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Best laptop for $1500?

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June 25, 2002 11:55:35 PM

Hi, there.
I'm a new member, and this is my first post. I've come across THG recently, and enjoy it a lot.

I wanna buy the best laptop I can, under $1500, and have one idea, but would appreciate the input from y'all.

It is the $1495 Sager NP6120S:
http://www.sagernotebook.com/pages/notebooks/product.cf...

Disadvantages are:
- It's the desktop Pentium 4 (as opposed to the mobile one)
- The display is just 14", and it's just XGA (as opposed to a 15" SXGA+, for example)
- No ATI 7500 or GeForce graphics card

Has anyone gotten a good deal lately? What do you think of this deal? Is there any reason I should keep away from it?

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June 26, 2002 4:59:16 AM

just a word of advice...dont get a regular P4 cpu as apposed to the P4-m...unless you're going to keep you laptop plugged into the wall...because the regualr P4 will drain your batteries fast...
oh...and <A HREF="http://www.dell.com" target="_new">dell</A> seems to have the best laptops for the price...just FYI...

:eek:  <b>Who fixed <font color=red>ATI</font color=red>'s leaky faucet??</b> :eek: 
July 2, 2002 4:14:39 PM

I would definitely agree with pr497
Don't just go for a notebook with a desktop P4 b/c of the lower price for the same clock speed

take a look at this article,
<A HREF="http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,4149,90980,00.asp" target="_new">http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,4149,90980,00.asp&lt;/A>
In it, PC Mag says "You still get only 1.6- or 1.8-GHz performance out of a 2.2-GHz desktop processor when it's placed in a laptop.... And battery life suffers greatly."

I would also say take a look at Dell
BTW, laplover, it would appear that that Sager Notebook you linked to does not include MS Word or Office, which may be a good or bad thing for you... Dell will force you to buy it with your computer, but at a much lower price than if you had to buy it separately...

BTW if you are a college student, you can get at least a 5% discount if you order thru the education dell sales division.
July 2, 2002 5:03:34 PM

I just noticed this "Special Edition" Dell notebook
<A HREF="http://www.dell.com/us/en/dhs/offers/specials_notebook_..." target="_new">http://www.dell.com/us/en/dhs/offers/specials_notebook_...;/A>
(Note: after a few weeks, this link may have a different system than the one i mention below)

PentiumĀ® 4 processor at 1.6GHz-M 14.1" XGA TFT Display
256MB 200MHZ 2 DIMMS
20GB2 Ultra ATA Hard Drive
8X CD-RW/DVD Combo Drive
for $1399 after a $250 mail-in rebate
shipping is $45

I would say it meets or beats the Sager in most respects
the differences that strike my attention are:
Dell vs. Sager
$1445 deliverd vs. $1530 delivered (ignoring tax)
P4M 1.6 Ghz vs. P4(desktop) 2.0 Ghz
200 Mhz SDRAM vs. 266 Mhz DDR SDRAM
MS Works Suite 2002 on DVD vs. no office suite
8MB DDR GeForce2 Go vs. SIS 650 Ultra-AGPII with 64MB max shared video memory
(Note: shared video memory is a very bad thing, performance-wise)
fixed floppy drive vs. USB floppy drive
2 USB vs. 3 USB
nothing vs. 1 FireWire (6 pin even!)
20 GB hd vs. 30 GB hd

The dell doesn't come with a bag by default, but it is only $50, so that isn't an issue, the dell would still be cheaper

I don't know if that is what you are looking for or not, but if it is, you might have to act fairly quickly, because this is "While supplies last"...
July 4, 2002 5:55:16 PM

I would go a little extra for the Sager 5650. Then we would be talking about a 15" screen and a very nice mobile radeon 7500 graphics card. Since you can't change video cards you should get the best you can afford IMO. The 5650 has a MOBILE cpu a bigger hd. The Dell is much more expensive unless you buy it EXACTLY the way it is , otherwise the starting price is $1650 before S$H. If you like the Dell exactly the way it is specked then it is a great deal but if you would rather change one thing then the price jumps $250.00. Personally I would rather have the Sager with the bad a$$ Radeon 7500/64. The Dell lacks firewire and may lack IR. I'm not saying the Sager is better for you and it isn't under $1500 but for ME it would be worth the extra.

BTW I have a Sager 5620 with that 7500 and it rocks! I went with a desktop cpu cause everywhere I go has power, even got a dc PS for the car.

Give me fuel, give me fire, give me that which I desire.
July 7, 2002 8:16:21 AM

Get Toshiba, and be done with it.

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