Heading For School - which Laptop

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by ABHIVAN, Apr 22, 2007.

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    1) What is your budget?
    USD 1100- USD 1400

    (Actually the budget is $ 1500 but i want to use th rest of the money in getting a Bag , Mouse , headphones and Web cam)

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?

    Any thing less then 15.4

    a. Ultraportable; 12" screen or less
    b. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen

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


    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?

    No Dislike ( Prefer SONY , Dell, toshiba)

    5) What tasks will you be performing with the notebook?

    Internet, Movies, Heavy office Apps , Voice /Video Chatting

    6) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places or leaving it on your desk?

    Taking it along to classes

    7) Will you be playing games on it; if so, which games?


    8) How many hours of battery life do you need?

    4- 5 Hrs

    9) Do you mind buying online without seeing the notebook in person?

    anything is fine

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

    XP or Vista ( I will prefer XP though)

    Screen Specifics

    11) Would you prefer standard or widescreen?

    No prefrence

    12) From the choices below, what screen resolutions would you prefer?

    a. XGA -1024x768 - Large and easy to read text + graphics icons, but you fit less stuff on the screen.
    b. SXGA - 1400x1050 - Compromise resolution between XGA and UXGA.
    c. UXGA - 1600x1200 - Very small text and graphics icons, you can fit lots of stuff on the screen.

    d. WXGA or WXGA+ - 1280x768/800 or 1440x900; Wider viewing version of XGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.
    e. WSXGA+ - 1680x1050; Wider viewing version of SXGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.
    f. WUXGA - 1920x1200; Wider viewing version of UXGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.


    But not a major option

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

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    Not very much . but it should be durable, able to take wear and tear

    15) When are you buying this laptop and how long do you want this laptop to last?

    2 Yrs
    Notebook Components

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

    80- 120 GB

    17) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD-ROM, DVD-CD/RW or DVD-RW drive?

    DVD - RW

    My shortlist is currently Dell M1210 ( XPS) and Sony C Series.

    I want to go for 2 GB Ram and Core 2 Duo Processor

    I already have a Dell 1505 and a Toshiba Tecra and i have used Toshiba Proteege.

    ABHIVAN Newbie

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    Another question, , Is it better too wait a couple of weeks ( About May mid) , so that prices come down after the new palteform launch by Intel.
  3. coriolis

    coriolis Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Well, if you can wait, that's always a good thing. Prices will drop, new technology will be out, Win-Win. Except the patience part, waiting is not fun ;)
  4. jetstar

    jetstar Notebook Deity

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    If you like Sony, take a look at the Sony Vaio FE series. The business class HP nx7400 is also a good choice.

    ABHIVAN Newbie

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    Item Number Quantity Item Description
    222-4753 1 XPS M1210, Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5600 (1.83GHz/667MHz/2MB)
    320-4787 1 12 inch Wide-screen WXGA Display with TrueLife, Camera,WW Ant, Ear Buds, for XPS M1210
    311-5989 1 2GB, DDR2, 667MHz 2 Dimm for XPS M1210
    320-4789 1 Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 GM, for Inspiron XPS M1210
    341-3553 1 80GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive, for XPS M1210
    420-6813 1 Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Edition, English
    420-6436 1 Vista, PC-Restore, Dim/Insp
    420-6481 1 Dell Support, Vista, Dim/Insp
    420-5769 1 Internet Search and Portal
    420-5924 1 Icon Consolidation Application
    463-2282 1 Dell Owners Manual installed on your system,click on icon after system set-up to access
    313-4910 1 Dell Resource DVD with Application Backup
    430-0493 1 Integrated 10/100 Network Cardand Modem, for Inspiron
    412-0917 1 Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0, for Inspiron
    313-4222 1 8X DVD+/-RW Drive, for XPS M1210
    420-6464 1 Roxio Creator Basic
    313-4362 1 Integrated High Definition Audio
    430-1940 1 Intel PRO/Wireless 3945 802.11a/g Mini Card (54Mbps) for XPS M1210
    420-6914 1 Network Associates McAfee 8.0 English, 15-Month Subscription
    312-0431 1 85 WHr 9-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery, for XPS M1210
    412-0933 1 AOL for Broadband
    412-0934 1 Earthlink
    412-0935 1 NETZERO ISP
    412-0915 1 MS WORKS 8.5
    950-9797 1 No Warranty, Year 2 and 3
    950-3337 1 1 Year Limited Warranty
    412-0360 1 Soft Contracts - Banctec
    983-7849 1 Dell Hardware Warranty PlusOnsite Service, Initial Year
    950-9620 1 Type 3- Third Party At Home Service, 24x7 Technical Support, Initial Year
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