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Old 01-29-2009, 09:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Now my school laptops went and died on me. I go from 4 computers to 1, and its my mac at home and really, no offense, something always goes wrong when I try to code on my mac.

I need a laptop that is superb for coding in Java and C++ and that's reliable and fast with loads of space. Anyone know of any good deals that would fit this description?
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Old 01-31-2009, 07:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Compaq - Presario Laptop with AMD Athlon™ X2 Dual-Core Mobile Processor QL-60 - CQ50-105NR Plenty of power for coding, and u can get a bigger drive for cheap
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Er, except that it's a Compaq. I have an older one (~2yrs), and it's had quite a few problems - not exactly the most reliable thing. More reliable than my Dell, but still not that good.

If you can spring it, I'd go with a Lenovo - a Thinkpad preferably, or an IdeaPad if they're more in your price range. From what I've seen, they're built like tanks - I have one from early 90s that still works reasonably well, and I know several people with older ones which have rarely had problems. They're more expensive, but not by that much. Have to pay for good reliability...
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Toshiba's are good. if you go for Dell, go through their Small Business section and get a Vostro (same lappy as the higher priced models, but without all the BS that usually comes on them... plus they are cheaper).
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I'll give you a single guess as to what kind of Dell I have that's broken down more than my Compaq... Just got its second motherboard replacement today.

Granted, I might just have had really really REALLY bad luck with my Vostro 1400 - note how they don't sell it or a remake any more! - but I'd still hesitate to recommend it to someone.

And when it does work, I love it, it's just the "working" part that it has trouble with.
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what is your budget?
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