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Since my nice new Mac got destroyed, I'm now looking into a replacement. My budget is $1500 before taxes, however I can go a tad over that if necessary.

I generally use my computer for internet applications, listening to/downloading music, photoshop, watching DVDs, and word processing/spreadsheets. I'm not a gamer at all, so a hardcore graphics card is not needed. However I do multi-task a whooole lot, usually I have at least 5-7 programs running at the same time.

I'd like something that runs pretty seamlessly, so a nice processor coupled with a good chunk of RAM (512 MB range) would be preferred. Since I have a lot of music and large photoshop files waiting to be transferred from my old windows laptop, a 60 GB harddrive is the minimum.

Browsing retailers' websites just aren't doing it as the selection is a bit small and I'm not too familiar with the newer computers these days and how they perform, i.e. which ones are the more top-end and which ones I should stay away from. So, if anyone has any recommendations for me I'd really appreciate it.

edit: I'm straying away from Toshiba at the moment because my first new computer from them wasn't very good. Within a couple days a bunch of things weren't working properly.
 

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probably because it won't stand up to being stomped on. maybe you should look into those hard-case laptops which have thick casings which allow for some beating on them, nothing like what you did to your last one.

but i would just get a cheap ass laptop, as your record for new toys is like 2 weeks, might as well go cheap, so you can have money to buy a replacement.
 

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allison said:
why not get what you had since you just bought it
That is still an option, but I really wanna get the more top-end model of the one I had and it's $1750 which is out of my pricerange. If I can't find any other Windows laptops that fit what I need, I might just go ahead and get another PowerBook G4 like I had.. If I do, I'll just have to keep it in a metal security box so no one can touch it.
 

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Do you wanna stay MAC or go PC? Anyway, if you go PC, look on bensbargains.net for sweet deals every day. Every now and then. Dell laptop deals will come along that are really good.
 

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I use the Dell 700m, if you went middle of the road on options you could get 1.8ghz centrino, 512 mb, and 60gig for about 750-800 if you had the right coupons. You could max it out with 2 or 2.2ghz, 2gig ram and 80gig for probably 1200.

It's pretty light, has a super bright screen, and doesn't generate that much heat. Check out www.dealsea.com and search for Dell to bring up this weeks coupons. They almost always have this thing for sale around the $750 mark.
 

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I would Toshiba, but you already shot that down. Everyone of our customers who got one loved them. Those who bought Dell laptops have watched them DIAF. Same with Sony. Gateway. HA! I would say IBM, but those are probably going to be costly also.
 

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I would Toshiba, but you already shot that down. Everyone of our customers who got one loved them. Those who bought Dell laptops have watched them DIAF. Same with Sony. Gateway. HA! I would say IBM, but those are probably going to be costly also.
The Toshiba I got was a A75-S213 or something like that.. it had dead pixels on the screen, the WiFi card did not pick up anything (plugged in my TRENDnet card and picked up immediately), and the touchpad/buttons stopped working too. I had it for about 6 days.

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I use the Dell 700m, if you went middle of the road on options you could get 1.8ghz centrino, 512 mb, and 60gig for about 750-800 if you had the right coupons. You could max it out with 2 or 2.2ghz, 2gig ram and 80gig for probably 1200.

It's pretty light, has a super bright screen, and doesn't generate that much heat. Check out www.dealsea.com and search for Dell to bring up this weeks coupons. They almost always have this thing for sale around the $750 mark.
Chris, I checked Dell's website and browsed around a little bit. I guess I'm not familiar with the new processors because I thought 1.8GHz was slow nowadays? I know my Gateway laptop that is currently dying in a fire was 2.6 GHz with a Pentium 4.

Do you like your Dell? What do you use it for? How does it run?
 

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With your room mates I would consider a Panasonic Toughbook...you won't find a new one in your pricerange but a refurb can be had for that much.

We dropped one off a two story building and it booted right up. No problems at all. I have a CD somewhere from when I was getting certified to work on the, where a cop had one in a policecar that burned to the ground and the laptop was pulled from the rubble and it booted. Also one took a gunshot to the screen and still worked when connected to an external monitor.

I will try to find the CD.
 

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Those are pretty cool!
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With your room mates I would consider a Panasonic Toughbook...you won't find a new one in your pricerange but a refurb can be had for that much.

We dropped one off a two story building and it booted right up. No problems at all. I have a CD somewhere from when I was getting certified to work on the, where a cop had one in a policecar that burned to the ground and the laptop was pulled from the rubble and it booted. Also one took a gunshot to the screen and still worked when connected to an external monitor.

I will try to find the CD.
:eek3: Sounds like the Toyota truck from Top Gear that just won't die.
 

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Clutch said:
The Toshiba I got was a A75-S213 or something like that.. it had dead pixels on the screen, the WiFi card did not pick up anything (plugged in my TRENDnet card and picked up immediately), and the touchpad/buttons stopped working too. I had it for about 6 days.


Chris, I checked Dell's website and browsed around a little bit. I guess I'm not familiar with the new processors because I thought 1.8GHz was slow nowadays? I know my Gateway laptop that is currently dying in a fire was 2.6 GHz with a Pentium 4.

Do you like your Dell? What do you use it for? How does it run?
Did you notice the WiFi switch on the side of the computer that you have to turn on? Did you hit the "hotkey" to disable the touchpad?

Zum's on the right track. Dell laptops are junk, as are Crapaq's, Gateway's, Sony's, and HP's. Get a Toshiba, IBM, or MAC laptop, you won't be displeased. I've sold near 20 Toshiba laptops, had a few come back for warranty work sure, but never a pissed customer.
 

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Clutch said:
Those are pretty cool!

:eek3: Sounds like the Toyota truck from Top Gear that just won't die.
I was just talking about that truck this morning. That was amazing.
 

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I have had my DELL for around 3 years now or so. It was one of the middle low end models at the time and i got free upgrades on memory and ram. I used it for CADD programs, Excel, power point, webtranet, DLing music, light DVD use, and Tunaring... It has held up great. I have had no problems out of it. It has been flying around the Evo and when i had the CBR i would ride to school with it in my back pack. It has fell on the floor from my futon a few times and my G/F steped on it tuesday night and it works perefectly. the durability is there!!!! :bigthumb:
 

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Do retailers sell Dell computers anymore or do you have to order them now?
 

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I think you have to order them. just go to dells website and see if they do sell them in retail stores.
 

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Do retailers sell Dell computers anymore or do you have to order them now?

you can get a better deal just calling DELL . they run special deals all the time. free shipping and it will be there pretty quick. i think it took 3 days to get mine and i ordered it at about 8pm
 

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Wow... is shipping that fast even when you ask them to put on a whole bunch of extra stuff?
 
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