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August 9, 2003 5:10:31 AM

Hey all, I am currently looking for a laptop for university studies after summer. I am thinking of getting a Dell because of it's customer services or Toshiba because of looks :p . My buget will be around $1900 CAN about $1400 US. I want a Ati M9 in the computer and CD-RW, what is the best option for me? Which model will be the best value for money?

Thanks in advance.

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August 9, 2003 4:49:59 PM

someone help? please
August 9, 2003 5:01:52 PM

All i can say is definitly go for a pentium M (centrino) based laptop...a 1.6 pentium M = a 2.4ghz p4 M....definitly stay away from the celerons...

Also check to see if your universtty has onsite IT for any brands...larger universities do...

About dell vs. toshiba... there are more important things than specs...such as warantee...so keep that in mind...

Good luck and if you have any more questions feel free to post back...

Just got a gateway 450e (came with 4 year warantee)...so far so good...it gets 5 hours of battery life from a single battery...

If i put my k6 in a Ferrari it would be faster than your your pentium 4 or Athlon XP :tongue:
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August 9, 2003 5:16:34 PM

Hey, thanks very much for the response. I will be going to University of Waterloo in Computer Engineering. I am not sure if they have it. Right now I am in Alberta, Canada, and they have a 7% GST, while Ontario has 7%GST and 8$PST (totaling 15% Tax) That is why I want to buy now and not at the University.

I have heard that Pentium M is fairly expensive and will it cost a lot more if I buy them? I was going to go for P4M 2Ghz...
August 9, 2003 6:09:20 PM

I hate the sound of Dell. I have hard facts to justify saying this. No real notebook comparison experience.

From experience with people aquiring Dell workstations. Service is great. Whenever people want to do something like an upgrade there is hell to pay.

I have heard Toshiba is generally good.

That's it and u get bumped.

The loving are the daring!
August 9, 2003 9:48:11 PM

yes it will cost alot more...However for good reason...you get a much longer battery life with a pentium M...the p4m is heavly based on the P4 which is a pretty power hungry cpu...

Really it all depends on your needs...if you want ultimate portability then the pentium m is a good choice...

If you want ultimate portability with a budget you could go for a cheepo pIII M sytem from ebay...use that for your first 2 years of collage...once it gets slow upgrade to whatever is out at the time...

If you don't care about battery life...then go for the p4m...the battery should last 3 hours...

Now i have a word of warning about dell laptops...on their webpage and in their advertisments...it does not seem that all of the the cpu's used are pentium 4 m's...there are some strait p4 cpus it seems...If it does not have an M then DO NOT BUY IT!

If i put my k6 in a Ferrari it would be faster than your your pentium 4 or Athlon XP :tongue:
August 9, 2003 9:49:48 PM

oh...toms had a comparison between the centrino and the athlon 1700 laptop a while back...the 1700 did very well considering the price to performance to run time ratio...you may also want to consider that if you are on a bit if a budget...

If i put my k6 in a Ferrari it would be faster than your your pentium 4 or Athlon XP :tongue:
August 10, 2003 4:51:37 AM

I went to the Dell website and I built this 600m for $2088 and -$100 savings so without GST it's $1988Can, what do u guys think? Should I get it?

Inspiron 600m
Intel Pentium®M Processor at 1.3GHz w/ 14.1" XGA Display & ATI 9000 Mobile 64MB Video

B13ZGHC-[221-1950]
Memory
512MB DDR 266MHz (2 DIMMs)

512MB2D-[311-1885]
Hard Drive
30GB Ultra ATA Hard Drive

30GB-[340-8045]
Floppy Drive / USB Memory Key
USB Floppy Drive Module

FD-[340-6896]
Operating System
Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition - English

WHXP-[412-0408][313-1828][420-2427]
Integrated Modem and NIC
Internal 56K Modem and Integrated Network Card

56MPC-[313-1659]
Optical Devices
2X DVD+RW/+R Combo Drive

P2XDVDR-[313-1370][420-2574][462-2880]
Wireless Networking Card
Intel® PRO/Wireless 2100 WLAN (802.11b, 11Mbps) miniPCI Card

IP2100I-[430-0481]
Productivity Software
WordPerfect™ Productivity Pack

CNCOREL-[412-0399][412-0401][412-0174][412-0398][412-0245]
Security Software
Norton Antivirus® 2003, 90-day introductory offer (412-1234)

NAV2003-[412-0324]
Primary Battery
48 Watt Primary Battery

48WHR-[312-0055]
Warranty
1-Year Return-to-Depot Service, 24x7 Phone Tech Support, 365 days a year

S111RR-[900-9054][950-9910]

EDIT: oh by the way Shipping is $139<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by ra5555 on 08/10/03 00:57 AM.</EM></FONT></P>
August 10, 2003 5:07:18 AM

that is a very good price...i would highly recomend an extended warantee...

BTW that converts to 1500 dollars us...for people who are too lazy to convert it...

If i put my k6 in a Ferrari it would be faster than your your pentium 4 or Athlon XP :tongue:
August 10, 2003 5:28:30 AM

hey thanks for the response again, I think I will get it then :p 
I checked out the warrentee on offer, they are:

1-Year Return-to-Depot Service, 24x7 Phone Tech Support, 365 days a year

1-Year Return-to-Depot Service+Complete Care, 24x7 Phone Tech Support, 365 days a year [add $99 or $3/month1]

3-Year Limited Warranty, 3-Year Return-to-Depot Service, 24x7 Phone Tech Support, 365 days a year [add $130 or $4/month1]

3-Year Limited Warranty, 3-Year RTD Service+CompleteCare, 24x7 Phone Tech Support, 365 days a year [add $309 or $8/month1] Protect Your Investment

3-Year Limited Warranty, 3-Year On-Site Service, 24x7 Phone Tech Support, 365 days a year [add $230 or $6/month1]

3-Year Limited Warranty, 3-Year Onsite Service+CompleteCare, 24x7 Phone Tech Support,365 days a year [add $409 or $11/month1]

4-Year Limited Warranty, 4-Year On-Site Service, 24x7 Phone Tech Support, 365 days a year [add $569 or $15/month1]

I don't really think I would need 3 year warrenty because after 3 years I probably already have a new system to spar. I am thinking of getting a complete care service just in case I accidentally damages somehow (eg. drops or something)

thanks again :) 
August 10, 2003 5:50:38 AM

very good idea...Sounds like ya got yourself a system!

Good luck in college man...have fun...study hard

If i put my k6 in a Ferrari it would be faster than your your pentium 4 or Athlon XP :tongue:
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