Laptop Choices

#1
Going to getting myself a laptop, however, stuck on a choice of 5 different ones. Prices are about the same on all.

So to the people who are clued up on the specs of these laptops, which one would you go for?



1. Packard Bell Laptop EasyNote D5 series

HUGE 15" SHINY TFT!! Super Slim And Lightweight Design!!
Intel Pentium-M Centrino 1.6GHz CPU with 2MB Cache
Amazing 512MB DDR RAM
Huge 60GB Hard Drive
Immaculate 15.1" DIAMONDVIEW XGA LCD TFT Display (1024x768)
Internal DUAL LAYER DUAL FORMAT DVD +/- ReWriter Combo Drive
(Copies/Writes CD/DVDs!!, Doubles Up As CD-ROM/DVD-ROM/CD-ReWriter)
Integrated 56K V90 Modem
Integrated 10/100 Network Card
** Integrated Wireless LAN WiFi **
** Integrated Bluetooth **
AGP Intel Extreme 2 64MB Graphics Card
3D Stereo Soundcard
Integrated Touchpad Pointing Device
Integrated IEE1394 FireWire (For Video Editing etc)
PCMCIA Slots
USB 2.0 Ports
Parallel/VGA/TV-Out Ports


2. Packard Bell Laptop EasyNote D5 series

HUGE 15" SHINY TFT!!!!!
Intel Pentium 4 3.06 GHz CPU with Hyperthreading
Amazing 512 MB DDR RAM
Huge 60GB Hard Drive
Immaculate 15.1" DIAMONDVIEW XGA LCD TFT Display (1024x768)
Internal DUAL LAYER DUAL FORMAT DVD +/- ReWriter Combo Drive
(Copies/Writes CD/DVDs!!, Doubles Up As CD-ROM/DVD-ROM/CD-ReWriter)
Integrated 56K V90 Modem
Integrated 10/100 Network Card
AGP NVidia GeForce FX 5100 Go Dedicated 64MB Graphics Card
3D Stereo Soundcard
Integrated Touchpad Pointing Device
Integrated IEE1394 FireWire (For Video Editing etc)
PCMCIA Slots
USB 2.0 Ports
Parallel/VGA/TV-Out Ports


3. IBM T40 Pentium 4 512mb/40gb DVD Wireless XP Pro laptop

Intel Pentium 4 1.5 Ghz
512mb RAM
40Gb Hard Drive
14.1" TFT (XGA 1024x768 resolution)
Windows XP Pro Pre-installed
802.11 built in wireless card
DVD/CD ROM Drive
10/100 Networking
56k Fax Modem
Stereo Speakers
2 x USB 2.0
Parallel
2 x PCMCIA
10/100 Networking
External VGA
Audio Out, TV Out
Charger, Mains Cable & Modem Lead included
Wireless antenna - built into the LCD display casing to give optimum Wi-Fi reception.
Blue button restore key. The T40 has a built in restore function to restore your operating system if you encounter the dreaded crash!
Modular drive bay means the slim ultra bay makes upgrading to CDRW or a DVD writer a breeze.
Infra Red port - located on the front of the laptop, this
Built in reading light. A light built into the top of the screen case that when activated shines down on the keyboard so you can work in the dark!


4. Packard Bell, NEC Pentium P4 3.0ghz DVDRW CDRW LAPTOP COMPUTER
Intel Pentium 4 3.0 Ghz
256mb RAM
40Gb Hard Drive
15" TFT (Diamond View screen)
Windows XP Home pre-installed
DVDRW/CDRW Drive
10/100 Networking port
56k Fax Modem
Stereo Speakers
4 x USB 2.0
1 x Microphone
1 x VGA
1 x Headphone
1 x S Video TV-OUT
1 x 10/100 Network
Charger, Mains Cable & Modem Lead included
Compatible with WiFi add-ons


5. NEC K5285 P4 2.8Ghz DVD Writer CD/RW XP Laptop Computer
Intel Pentium 4 2.8Ghz
512mb RAM
40Gb Hard Drive
15" TFT (Diamond View screen)
Windows XP Home pre-installed
DVDRW/CDRW Drive
10/100 Networking port
56k Fax Modem
Stereo Speakers
4 x USB 2.0
1 x PCMCIA
Firewire
TV-Out
1 x VGA
1 x Microphone in
1 x Headphone out
1 x Network RJ45
64mb Dedicated GeForce Graphics card



Cheers
 
#2
Mate,

Stay clear of the Packard Bells-they're crap. Also don't go near a computer with less than 512mb ram.

