Laptop Choices

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  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.
     
  3. elovabloke

    elovabloke LE Moderator

    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.
     
  4. Goatman

    Goatman LE Book Reviewer

    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. Gremlin

    Gremlin LE Good Egg (charities)

    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!!!!
     
  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.
     
  10. Gremlin

    Gremlin LE Good Egg (charities)

    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 :)
     
  11. Use an old iBook for working on images.... best thing I've ever had!

    Horses for courses though I suppose.
     
  12. 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.
     
  13. 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
     
  14. 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!