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    Hey, I am looking for a Laptop to use in college, which will start next August. I understand that technology changes quickly, but I thought that I'd better get back into the groove of things now so that by the time I buy it, I will be knowledgeable enough to make a good decision.

    I would like:
    -Mobile Internet/ethernet cable Capabilities
    -Large hard Drive
    -PC, Not Mac (unless there is a very very strong argument otherwise)
    -At least 15 inch screen
    -DVD Burner

    Would you suggest AMD or Intel, the desktop I built has AMD Athlon XP 2500 which I have been pleased with, I just do not know much about mobile processors or the recent ones seeing as I built it 1 and a half years ago.

    Would you suggest going with a New egg laptop like where I pick the components, or a Dell, HP or other brandname?

    Price is not too big of a deal, I will do work, watch movies, listen to music, and play the occasional game, nothing much though, however I enjoy having a high end computer!

    All other input related to notebooks is welcome, thank you.

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    This site has reliable reviews for laptops of all classes & prices
    http://www.whatlaptop.co.uk/aPlnJBk.html

    i wouldnt go for the latest hottest cause the prices tend to be over blown and the machine will be outdated a few months later
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    My College has ncie deals on four laptops which are: (they configure them to work with the college system for you)

    Dell Latitude D810
    Dell Latitude D610

    iBook 12" 1.2GHz Combo
    512MB DDR266 SDRAM (256MB built-in & 256MB SO-DIMM)
    60GB Ultra ATA drive
    Combo drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW)
    AirPort Extreme Card
    Keyboard & Mac OS X - U.S. English
    12-inch TFT XGA display
    1.2GHz PowerPC G4
    ATI Mobility Radeon 9200 w/ 32MB DDR video memory
    AppleCare Protection Plan for iBook


    PowerBook 15" 1.5GHz Combo
    1.5GHz PowerPC G4 w/ 64MB VRAM
    512MB DDR333 SDRAM - 1 SO-DIMM
    80GB Ultra ATA drive @ 5400 rpm
    Combo Drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW)
    AirPort Extreme Card
    Backlit Keyboard/Mac OS - U.S. English
    ATI Mobility Radeon 9700
    15.2-inch TFT Display
    AppleCare Protection Plan for PowerBook (w/ or w/o Display)

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    HP L2000 here are the specs that I like (1566.96 USD) Just and idea of what I liked

    Operating System Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Professional with SP2

    Processor AMD Turion(TM) 64 ML-37 (2.0GHz/1MB L2 Cache)

    Display 14.0 WXGA BrightView Widescreen (1280x768)

    Graphics Card ATI RADEON(R) XPRESS 200M w/productivity ports

    Memory 1.0GB DDR SDRAM (2x512MB)

    Hard Drive 100 GB 4200 RPM Hard Drive

    Primary CD/DVD Drive FREE Upgrade DVD+/-RW/R CD-RW Combo w/Double Layer

    Networking 54g(TM) Integ. Broadcom 802.11b/g WLAN & Bluetooth

    Primary Battery 12 Cell Lithium Ion Battery

    Productivity Software Microsoft(R) Works/Money

    Carrying Cases Targus Blacktop Messenger Case
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    AC Adapters & Batteries HP 65W AC Adapter
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    Mice & Keyboards HP Special Edition L2000 Mobile Mouse
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    Quote Originally Posted by Champ
    HP L2000 here are the specs that I like (1566.96 USD) Just and idea of what I liked

    Operating System Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Professional with SP2

    Processor AMD Turion(TM) 64 ML-37 (2.0GHz/1MB L2 Cache)

    Display 14.0 WXGA BrightView Widescreen (1280x768)

    Graphics Card ATI RADEON(R) XPRESS 200M w/productivity ports

    Memory 1.0GB DDR SDRAM (2x512MB)

    Hard Drive 100 GB 4200 RPM Hard Drive

    Primary CD/DVD Drive FREE Upgrade DVD+/-RW/R CD-RW Combo w/Double Layer

    Networking 54g(TM) Integ. Broadcom 802.11b/g WLAN & Bluetooth

    Primary Battery 12 Cell Lithium Ion Battery

    Productivity Software Microsoft(R) Works/Money

    Carrying Cases Targus Blacktop Messenger Case
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    AC Adapters & Batteries HP 65W AC Adapter
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    Mice & Keyboards HP Special Edition L2000 Mobile Mouse
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    That looks expensive for what you get.

    First off, go for a system with an MT(25W) processor rather than ML(35W). Runs cooler, better battery life.
    Second, get a 5400rpm drive.
    Third, I thought you wanted at least 15" screen.

    Look around at some recent posts, I found the new Asus series had all those features and DVD-RW DL as standard (not a free (read "may be chargeable later") add-on), for about the same price. I don't think they are available in the US just yet, but I'm sure they will be in 6 months
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    alrite, thanks alot this is why i posted, cause i'm too stupid to figure it out on my own

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    I am looking into getting a new laptop as well. I am unclear about whether to go with AMD or Intel. I have been reading many postive reviews of Intel's Centrino platform, and have not heard many reviews at all about AMD's mobile line. I self-configured a laptop with a very powerful, "spec" wise with an Athlon64 mobile processor at HPs website and it cost about $1,500; however, it has the disadvantage of only having a 5400 RPM drive.

    The Dells has better hard drives, and I am sure better repair support than HP, and I have had generally good experiences with Dell products (as far as value); however, Dell does not have AMD processors.

    If my maximum spending is $2,000 USD, what should I get?

    Thanks for any replies in advance!

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    Dell's standard notebook hard drive specs are exactly the same as HP's standard drives - 5400rpm in 60,80 and 100GB sizes. Both have the option of 7200rpm drives at (vastly inflated) extra cost. Since neither specify the origin of their drives it is impossible to say which are better, supposedly identical models could have different drives.

    My personal advice would be to stay away from any of the major suppliers (Sony, HP, Dell, Toshiba, maybe others). All of them seem intent on interfering with how you run your system by installing their own "system monitoring software", and since all software is expensive to develop they don't put it on there for free, it is reflected in the price.

    It appears that Dell are now installing Myway spyware too. There appears to something of a stink developing about this, since the uninstaller doesn't uninstall all of it, but it disables the uninstaller.
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    Totally agree with lynx...

    You could get a better or on par laptop from www.cyberpowerinc.com or www.ibuypower.com ...I have purchased 3 computers from ibuypower and so far the 1 laptop that i've got from cyperpower is still kicking(2 years). THe one thing I warn you about these companies is that there tech support arent on par with Dell. I purchased a Dell for my sister only because of this reason being that she's not really computer literate and dell has by far the best tech support. Plus the price for what you get from those 2 companies are pretty good. notebookforums.com has detail info on comparisons and such on these two companies and there respected systems.
    Goodluck on yer purchase.


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    Lynx and d5dd thanks alot that really helps, i cant beleive that dell puts spyware on... its such a problem, it seems like it makes there systems worse... strange but thank you

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