How much do they cost? To be honest, they all look pretty poo. Hard drives are quite small considering what's available now.

I've got a Fujitsu Siemens laptop and I have to recommend it as it's very good.
 

elovabloke

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#3
2bish said:
Going to getting myself a laptop, however, stuck on a choice of 5 different ones. Prices are about the same on all.

So to the people who are clued up on the specs of these laptops, which one would you go for?




3. IBM T40 Pentium 4 512mb/40gb DVD Wireless XP Pro laptop

Intel Pentium 4 1.5 Ghz
512mb RAM
40Gb Hard Drive
14.1" TFT (XGA 1024x768 resolution)
Windows XP Pro Pre-installed
802.11 built in wireless card
DVD/CD ROM Drive
10/100 Networking
56k Fax Modem
Stereo Speakers
2 x USB 2.0
Parallel
2 x PCMCIA
10/100 Networking
External VGA
Audio Out, TV Out
Charger, Mains Cable & Modem Lead included
Wireless antenna - built into the LCD display casing to give optimum Wi-Fi reception.
Blue button restore key. The T40 has a built in restore function to restore your operating system if you encounter the dreaded crash!
Modular drive bay means the slim ultra bay makes upgrading to CDRW or a DVD writer a breeze.
Infra Red port - located on the front of the laptop, this
Built in reading light. A light built into the top of the screen case that when activated shines down on the keyboard so you can work in the dark!

Cheers
Good bit of kit, I have bought a couple of hundred IBM Laptops of similiar spec for where I work. HD to small - do'nt think so unless you are going to put your whole life on the thing and not back it up of the machine. Would get more memory in the RAM though. Just my thoughts.
 

Goatman

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#4
I recently bought an old IBM Thinkpad off a plumber who'd used it as a DVD viewer in the car for his kids - and was pleasantly surprised at how much grunt it delivers.

I guess the best thing about IBM laptops is that
>they've been around a long time
>they aren't about to go out of business (even though the laptop arm is now Chinese) and
> if you need it upgraded or serviced EVERYBODY knows it.

Before you part with trouserfulls of cash check out

www.studentlaptops.co.uk

e.g http://www.student-laptops.co.uk/product.asp?P_ID=451
SPECIFICATIONS

Manufacturer IBM

Model ThinkPad T40

Manufacturer Website Address www.ibm.com/uk

Manufacturer Part Number 2647

Processor Pentium M 1.5GHz

Memory 512Mb DDR

Hard Drive 40Gb

Optical Drive DVD-ROM

Graphics Processor ATI - 32MB

Display Size & Type 14" TFT

Display Resolution 1024 x 768

Modem 56K Modem built in

Network 10/100 Network Adapter built in, 802.11b Wireless

Audio Built in sound card and speakers

Pointing Device Trackpoint Type Mouse (red button) with scroll feature and TrackerPad Type Mouse

USB Features 2 x Built in USB 2.0 Ports

Operating System Windows XP Pro

Battery Information Good or new battery with 30 day warranty

Power Features External power supply and UK mains lead (included)

Weight 2.4Kg

Dimentions Width: 30.4 cm
Height: 3.4 cm
Depth 25.0 cm


Interface Types 2 x PCMCIA
1 x VGA External Monitor
1 x Parallel Port
1 x Serial RS232 Port
1 x PS/2 Mouse or Keyboard Port
1 x Power Port
1 x Headphones/Line Out Port
1 x Microphone Port
1 x Docking Station Port


Additional Features Built in keyboard light

Warranty 3 months hardware warranty

Sub Total £ 314.04
Tax £ 54.96
Total £ 369.00

There's also a guy who advertises in Soldier - www.thelaptopman.co.uk


Ker-CHINGGG!!! :D


Le Chevre
 
#5
Do not touch a packard Bell as the sailor says, the build quality and components are absolute pants.

Good makes are IBM, Dell, Toshiba, Fujitsu and a couple of others.

Logon to www.pcpro.co.uk, and have a look at the reviews, they are honest and unbiased.

Their A List will tell you the currently highest rated bit ok kit for most IT catagories, and where to buy it at the cheapest price.

Although Goku will shout at this, I have always prefered Dell for producing good reliable machines. Apart from the naus of having to sit through a foriegn call centre, thier support is good, and if you go to thier outlet centre on line you can pick up some bargins. (Dell only manufacture to order-so when an order falls through, the kit gets sold via the outlet). They will also deliver duty free to BFPO numbers.

www.dell.co.uk

Take time over deciding, choose the right bit of kit for you , do not grab the nearest shiney thing and lastly DO NOT use PC World if you can avoid it!!!!
 
