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Choosing a laptop

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by layperson, Apr 11, 2010.

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  1. layperson

    layperson Thread Starter

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    Hi, I'm a tech newbie who will appreciate layspeak very much. I want to purchase a new laptop and am getting very confused with the specs. I post a lot of photos onto my blog, tend to open too many applications at the same time, surf A LOT and will like to use my laptop to do simple design work, eg gift cards. I'm thinking of getting a Dell laptop. I am currently using a 7-year-old NEC laptop that lags so much, it's driving me up the wall!

    Dell Vostro 1520 laptop which runs on Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor T9550 (2.66 GHz, 6 MB L2 cache, 1066 MHz FSB) approx. USD500

    Dell Inspiron 14 which runs on Intel® Pentium® Processor T4400 (2.2GHz / 800FSB / 1MB) approx. USD490

    New Dell Inspiron 14 which runs on Intel® Pentium® Processor T4400 (2.2GHz / 800FSB / 1MB) approx. USD710

    Will the different processors offered make a difference in speed? Is it worth paying USD200 more for the new Dell Inspiron? What else should I look out for apart from the processors, eg, RAM? Please help me make an educated choice.

    Thanks!
     
  2. etaf

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    i would certainly look for Memory - 3GB will be fine for 32bit windows 7, and you can have 4GB but it will not use it all - or on 64bit windows 7 - it will see all the memory
    theres $220 dollars difference in the prices listed - what is you maximum budget - and would you consider other makes - the US experts here often see excellent deals available in US every now and again - recently a toshiba was at a very low price almost saving $300 on similar models

    i would NOT get anything with just 2GB of memory
     
  3. layperson

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    Thanks for your reply. I'm in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Need not be Dell laptop, however, I've noticed that Dell has been most value for money. I'll definitely prefer something under USD700.
     
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