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  1. gracie

    gracie Newbie

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    Somebody help,

    I need some advise choosing a laptop.
    I am torn between Dell 8600, Toshiba Tecra S1 Series, and Toshiba Satellite M30 Series.

    This laptop will replace my PC. My current PC is a Dell, but I want to try a new brand because the company I work for uses the Toshiba Tecra for its field reps.

    I will be using this laptop for:
    - presentations (windows XP Professional)
    - cd/dvd burning and viewing
    - wireless

    any advise would be greatly appreciated.
    thanks,
    Gracie
     
  2. m3

    m3 Notebook Consultant

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    Hi Gracie,

    Here are some key differences between the three models:

    The M30 and Inspiron 8600 feature 15.4" wide-screen displays, while the Tecra S1 sports a 15.0" standard display. If watching DVDs is paramount, then avoid the Tecra S1.

    The M30 comes with 4200-rpm hard drives only. The Tecra S1 has either 4200-rpm or 5400-rpm hard drives and the Inspiron 8600 4200-rpm or 7200-rpm hard drives. The M30 has the slowest drives and the Inspiron 8600 the fastest drive (7200-rpm available in 60GB capacity only).

    In terms of graphics, the Tecra S1 has the ATI Mobility Radeon 9600 (32MB RAM) and the M30 the NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200 (32MB RAM). The 8600 comes with either the NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200 (32MB or 64MB RAM) or the ATI Mobility Radeon 9600 Pro Turbo (128MB RAM). If performance is your top priority, then the Inspiron 8600 with the ATI card is your best option.

    The Inspiron 8600 and Tecra S1 allow for a second battery (or 2nd hard drive) to be placed in the modular bay that normally contains the optical drive. Thus they give you longer battery life than the M30, which has a fixed optical drive. Obviously, if battery life is crucial, choose either the Dell or Tecra S1.

    Do these difference help you in deciding among the three machines?

    From what you say, system performance does not sound like a top priority to you. But what about battery performance? How important is it to you?

    Of course, your budget will have the biggest impact on what you get.
     
  3. miloman

    miloman Notebook Guru

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    There are some problems with the 8600-screens. Check the dell-forum.
    I allmost went for the M30(-154), but instead i will check this one (it's nearly on the market!):
    http://usa.asus.com/products/notebook/m6series/m6000n/m6000n_overview.htm
     
  4. Brian

    Brian Working at 486 Speed NBR Reviewer

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    For desktop replacement, I still like the 8600 over all other models. Dell gives you the ability to easily upgrade to high end components, like drives, video options and wireless. Screen issues have come up, I experieced a few problems on my 8200. But their UXGA displays are tough to beat. Get a good warranty and you should be set.

    Editor in Chief http://www.bargainPDA.com and http://www.SPOTstop.com
     
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    miloman Notebook Guru

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    <blockquote id='quote'>quote:<hr height='1' noshade id='quote'>Originally posted by Brian

     
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    Brian Working at 486 Speed NBR Reviewer

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    Point taken...so buyer beware. I'm still a fan of the 8600.

    Editor in Chief http://www.bargainPDA.com and http://www.SPOTstop.com
     
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