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by tattimann / February 2, 2006 10:40 AM PST

I was wondering which laptop is good for watching movies, doing work and aorund $1600 canadian

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which laptop
by jbeck918 / February 2, 2006 10:52 AM PST
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Take a good look at the hp pavilion dv5020us....does all that and more..just bought two...and with rebates each cost not much more than half of that..

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Any of the dv or v2000 series.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 2, 2006 10:52 AM PST
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CND$ is almost at par with US$ so shop for the v2000 series. My neighbor picked up their second v2000 series. This one was 750US and had the usual 1.8GHz Turion, widescreen, 512MB RAM, dual layer DVD recorder, wifi, more and plays movies very nicely.


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Dell XPS M140
by dkokelley / February 3, 2006 4:55 AM PST
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The XPS M140 from Dell is probably a good choice. It comes with the "instant on" type tecnology which will allow you instant access to videos, pictures and music, without having to go through the 60 second boot process. Secondly, it can play high definition videos just fine for the screen it has (WXGA, 1280x800, 14 inch), and although I don't own one (I'm considering it though) I've seen firsthand the quality of the videos it plays. It also includes windows media center edition which can be configured with the tv tuner so you can use the system as a DVR, as well as play them back on the lovely screen. It also includes decent speakers, and medie conrol buttons on the front of the system, so you can control your media without even bothering to reach for the mouse (or even the notebook! If you decide to get the remote control)!

There is a downside to this system though, it does not (as of 2/3/06) have the option to get a dedicated graphics card, so you're stuck with integrated intel graphics. This will be fine unless you want to be playing games or generating graphic intensive images. If you will be playing anything but the most basic games I would stay away from the system. However, you said that you only wanted it for work around the house and the playback of DVDs, so this should be fine for you.

It's priced at about $750-$1500 US, and I don't know exactly how that translates to Canadian. But it seems to suit your needs just fine (and if you get the extended 9 cell battery, you can get up to 7 hours of battery life!)

Well, goodluck with finding a good system!

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The XPS aren't 64 bits
by Ghost26-20878886633866019035262628200812 / February 3, 2006 8:04 AM PST
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All Dell laptops aren't 64 bits technology so it's not a good investment for the future. Okay ! Dell's are well built and have many control buttons... But you must also look for the future !

any Pavilion DV from HP and the Presatio V2000Z/V5000Z series form Compaq should be fine for you. HP have a nice after-sale service and a beautiful quality built.

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h.p. dv5020us
by jbeck918 / February 3, 2006 10:27 AM PST
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The dv 5020us from h.p. includes:
AMD Turion 64 bit mobile processor 1.8gz
80 gig hard drive
1024mb of 333mhz ddr
ati radeon express graphics
expresscard/54 pc card slot
expansion port 2
15.4" wxga high definition brightview widescreen
54g 802.11b/g wlan

It is a VERY nice laptop,great performance,solid,awesome graphics,H.P's great support.Granted, battery life is a little short with the 6 cell battery supplied(a 12 cell is available). we get about 2 1/4 hours average.I can't say enough about it,it has taken what I've thrown at it and not even blinked.AND...I paid $849 at Circuit City with rebates.
At that price, I got one for both kids!!Check it out and see if it meets your needs.

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