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Old 09-23-2006, 07:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, I need a new laptop for university. What I need in order of importance:

Quite(my P4 laptop is a LOUD machine)
Battery life
Quality (this has to last at least 3 more years)
Performance

This is going to be used mainly for wireless internet, music and movies, and word processing. Not that into video games, so I don’t mind any of that. Im in class a lot so I need a solid battery. I also need one that wont crap out on me in a year, so quality is important.

I really need something that is quite too. Like said above, my p4 2.2ghz laptop is a loud boy. Too loud to use in class, but fine for home. Thing is, if I needed a computer for home, id buy a PC with a screen bigger then 14"hahah

Here are the three im looking at buying (prices are wrong, I get a 15% (I think) student discount ). Decide which will fit my needs the best. Could you order them from best to worst?

http://www.toshiba.ca/web/product.gr...611&part=5093#

http://www.toshiba.ca/web/product.gr...t=5095#spectop

http://www.toshiba.ca/web/product.gr...6072&category=
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so what are you going to be using it for specifically? just typing up stuff, and a few extra things?

if that's the case, I'd suggest a Macbook, with a Core Duo
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http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPL...family=MacBook

the 1.83GHZ Core Duo will do fine (don't let the clock speed fool you, it's much better than a Pentium 4 2.2)
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I forgot to add, price is an issue. I looked into the mac books and their screen is soooo small. 13" widescreens are useless imo.

I live in canada, and a 15" macbook pro is 2k, way out of budget
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http://www.evolutionnt.ca/shop/catal...roducts_id=637

Core Duo 1.66GHZ
512MB RAM (DDR2-667)
15.4" screen (1280 x 800)
wireless and gigabit LAN
80GB hard drive
DVD + CDR/RW
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Yes go with a Mac Book or a Mac book Pro. Very good battery life, Nice os
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http://www.apple.com/macbook
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Dont Buy ABS. hardrive failed in 1 year... in 1 year later either the Cpu failed or Motherboard failed.... currently not working because of doubt of what to fix. not a fan of ABS

chooes a laptop based on programs you want and need to run apple is really nice but hard to run certain programs on it
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there's plenty of software for Mac's. more than enough for what you'd need at a uni.
plus, you can run Windows software on it using an emulator
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there's plenty of software for Mac's. more than enough for what you'd need at a uni.
plus, you can run Windows software on it using an emulator
Boot Camp does not run windows in emulation. It allows you to install and natively run windows on a separate partition. Parallels desktop runs windows in virtualization simultaneously with
OS X. While this is not 100% efficient, it is better than emulation software such as virtual pc. The only downside to parallels is that it does not yet support 3D accelerated graphics.
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