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Old 25th June 2003, 00:18   #1
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I could really use a laptop for working/developing. I won't use it for games or dvd playback, so it doesn't need to be the latest & fastest.

My budget is max 1100 eur. Which one would you guys recommend?

My current choice is the Dell Inspiron 500m: +5hours battery life, fast enough, sturdy and quality.
Specs:
Intel P4-M Centrino 1.3Ghz (faster and more powersaving than P4-M)
512Mb DDR266
30GB HD
14"TFT 1024*768
64mb shared Intel extreme gfx
1 year warranty (seems low, but if your laptop breaks down after one year of use, it's 95% likely your own fault. 3 year warranty is +300 eur...)
Wifi, 10/100lan, sound, 8x dvd, ...

I can get this one for ~1100 eur

Opinions? Suggestions?
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Old 25th June 2003, 00:36   #2
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If I was going to buy a laptop, I would buy an Ibook or even a Powerbook

a friend got an Ibook and it's more then fast enough for working/developing. My friend uses it for school and uses photoshop, Amapi 3D,...

and the biggest advantage is, they are silent, u can work on that Ibook for hours and the fan doesn't spins, once in a while for a few minutes

I've worked also on a Packerd Bell Mobile P4 2.53 or something like that, every 5 minutes that fans starts to make an irritating noise.

and Mac OS X is easy to work with
 
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i'm the friend with the ibook

it's a really powerfull machine
the specs are maybe what you want, but for an apple the specs are different than for a windows-machine

it also only weights 2.2kg and it's 2cm thick

mac os x is also more stable then win xp or other os from MS
mac os x is build on Unix so
 
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I've worked also on a Packerd Bell Mobile P4 2.53 or something like that, every 5 minutes that fans starts to make an irritating noise.
There's a huge difference between a P4 Centrino and P4 desktop cpu, the latter produces 3 times as much heat!

I can't stand noise either, but the Centrino based laptops should be silent.

I don't want a Mac, nor do I want this thread to turn into a Mac <> PC discussion.
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it was a P4 M

and I'm not starting a Mac <> PC discussion, I only gave my opinion
 
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it was a P4 M

and I'm not starting a Mac <> PC discussion, I only gave my opinion
A Mobile P4 2.53Ghz does not exist according to intel.

http://www.intel.com/home/notebook/m...obilepentium4&
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Old 25th June 2003, 02:48   #7
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ok, don't know exact what it was, but i do remeber that it was irritating
 
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ok, don't know exact what it was, but i do remeber that it was irritating
Hehe, i've encountered noisy laptops too. Irritating like hell, but that's just one of the main reasons i want a Centrino.
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Old 25th June 2003, 14:33   #9
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my brother received his Dell m500 centrino 3days ago
its fast , goodlooking, WI-FI build in, (verry crappy sound )
 
Old 25th June 2003, 16:11   #10
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about that 1 year warranty, isn't it dictated in european law that everything comes with 24 months warranty?

or am i confusing things and does that only apply to harddisks?

nice price, good choice

my fear is that laptops are going to make a leap in price/performance the coming half year, the centrino concept will become the new standard (@ a lower price) and the upcomming new ati mobile chips/ ati r9600m etc will bring much better graphics to the mobile market.

but you probably want to get some sun this summer, so it's a nice buy.
 
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