This is probably going to sound hopeful to most of you, but I'm looking to buy a notebook sometime between now and August 1st. I am hoping to spend, ideally, $1,000-$1,200, though I suppose $1,500 would be the absolute max I'd spend and I would have to feel like I was getting an excellent deal (which generally isn't the case when spending more money on technology).
I'll be using this notebook for college (I'll be a freshman next year) and it will be the only computer I'll have while at college, so basically a desktop replacement that I can bring to class. I plan on buying a new notebook (or possibly desktop) once I become a junior/senior. My first concern is that I want it to replace any spiral notebooks and not make me need paper or anything like that and be able to take notes easily. I'd also like to be able to of course browse the web, download music and watch DVDs on it. I used to play a decent amount of PC Games, but not as much recently. I don't know if I'll do that as much once I get into college, but I'd like to at least let that be possible. I'm not sure how difficult it is to upgrade a video card on a notebook ...
I am not sure how fast prices will go down in the next 2 months, but hopefully they'll fall quite fast, at the least for the Pentium M's (though this may not be the case). Here's a rough idea of what I'm looking for (you guys may suggest I change some of this stuff):
Anyway, if you guys have any suggestions on companies I should look at, how long to wait until buying this, specific things to look for, etc I'd really appreciate it.Must Have:
-High Speed Wireless
-DVD Player & CD Burner
Rough Idea on Specs:
-512 MB RAM
-20-40MB Hard Drive
-Pentium M Processor (I don't care what speed as long as it's over 1000 mhz)
-Battery should last 2+ hours
-A Video Card that will be able to play demanding games without much lag for the next 2-3 years
-Hardware that allows "taking notes" easy (drawing diagrams, etc, without needing photoshop or anything) ... I thought I recall Microsoft having something like this, but it may just be OneNote 2003.
Stuff I don't care about :
buy a used one. Toshiba if you can.
you'll get it for less than that $1200 pricetag and it'll do everything yuo need it to do other than games
but games aren't really a requirement, are they? if you take games out of the equation, the processor, memory and graphics requirements become VERY modest
you should prioritize and think this one through, IMHO
when I graduated college '98
teachers at the school I attended didn't allow notebooks in classes despite the fact that 25% of the student population had them. This went even for computer classes. If there was a need for a computer in a class we had the ones with the monitors nestled into the desks and hooked up on a LAN.
I'm sure now that % is higher, but they are still distractions...you might want to double check with your school. and its probably on a teacher/teacher basis.
depending on ur plans for the laptop (just taking notes?) there is little need to spend that amount of money.
Yep, laptops are waste unless you go to a school where the majority of students use them. At my school, no one uses them in class.
Desktops are far superior in many aspects. The only thing laptops have on desktops is their portability.
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what school are you going to be attending?
Sony Vaio is nice.
I'll be going to UNC-Wilmington. I'm pretty sure they allowed laptops in class, but I'll double check with someone that goes there in the next couple of days.
For just taking notes I guess you're right in that I could probably get anything any be fine. My main thing there was that I was justifying needing a laptop over a desktop. Playing DVDs I believe will make memory fairly important (I could be wrong) and I figure I use my computer a decent amount anyways and at times I'll probably want to be able to play demanding games and such.
I looked at a few places and I found what I wanted for about $1,500 right now with a fair amount of extra crap as well, which makes me think that after a month or so I should find something that is around $1,200.
And thanks for the help.
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I'd go with college ruled. At least 100 pages, preferably with one of those nice pockets in the front.
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I think possibly you may be referring to a trapper keeper? Yes they are good but I prefer the composition notebook. I find them to be quite sturdy. You could play hang man, tic-tac-toe probably for a few years if you wrote small.Originally Posted by Gyno Rhino
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Originally Posted by Callahan
I second this, My first notebook I spent a small fortune on.
My second I bought used, reason?
1,They are very expensive to upgrade.
2,They are twice the price of an equivelent desktop.
Unless you want to buy a new notebook every 2 years and waste a lot of cash to stay up with technoligy by used and let someone else take the hit, I suggest ebay.
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You're right Gid, just make sure you're not getting a dud.
Dothian just was released. A great time to buy a new laptop. Make sure you get the new Dothian chip rather then Banias chips (Different Pentium M chips). The mobile chips from intel really rock. Don't fall for the centrino garbage but definitly go with a Pentium M (Dothian).
Oh and I think a laptop is useless you are in 1 of 2 situations.
1) A CE/EE/SE where you do alot of programming/CAD/design
2) An artsie with alot of reading to do that is posted on the net. And even then you can just print those out from school print quotas.
That's just my opinion. If you don't need a cutting edge system (for games or large development stuff (CAD/IDE)) then just pick with something you can live with, not the newest and best thing out.
In my case, my university was setup for wireless LAN throughout the campus, so a notebook came in handy when I couldn't reach one of the computer labs or was bored in class =P.
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Like UNC-CH, where I attend school, UNC-W has a comprehensive student laptop program:
Look into this first. They're usually okay deals, though they typically restrict you to one brand, in this case, Dell (which is probably the best mainstream brand). The main thing is the fulltime, on site support, which means they'll fix everything for you for free for your time at school.
That said, I would buy an Apple powerbook G4 over ANYTHING else, especially as a student. And I'm a computer scientist - actually, Apples are taking over CS these days. I really like the 12" powerbook, but that might not be ideal as an only machine, whereas the 15" is probably perfect. And as a student, you get monster discounts on Apple stuff.
Get a x-box or gamecube or ps2 for games -- they're more social anyway, which is what you want in college -- not a computer for games, which will make you a loner or online uber-dork. (No offense, I AM an online uber-dork, BTW.)
Finally, WIRELESS is the most important thing. I haven't used a DVD or CD in months. I get music from a streaming server, install all software from downloads, etc. 2nd most important thing is weight, because you'll be taking it everywhere.
PM for more info as a UNC student with similar laptop issues.
When I was at PSU we played games over the LAN almost everynight on PCs. When I went back for a visit back in October, everyone had their X-Boxes plugged into the LAN as well. Doing the exact same thing.Originally Posted by MixmasterNash
also look forward to laptops getting stolen in college
I knew quite a few people that had theirs ganked...
Exactly... stay away from the LAN games, PC or xbox. Play mario kart or Gran Turismo with real people in the same room, drinking beer and eating pizza. It's much healtier for you, psychologically speaking.Originally Posted by TBone4Eva
Trust me on this... don't waste too much time in college on LAN games! I know, because I am (was) excellent at counterstrike.