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stabradop

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#6
I use a Compaq 2130 and its not a bad machine, it has the following.

512mb RAM
60 Gb HD
Centrino processor
Built in wireless (latest spec)
Multi Drive that plays and burns both CDROM and DVDROM
6in1 Digital Media
Windows XP Home Edition

I got this a year ago and it does almost everything I want, the only thing it cant do is play games that need a 3D accellerator card but possibly there might be a plug in for that.

I agree with Gremlin about PC World (I was doing security there at the time so thats where I got mine from) and I wouldn't recommend buying from them either as their sales staff talk bullsh*t. If you do decide to go through them or any other store try to avoid any finance done by HFC Bank and you will end up dealing with an Indian Call Centre who will fcuk up things from the word go. On principle now I never do any business with a UK organisation that has such call centres.

Dell are not a bad lot either, a lot cheaper than buying from a store and there are plenty of them about so most of your small upgrade centres can help you out.

stab
 
#7
Fujitsu Siemens tends to have best spec for the money, and has very good ultra-portable models.

I've just been given a brand new Dell D620 as a business laptop, and I'm quite impressed - strong construction ideal for getting dumped on the security conveyor at airports, lots of little gizmos including a neat device for locating wireless networks even when the laptop is closed.
 
#8
Would agree with the matelot (for once :D )...steer well clear of packard bell. If pushed, I would recommend IBM/Lenovo for the following reasons:


1) I used to work for them....they had many faults but product design/quality was not one of them, I believe that will still be refelected in their current products.

2) I currently work with around 40 Indians (don't ask....) and they swear by them, reckon they're robust enough for the heat and dust of the sub continent. And I believe them.

I have a sony vaio, absolutely stunning machine but i know if it snuffs it outwith the warranty period I'll probably have to dump it, they are notoriously difficult to repair.

I also have an apple powerbook....don't even go there!!


Cheers,

AS.
 
#9
If your using the laptop in reasonable conditions I would suggest a Dell (I'm typing this on a Latitude D610), the next day onsite warranty is for winners and they're reasonably sturdy, my company uses them in the field (Oil rigs etc..) without major issues.
 
#11
Forgot to add that I'm on a D610 as well.

So that's 2 people working in IT on Dells.....

Oh and stick to the Latitude rather than the Inspiron


Edited to say:

Mmmmmm alienware, now let me just find that lottery ticket :)
 
#12
Aerosexual said:
Would agree with the matelot (for once :D )...steer
I also have an apple powerbook....don't even go there!!
Use an old iBook for working on images.... best thing I've ever had!

Horses for courses though I suppose.
 
#13
I have an IBM R50e: great piece of kit and extremely robust. Also the IBM comes with some software that makes connecting to the internet anywhere in the world a damn sight easier than MS.

They also have fantastic battery life (with a mobile trip), and the little light on the top of the screen is surprisingly useful at times.

I am now on my 5th IBM: I have never had a problem with any of them. I have also had Asus and HP. Pieces of cr@p compared to IBM.
 
#14
I have an Acer Travelmate 2310 which is okay apart from a lack of memory


On the subject of Alienware my mate (an IT guru like me ) had an Alienware lappy which gave no end of bother, he sent it back and got refund in the end but only after it had been back to the factory for over 6 months
 
#15
Used to have an Acer years ago, really liked it until it went belly up just outside of the warranty! (shold have paid extra for the extended one.. DOH!).

What's teh consensus on Mesh Laptops? Have a friend who purchased one when he got back from Iraq and when I used it I thought it was the dogs!
 
#16
I'm currently using the IBM R51 as well and as dread said, very robust piece of kit and a good proven track record.
 
#17
I'm currently on a Dell (Precision M50) and cannot really say I'm that impressed with it. Nothing but problems with the batteries dying (and staying dead). I've had the machine 3 years and gone through 7 batteries - good job that the company pays ! Also had problems with the DVD drive and am on my second one which has also now failed. Just ordered an HP (nw9440) and am hoping that will be less problematic.

Flip
 
#18
Toshiba very good. I bought a Toshiba Satellite Pro L100, And it does what it says on the tin! Ebuyer are very good, can't fault them. Whatever you do get a decent warrenty! and stay away from PC world.
 
#20
I have bought 2 Compaq Presarios in the last 2 years, both blew the Inverter Board (the latest is 6 weeks old) FFS don't buy from PC World. I needed a new one late on a Sat and bought it from PC Worse. Their support is shite. It has been a week now since the backlight went and I am still waiting for a date TO COME AND COLLECT IT.
 

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