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Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by skjnoble, Mar 27, 2008.

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  1. Xirurg

    Xirurg ORLY???

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    ok,so i officially declare-
    "if you want OS X -take MBP"
    "if you want Windows -take Dell XPS 1530"
    what do you think,General?
     
  2. The General

    The General Notebook Evangelist

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    Yup, I think that would be a good, concise summary.
     
  3. SkeeteRX8

    SkeeteRX8 Notebook Deity

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    Those work well, but since you won't be playing games, they may be overkill.

    I would also suggest looking at the Sony Vaio FZ, Dell Inspiron 1525, HP Pavilion dv6700t/z/tse, Lenovo IdeaPad Y510 and Toshiba Satellite A200.
     
  4. skjnoble

    skjnoble Notebook Guru

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    Thank you all very much for your advice. As a novice buyer and computer idiot...this has helped tremendously.

    So I think I've narrowed it down between:

    the MBP (is there a reason that I should get the pro air? Is that only about looks or is it a better computer than just the MBP?)
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    the Dell xps1530.

    In looking for sales now, I've noticed that there aren't a lot of Dell xps1530 for sale (used anyway.) But I've seen quite a few MBPs. Does that tell me something about the quality or am I reading too much into it?

    Also-someone else suggested an Asus or an Acer if I wanted a good quality machine for less price? Any thoughts?

    Thanks so much to everyone for your help!

    Kim
     
  5. skjnoble

    skjnoble Notebook Guru

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    oops. I forgot to add, I've noticed there are quite a few for sale on the "buy, sell, trade" forum here. Should I check into those?
     
  6. SkeeteRX8

    SkeeteRX8 Notebook Deity

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    The Air is not the pro....its a 13.3" ultraslim laptop that competes against the Sony Vaio SZ, and Lenovo Thinkpad X300...it lacks performance for the price.

    A good quality machine for a lower price would be the ASUS M51sn, or the Sager NP2092...both are available at xoticpc.com and can be configured for good prices.
     
  7. skjnoble

    skjnoble Notebook Guru

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    Thanks for the correction! As you can see...I did not lie when I said I was a novice. :)
     
  8. pipeboy98

    pipeboy98 Notebook Enthusiast

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    my ifl90 from compal (bought it from ava direct) works well for this, though i wished i would have gone with a 17'' screen (compal doesn't make one)
    i copy home movies and write them to dvd's all of the time. it's fast, works well and have had no troubles since it arrived. i used to do all of that on my desktop, but since it came i haven't used it...at all. i am actually thinking of getting another one cause the wife and kids are on it all the time and i end up doing all of my work at night after their bedtimes. plus it's only 1500 well put together so you can save the 5oo left over and buy a new camcorder.

    good luck and happy hunting...i looked for three months before i bought this so be comfortable with what you think you are getting before you decide.
     
  9. vro8j

    vro8j Notebook Consultant

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    I know you narrowed it down to XPS1530 for windows based, before you do that make sure you see one in person the screen is very reflective. If you are using it for pictures and movies the most important thing is the screen quality.
     
  10. skjnoble

    skjnoble Notebook Guru

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    Thank you to everyone. I really appreciate it. Here are my specs: does anyone see any problems with this for what I'm trying to accomplish. The total price says its $2,006.00 Is that a good deal? Thanks!

    My Components
    SYSTEM COLOR Tuxedo Black edit
    PROCESSOR Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T8300 (2.4GHz/800Mhz FSB, 3MB Cache) edit
    OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium Edition edit
    LCD AND CAMERA High Resolution, glossy widescreen 15.4 inch LCD(1440x900) & 2MP Camera edit
    MEMORY 4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz (2 Dimms) edit
    HARD DRIVE Size: 320GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive edit
    INTERNAL OPTICAL DRIVE Slot Load DVD+/-RW (DVD/CD read/write) edit
    VIDEO CARD 256MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600M GT edit
    WIRELESS CARDS Dell Wireless 1490 802.11a/g Mini Card edit
    BLUETOOTH AND WIRELESS USB Dell Wireless 355 Bluetooth Internal (2.0+Enhanced Data Rate) edit
    BATTERY OPTIONS 56 WHr 6-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery edit
    SOUND OPTIONS Integrated Sound Blaster Audigy HD Software Edition edit
    FINGERPRINT SCANNER Finger Print Reader XPS M1530 edit
    My Software & Accessories
    PRINTER Dell Wireless AIO 968 - Integrated WiFi, Fax, 2.4” Display and Card Reader edit
    SERVICE & SUPPORT 1 yr Ltd. Warranty- Advance Exchange edit
    DELL 968 WIRELESS PRINTER Dell 968w All-In-One Wireless Printer edit
    ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE Trend Micro Internet Security 24-months edit
    PRODUCTIVITY SOFTWARE No Microsoft Office edit
    ADOBE Adobe Photoshop + Premiere Elements edit
    COLOR COORDINATED MICE Targus Stow-n-Go Mouse edit
    COLOR COORDINATED STORAGE Ruby Red 160GB eGo Hi-Speed USB Portable Hard Drive edit
    POWER OPTIONS 4-Port Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Pocket Hub & Travel Surge Protector Bundle edit
    My Service
    WARRANTY AND SERVICE Get $70 Dell Gift Card with 4Yr In-Home Service, Parts Labor- Next Day edit
    ACCIDENT AND THEFT PROTECTION Add Accidental Damage and LoJack Theft Protection to 4Yr Warr. edit
    DATASAFE ONLINE BACKUP DataSafe Online Backup 20GB for 1 year edit
    DIAL-UP INTERNET ACCESS No ISP requested edit
    ENVIRONMENTAL OPTIONS Recycling Kit and Plant a Tree for Me edit
    ALSO INCLUDED WITH YOUR SYSTEM
    Dell Printer Driver Windows Vista™ Premium
    Software - Adobe Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 8.1
    Processor Branding Intel Core 2 Duo Processor
     
  11. skjnoble

    skjnoble Notebook Guru

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    Oops, I forgot to ask...is there anywhere where I could save some money on things that aren't necessary? Thanks!
     
  12. skjnoble

    skjnoble Notebook Guru

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    I'm not sure if this is standard or not, but I just wanted to post that I did end up getting a laptop and THANK YOU VERY MUCH to all who helped....there were many on this website involved and I really appreciate you guys!!! So many were thorough, kind and helpful--you guys are the best!!!

    Here's what I ended up with:


    04/18/08 $1,031.08 $1,031.08

    42X5936 SBB INT CORE2DUO PROC T5750
    42V8010 VBB MS WIN VISTA BUSINESS
    42X5250 SBB GENWINVISTA BUS US ENG
    42X5243 SBB GLOSS15.4"WXGA,CAMERA
    42X5970 SBB INTGMA X3100,GM965S-V,PCIE
    41W2067 VBB 3GB PC2-5300 667MHZ 2DIMM
    42V8195 SBB KEYBOARD US ENGLISH
    42V8885 SBB ULTNAV(TRACPOINT TOUPAD) WFPR
    42X5942 SBB 250GB HD DRIVE,5400RPM
    42X1444 SBB DVD REC 8X MAX ULTRABAYENH
    41W1685 SBB 11ABGWIFI WL LAN USEULAANZ
    42V8188 SBB 6 CELL LI-ION BATT.(2.4AH)
    41W1787 SBB CPK NORTH AMERICA
    42X1253 SBB LANGUAGE PACK US ENGLISH
    41C9334 LENOVO THINKPAD PROTECTION EXTENDED SERVICE AGREEMENT - 3 YEARS
     
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