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  1. Mirrorball

    Mirrorball Newbie

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    I'm going to buy a notebook in a few months and the main requirement is that it is fast for numerical processing, but a great display would make me feel better for spending this much on a notebook. Any suggestions would be very welcome.

    1) What is your budget?
    $3000.

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    c. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen

    3) Please select your country's flag as a post icon and tell us what country are you buying this in.
    US.

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    No.

    5) What tasks will you be performing with the notebook?
    Programming and numerical processing, watching videos.

    6) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places or leaving it on your desk?
    I'm going to take it to work.

    7) Will you be playing games on it; if so, which games?
    No.

    8) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    As many as possible.

    9) Do you mind buying online without seeing the notebook in person?
    No.

    10) What OS do you prefer? Windows (XP or Vista), Mac OS, Linux, etc.
    Linux or Mac OS.

    Screen Specifics

    11) Would you prefer standard or widescreen?
    Widescreen.

    12) From the choices below, what screen resolutions would you prefer?
    Widescreen, 1440x900 or higher.

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen?
    Glossy.

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    A bit, I guess...

    15) When are you buying this laptop and how long do you want this laptop to last?
    In June or July to last for at least 3 years.

    Notebook Components

    16) How much hard drive space do you want; 40GB to 500GB?
    200GB or more.

    17) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a CDRW/DVD-ROM, DVD Burner or Blu-Ray drive?
    DVD burner.
     
  2. adinu

    adinu I pwn teh n00bs.

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    I would look at either the Dell Latitudes, the Thinkad T series or the HP business lines. Out of those I would prolly choose the Latitude, but that's just personal preference over styling and build quality.
     
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    millermagic Rockin the pinktop

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    I agree with above poster.

    T61 or Dell Latitude, both are well built business machines.
     
  4. Vedya

    Vedya There Is No Substitute...

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    HP 8510w is a good look
     
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    NAS Ghost Notebook Deity

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    If hes not getting it til the summer, shouldnt he wait for montevina to see waht it has to offer?
     
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    Mirrorball Newbie

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    Thanks for all the suggestions. Wouldn't the Dell Precision line be better than the Latitude line? What about the Apple Macbook Pro and Sony Vaio?
     
  7. vro8j

    vro8j Notebook Consultant

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    Vaio FZ is a fantastic notebook with the best screen out there BUT its 1280 x 800 only no high res screen...other than that it would be fantastic and way under your budget.
     
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    Dreamer The Bad Boy

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    The Precision M4300 and Latitude D830 are the same notebook, with some design differences, and the video cards which doesn't matter for you anyway. The Precision also has an option for a glossy screen.

    The MBP is a nice notebook, thin/light, and the screen is great (check it out in person), so if you like it...

    The Sony FZ has only WXGA screen and the battery life isn't great.

    Also, Precisions/Latitudes are business class notebooks and are much more durable than the other options.

    And since you aren't buying it right now, you can ask again in a few months before you buy the notebook.
     
  9. oleg_k

    oleg_k Notebook Enthusiast

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    I'm a computer science student myself and I'm really excited about Asus' M50Sv-A1 laptop. Ordered already and can't wait to get my hands on it :p
    The cool thing about it is it has a full numpad on the keyboard. There is a couple of key positions that are different from your regular desktop, but all in all it's going to be A LOT easier entering large chuncks of number test data for example. Really valuable feauture imo.

    It probably has graphics card more powerful than you really need, but with your budget, I don't see why you would care hehe =)
     
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