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    Default Re: Complete Novice Laptop Buyer Here...

    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?

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    Default Re: Complete Novice Laptop Buyer Here...

    Quote Originally Posted by Xirurg View Post
    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?
    Yup, I think that would be a good, concise summary.
    I don't care to belong to a club that accepts people like me as members.
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    Default Re: Complete Novice Laptop Buyer Here...

    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.
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    Default Re: Complete Novice Laptop Buyer Here...

    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

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    Default Re: Complete Novice Laptop Buyer Here...

    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?

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    Default Re: Complete Novice Laptop Buyer Here...

    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.
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    Default Re: Complete Novice Laptop Buyer Here...

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

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    Default Re: Complete Novice Laptop Buyer Here...

    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.

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    Default Re: Complete Novice Laptop Buyer Here...

    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.

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    Default Re: Complete Novice Laptop Buyer Here...

    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

 

 
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