!

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Re:what notebook to buy.
by mini87 / February 1, 2004 12:13 AM PST
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If you want a good quality notebook, get the HP Pavilion ze4000 series. I got mine from Wal-mart for $900 and it came with Printer/Scanner/Copier all-in-one. I love it but don't expect to play latest games or it will lock up.

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