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Old 02-22-2005, 05:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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im deciding to buy a new laptop in the next month or so and i want a fairly big one. like a 17in screen i want to spend at most 2200
ive been looking at some and havent found anything thats really a great deal
the best 1 ive found so far is hp zd8000 which customized is 1988.00
it would be with
media center xp
3.2ghz
17.0"(1680x1050)
512mb ddr2 sdram
100gb 5400rpm
free upgrade 8xdvd +/- rw/r
256mb ati mobility radeon x600
wireless b/g and bluetooth(a must)

if anyone can help me find a laptop with equal or better specs than this that would be helpful but please keep in mind i want it to have a 17in screen

Any suggestions would be helpful otherwise i will order this laptop
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Old 02-23-2005, 12:37 AM   #2 (permalink)
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What you listed sounds pretty sweet, and the price for that equipment is about right.

One thing I would suggest, is going with XP Pro instead of Media Center 2005. Even though MCE is built on XP Pro, they still strip most of the OS features out of it. There are ways around it with a little registry hacking, but that can be a hassle.

Check out some 3rd party apps for a media center to throw on top of your OS.

Meedio is a good program.

That is just my opinion, you can get a lot more funcionality from your laptop that way.

If you are interested in a Linux based media center, check out MythTV
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Old 02-23-2005, 01:40 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I would go with a Toshiba, they make good quality notebooks. Here is what i would buy with your budget.

http://www.toshibadirect.com/td/b2c/...55477%2C263510
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Dell also makes a lot tof good laptops. if you want a bug discount check out

http://www.xpbargains.com/dell_coupons/


the have some like $600 off any laptop of $1500 or more and other stuff.
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im going with media center over professional because u get a tv tuner with that and id like to have the one that hp has that will work properly with the computer
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I would go with a Toshiba, they make good quality notebooks. Here is what i would buy with your budget.

http://www.toshibadirect.com/td/b2c/...55477%2C263510
that is pretty expensive for what it has
100gb at 4200rpm while the hp runs at 5400rpm
ati 9700 64 mb is not as good as 256mb x600
im not too fond of home edition
plus the xp as a full keyboard but that doesnt really matter too much
screen resolution is lower too
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Old 02-24-2005, 07:39 PM   #7 (permalink)
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http://www1.us.dell.com/content/prod...=19&l=en&s=dhs

while its not xp media center
Nvidia GO 6800 ULTRA
Intel Pent M 2.33
17 inch screen
512 ram
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http://www1.us.dell.com/content/prod...=19&l=en&s=dhs

while its not xp media center
Nvidia GO 6800 ULTRA
Intel Pent M 2.33
17 inch screen
512 ram
haha good 1 im not buying a dell
http://www.techist.com/showthread.php?threadid=44363
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Old 02-24-2005, 08:51 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Stay away from Dell, they suck big time. IBM is another good company to look at, but i don't think they make 17 inch notebooks.
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Old 02-24-2005, 09:07 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I just purchased my 2nd laptop, this time I went for an Acer Aspire 1520.
80gb 7200rpm hdd
1gb ram
10/100/1000 gigabit ethernet
b/g wireless
Irda
Bluetooth
Dual format dual layer dvd burner
15.4 widescreen
1 firewire
4 usb 2.0
Amd Athlon 64 3000+
WinXP Pro
and much more all for only 1200.00 including case and taxes.
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