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Which Laptop to Choose?

by ut1988 / June 30, 2008 5:41 PM PDT

Im looking for a laptop with certain minimum requirements for the cheapest price possible. I would also like a reputable company, not one whose laptops break down and crash constantly. Can anyone give me any advice?

The minimum requirements are:

2GB Ram
100GB+ Hard Drive
Discrete Graphics Card (256MB+)
At least 15" Screen

Thanks for the help!

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Re: choosing a laptop
by Kees Bakker / June 30, 2008 6:30 PM PDT

My questions:
1. Preference for an OS (XP, Vista, Mac OS X, Linux)?
2. Why the discrete graphics card? Laptops tend to have everything integrated and that works quite well for most applications (except heavy gaming).
3. No requirements for weight and battery life?

By the way, where do you live? Shops in the USA might have other prices than, say, in Argentina.


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Laptop Preferences
by ut1988 / June 30, 2008 8:22 PM PDT
In reply to: Re: choosing a laptop

Im fine with any OS. I like them all, so the cheapest is prob the best.
I would like discrete graphics in case I do choose to do heavy gaming. I dont mind integrated graphics, but I would like 256MB, and not sure if thats available.
Obviously I would like it as light as possible with maximum battery life, but I dont mind too much. I suppose not too heavy with decent battery life, nothing too heavy or too short life.


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Laptop Preferences (edit)
by ut1988 / June 30, 2008 8:31 PM PDT
In reply to: Laptop Preferences

Sorry, I forgot to mention as well that I live in the UK, but will be in America for the next year, so either is good. Im also not looking for a desktop replacement, just a nice mid-sized laptop.
Thanks again.

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Dell or Toshiba
by 77kool / June 30, 2008 9:36 PM PDT

I would try building a dell on their website or looking at Toshiba on their website.

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by Phil Crase / July 1, 2008 2:19 AM PDT
In reply to: Dell or Toshiba

Have to agree with that, either would be a good way to go, I like the Toshiba (which I have) but if you do the Dell build you can do a really nice system also, probably a bit pricier but maybe not, depending upon components chosen.

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Dell Problem
by ut1988 / July 2, 2008 9:15 AM PDT
In reply to: Laptops

thanks for the advice so far.
my problem with Dell is that I have used their desktop PC's before, as well as some of their laptops and they crash and develop problems remarkably quickly and often. Id therefore like something more 'solid'. Ill look up Toshiba, but any other ideas as well? thanks

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When I see crashing I....
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 2, 2008 9:20 AM PDT
In reply to: Dell Problem

Often find a good reason for it. You would not believe (or would you?) how many times I find spwyare, P2P, Limewire or even simple hardware issues like clogged vents.

This is Windows and PCs are still far from maintenance free.

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Toshiba Laptop (edit)
by ut1988 / July 2, 2008 6:30 PM PDT
In reply to: Toshiba Laptop

Sorry, I realised that link didnt work:

The other laptop was a customised A200 with these specs:

Intel Core Duo 2 T5750 (2GHz 2MB L2, 667MHz FSB)
ATI Mobility Radeon? HD 2600 with 256MB GDDR2 discrete memory
+ up to 255MB allocated shared graphics memory
2x 120GB HD 5400rpm

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That looks to be a game machine.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 2, 2008 10:16 PM PDT
In reply to: Toshiba Laptop (edit)

Be sure to add a laptop cooling pad if you are playing games. Also I expect low battery times, hot surfaces.

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by Phil Crase / July 2, 2008 11:58 PM PDT
In reply to: Toshiba Laptop (edit)

Similar to what I have, except that I am running a single 250gb HDD, and 17" display. LOVE the performance. Bob said you might want to get a chill matt, well with the INTEL processor, maybe not, running the AMD for sure. I don't use it for gaming, have biggee tower if I want to do that but for everything else it is quite close from a performance standpoint to the desktop, still amazes me. I have yet to have had a heating issue with the TOSHI it just runs and runs under all sorts of load.

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