Laptop Purchase

Excuse me if this is in the wrong forum, but I am looking for an Intelligent answer!!

Can anyone help?

I am looking to purchase a new or used laptop computer.

I am confused by all the jargon!

There are some things I will require:

1. A good operating system.

2. A CD/DVD rewriter.

3. Internet access, wireless if possible.

4. A good graphics card, and a good screen.

5. Good sound.

6. A carrying case.

7. Relevant leads.

8. Reasonable memory.

9. A fast processor.

Can anyone out there point me in the right direction?

I don't want to spend the earth, but if I have to use the steam driven computer at work any longer, it may just find its way onto the next APWT!

Since the powers that be will not provide I will haved to dig deep.

Help me!!

Thanks in advance.
Google is your friend......
Get yourself an Apple Powerbook. Outstanding for music and dvd's. They p1ss on equivalent pc's. You can get Microsoft Office for Mac's so you won't dip out with work stuff etc. Far superior to PC's however they are more expensive. Thats what I'm getting next anyway.
Any recommended sites?

Have spent a lot of time on e-bay but this has just added to the confusion!!
Have a look at Advent, you can the same fire power as the bigger names at a lower cost, for connection try Vodafone G3/GPRS card, reasonable tariffs and connection alot faster than old GPRS cards. Laptop with centrino means you can connect in hot spots too
Depends what you want to do with it, you looking for portabillity, power, extra features, pretty colours?

Evesham (.com) look pretty good - just ordered one myself. I went with a 64bit AMD chip based machine as while there are some heat issues using a desktop chip they're still cooler than the P4's, and the 64bit tech will benefit you in a year or two down the line (get a graphics card that supports it too). Laptops are notorious for breaking at the wrong moment, with a life averaging 18 months or so I'm told - so a decent free warranty is fantastic.

Memory wise head for atleast 512Mb DDR. Wireless, DVD R/RW/Whatever, 10/100 (wired network) and IR connections are often standard.

OS wise XP is standard for PC's.

Mac's are a different kettle of fish, but it all depends what you want to be doing, if you're using windozzzzzz at work then prob best staying away.


archer said:
Been with Dell computers for nearly 4 years- desk and laptops and never had a problem.
I run an IT department, it’s company policy to only use Dell.
There are certain models which are riddled with faults, Dell are cheap and cheerful for a reason.
Dell is good, Great customer support, decent turn around on duff kit. Stay away from PC world and any junk marked "patriot" worst IT company on the market . Decent secondhand stuff at Wouldn't touch any stuff from Ebay with a big stick.
I've got a lovely ACER Travelmate 8104:

2 GHz Centrino Processor
Wireless card 802.11g & 1 GB ethernet card & bluetooth
100 GB HDD
Dual layer DVD rewriter
EZDock system (1 lead into box which allows external monitor, keyboard, mouse etc.)
Wide screen his res screen (1680 x 1050 dpi) - never seen better resolution for DVD playback
I run Windows XP Pro - consider XP home if you're not going to do anything too fancy
Light as a feather - again if you buy a laptop it implies that you are going to cart it around with you - laptops with desktop processors are twice the weight.
I've never seen/used a laptop that has good speakers (in this case size is everything) so you have to buy external speakers to get good sound. The ones built into the system are as good as any.
DVI output (for digital video)
A slot that accepts 4 types of memory cards incl Smartcard and Sony memory stick
4 USB & firewire
The DVD is easily removed and replaced with an additional 100 GB HDD

I could go on - but won't. I believe I saw one down at Comets for IRO £650 - dogs bollocks!

google it and see
Cheers guys and gals,

A lot of food for thought.

Will use some of these links and see what happens.

Still open to more recommendations.

Thanks again
It seems that all but Matelot didn't read the question fully.

Spidermonkey specified that he wanted a good operating system, which can only mean that a G4 PowerBook is the way ahead!


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