So, I was gonna wait for Boxing day, but I just couldn't. One came on sale with features somewhat close to what I was actually looking for. I went out on Saturday and picked it up (I'm on it right now at school using the wireless network).
I figure they have a 14 day return policy on computers, so if I decide I don't like it THAT much in the next 2 weeks, I can return it for a full refund, cross my fingers and wait for boxing day HOPING I can get something a bit closer to what I was looking for for not much more $$$.
What I was looking for: 17" screen, 64 bit or Centrino processor, 1GB of RAM, 7200RPM HDD.
The Computer I ended up buying: Compaq R4225 - AMD 64 3500+, 100GB HDD, 1GB RAM, 15.4" Brightview WXGA.
Anyways, it was on sale $300 off for $1299.99 CDN @ Futureshop (AKA Best Buy for those Americans out there)
Anyone have any honest opinions? Did I make a good/poor choice? So far, I find the 4200RPM HDD a bit ummmm, slow :(
Mfr. Part Number: EC383UA#ABL
Processor Type AMD Athlon 64 Processor
Screen Size 15.4"
RAM (Preloaded / Maximum) 1024MB (1GB) DDR/ 2048MB (2GB)
Hard Drive 100GB 4200RPM
Optical Drives See The Features Section
Graphics ATI Radeon Xpress 200M IGP, 128MB DDR
Average Battery Life Info Not Available
Product Weight 3.56 kg
Audio Type Altec Lansing
Battery Type 8-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery
Cache Info Not Available
Fax/Modem 56K V.90
I/O Ports See The Features Section
Included In Box Instructions, AC Adapter
Network Card Integrated 10/100BASE-T Ethernet LAN
Other Software See The Features Section
PC Card Slots 1 x Expresscard/54, 1 x Type II Card Bus
Pointing Device Touchpad
Preloaded Operating System Windows XP Home Edition + Service Pack 2
Processor Speed 2.2GHz
Product Dimensions 36.20(W) x 4.57(H) x 28.40(D) cm
Removable Storage 6-In-1 Memory Card Reader, USB
Screen Type See The Features Section
Speakers Altec Lansing
System Bus Up To 2000MHz
Warranty 1 Year Parts & Labour
I/O Ports: 4 x USB, 1 x VGA,1 x RJ-11 Modem, 1 x TV-Out, 1 x Expansion Port 2 Connector, 1 x IEEE 194 FireWire
Optical Drives: DVD+/- R/RW and CD-RW Combo Drive With Double Layer Support
Screen Type: 15.4" WXGA High-definition Brightview Widescreen
Included Software: Symantec Norton Internet Security (60 days), Adobe Acrobat Reader, Multimedia Software, MS Works, MS Money, MSN Encarta Plus