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help me finding laptops, please

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a b D Laptop
September 1, 2008 12:32:52 PM


This is my very first post here.

I'm looking for a laptop with following specifications:

  • light-weight, 2kg or less, portable design
  • at least 2.0GHz, 2GB DDR; I'm multi tasker, open many tabs/windows simultanously
  • 10-13" screen size, don't care much about screen resolution
  • don't care much about HDD as I already have an external
  • mostly research, writing papers, some web design, maybe light video editing, never play games
  • office, email, firefox, messenger, dreamweaver, photoshop (sometimes)
  • preferably around £700, must not more than £1000
  • want to keep the laptop for 2 yrs or more
  • I'm originally from Indonesia, but will do my masters in UK this october

    List of possibilities:
  • Apple MacBook 2.4GHz (around £700-800, Apple HE discount available)
  • Dell Latitude E4200 (not yet released, don't know the price range)
  • I love Vaio's design, but couldn't afford it. Any other suggestions? :) 

    Is it cheaper to buy a laptop from my country or buy it when I arrived in the UK?

    Thanks in advance.
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    a b D Laptop
    September 1, 2008 3:13:32 PM

    Personally, I would never buy a Mac. You can do everything a Mac can on a PC cheaper. I don't know why people get them.

    Also, Vaio's are stylish, but they're built like crap with sub-par parts. I would never recommend a Vaio.

    Your budget is bit high for what you're uses are. All you need is an entry-level laptop. Try a Dell Inspiron 13.

    I recommend the $899 USD model.

    I don't know where it's cheapest to buy the notebook, I don't live outside the US.
    a c 244 D Laptop
    September 2, 2008 8:35:34 AM

    If u are getting apple,dont get a MACBOOK get a MACBOOK PRO but thats very expensive.
    To frozen,well OS X LEOPARD is the reason that many buy MAC,its really a very good OS,excellent security,less bugs than windows,its really good for someone who doesnt game.
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    a b D Laptop
    September 2, 2008 12:57:57 PM

    Thanks for your prompt reply, frozenlead, Maziar.

    What's wrong with Mac? I love the way they design the machine.
    Been tested my friend's macbook, love the usability & performance.

    I think what differentiate MB and MBP are their integrated graphics card and screen size. Probably I will not need MBP. I don't need high performing task. I don't like big screen size either. It drains the battery fast and not easy to bring.
    a c 244 D Laptop
    September 2, 2008 1:44:40 PM

    Its not only that,the build quality is different too,MACBOOK is really for some simple tasks,but MACBOOK PRO is alot better IMO.
    a b D Laptop
    September 2, 2008 3:46:37 PM

    The design is incredibly hard on the hardware itself and incredibly hard to service and upgrade - something apple is great at sticking a good price tag on.

    As for the OS, I've never had a problem with windows, I don't have a reason to switch. My experiences with Mac OS X have never been positive. I always find the way it displays information counter-intuitive. I just hate the way everything is layed out. Especially the title bar split thing. It's just stupid, IMO.

    For another $500, I don't think the Mac has enough pros to be worth it over a PC and a user with a head.

    I also preferred my IBM A1 design over the design of the macbooks themselves. But that's opinion.
    a c 244 D Laptop
    September 2, 2008 6:25:33 PM

    I dont know but since u have used both OSes then u must be right :D  so i appologize about saying that OS X doesnt have bugs like Windows,i heard it,sorry and thanks :) 
    a b D Laptop
    September 2, 2008 11:23:05 PM

    I never said OS X had bugs, I just said I found it really hard to figure out and navigate. All software has bugs - windows just has a lot more because there's a lot more to it.
    a c 244 D Laptop
    September 3, 2008 5:25:29 AM

    Oh i see thanks :)