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Computer Help, please?

I'm thinking of getting a laptop. Here are my minimum specs: AMD (preferably at least 1.2 GHz) 30 GB HDD, 512 MB RAM, CD R/W, DVD-ROM, good sound and video cards.

I don't know anything about laptops. What should I look for? What should I be concerned with? How are they intrinsically different from desktops, besides size? Any good sites to get them from?

Also, it doesn't really need to have any OS or programs installed, so if there's a place to buy just the components that would be cheaper, that's definitely an option.

Any advice?

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pricciar
Apr. 27th, 2002 08:02 pm (UTC)
Check out Dell. My roommate just bought a machine from them for around 1500 dollars.
With desktops, I think it is safe to go with no-name brands, because most of the components can be cheap and easily replaced. With laptops, I think you are better off going with a big company like Dell, because the components aren't as cheap, and some of the stuff can't even be replaced easy by yourself when they go bad.

Check out the dell site.

pat

ps:
Oh. Sony also has some nice laptops. But, their video isn't as good as Dell's.
democritus
Apr. 27th, 2002 09:06 pm (UTC)
Err, never mind. I just got a Compaq Pressario 700. ;-)
mnemosyne
Apr. 28th, 2002 04:07 pm (UTC)
i've had a compaq presario notebook for 2 years now... and it's been fine so far except for one mishap last semester. the customer service is really good so i hope you got the warranty. laptops are cool. :)
maeglin
Apr. 28th, 2002 05:38 am (UTC)
Compaq? Uh oh, my friend....

I am sitting pretty on my Dell laptop, FWIW.
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