i'm looking for a really cheap laptop, and have found the following 2 choices, both refurbished.
1) Gateway AMD Sempron 3300+ 2.0GHz Laptop
Mfr. Part Number: MX6436 - RA
Processor Type AMD Sempron 3300+
Screen Size 15.4"
RAM (Preloaded / Maximum) 512MB DDR (Exp. To 2GB)
Hard Drive 80GB (4200RPM)
Optical Drives DVD+/-RW Multi-Format Double Layer
Graphics 64MB (Shared) ATI Radeon X300
Average Battery Life Over 3.0 Hours
Product Weight 2.84 kg
Audio Type AC '97 2.3 Compliant Audio
Battery Type 6-Cell Lithium Ion
Cache 128KB L2
Fax/Modem 56K ITU V.92
Included In Box Power Supply, Cables, Manual
Network Card See The Features Section
PC Card Slots 1 x Type I/II; CardBus
Pointing Device Touchpad With Vertical Scroll Zone
Preloaded Operating System MS Windows XP Home
Processor Speed 2.0GHz
Product Dimensions 35.8(W) x 3.6(H) x 26.4(D) cm
Screen Type Widescreen UltraBright WXGA TFT
Speakers Built-In Stereo Speakers
System Bus 1600MHz
Warranty 90 Days
or this choice
2) Compaq Presario AMD Sempron 3000+ 1.8GHz Laptop
Mfr. Part Number: EP442UAR#ABA
Processor Type AMD Sempron 3000+
Screen Size 14.0"
RAM (Preloaded / Maximum) 256MB DDR RAM (Exp. To 2GB)
Hard Drive 40GB 4200RPM
Optical Drives CD-RW/ DVD Combo Drive
Graphics 128MB (Shared) ATI Radeon Xpress 200M
Average Battery Life Info Not Available
Product Weight 2.45 kg
Audio Type Altec Lansing
Battery Type 6-Cell Lithium-Ion
Cache 128KB L2
Fax/Modem 56K V.90
I/O Ports 2 x USB 2.0
Included In Box Battery, AC Adapter, Manual
PC Card Slots 1 Type I/II 32-Bit (Support 16-Bit)
Pointing Device Touchpad
Preloaded Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Processor Speed 1.8GHz
Product Dimensions 32.88(W) x 3.23(H) x 22.75(D) cm
Screen Type WXGA
Speakers Altec Lansing
System Bus 1800MHz
Warranty 90 Days Limited
the reason i haven't been able to choose is because of the following differences..
1) gateway has more ram, faster cpu (200mhz faster), and bigger hard drive. it has dvdrw while the compaq only has a combo drive. but the gateway is also $50 more.
2) the compaq looks tiny!!! i love that!! thats pretty much it.
so for $50 i can upgrade the ram of the compaq to match that of the gateway.. or for a bit more, make it 768mb of ram. that would make the prices the same. the only difference now is:
-faster cpu : would i really feel the difference? 200mhz..
-dvd-rw: i don't burn that many cds, let alone dvds..
-bigger screen: meh.. i'd prefer the smaller size laptop..
so anyways... yes the gateway is better.. but considering my needs.. what should i get?!?!