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OK, so I think I may be getting a Dell, dude. I listed the specs below. What do you think?I figure I'll use the $150 dollar rebate to buy a 512 MB DIMM for a total of 768 MB RAM.

Inspiron 5100: Intel® Pentium® 4 processor,2.4GHz,15.0 XGA
Memory: 256MB 266MHz 1 DIMM
Video Card: 16MB ATi Mobility™ Radeon™7500
Hard Drive: FREE UPGRADE! 40GB Ultra ATA Hard Drive
Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® XP Home
Network Adapter: Integrated 10/100 Network Card
Fixed CD/DVD Drives: 24X CD-RW/DVD Combo Drive
Wireless Networking Cards: Dell TrueMobile™ 1300 WLAN (802.11b/g, 54Mbps) miniPCI Card
Mail-In Rebate Offer: SAVE $150 with mail-in rebate! System price shown before rebate

Total Price: $1,317.00


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Jul. 25th, 2003 04:25 pm (UTC)
dont do it...all we buy is Dells here at work. go with a Dell, but get the pentium-m. your battery life will suck major donkey nuts with that shit. and the pentium-m is faster at almost half the clock speed. i have a big ass huge one with the 15.4" widescreen, and i get 4.5 hours WITH wireless. our p4 laptops dont even get two. and theyre slower.

check out bensbargains.net for mad crazy sales on Dells and other gear.
Jul. 25th, 2003 04:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Dude.....
Thanks. I will take that into consideration. What's up with the pentium-m?
Jul. 25th, 2003 04:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Dude.....
its a completely different, new processor, designed from the ground up to be a mobile processor. all the p4-ms and p3-ms, etc were desktop first and then made mobile. the m has a 1MB cache, and portions of the processor will actually go to sleep when youre not actively using them to conserve power. overall the architecture is completely different. coupled with the 855PM chipset, you get 2 - 3X the battery life with better performance.
Jul. 25th, 2003 06:14 pm (UTC)
I think you'd be paying about $300 or more too much.

My buddy, sitting right next to me right now just bought a Dell 2.6 (w/ 800Mhz frontside bus), 19" monitor, DVD burn, 256 RAM, 64 Mb video, 60 Gig drive, XP, all for ~$825.
Jul. 25th, 2003 06:29 pm (UTC)
A laptop?
Jul. 28th, 2003 05:43 am (UTC)
Oh, no that was a desktop. My bad.
In the paper this Sunday was a 2.4Ghz w/15" veiwable, 256 RAM, 30 Gig drive... and some other stuff, for $989. MicroCenter or Circuit City or somesuch.
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