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Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by dreadnought, May 26, 2007.

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  1. dreadnought

    dreadnought Notebook Enthusiast

    Apr 7, 2006
    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?

    unlimited, will pay anything for the right laptop

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?

    b. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
    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.

    Canada or America

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

    HP and Acer have burned me in the past so neither of these. Need good aftermarket service and tech support. Easily updated drivers, friendly web presence.

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

    gaming, surfing, music and movies.

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

    Taking it with me, durability is important.

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

    Yes, the latest graphic intensive games plus CIV4, Sim City 4 etc

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

    More is better (4 would be good)

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

    No, don't mind

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

    Windows XP

    Screen Specifics

    11) Would you prefer standard or widescreen?

    No preference

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


    c. UXGA - 1600x1200 - Very small text and graphics icons, you can fit lots of stuff on the screen.


    f. WUXGA - 1920x1200; Wider viewing version of UXGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.

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

    No preference

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?


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

    Within the next three months, to last years and years!

    Notebook Components

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

    as much as possible (200GB would be good)

    17) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD-ROM, DVD-CD/RW or DVD-RW drive? Yes, DVD-RW
  2. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies TG Lead Moderator Super Moderator

    Jul 10, 2005
    The Compal IFL90 comes to mind; decent battery life, great performance.

    I wouldn't recommend a WUXGA resolution on a 15.4" display - the text is very small. WSXGA+ is a better option in my opinion.

    I know you said you were burned by HP, but have you had any experience with their business lineup? They are completely different from the consumer line. Take a look at the HP nc8430; its Santa Rosa replacement is coming out this summer, the 8510.
  3. dreadnought

    dreadnought Notebook Enthusiast

    Apr 7, 2006
    Much appreciated. Will check those out and see which suits me best.
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