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  1. #1
    Dec 2004
    NJ & MI

    Laptop recommendations?

    i'll be going to grad school for UP this fall and i'm thinking about buying a new laptop. any recommendations? i'm going to stick with PC over Mac because of GIS and my own familiarity. my current Toshiba Satellite A45 is bulky, loud, and the fan seems to be breaking down. what has everyone had good luck with? probably going to be using GIS, photoshop and other programs I don't even know about yet. looking for something i can carry easily and i guess i'll need lots of RAM (maybe even 1 GB). anyways, let me know with any suggestions....

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    Cyburbian el Guapo's avatar
    Oct 2001
    Not the Compaq Presario X1000. Sorry I can't be of more help. But that is the limit of my experiences with laptops.

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    Cyburbian The One's avatar
    Mar 2004
    Where Valley Fever Lives


    Go with IBM, even if its one of the cheap models.....they are like tanks and should last. Whatever you get will be out of date and COMPLETELY useless in three years anyway, so don't spend a bunch of $$$ (except on RAM).
    Skilled Adoxographer

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    Apr 2005
    In The Classroom
    Ahh,,, This is my field of expertise. Actually I have three preferences in manufactures…
    IBM , now Lenovo (built like tanks), HP (affordable and can get it repaired anywhere), and Dell (the price leader).

    Suggestions? First, get the three year warranty; it costs around $119.00 but guarantees about everything except intentional damage. Second, if you are doing GIS, CAD, PhotoShop, etc. stick with a true P4. Not a Celeron or a Centrino those are modified chips of the desktop version and they sacrifice speed. Third purchase as much RAM as your budget can afford. Expend to spend around $1200+ for the laptop, $120 for the warranty (but well worth it).

    Look for the “Business” laptops / notebooks as they are made to with stand being used more than 4 hours a day.

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