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Old 06-03-2008, 11:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello Everyone,

I will be purchasing a laptop here in the next year for college.

Ive been looking around at some and I like the HP's the most because of their design and stylish.

These are the things I want in a laptop:

15'' or higher monitor
2GB of RAM or Higher
Good Processor
200GB or better Hard Drive
DVD Rom/Writer/Burner
WIFI with Wireless N

Mainly be using it for research (internet), email, productivity, photos, video, email, instant messaging and the basic stuff like that.

Anyone have recommendations for me?



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If you're thinking HP, you're thinking great! I got a new dv9700t laptop for college and it's awesome.
My configuration:
17" 1680x1050 BrightView LCD
Intel Core 2 Duo T9300 (2.5 GHz, 6 MB L2)
250GB hard drive
3 GB DDR2 SDRAM
nVidia GeForce 8600M GS 512MB
Integrated fingerprint reader, webcam, and stereo microphone
HDMI, VGA, and S-Video output
Windows Vista Ultimate 64
HP ExpressCard HDTV Digital/Analog Tuner and Media Center Remote

I really like this laptop. The screen is incredible and it can play most games at decent to high settings. Battery life is good and the PC is very well designed. I like HP's "Radiance" finish that they put on the top of the laptop and on the inside by the touchpad. My configuration came to around $1800 before tax.
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I still love my Dell Inspiron 1501. Runs great and even folds well.
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I think a 17" screen is perfect for a laptop. It's large enough to enjoy movies and games but isn't too large that it becomes a pain to carry. My dv9700t's T9300 is fast enough for serious folding and video editing.
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He didn't list games as something he would need. Plus he can get a very similar setup as yours from Acer on Newegg for only $1000.

I think he would be best with a 15.4" screen, a 2-2.2GHz processor, 3GB of RAM, Vista Home Premium, and anything from a GeForce 7900 to 8400 should be plenty for him.
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Sounds like you guys have some good laptops! I wont need to be gaming at all! Is there any good laptops under $1000? My parents will most likly be buying one and they dont want to spend a fortune. I think a 15'' would be a good size screen. Ill be doing alot of taking pictures with my digital camera and some editing, so I want a good screen and resolution. Also, memory is a big thing to me. I like to run programs that use alot of it and my desktop here at home has a 1gb and 512mb and it still sucks! Hmm.. Are more suggestions? Would it better be to buy direct from HP or from a sub site?


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I would check the prices. HP may have a better deal than some sites cause you are getting it direct.
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You can get a dv9700t with a T5550 and a lower resolution screen for under 1000, or you can get a dv6000 series (looks like dv9000 but 15") cheaper with a faster CPU.
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Hmm. Choices Choices.. Well I found out that my work has a Dell Program where I can get a discounted laptop through them. So im not sure about a dell or a HP?
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Check out the dell vostros, those are real nice and also come with good graphics.
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