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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-30-2005, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for a laptop....advice?

So anyways, looking for a laptop. I'm looking for a GOOD value laptop that I can use as a desktop replacement. Right now I'm HEAVILY leaning towards something with a Turion 64 chipset as I really want to run Windows 64.

I'm leaning towards an Acer Aspire 5002 (lousy video card) or an Acer Travelmate 4402 (more expensive and missing glossy screen).

Features I'm looking for:
Turion 64 chipset
DVD Burner
Decent video card
15.4" minimum screen (would prefer glossy)
512MB of RAM

I've priced these computers out and they come to $1150 CDN ($1000 US) and $1450 CDN ($1250 US) respectively.

Any advice anyone can give me?

The main software application I really want to run on Windows 64 is Autocad 2005. I do enjoy the occasional game or two though ;)




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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-30-2005, 07:34 PM
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When i was looking for a laptop a few months back, Toshiba seemed to have a fairly good name, as well as Dell. I never bought one though so i have no personal experience to go by.
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I have used both Dells and Compaqs and been happy with both. Keep in mind that I am not running anything as intensive as AutoCAD, so I am not sure how they would handle that. But for everyday use and a little gaming, they have worked great.

Windows64? The last thing I read on W64 was that you had to have the latest Xeon, Itanium or Athlon 64 processor for it to work. Do new laptops come with that much juice? I have not looked at laptops in a while so I don't know. Also, I also remember reading how drivers were few and far between (expecially for dvd burners). Has that changed too?

I would suggest getting XP Pro and then upgrading to Longhorn when it comes out. At least that is designed for the consumer market and should have better driver support. Just my $0.02 worth.
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i have one but not as high teck as u would want. if i was u i would get something that will last u without messing up. durability

and get wifi built in

hp and apple are my fav. more bang for ur bucks

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Rob...... nothing but the best Ferrari laptop

If I had the money, it would be on my lap right now. Unfortunatly, spending $12,000 in the last month or so means I can't afford fuck-all right now (damn student living).

Check out NCIX for pricing. You don't have to pay PST, and shipping is generally cheap and quick. Returning a product is also rather easy. There are also several other vancouver based computer stores where you can get a deal. Don't be afraid to shop online.
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I have used both Dells and Compaqs and been happy with both. Keep in mind that I am not running anything as intensive as AutoCAD, so I am not sure how they would handle that.
AutoCAD isn't bad. Virtually all laptops in the price range Rob is talking about should handle AutoCAD with little effort. It's when you start running CATIA V5 and ANSYS that you start seeing delays (hence why I want the Ferrari laptop).
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Yeah, the Ferrari is nice.......but I don't like Ferrari's :p I was looking at the Ferrari 4005 model, $1800 or something like that.

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The 4002 model is $1800 - $1900. The 4005 model is $2300+
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Dells should be able to run AutoCAD flawlessly. My old high school (i graduated in june, so i get to say that now :P), ran AutoCAD software on Dell desktops for computer courses, like Computer Design and Architecture Design, and there was no delay. I don't remember what year AutoCAD it was, I had both of the aformentioned courses in my Junior year, which was right after the school bought mass Dell desktops. Now bear in mind, these are school computers... High School Computers... Public High School Computers... so they are by no means top-of-the-line, just P4, XP Home, and a small amount of memory. That's about it. Hope that helps.

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Take your pick.

You *might* want to replace the hard drive on refurb'd machines with something newer/faster.
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Now I feel old. I started using AutoCAD back in '93. I haven't found a computer yet (except my old 386 SX) that couldn't run it, but then again, the SX (for those that don't know) didn't have a "math co-processor".
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I want to try to stay away from Dell as they only use Intel chips, and I would really like to run Windows 64 if possible.



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Just about anything out there will run AutoCrap.

I had a nice IBM for a while but the 4Mb non-upgradable Vcard crippled me on higher end stuff. A Compaq presario replaced it very well (4-64Mb variable) but durability was poor. Had cracks in the case within a few months. Awesome JBL sound though. For durability the Panasonic tough book is the bomb.
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Ok as for laptops, I would have to say Dell is the best. If your gonna carry your laptop every day, your gonna want to get a warranty, Dell's complete care for example is top notch.

Last sunday my computer started to act up, wouldnt power on sometimes. I determined it to be the mobo myself, but I called up Dell warranty and talked to them about my problem, and they agreed that it sounded like a mother board, they agreed to replace it. So they made an appt with me to have the technician come to my house on wednesday. Monday afternoon comes along and I get a telephone call from the technician, saying that the parts came moday around noon, and he would be able to install it on tuesday. Tuesday morning at 10am the technician knocked on my door, and by 11:15 he was done and the computer was working correctly. All at no cost.

if you do go dell, check out their coupons: http://www.techbargains.com/dellcoupons.cfm

you can usually find $600 off $1499 or $750 off $1899 on laptops
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you can usually find $600 off $1499 or $750 off $1899 on laptops
thats how i got my $2300 Inspiron 9300 for around $1520 after taxes, but that was with discounts provided by Dell during a back to school promotion, as well as an employee discount my dad gets since his office always buys Dells.

But they still don't offer the 64bit tech that Avenger is looking for, unfortunately
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