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Old 12-12-2006, 02:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all, i was just browsing this site and was amazed to find the amount of techno knowledge that crams into this forum! Hence i decided to register here and ask you pros to help me with a situation:

I'm buying ( i hope) my first laptop as i will be attending university next year and need a decent laptop. I've sussed out 2 good ones but can't seem to make up my mind, they are:

HP

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Toshiba

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HP packs alot of features including an intergrated camera, but Toshiba has the faster processor. In general they have the same specs and (in my opnion) really good systems.

Anywayz i was wondering if u guys can help by telling me which one is future proof and other important factors.

Much appreciated.
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Old 12-12-2006, 03:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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My girl friend has allmost that exact HP. I really like it and I like HP for prebuilts. I'd strongly recomend it, though I don't have much experience with Toshiba.
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Hey I would go with the hp, hp is a very good brand and is quiet cheaper than the Toshiba. And besides the Toshiba is like a heat magnet it runs really hot for a laptop. So go with the hp.
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Thanks for the comments so far guys, i would like to ask (if its allowed) if a 1.83ghz core 2 duo processor can run a 2ghz game? I heard from friends that it will run slower as games nowadays can't take advantage of the dual core system.

Also, what do you mean by "prebuilts" ?

Oh, and another thing. Is there any point in getting a HD DVD drive because the HP laptop has one and i don't know if it will be useful in the near future.
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Yes, you are allowed.

A 1.83 C2D will run circles around a 2.0GHz P4. My old AMD 2000+ would perform as well as , and even better than (in games) a 2.0 P4. The C2D is a 64 bit processor, whereas the P4 was not (no matter what Intel said), so it performs faster. Plus, the C2D is the top performing chip on the loose. No worries, OK?

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A prebuilt is just that... a cookiecutter computer you pick up and buy off the shelf. HP, Dell, Gateway, eMachine... all these are prebuilts.

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Not that I can see. Until the market settles and decides which format, I wouldn't worry about it. Besides, the HD and Blu Ray drives are outrageous right now.
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Thanks alot for the in-depth solutions Trotter, unfortunately i have one more question to ask (heh heh).

Do laptop prices drop after Christmas and if not, is it a good time to buy one now?
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