Well I'm in need of one soon enough and I'm completely new to the field. I've used Apple iBooks for about half a year, but I'm looking for a notebook that runs windows xp.
Where can I find a good one for around $1,000? (no more than $1,500)
I'm not going to be doing major 3d gaming.
I need a wireless connection (hopefully one of those built-in deals) My ISPs modem has wireless capability already, so that's not a problem. I know of a few "hot spots" as well downtown.
The hardrive should be at least 60GB. (I've got a big amount of HD space on my home computer, so I can always copy over old files...yadda yadda)
Microphone: I "definately" need a microphone on this laptop. Preferabbly a nice built-in one. Otherwise, I'll have to mod a tiny one onto it, because I'm going to be recording a lot of sound with it. Quality isn't an issue because the recordings will only be of discussion.
Speakers: I'm sure their all the same...laptops arn't the best quality when it comes to sound, so I'll probably be using my headphones really. I need a headphone jack atleast.
RAM: At least 512MB (1GB would be best)
CPU: At least an AMD 64 (Turon appears to be a good one)
Video card/memory (Not going to be 3D gaming, so 64mb should do the trick)...I do want the brand to be ATI or Nvidia though. I've used an onboard 64mb SiS card years ago and it was terrible. No comparison to 64mb ATI or Nvidia card's speed. (My home computer uses an Nvidia 7800GT and that baby woops ass in FPS rates)
DVD drive (Burner would be nice, but it's not exactly necessary.)
Screen size: 15.4" is fine.
how does this one look: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834115196 ?
This one is pretty decent in price too, but it's got an SiS graphics card (might be alright really...) and it doesnt have as good of a case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834224034
^ $200 less, but 200mhz faster cpu? wtf? Crappy graphics brand and case combined with extra cpu speed confuses me. Acer must be better than ABS I'm guessing.